Hacking* for Democracy
Hacking for Democracy is an education initiative that applies design thinking to tackle the complex world of political representation. To do this, transdisciplinary student teams communicate with a variety of stakeholders, gather and analyze a variety of data, prototype and deliver solutions, and refine their personal strengths through collaboration and problem-solving.
Fall 2020 Class
Topics in American Policy
The course will examine and address complex issues and challenges for the 2020 elections, including how the presidential nominating process and Electoral College structure the game, and the impact and role of political parties, superPACs, interest groups and the media, with a special focus on the increasing role of social media. We will also examine the role and impact of campaign strategy, tactics and operations, polling, campaign finance, presidential debates, and the importance of who turns out and why.
Teams of students will develop and implement solutions around the following:
- Educating people about the importance of voting for democratic self-governance
- Ensuring ballot access and voting rights, especially for traditionally marginalized and underserved communities
- Mobilizing “Get Out The Vote” initiatives at James Madison University and in surrounding communities for full participation in the #2020Elections.
The course will draw on expertise from a variety of disciplines, including political science, computer science, media arts and design, technical communication, marketing and psychology. Theoretical and empirical scholarship will be required and made available in modules on Canvas. Readings and discussions will also draw on contemporary news and analysis, as well as a range of data sources used by political scientists.
Hacking for Democracy
Lakeview Hall 1165
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