POLS W40 Democratic Transition: the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

  • Location: Washington D.C. | Map
  • Dates: January 4-24
  • Cost: $1,800 (estimate)

This course offers students an opportunity to learn about the major political transition of the American political system, the inauguration of a new president. A significant portion of the class (16 days from January 9 to 24) will take place in Washington, D.C., before and after the January 20, 2017 presidential inauguration.

Students will participate in site visits, lectures, discussions, and commemorative events, reviewing the 2016 presidential campaign, the November election results, and the potential policy consequences of the change in executive and (potentially) legislative branch leadership. Students will be introduced to key aspects of current American politics, including its communication, symbolic, social and policy aspects. Students will be required to be active participants in learning events, and complete analytical writing assignments and make presentations based on topics covered in the course.


This course may fulfill an elective in the Political Science major.


$1,800 (estimate)



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