On November 3, 2020, the United States will either start a transition into the second term of Donald Trump or the first term of Joseph Biden. Either direction heralds momentous change. Transitions are moments when administrations organize and staff their priorities for the coming years. They can also be choice moments to try to influence change. For example, it is widely known that the incoming Trump Administration transition team decided not to review any of the information prepared for them by the Obama Administration, including a playbook on how to deal with a global infectious disease pandemic. What are the implications of ignoring information from previous administrations? This class will review historical transitions in Presidential Administrations, reflecting on what change has happened in these windows between an election and an inauguration. We will follow the unfolding news about the results of the election, and reflect on its wider impact on fields of politics, including inequality, citizenship, environmental protections, diplomacy, and COVID-19. Students will also pick an issue they would like to see change on, research that topic, and develop a strategy to influence how the incoming administration prioritizes and staffs that issue.Prerequisites: None.
Course Level: 2000-level
W 8:30AM-12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Course Frequency: One time only
Categories: All courses , CAPA