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FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire's Presidential Primary

University of New Hampshire via Canvas Network


Starts October 19, 2015

It's been 100 years since New Hampshire held its first presidential primary, and the story of this preeminent political contest is packed with colorful personalities and interesting anecdotes. In this course you'll learn about the history of the presidential nomination process, the role New Hampshire plays in the media's coverage of elections and how the state is often a proving ground for unknown candidates and fledgling political operatives.

Through a combination of video lectures, interactive activities and online discussions, we will explore the unique qualities of New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation presidential primary and its impact on how the United States picks its presidents.

Dante Scala and Andy Smith are go-to sources for anyone curious about New Hampshire's presidential primary. Journalists around the world have them on speed dial. The books they've written are must-reads for political junkies. They've spent decades pondering the who, what and why of the primary. Scala and Smith are also funny and adept at explaining complex electoral issues to a general audience.

This course is appropriate for political junkies of all ages, but we've included special materials for high school and middle school teachers who would like to use parts of this course in their classrooms.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate. In addition to online discussions, students will be invited to participate in real-time social media chats with the instructors. We may also host some face-to-face events in the fall.

Taught by

Andrew E. Smith and Dante J. Scala

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  • Laurie Chapman-Bosco completed this course.

    This course consisted of a combination of video lectures, accompanied by PDFs of the script for those who are visual/audio learners, and interviews of those very involved with the political process. The class was asked to use discussion boards and to use social media to discuss views and what they learned.
    Students learned the history of the primary, differences between caucuses, vs voter based primaries, PACs and Super PACs , and more.
    This was very informative and I was glad to have the opportunity to participate.

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