The Iowa Caucuses are the earliest indicator of a contender’s viability for the Democratic and Republican nomination for that year’s Presidential election. It is a unique process attracting media attention from around the world. Participants of this class will learn how the caucus process works, the history of the caucuses, their future, and the impact of Iowa’s status as the first political battleground.
Four sessions, each four weeks long, will be offered beginning in September 2015 and leading right up to the Iowa caucuses in February 2016. Participants can enroll in any of the sessions and work at their own pace to complete the various units. The MOOC will feature videos, readings, small lectures, and interactive forums for discussion with other participants. A "Certificate of Participation” will be awarded at the end of each session. A wrap up following the Iowa Caucuses will be published on the Iowa Presidential Caucuses web site.