Course Description

Government and Politics: What’s Changing and Why?

Instructor: Kenneth Davis
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 1-Mar 15
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Location: Online via Zoom  
Location: In-person at Center City (TUCC)


This interactive course will examine the evolution of six governmental and political forces that drive public affairs in the United States today: Congress; Presidency; Courts; Political Parties; Special Interest Groups; and Lobbying. The class will integrate elements of history, political science and current events.
Pre-requisite: Class preparation should include regular reading of the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Maximum online registrants: 50
Maximum in-person registrants: 50


In-Person Courses
If you are enrolled in an in-person course, you will be required to:
  • follow current public health guidelines, which may include masking and social distancing, and are subject to change, while on campus.
  • provide proof of vaccination, or request a medical or religious exemption, prior to your first day of class. Students who have an approved exemption will be required to test for COVID-19 at least once a week. 
  • obtain a noncredit OwlCard. An OwlCard is a Temple-specific photo ID that will give you access to campus buildings and classrooms.
Once you are admitted to an in-person course, we will provide instructions on how to submit your vaccination record, or request a medical or religious exemption, as well as how to obtain a noncredit OwlCard.

Why when I’m registering do I join the Wait List?
Several of our courses are in high demand. In order to accommodate our members who are not tech-savvy and have trouble registering online, we created a registration system in which there is no advantage to registering early, no disadvantage to registering later.

When registering, you join the Wait List for each course. Don’t be alarmed. This does not mean the course is full. After the registration period is over, we run a lottery on the courses, and it randomly determines who is admitted to each course and who is not. You typically will receive notification regarding which courses you are admitted to, about two weeks before the start of the semester. If a course accepts 150 or more students, you are very likely to get into it.
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