Learning Objectives

  1. Reflect on the ways in which the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump challenged their parties’ establishment.
  2. Identify the roles the political parties play in supporting and nominating candidates for office.
  3. Evaluate the changing role of parties as labels for citizens to learn about candidates and their positions on issues.
  4. Reflect on the implications of the presidential election of 2016 for the Democratic and Republican parties.
  5. Examine the role of parties in government and the traditional dominance of two major political parties in national elections.