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PO 3315 - Political Communications, Media, & Elections: Home

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PO 3315 Course Description

Political Communication, Media & ElectionsStudy of trends in American voting behavior; relationship of political communication and media campaigns, elections and voters' choices; analysis of media in conveying political information; finance and elections; use of survey research in analysis of voting behavior and campaigns; election simulation. 

Political Science at St. Mary's University

In the Department of Political Science at St. Mary’s University, students develop skills that increase their understanding of governance and politics, and the theoretical underpinnings of democracy, a republic and justice. Analytical and critical skills are emphasized in this major through research methods, statistical analysis, leadership, service and enhanced oral and written communication assignments.

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Political Science: Department & Major

In Class Exercise

  1. Open an email message. What is your proposed topic?
  2. Search for an article about your topic by searching in the Meta-Search Box to the left, while the "Articles" tab is highlighted in gold. 
  3. Limit your search to "Full Text" and "Peer Reviewed" articles.
  4. What did you type for your search?
  5. Select a research article related to your topic. Skim through the article to get an idea what the article is about. Try to choose an article that reports on recent research, is authoritative, and relevant to your project.
  6. Copy or type the APA citation information into the email message. You may need to edit this information. 
  7. In a sentence or two, what did you learn from this article that you didn't previously know? Try to write this in your own words.
  8. Consider this article's relevance and quality, including criteria listed on the Articles page. Write one or two sentences about  this article's currency, authority, focus, quality, and relevance to your topic and why you would or would not use this article as a source for your project. 
  9. How will this article further your research?
  10. Type PO 3315 and your name in the subject line of the email message.
  11. Email this information to and 

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