The Winthrop University Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, is pleased to announce:  


PLSC 390 Section 001: Presidential Nominating Conventions 

Fall 2012: August 1-September 30, 2012 

Instructors: Dr. Jennifer Disney and Professor Katarina Moyon 


This innovative course will combine on-line, face-to-face and experiential instruction over an eight (8) week period. The course will include a full week of activities in Charlotte before and during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  

The course material will cover the historical development of conventions; the politics, rituals and purposes of contemporary conventions; and examine how other countries select their chief executives. We hope to interview journalists, delegates, office holders, protestors, lobbyists, and other visitors who will be in Charlotte for this major event. In addition, students will study portions of the Republican National Convention and third (minor) party conventions.  

The course is divided into four sections: online instruction, face-to-face meetings, a week of activities in Charlotte and a final project and class presentations. Most face-to-face meetings will be held on Fridays at 2 p.m.  

This course is a truly unique opportunity to watch American politics in action and up close. 

All students, irrespective of their political views and/or party preference, are welcome and encouraged to enroll in this class.  

Prerequisite: None.  

Fee: $100 (for six days of transportation to Charlotte, supplies, access to all activities. Pending final administrative approval.) 

Open to: All undergraduate students, regardless of major. Freshmen-seniors welcome. Graduate students will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.  


For More Information Contact:


Dr. Jennifer Disney 


328 Bancroft Hall  

Professor Katarina Moyon 


330 Bancroft Hall  

 Or attend one of the information sessions:  

  • March 22, 11 a.m. 339 Bancroft Hall  
  • March 27, 11 a.m. 339 Bancroft Hall