2020 Academic Courses

Course title/number
Professors & Collaborators
How will the debate be incorporated in the course content?
Mental Health Practice: I Dr. David Derezotes This lecture focuses on research on the association between people who take social change actions (like voting) and their improved wellbeing. He’s says that during a time when everyone is very stressed, rather than engaging in isolating or harmful behaviors, socially responsible activities can shift the focus from a person’s own suffering to the wellbeing of the community.
SW 6650 Dr. Tasha Seneca Keyes’ This Social Work Macro class will spend some time familiarizing themselves with the education positions of both tickets (Biden/Harris; Trump/Pence). They will identify the direction both tickets want to take education. After watching the VP debate, the students will write a reflection addressing an area in which the federal government can improve public education. They’re going to explain how each ticket plans to address that topic (pulling from the debate or articles), the impact of each ticket’s plan on K-12 student outcomes, and how each plan might impact public schools, students, teachers and school social workers.
Humanities and Diversity
seminar, Health Professions
LEAP 1100
Rachel Borup “For their final group project, students research the causes of healthcare inequalities in different communities in the U.S.  The topics of inequality, social justice, and healthcare are highly relevant for a Vice Presidential debate.  I will ask students to debate these issues in class prior to the VP Debate.  Using insights gained from these class debates, students will write questions for the VP candidates.  They will be required to attend or watch the VP Debate and write a reflection essay on how the candidates responded to healthcare and diversity issues afterward.”
Social and Ethical
Implications of Engineering
LEAP 1501
Sections 2, 3 & 5
Seetha Veeraghanta
Jennifer Seagrave
Steve Maisch
“Students will be exploring and studying the intersections of ethics, sustainability and engineering. Much of what will be discussed with be with respect to challenges to globalization, manufacturing jobs and engineering jobs.”
Introduction to Civic Leadership
BENN 2030
Dean McGovern “Discussion about pathways to community engagement/ policy & governance/ collaboration/ making systemic change/ community engagement activities will include debate options.”
Health Issues
HEDU 3050
Jessica King “Each week students learn about and debate a health topic. Many topics have been chosen relevant to the elections - gun control, abortion, immigration, recreational marijuana, universal healthcare, etc.”
Global Citizenship
HEDU 3050
Jay Jordan
Ammar Hussein
Rae Meads
Zeb Pischnotte
“Critical responses focused on the candidates' comments about national identity, citizenship, international relations.”
Gender & Politics
POLS 3140-001
GNDR 3140-001
Juliet Carlisle “The class will incorporate lectures and reading on a combination of topics that revolve around gender, media, and elections. Other assignments may be focused on media coverage and/or issue content of VP debate.”
Social & Family Policy Zhou Yu “A graduate course on social and family policy. A session will be devoted to the debate. Students are required to generate questions based on their interests in social and family policies.”
Mathematical Modeling
Math 5740
Frederick R. Adler “Use mathematical models to develop questions and evaluate answers relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The American Presidency
POLS 3150
James Curry “Because this course is focused on the presidency, the class will discuss many topics relevant to the Vice President and the debate. For one, students will learn about the Vice Presidency -- the office, its history, and its functions. They will also spend several weeks learning about president campaigns, including the role of vice presidential nominees. Part of this material will focus on debates, including the VP debate. Students will be required to watch the debate and we will use video clips from the debate in class to discuss several important concepts about how candidates run for the Presidency and VP.”
Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers
EDU 5380/6380
Peggy McCandless “Through the lens of the Utah State K-6 Core Curriculum, various discussions and ideas of how to incorporate the elections into the elementary social studies curriculum.”
Campaign Management
POLS 3160
Dave Buhler “Sept. 21-- history and strategy of presidential and other campaign debates.”
Campaign Management
POLS 3160
Dave Buhler “Sept. 21-- history and strategy of presidential and other campaign debates.  Oct 12, speaker on the U's hosting of the VP debate, Oct. 19, Research and Debate preparation.”
Legal Professions
LEAP 2700
Ann Engar “Students will research legal background of candidates and important legal issues likely to arise in the campaign, such as rethinking the role of police in the United States.”
Intro to Health, Society
& Policy
HSP 1001
Rebecca Utz “Students will watch the debate and complete a written assignment (and/or discussion) where they will reflect on questions they have or proposed policy solutions discussed by the VP candidates related to health policy, social disparities/inequality, etc.”
Gender Theory
and Community
GNDR 2500
GNDR 5660
Kilo Zamora “GNDR 2500 will focus on being involved in student activities and write about the experience.GNDR 5660 will be working on identifying a gender justice project—determined by the students on how they want to organize and engage—that can be tied to the debate.”
Classical Mythology
Classical Civilization 1550
John Wynne “Under COVID-19, this is an asynchronous online class. During the week of the debate the class will specifically cover Athenian mythology.  Ancient Athens was a radical democracy and has been a formative influence on American democratic thinking. Brief discussions will also include the classical architecture and inscriptions of Kingsbury Hall, and how they help to make the debate, and the U, part of a very long cultural tradition.”
Urban Artworks,
Painting Special Topics
Classical Civilization,
Courses; 4180-001, #4185-001, #418-001
Valerie Martinez “Students would be provided the opportunity to create art inspired and in reaction to the debate.”
Black Politics Now:
A Virtual Panel Discussion
Meligha Garfield October 6th via zoom.
Music History III:
Late 19th Century to the Present
Elizabeth Craft "One class session will be dedicated to "Campaign Music and the Vice Presidential Debate." We will be learning about the history of campaign music, we will listen to how music and sound are featured in the vice-presidential debate, and we will consider how music is used in the 2020 campaign more broadly. This will be part of a three-session unit on music and politics."
HNKLY 4903-001 Jean Oh
Tobias Hoffman, Political Science
Hinckley International Internship