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American Elections: Democracy in Action with Paul Hyatt
Live course taught by Paul Hyatt for Fall 2024 High School Government/Law

Presented live every four years (in the presidential election year), this 6-week course helps your student fully understand and become involved with the fundamentals of our American elections. A practical, timely course helping your student know the importance of how to be a force for good in our republic.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during four different time slots in the fall. Choose the day and time that works best for you. We recommend registering early as we expect this course to fill and close quickly.

The Friday section will meet on November 1, All Saints Day. Students not able to attend that day will catch up by viewing the class recording. Added Note: This one has All three sessions that Paul Hyatt is teaching. There is one more time for Thursday at 4 PM ET with Ed Rivet. Please look that one up if that one works for you.


Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, October 7 to November 11, 2024.

1:00 PM Eastern (noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)


Wednesdays, October 2 to November 6, 2024.

1:00 PM Eastern (noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)


Fridays, October 4 to November 8, 2024.

1:00 PM Eastern (noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)


Duration Per Class: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of American government.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Government. For full credit, add another government course (live or recorded), or see our Government Reading List.

Instructor: Paul Hyatt

Course Description: This 6-week course will explore the "ins and outs" of the American electoral process, with a special emphasis on the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election. We'll begin class five weeks prior to the November 5th election, with our last class a wrap-up, just days after we've elected a new president. (Well... hopefully we won't have a repeat of the year 2000 "hanging chad" debacle.) Along with weekly lectures, there will be some interactive features during class time. Perhaps we'll have a little "prognostication" contest on the outcome of certain elections.

Course Outline:

·         Week 1: Elections: Overview of Constitution & Laws

·         Week 2: Comparisons: Local v. State v. National Elections; Partisan v. Nonpartisan; Jungle Primaries; U.S. System v. other countries

·         Week 3: The Electoral College - Should It Stay or Should It Go?

·         Week 4: Anatomy of Campaigns: Operations, PACs & Super PACs, Polls & Pundits

·         Week 5: How Issues, Incidents & Outside Events Affect Campaigns

·         Week 6: Post-election Analysis - What drove the results? How accurately did we foresee the results? What are the implications of the results?

Course Materials: Provided free by the instructor or online.

Homework: Students will have a variety of "home" work assignments – reading, research, some essays, etc. Students are going to be STRONGLY encouraged to volunteer at least a couple hours of their time to any candidate or issue campaign of their choice during the 6-week period. Essays will be graded by the instructor. 

Fee: For all 6 classes: $107 if you register on or before July 15, $127 after July. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course name
American Elections: Democracy in Action with Paul Hyatt
Paul Hyatt
Fall 2024
Grade level
High School
Course type
Seats available
75 seats available
Seats remaining
58 seats remaining
Start time
October 3rd, 2024 at 1:00 PM ET
End time
November 11th, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
Access start time
September 18th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Access end time
June 30th, 2025 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability start time
March 20th, 2024 at 9:06 AM ET
Early enrollment discount ends
July 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
September 25th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
September 29th, 2024 at 12:07 AM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

Paul Hyatt has had the honor of experiencing many different careers. He has served as a United States Marine Corps Infantryman in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2007-to 2011. After this he studied the social sciences, focusing primarily on history and political science, in order to receive his bachelors degree from Ball State University. Not too long after this, he had the pleasure of being a school teacher at Jay County High School for five years. Teaching brought out the best in Paul and ultimately acted as one of the great forces that pushed him to convert to Catholicism. While teaching, he was often recognized by parents, students, and faculty as being an incredible teacher, coach, and moral force for good in the Jay County community. Paul is also a loving husband and craftsman. He builds handmade furniture, which led him to have an interest in building his own timber frame home someday. This led him to study timber framing at the Shelter Institute in Maine in the summer of 2021. Paul is very dedicated to bringing everything that he has learned to the next several generations of young people.

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