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Educating for Informed and Equitable Voting

Educating for Informed and Equitable Voting

Course Number: EDUC X437

4 units

This course focuses on the critical role that schools and teachers across grade levels and content areas can play in promoting informed and equitable voting.  Preparing youth to participate in democracy is a key purpose of public education and voting is one important avenue of democratic participation.

Students in this course will learn about:

  • Trends in youth voting, inequalities in turnout and misconceptions about youth engagement
  • Explore key approaches to voter mobilization and civic education in order to identify what motivates young people to vote, and what strategies are most effective at informing voters about issues on the ballot.
  • Educational resources and models for teaching about elections and voting in a non-partisan way.

Drawing on those models, students will identify approaches that will fit in their own educational context and outline a plan of action for their classroom, school, or district. Students will also have the chance to gather ideas and feedback from fellow students in the course.

The course was designed in partnership by UC Riverside’s Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) and Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). 


Available Sections

Starting Jun 15

Course Fees



Erica Hodgin [ bio ]

close [x] Erica Hodgin, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Associate Director, Civic Engagement Research Group, Graduate School of Education, UC Riverside, has spent the last six years researching and partnering with educators to integrate high-quality digital civic learning in schools. She helped design and develop a range of digital civic learning videos, curricula, and resources for educators, including the Teaching Channel's Deep Dive on Educating for Democracy, and the Digital Civics Toolkit. In addition to speaking about youth civic and political engagement in the digital age at a range of conferences, Dr. Hodgin has also facilitated professional development workshops, guided year-long professional learning communities, and taught teacher education classes on these topics.

Leah Bueso [ bio ]

close [x] Leah Bueso, Ph.D. 


Jun 15 - Jul 26, 2020


Online Course Elearn

Section Notes:

Closed In-Service course with GSOE ONLY. 


No Textbook Required.

Starting Jun 15



Available Sections


Section No.: 201EDG900

Dates: Jun 15 - Jul 26, 2020

Instructor: Erica Hodgin Leah Bueso

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Online Course

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