Making Political Choices


Three Sessions: October 4, 11, 18

Time: Wednesdays, 10 AM-Noon

Location: Urbandale Library, Urbandale

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 24


How we think and vote depends on what is read, heard, seen, and discussed in our cultural-geographic space. Our sources of information have changed dramatically as the information age has evolved. Social media, for example, had an unexpectedly significant impact on the 2016 election. This class will assess how and why we make political choices. We will consider the issues of “fake news” and the spread of disinformation. The class will conclude with an analysis of how we can defend ourselves from negative influences.


Instructor Thomas Beck holds a BA from Wartburg College and an MA from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught state government, national government, and public administration classes at DMACC for 32 years and was also an adjunct instructor in law, government, and world politics for the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.




2500 FLEUR DR, DES MOINES, IA  50321 |  (515) 244–0631  |  E-MAIL US!


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: Senior College of Greater Des Moines, Inc. admits students of any age, race, disability, sexual orientation, creed, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its policies and procedures.