SPCM 420 - Political Communication

  • 3 credits

Welcome to SPCM 420 - Political Communication.

I wanted to introduce myself before we get started with the important work of this course. My name is Kristin Slattery and I work in the Communication Studies Department at CSU. This is my 16th year here. I teach a variety of courses, but what they all have in common is that they provide applied skills. It is important to me that what I teach has real world, practical applications. I think you will find that to be true with the content in this course. When I'm not teaching, I am watching my children play sports! I have a 12 year old son, and a 7 year old daughter, and they are truly busy! My husband and I own Old Town Athletic Club and OTAC CrossFit in Old Town Fort Collins, so to say we like to stay active is probably an understatement.

These various life experiences play greatly into my political positions. I used to feel like you may feel now, not that interested in politics. I use to find politics primarily irritating. That is until I began to pay taxes, have my children affected by laws, and have expanded my relationships to include a greater diversity of people. Now I've come to see politics as central to our way of life. A healthy democracy requires our participation. I hope this class will help everyone feel more well equipped and confident to engage in democratic conversations and processes.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age, 2nd Ed. (2008)
    Hollihan, Thomas A.
    ISBN: 978-0312478834
  • Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture (2013)
    Sheeler, Kristina Horn and Anderson, Karrin Vasby
    ISBN: 978-1603449830
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore


Kristin Slattery
Kristin Slattery


Kristin Slattery is a Special Instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She teaches Introduction to Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and soon, Public Argumentation. Her interests vary but are generally focused on applied communication skills. She is committed to campus-community connections. She believes that as a communication studies major you are especially well equipped to be out doing good things for our community and our democracy. To that end, she advocates the use of community based research as well as service learning, and is proud to be part of a department that values these teaching methods.