Listen to one of the 2012 presidential (or vice presidential) debates (and obtain the transcript — it should be easy to find on the web or here Identify a theoretical claim made by one of the candidates (even better if you can find an example of a theoretical disagreement between the candidates) about some aspect of social order, cooperation, or coordination. Use the candidate's words to document his point of view on the question and relate it to a theorist we have read (again using quotes).

First presidential debate: Wednesday, October 3
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour

Vice presidential debate:Thursday, October 11
Centre College, Danville, KY
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News

Second presidential debate (town meeting format):Tuesday, October 16
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union

Third presidential debate:Monday, October22
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation