POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Section: 005 American Political Development
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course has three aims. First, it will introduce doctoral students in political science and other disciplines to the burgeoning subfield of American Political Development. Second, it will bring focus to this introduction by surveying recent work on post-World War II American politics in historical perspective. In particular, we will explore the rise of an increasingly present national government that persists both despite and because of a right turn in U.S. politics since the 1960s. Third, it will help students develop and hone their skills in assessing comparative-historical analysis, and help them pose fruitful questions through the completion of a research design by semester’s end.

It is important to note that this is an introduction to, but not a comprehensive survey of, the APD literature. Notable absences include seminal work on the founding, U.S. state formation, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the development of the Presidency and of Congress, foreign policy, and much else besides. Our primary goal is to move back and forth between works by historians, historical sociologists, and APD scholars. We will try to exploit traditional history in order to develop methodologically and theoretically rich lines of inquiry in the political science study of U.S. politics as it unfolds over time.

This is not a survey of U.S. political history; a background in U.S. history is welcome but not required.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students. It is designed to be of interest to graduate students in political science, public policy, and economics.

Class Format:

Seminar

POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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24963
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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29766
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Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Note: This course will be titled "Political Psychology".
005 (SEM)
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26515
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27093
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Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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35094
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WF 10:30AM - 12:00PM
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