POLSCI 630 - Proseminar in American Political Behavior
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Political behavior is a central component of democratic politics and one of the largest areas of research in political science. This courses focuses on mass political behavior in the United States. It encompasses the study of public opinion, voting behavior, and political participation. It is as much about the study of political behavior as about political behavior itself. We consider the meaning and measurement of the concept. We examine classic debates with implications for the competence of citizens, including voter ignorance, rationality, sophistication, and tolerance. We review how voters make electoral decisions and survey the major ingredients of opinion. We consider the factors that cause some individuals to become deeply engaged and active in politics, while others are largely disconnected from civic and political life. We study the impact of social environments, election campaigns, and elite sources of information. Finally we consider the responsiveness of political leaders to the views of the public as well as general questions of representation.

This is an American Subfield course.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation is based on brief assignments, weekly participation, and a final research paper.


POLSCI 630 - Proseminar in American Political Behavior
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
W 9:00AM - 12:00PM

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