POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Winter 2022, Section 010 - American Political Development
Instruction Mode: Section 010 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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

Schedule

POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
20633
Closed
0
 
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MW 12:30PM - 2:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
21981
Open
9
 
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W 9:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
29767
Open
1
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
36044
Open
8
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
36046
Open
10
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
36048
Open
6
 
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Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (SEM)
 In Person
36050
Open
8
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
36291
Open
38
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
36292
Open
11
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
37127
Open
9
 
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M 2:30PM - 5:30PM
011 (SEM)
 In Person
37451
Open
10
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 2:00PM
012 (SEM)
 In Person
37555
Open
11
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
013 (SEM)
 In Person
38491
Open
10
 
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M 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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