POLSCI 190 - First-Year Seminar in Political Science
Section: 002 When An Identity Becomes Political
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Identity is a well-documented force in shaping political behavior and political attitudes. It is an influential tool for organizing political interests, asserting political voice, and interpreting political outcomes. Yet at the same time that identity is understood as a determining force in American politics, identity is widely understood to be subjective, permeable and constantly in-flux. In this course, students will explore how American politics both shapes, and is shaped by, our identities.

This course begins by exploring how and why identities are cultivated. We will consider how identities are institutionalized, and how and when they shift. We will then continue to explore how identities can shape political attitudes and patterns of political participation. Throughout the course, students will debate when patterns of identification serve American democratic ideals, as well as when they impede it. Drawing from these materials, students will develop their own theory about how to reduce those identity-based biases that impede access to a just and equitable democracy.

POLSCI 190 - First-Year Seminar in Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23539
Open
18
18Y1
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
31074
Open
18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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