POLSCI 630 - Proseminar in American Political Behavior
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar is as much about the study of public opinion as about public opinion itself. The course briefly considers the meaning and measurement of the concept and the origins of contemporary research. The course examines a number of critical, classic debates about mass beliefs with implications for the quality of democratic citizenship, including voter rationality, political tolerance, racial attitudes and party identification. The course then review more recent efforts to explain and model opinion formation — economic or identity-driven, self-interested or symbolic, cognitive or emotional, including the impact of the mass media, election campaigns, and the social and political context. Finally the course considers the larger consequences of public opinion, including aggregate and long-term shifts, as well as the responsiveness of political leaders to opinion polls.

This is an American Subfield course.

POLSCI 630 - Proseminar in American Political Behavior
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001 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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