HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Fall 2020, Section 001 - One Person, One Vote? Gerrymandering, Redistricting Reform, & Public Opinion
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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Details

Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
25
Class Misc Info:
Meets 09/22/20 - 11/17/20. (Drop/Add deadline=10/05/20.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Instructor:

Description

Since the early days of American Democracy, politicians have been finding ways to draw districts to benefit themselves and their party. While redistricting rules are supposed to protect the principle of “one person, one vote,” and this standard has been upheld by the Supreme Court, partisan gerrymandering still persists. Many see this as a threat to the integrity of our democracy because it erodes the sense that our votes are the unadulterated expression of our political preferences. More recently, various reform efforts have sprung up across the country aimed at changing the way districts are drawn. While much has been done to study the proposals’ efficacy, little research has been done on how people form their opinions on these reforms. Do people act only in political self-interest, or do considerations of fairness matter too? How much of a role do partisan cues and the way the issue is communicated play? Ultimately, this course has a dual purpose: 1) to explore the history and current political movements around the definition of districts, the fundamental units in which our votes are counted; and 2) to use redistricting as a case to study how political opinions are formed more broadly.

Course Requirements:

Attend class weekly, complete brief assignments, and participate in our online and in-class discussions.

Intended Audience:

Honors students in their first year at the University of Michigan

Schedule

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
18294
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This section does not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/22 through 11/17.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
16965
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This section does not start the first week of classes.This section meets 9/23 through 11/18.
003 (SEM)
 In Person
17423
Open
2
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This section does not start the first week of classes.This section meets 9/22 through 11/17.
004 (SEM)
 In Person
22910
Closed
0
 
-
M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This section does not start the first week of classes.This section meets 9/21 through 11/16.
005 (SEM)
 In Person
17934
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
F 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This section does not start the first week of classes.This section meets 9/25 through 11/20.

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