Studies interaction between U.S. governmental institutions at all levels and civil society. Examines a variety of theoretical viewpoints and the relationships between private and public institutions, behaviors, and traditions.
This course discusses major issues involving the political institutions and processes surrounding class, status and income relationships in the United States. We will emphasize issues of social class along with the institutional implications arising how class issues are perceived. The latter part of the course will consider the distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. over the last 50 years through an examination of recent changes in this distribution. The â€śshifting of riskâ€? will be assessed as to its impact on institutional responses.
Student learning goals
Help students critically interpret and assess information regarding a variety of political ideologies institutional arrangements.
Enable students to know where and how to identify primary sources for political information and analysis and evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically
Enable students to advance studentsâ€™ understanding of how class operates in the US.
To promote studentsâ€™ ability to think critically about different perspectives and ideologies among the public and scholars.
Students will be able to explain political outcomes from a variety of different perspectives on inequality and evaluate critically the political institutions and processes impacting wealth in the US.
Describe the agents of political and class socialization and their impact.
General method of instruction
Lecture Small group
Awareness of political debates in the United States
Class assignments and grading
Participation Exams Research Essay
All essay questions except for participation and group work.