POL S 356
Causes of political change in democratic countries, including public opinion, social movements, interest group activity, and party organization. Offered: jointly with SOC 356.
Description: This course examines contemporary American politics, focusing on elections and their consequences. The course considers the underlying social, economic, religious, political and legal factors that affect what the issues are, the competition between Democrats and Republicans, the outcomes of recent elections, and their short- and long-term consequences.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Prerequisites: Introductory course in sociology or political science; suitable for non-majors.
Texts: The Right Nation, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge; and Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, by Morris P. Fiorina, with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope; and a selection of articles.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: Two mid-term examinations and a final
Grading: First mid-term: 25%; Second mid-term: 30%; Final Exam: 35%; Participation: 10%.