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Paul Burstein
POL S 356
Seattle Campus

Society and Politics

Causes of political change in democratic countries, including public opinion, social movements, interest group activity, and party organization. Offered: jointly with SOC 356.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 08/14/2007