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Rebecca U Thorpe
POL S 550
Seattle Campus

American Politics Core

Systematic survey of the American government and politics literature; focuses on national politics.

Class description

This is the core seminar in American politics. While the main purpose the course is to survey primary literature in the field, the course will also emphasize the role of institutional structures and power arrangements in shaping (or distorting) political representation, participation, exclusion, state development and policy change. The expectation is that students will develop an understanding of the varying approaches and research agendas in the American politics field, and will be able to identify basic themes in how political power operates in the US. The course will help prepare students for a comprehensive exam in American politics and for independent research in the field.

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General method of instruction

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Class assignments and grading

Reading Presentations Participation Comprehensive literature review


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.
Last Update by Rebecca U Thorpe
Date: 11/07/2013