Rebecca U Thorpe
POL S 550
Systematic survey of the American government and politics literature; focuses on national politics.
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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Reading Presentations Participation Comprehensive literature review