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Christopher S Parker
POL S 553
Seattle Campus

Public Opinion

Selected problems in opinion formation, characteristics, and role of public opinion in policy-making process.

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Description: This course examines various facets of American public opinion. Substantively, the first section of the course surveys the ingredients of opinion including beliefs, values, and the concomitant schemas. In the second portion, we consider how these ingredients drive opinion in the areas of race and tolerance. Along the way, we encounter the ways in which opinion is manipulated through experimentation and framing. The final part of the course is devoted to practical issues surrounding survey research. Here, we consider measurement and methodological issues as they pertain to constructing the survey instrument.

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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 11/28/2007