POLS 4615: THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS

Fall Semester AY2016-2017
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: 309 Sanford Hall
Time: 2:30 - 3:20PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Requirements

Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exams will consist of short answer essay questions. The midterms will be worth each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 23 September 2016, 2:30 - 3:20PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 21 October 2016, 2:30 - 3:20PM.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:30 - 5:30PM.


Course Outline
  1. Introduction: What is Political Polarization and Why Does it Matter?

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  2. How do We Measure Congressional Polarization?

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  3. Party Polarization of the Voters

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    First Exam Study Questions

  4. Polarization in National Institutions

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    Second Exam Study Questions


  5. Polarization in the News Media

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  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization

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    Final Exam Study Questions



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