POLS 4615: THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS

Fall Semester AY2017-2018
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: 301 Baldwin Hall
Time: 2:30 - 3:20PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Course 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 be Multiple Choice. The midterms will be worth each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The Multiple Choice exams will be about 25-30 questions each for the Midterms and 40-50 questions for the final. They will be straightforward with no "tricks".

The first exam is scheduled for Friday, 22 September 2017, 2:30 - 3:20PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 20 October 2017, 2:30 - 3:20PM.

The Final Exam is scheduled for Friday, 8 December 2017, 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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  4. Polarization in National Institutions

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  5. Polarization in the News Media

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  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization

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