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Undergraduate Course Spotlight - Fall 2016

POLS Y300 : CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL TOPICS (30232)

Topic Title: ELECTIONS 2016
Instructor: Wright, Gerald C.
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 120

Course Description:

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POLS Y317 : VOTING/ELECTIONS/PUBLIC OPINION (11993)

Instructor: Fraga, Bernard
Day & Time: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 004

Course Description:
Democracy is generally understood to be the basis of the American political system, with elections serving as the primary link between citizens and the representation they receive. Yet many of us stay home on election day, casual observers decry partisan politics, and polling reveals few Americans feel well represented by Congress. In this course, we will explore features of American electoral politics through three central questions, each addressing the points made above: Why do we vote? What drives us to vote for one candidate over another? When do our political opinions impact public policy? While we will emphasize the many answers political science provides, we will also pay attention to the way campaigns perceive voters, and how data journalism and data analysis can help us understand election results. Most of the course will focus on recent presidential and congressional elections, including analyzing the 2016 Presidential Election both before and after election day. The end goal of the course is to move beyond an us vs. them understanding of elections, and instead see how a scientific understanding of the electoral process can help explain the politics of today.

 

POLS Y318 : THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (10193)

Instructor: Kuchem, Matthew
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:

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POLS Y319 : THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS (13816)

Instructor: Badas, Alex
Day & Time: TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Jordan Hall A106

Course Description:

This class will analyze legislatures and legislators, with a focus on the U.S. Congress. Topics covered will include congressional elections, polarization in congress, explanations of congressional voting behavior, and how Congress interacts with the executive and the courts. Students will be required to write four article reviews, complete three exams, and write a 8-10 page research design paper.

 

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