POLS-Y 301: Political Parties and Interest Groups

POLS-Y 301 — Fall 2020 — Themester

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Instructor
Gerald Wright
Course Description

Political parties and interest groups, to many people, are like warts on the body politic. In this course you'll come to understand that parties and interest groups are actually necessary for democracy and how they shape our politics. We ask where do parties come from, and why are there only two stable ones in the U.S.?  What are the differences between parties and interest groups? Along the way we learn about third parties, political action committees, "dark money," and social movements.