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
Room 304D Baldwin Hall
WebSite: Course Home Page
Office Hours: By Appointment
The following texts will be
used in this course:
- Daniel Hopkins and John Sides. 2015. Political Polarization in American Politics
- James A. Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka (eds.). 2015. American Gridlock: The Sources,
Character, and Impact of Political Polarization.
- Nolan M. McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. 2016. Polarized America (2nd ed.)
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 ¼ 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".
Example Test Questions First Exam
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.
Introduction: What is Political Polarization and Why Does it Matter?
- Chapter 1, Polarized America
- Chapter 1, Political Polarization in American Politics
- How do We Measure Congressional Polarization?
- Party Polarization of the Voters
- Polarization in National Institutions
- Chapter 5, Polarized America
- Chapters 6 to 11, American Gridlock
- Polarization in the News Media
- The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization
- Chapter 6 and 7, Polarized America
- Chapter 16, American Gridlock
- Chapters 21 to 26, Political Polarization in American Politics
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