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POLS 4790: THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS

Fall Semester AY2014-2015
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: Baldwin 305
Time: 1:25 - 2:15PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

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

Office Hours: Thursday 3:00 - 5:00PM

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, 26 September 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 7 November 2014, 1:25 - 2:15PM.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:00 - 2:00PM.


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

    Assignment:


  2. How do We Measure Polarization of the Elites?

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  3. Income Inequality and Political Polarization

    Assignment:


    First Exam Study Questions

  4. Post 1960s Political Polarization

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    Second Exam Study Questions

  5. George W. Bush and the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections

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  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization

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    Final Exam Study Questions

  7. The Future of American Politics

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    • Conclusion, Political Bubbles



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