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Fall Semester AY2016-2017
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615

Classroom: 309 Sanford Hall
Time: 2:30 - 3:20PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

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

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


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, 23 September 2016, 2:30 - 3:20PM.
The second exam is scheduled for Friday, 21 October 2016, 2:30 - 3:20PM.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:30 - 5:30PM.

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


  2. How do We Measure Congressional Polarization?


  3. Party Polarization of the Voters


    First Exam Study Questions

  4. Polarization in National Institutions


    Second Exam Study Questions

  5. Polarization in the News Media


  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization


    Final Exam Study Questions

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