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

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

Office Hours: By Appointment

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 be Multiple Choice. The midterms will be worth 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
Example Test Questions Second Exam
Example Test Questions Final 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.


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

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  2. How do We Measure Congressional Polarization?

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  3. Party Polarization of the Voters

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  4. Polarization in National Institutions

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  5. Polarization in the News Media

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  6. The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization

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