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See 10/18 addition in yellow highlight below. POL 413: THE HUMAN BASIS OF POLITICS MWF 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. BRNG 1245 Fall 2010 PROF. ROSALEE CLAWSON OFFICE HOURS: E-MAIL: [email protected] Wednesday 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. OFFICE: BRNG 2250 and by appointment PHONE: 494-7599 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will investigate the sources, organization, content, and consequences of public opinion in American politics. We will grapple with the following questions: What is the role of citizens in a democratic society? How do we measure public opinion? Are citizens pliable? Do citizens organize their political thinking? Do citizens demonstrate and endorse democratic basics? What is the relationship between citizens and their government? Students will be expected to complete extensive reading assignments, analyze public opinion data, and participate actively in class discussions. COURSE OBJECTIVES Students will: Grapple with the role of public opinion in a democratic society. Gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the measurement of public opinion. Improve their reading and communication skills. Improve their critical thinking and empirical analysis skills. 1
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COURSE MATERIALS Required Books The books listed below are available at campus bookstores. They are also on reserve at the Hicks Undergraduate Library. Asher, Herbert. 2007. Polling and the Public: What Every Citizen Should Know . 7 th ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press. Clawson, Rosalee A., and Zoe M. Oxley. 2008. Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice . Washington, DC: CQ Press. (Designated as C&O below.) Required Readings Additional required readings are available either on the course website or through the library’s website. Readings marked with an asterisk below are available on the course website: http://blackboard.purdue.edu. Journal articles marked with a pound sign are available electronically through the library’s website: www.lib.purdue.edu. Information is provided in the Bibliography section of the syllabus to help you locate these articles. (If you do not know how to obtain articles from the library’s website, now is the time to learn. Ask a classmate or librarian to show you how to do it, or feel free to stop by my office during office hours.) COURSE REQUIREMENTS Attendance. Students are expected to attend class every day. If students miss a class, they are responsible for the material covered or announcements made that day. This class is driven by student discussion and interaction; thus, attendance is critical. If there are no more than 45 total absences for the entire class (which averages out to basically one absence per student over the course of the semester), then everyone will get a bonus of one percentage point. Class Participation (15%). Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the day’s readings. Thoughtful and careful assessment of the readings is expected. Informed and knowledgeable participation will make class time productive and enjoyable. In some cases, there is not a single “right” answer; rather, there are better and worse arguments.
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