To reinforce the emphasis on exposure to empirical research, in addition to class discussion, lecture time includes quizzes, class surveys, and class experiments. The class data collection and their subsequent analysis sets the tone for the second half of the semester. TUTORIALS: The tutorials aim to support what is covered in the lectures and the timeline for course assignments. In the weeks preceding the midterm, the tutorials will focus on problem solving and reviewing the economic theory. Following the midterm, the tutorials will support you in preparing for your presentation and research proposal as well as reviewing key econometric concepts integral to the empirical work will we discuss in the lectures. PROBLEM SETS:There will be two problem sets that address the material covered in the lectures. The first problem set will be due before the midterm and the second after the midterm, on weeks 4 and 10. The goal of the problems is to help you internalize some of the theoretical and empirical concepts obtained in class. To earn credit, you must hand in your work on time. There are no extensions. If you cannot make it to class, you may email your problem set to the TA no later than 1:00pm on the day it is due. QUIZZES: There will be 5 in-class graded quizzes (no makeups) given following the midterm. The quizzes will refer to that week’s readings andare used to facilitate subsequent discussion and encourage class preparation as well as provide me with valuable feedback on your collective understanding. I will provide aggregate survey results when applicable and possible. MIDTERM:There will be a midterm in class on week 5 focusing on the theory. The midterm will include any material we address by then, including the readings we address in class. The midterm will comprise a mix of analytical problems, as well as multiple-choice and short essay questions. PRESENTATION:In the second half of the course, we will cover empirical studies that assess the influence of media on voters and political outcomes. Groups of 2-4 students will be asked to contribute by discussing recent empirical work that is related to and builds on the required readings of the week. Each team will have 5-10 minutes to present a paper listed in the course references for that week but is not required (*) or a paper that cites one of the required readings. A signup sheet will be accessible after the midterm. Each group is asked to prepare 4-8 slides that accompany the presentation. The presentation should explain how the paper you chose (a) relates to that week’s readings, (b) makes use of data to contribute to our assessment of the readings, and (c) deepens our understanding of the readings (e.g., what do you understand more about x by reading y). The evaluation is based on the three elements above, in additional to the timing and coherence of the presentation as well as the quality of the slides.
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