Prof. Jeremiah Garretson
POL102.02: Introduction to American Politics
Fall 2012, T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm
Melville LBR W4550
Office Hours: 2-5pm Wed. or BY APPOINTMENT
Soc Bev Sci Building #S713
POL 102: Introduction to American Politics
How the Electoral College Works
The actual electors are selected in a variety of ways in the
Each party lines up electors for its candidate prior to the
Each state receives a numb
What is public opinion?
The aggregate of individual attitudes or
beliefs about certain issues or officials.
They are considered the most reliable indicator of
what the public is thinking.
Is Public Opinion Stable?
Depending on the issue,
The News Media
and the Internet
The Mass Media
What is the Mass Media?
The vast array of sources of information that are
available to the public.
Social Networks like Facebook
The job of courts is to resolve legal disputes
using the adversarial system.
Under an adversarial system, each party
presents its version of events, with virtually
all attempts to slant information short of
lying under oath
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states that the
president must be:
a natural-born citizen (or a citizen at the time the
Constitution was adopted)
at least 35 years old
a resident o
Preliminary Class Schedule: - Updated 10-17-12
Part 1: The Founding Period and Political Thought, Public Opinion,
Political Culture, and the Press
Aug 28th: Introduction to Course, Why Government?
Read: GTD Chapter 1
Aug 30th: Film
Sept. 4th: Labor Day -
Outline for today:
1. An Unsolved Puzzle
2. The Origins of Political Support for Gay
3. Elite Polarization and DADT in 1993
4. Motivated Reasoning
5. Social Change
An Unsolved Puzzle
Why do (ex
Red State, Blue State Slides
It turns out, when we analyze voting
behavior, economic issues are nearly
always more responsible for the way
people vote then cultural issues.
Cultural issues polarize party activists and
2nd Quiz: Elliss Founding Brother
1) Who shot Alexander Hamilton?
a) John Adams
b) Nathanial Pendleton
c) Aaron Burr
d) Gouverneur Morris
2) What was the context of Hamilton's murder?
e) He was shot during the 1st meeting of the 2nd
Midterm Exam: Women and Politics
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POL102: Introduction to American Government
Quiz (1) for Milk (1984)(Part)
Also Political Philosophy Lecture 9-6-12(Part)
1. Where was Harvey Milk's Hometown?
A) Brooklyn, NY
B) Long Island, NY
C) Orange County, CA
D) Portland, OR
2. What was the composit
Review for Exam
Lectures (~60-70%+ of exam)
Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, and 11 in GTD
Ellis, Zaller, American Voter Readings
Exerts from Sundquist and Rohde
Readings (~20-30% of exam)
The Times of Harvey Milk and John
Review for Exam
Exam II Review Slides
(Partial, excluding 11/13/12)
Review for Exam
All Lectures since last exam including
Lectures (~70-80% of exam)
Chapters 5, 10, 12, 13, and 15 in
Exerts from Fiorina and Gelman
Voting and Participation
Americans enjoy near universal opportunities to vote.
Voting, in short, is a gateway to power, and so there are always
battles over who gets access to the ballot.