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
Room 304D Baldwin Hall
WebSite: Course Home Page
Office Hours: By Appointment
The following texts will be
used in this course:
- Daniel Hopkins and John Sides. 2015. Political Polarization in American Politics
- James A. Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka (eds.). 2015. American Gridlock: The Sources,
Character, and Impact of Political Polarization.
- Nolan M. McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. 2016. Polarized America (2nd ed.)
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 ¼ 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
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.
Introduction: What is Political Polarization and Why Does it Matter?
- Chapter 1, Polarized America
- Chapter 1, Political Polarization in American Politics
- How do We Measure Congressional Polarization?
- Party Polarization of the Voters
- Polarization in National Institutions
- Chapter 5, Polarized America
- Chapters 6 to 11, American Gridlock
- Polarization in the News Media
- The Public Policy Consequences of Political Polarization
- Chapter 6 and 7, Polarized America
- Chapter 16, American Gridlock
- Chapters 21 to 26, Political Polarization in American Politics
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