17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process

Spring 2004

Popular vote results for Al Gore in 2000 election.
Popular vote results for Al Gore in 2000 U.S. Presidential election. (Image courtesy of the Federal Election Commission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and downloadable assignments.

Course Description

This class introduces students to innovative as well as classic approaches to studying U.S. government. The writing assignments will help you explore, through a variety of lenses, statis and change in the American political system over the last three decades. In the end each student will have a solid grounding in our national political institutions and processes, sharper reading and writing skills, and insight into approaching politics critically and analytically.
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Prof. Adam Berinsky

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session