Syllabus

Course Requirements

Each student will write three reaction papers during the semester; these should be emailed to the instructors by Monday at 4pm and will be worth 20 percent of the final grade. Each paper should be no longer than 4 double-spaced pages. Class participation is worth an additional 20 percent. A final article-length research paper, which must include original data analysis, will be worth 60 percent and is due at the end of the semester.

Grades


ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Reaction Papers (Three Total) 20%
Class Participation 20%
Article-length Research Paper 60%

Calendar


LEC # TOPICS
1 Organizational Meeting
2 Participation
3 Voter Turnout
4 Participation-Policy Linkages
5 Party Identification
6 Vote Choice
7 Political Information
8 Political Behavior Research Considerations
9 Political Campaigns
10 Media Effects
11 Congressional Elections
12 Sophisticated Voting / Minor Party Candidates
13 Partisan Realignment