17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Public Opinion

Spring 2004

Picketers protest A-76 process on Building 1's lawn.
Picketers protest A-76 process on Building 1's lawn. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: National Institutes of Health.)

Course Highlights

An extensive bibliography and a complete set of assignment questions for each class session.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the vast literature devoted to public opinion. In the next 12 weeks, we will survey the major theoretical approaches and empirical research in the field of political behavior (though we will only tangentially discuss political  participation and voting). For the most part we will focus on American public opinion, though some of the work we will read is comparative in nature.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Adam Berinsky

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session