Spring 2009 not offered
This course allows students to analyze and evaluate whether or not parties and elections function as they are supposed to do according to democratic theory. Do they aggregate the opinions of a majority to create a mandate for governing, or is something else going on? Does the majority speak, or is it "spoken to" by a clever group of managers and consultants? Does the dog wag the tail, or the tail wag the dog? Students will read, discuss, and debate classic and new scholarship in the field of parties and elections, from James Madison to James Thurber. They will learn the secrets of polling and advertising. All of this will be done within the context of congressional elections in general and fall congressional elections in particular.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-American)
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Two research projects, mid-term, and final exam.
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Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor the professor will consider in making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
We will meet on Fridays from 11:00 - 12:20 several times in the first six weeks for instruction in SPSS. Do not sign up for this class if you cannot attend these sessions.
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