POLS-Y 567: Public Opinion – Approaches and Issues
This course explores the structure and dynamics of American public opinion, providing a broad-based introduction to the forces that shape citizens’ social and political attitudes in the contemporary United States. We will focus our analysis in three major areas: definitions of public opinion and theories of opinion formation; how public opinion is measured, how it is influenced, and how it, in turn, influences governmental policy; and public opinion in specific issue areas of contemporary American politics.
Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help each member of the class arrive at a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the forces that shape American beliefs, attitudes, and opinions, the ways that those views are expressed in the public sphere, and the process by which the public will is discerned and translated into legislative outcomes.
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This is a Full Semester course. Participants may register for one Full Semester course OR one course each in Winter/Spring I and Winter/Spring II.
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