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POLI 2334 Political Behavior and Participation (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

How do citizens form opinions about politics, and how do these attitudes influence their participation in political life? This course addresses these questions by surveying the most prominent sources of influence on the political orientations of individuals, including personality effects, socialization, interpersonal dynamics, cognitive biases, and the news media. We then apply these findings to the most common forms of political behavior, including party affiliation, electoral participation, activism, and protest, aiming to explain why different citizens support different political candidates and causes-as well as why some members of the public engage extensively in political activity while others remain uninvolved.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David A. Hopkins

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-15