Political Science (Political Behavior) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Level Class Studying Politics in the U.S.

Published Feb 08, 2009

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Using research and theories, 'Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political Behavior' explores the inner workings and effects of the U.S. political system in terms of voting, campaigns, elections and party affiliations. Offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this free OpenCourseWare may be of interest to students pursuing a master's degree in political science or studying the social sciences.

Political Science (Political Behavior): Course Specifics

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Political Science (Political Behavior): Course Description

Developed by Professors Barry Posen and Andrea Campbell, this free OpenCourseWare examines politics as it relates to political involvement, elections, voting habits, political disparity and political groups. Students explore methodologies and theoretical models of political science, such as the classic realignment theory and the issue evolution theory. Historical and current examples of political events are used to aid in the understanding of these theories and models. Students taking 'Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political Behavior' are asked to think about relevant questions pertaining to issues, such as effects of the media, third-party candidates and demographic voting choices and how these issues can be addressed through empirical research or models. The Political Science Department of MIT originally offered this course in a seminar format.

This OpenCourseWare includes discussion questions, a crib sheet and a detailed reading list. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the theories of behaviors in politics course page.

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