Public Opinion and American Democracy OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on the U.S. Political System by MIT

Published Feb 28, 2009

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'Public Opinion and American Democracy' is OpenCourseWare offered by MIT. It explores the relationship between the American political system and public opinion. This course is part of an undergraduate political science curriculum.

Public Opinion and American Democracy: Course Specifics

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Public Opinion and American Democracy: Course Description

By focusing on the American democratic process and the people's involvement in that process, Professor Adam Berinsky examines what effect public opinion has on the political process. Main topics of the course include what exactly is public opinion and how public opinion is formed and measured. This political science course also delves into the changes in public opinion over the decades and the influences of polling, TV and electronic media. Berinsky also focuses on how the views and stances civic and political groups hold and how media coverage affect public opinion and the policies that result. The course also examines how exactly public opinion and American democracy should be connected.

A detailed reading list, lecture topics and assignments are included with the course. To learn more, visit the opinion and democracy course page.

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