COURSE SYLLABUS Political Science 3333: Political Behavior 1:00-5:30 p.m.

, Monday and Wednesday, Five-Week Summer Session, 2011 Contact Information Professor: (Dr.) Marianne Stewart Office E-Mail: mstewart@utdallas.edu Office Hours: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and by appointment Office Location: 3.226 GR Office Phone: (972) 883-2011 Teaching Assistant: (Ms.) Joy Francisco Office E-Mail: jbf094020@utdallas.edu Office Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, and by appointment Office Location: 3.314 GR Office Phone: (972) 883-6416 Course Information In general, this undergraduate course focuses on the sources, distribution, and consequences of why some people vote but others do not, how people make political choices, and how they participate in politics in other ways. In particular, the course objectives are to help students learn to: • describe the behavioral approach to the study of politics, as well as the key concepts and major measures of various types of political behavior; • evaluate several explanations of the sources and distribution of voting, political choice, and other types of political behavior; • assess the consequences of political behavior for the making of public policy and the viability of democratic regimes. Required Books Clarke, Harold D., Allan Kornberg, and Thomas J. Scotto. 2009. Making Political Choices: Canada and The United States. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-9674-6 (pbk) Dalton, Russell J. 2008. Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, 5th edition. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press. ISBN 978-087289-537-9 (pbk)

Course Schedule May 23-25. An Introduction to The Course/Studying Political Behavior: Approach, Two Participation Theories. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, chs. 1-2 May 30. Memorial Day - No Class.

The Behavioral

June 1-6. Defining Political Behavior: Electoral, Communal, and Protest Participation. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, ch. 3.

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June 8. Exercise #1. June 8. Explaining The Participation Decision: Alternative Models. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, ch. 4. Clarke, Kornberg and Scotto, Making Political Choices, ch. 8. June 13. Explaining The Participation Decision: Society and Ideology/Mass Media and Political Learning. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, chs. 5-6. June 15. Exercise #2. June 15. Explaining Political Choice: Alternative Models. Required Reading Clarke, Kornberg and Scotto, Making Political Choices, ch. 1. June 20. Explaining Political Choice: Social Bases and Political Partisanship/Political Attitudes and Valence Politics. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, chs. 8-9-10. Clarke, Kornberg and Scotto, Making Political Choices, chs. 2-7. June 22. Exercise #3. June 22. Explaining Political Choice: Political Institutions/The Consequences of Political Behavior in Contemporary Democracies. Required Reading Dalton, Citizen Politics, chs. 7, 11-12. Clarke, Kornberg and Scotto, Making Political Choices, ch. 9.

Grading Criteria and Requirements Class Participation = 10%. Regular attendance, assigned reading prior to class meetings when they will be discussed, and constructive contributions to class discussions. 3 In-Class Written Exercises @ 30%: Each exercise is in-class and closed-note/book, and consists of 3-5 straightforward questions based on assigned readings and class lectures. The three exercises are scheduled for June 8, June 15, and June 22. All students are expected to comply with these dates – no makeups will be given. A+: 97-100%; A: 93-96%; A-: 90-92%; B+: 84-89%; B: 77-83%; B-: 70-76%; C+: 67-69%; C: 64-66%; C-: 60-63%; D+: 57-59%; D: 54-56%; D-: 50-53%; F: Below 50%.

Note In addition the above, students are expected to: • know that this syllabus, including course schedule, is subject to change at the discretion of the Professor; • read related policy material at http://go.utdallas.edu/syllabus-policies.

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