Democratic Citizenship (Government 1362)




This course examines the nature of public opinion and political participation in America. We will explore how people acquire, organize, and apply their political beliefs and values; historical and contemporary patterns of American public opinion, with particular emphasis on shifting conflicts of values and social groups; who takes part in politics and why; and the role of the media and political campaigns in the formation of public opinion and the mobilization of the electorate. We will examine the linkage between public opinion, participation, and public policy, with special attention to whether ordinary citizens can discharge the responsibilities of democratic citizenship.