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Spring 2015-2016
POL 478 / COS 478 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Politics in the Age of Digital Media

Young Mie Kim

This course is a seminar designed for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students who have an interest in the role digital media play in politics. Through this course, students have opportunities to examine the role of digital media and its implications for political communication with the enduring "big" questions that have been raised in the study of politics in a democratic society. Topics include information abundance and misinformation, partisan outlets and polarization, data analytics and microtargeting in election campaigns, "new" types of group politics exemplified in MoveOn, Tea Parties.

Sample reading list:
Hersch, Eitan D., Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigners Perceive Voters
Karpf, David, The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation
Chadwick, Andrew, The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power
Bond, et al., A 61-Million-Peron Experiment in Social Influence
Prior, Markus, Post-Broadcast Democracy
Bimber, Bruce, Information and American Democracy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Response Papers (1 page, each week); Discussion Questions (1, each week); Discussion Leadership (1 or 2); Cutting-Edge Research Introduction; Undergraduate Student Only: Term Paper - Designing Future Politics (8 pages, 12 point, double-spaced) Graduate Student Only: Research Proposal (15 pages, 12 point, double-spaced)

Papers - 35%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
The class is open to advanced undergraduate students, as well as graduate students. Graduate students who study social sciences, information technology, and data science are strongly encouraged to take the class.

Reserved Seats:
Open to COS Concentrators Only 3
Open to POL Concentrators Only 6
Open to Graduate Students Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43789 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:9 Limit:15