Democracy in Action

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Democracy in Action: From Voting to Revolution
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198: TR 9:30 - 10:45 AM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of effective forms of civic engagement within the framework of the American Political System and the current climate of extreme political polarization. The first half of the course will provide students with a foundation of how the institutions and culture of America promote and at times hinder effective civic engagement. The second half of the course will begin with an examination of the costs and benefits of a variety of conventional (voting, donating money) and non-conventional (protests, rioting, hacking) forms of political participation.  Next, we will discuss opportunities and actions which citizens can engage in to effectively influence the policies and politics of our local and global communities. 

Note: Co-enrollment in PS1100-601 is required. 


Phillip J. Ardoin is a Professor of American Politics and serves as Chair of the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I also currently serve with Dr. Paul Gronke as Co-Editor of PS: Political Science and Politics, which is the journal of record for the American Political Science Association. Prior to being selected to serve as Department Chair, I served as President of the North Carolina Political Science Association and Director of the Department of Government and Justice Studies' graduate program in Political Science. From 2009-2011 my family and I lived on the campus of ASU as the Faculty in Residence in Frank Hall. My research interest address a broad array of issues within the field of American Politics. I am currently working on several research projects that range from an analysis of factors which influence Partisan Polarization in the N.C. General Assembly to an examination of the influence of college student voting on local elections throughout the United States and attitudes of political elites regarding college student voting. My most recent publications are available by clicking the research link on the left column of this page. Over the last few years I have taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at ASU which include American National Politics (PS 1100), American Legislative Politics (PS 3230), The Presidency and Executive Branch (PS 4230), Fight Club Politics (Hon 3000), Scope and Methods (PS 5001), Presidential Elections (PS 5500), and Washington at Work (PS 3535/5535).

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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