Polarized Politics

Full Title: 
Polarized Politics: The Myth of a Divided America
Instructor: 
Cindy Wallace/Matthew Dull
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2012
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
112

Who defines us? Students will be asked to examine personally held beliefs in light of those held by classmates, the campus, the state, and the nation. Additionally, you will create proposed legislation after researching a public policy issue.

Public policy provides a multitude of opportunities to identify differences of opinion and various ideas for resolving problems facing the nation.
 
This course will address how the American public generally holds moderate political preferences, but political elites are by definition extremists. This course will discuss the role of contemporary media (internet, blogs, cable TV, etc…) in propagating the idea of a divided America. Students will research individual issues which supposedly divide the country. Ultimately the solutions with the most likely probability of working can be found within moderate policy proposals.
 
NOTE: Learning Community restricted section. Co-enrollment in P S 1100-601 is required. This course is part of the theme This American Life in the Historical and Social perspective.

 

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:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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