Fall 2021 - POL 121 D100
Political Engagement: From the Streets to the Ballot Box (3)
Class Number: 3778
Delivery Method: In Person
An introduction to political action and behaviour. Politics involves the struggle for power and influence. Nowhere is this more evident than when individuals mobilize and engage in political action, whether in a revolution to overthrow an authoritarian regime, protesting on the street against the government, or voting on Election Day. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.
This course gives students the tools to understand political participation, and to be engaged citizens. To that end, we answer a number of broad questions related to crucial aspects of political behaviour and citizenship. How do citizens participate, and what are some of the major changes that have recently transpired in terms of citizens' (and non-citizens') engagement with their governments? Why have these changes taken place? In particular will be investigating contemporary political phenomena including explanations for voter turnout and its decline, the rise of protest politics, and the spread of online engagement.
Likewise, we will look at variations in participation across countries, and across types of engagement. Why does political participation and engagement look so different in various parts of the world? For example, why have large-scale anti-system demonstrations appeared in some countries and not others in recent years? To answer this question, we will be investigating some of the legal, social, and cultural factors that provide the opportunities and constraints for political engagement.
The two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial will include a mixture of lecture, group discussions, in-class assignments and audio-visual content. By the conclusion of the course, students will have both the tools to understand different types of political engagement, and to themselves be active citizens in their polity.
- Participation 10%
- Major project proposal 5%
- Midterm 20%
- Critical essay 15%
- Major project group and individual submissions 20%
- Final exam (Date & location TBD) 30%
Dalton, Russell J. Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies - Seventh Edition. CQ Press: Washington DC, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1544351780
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