The purpose of these assignments is threefold.
First, I want to develop your expertise in the nuances of your region's political
institutions, policy, and political culture. Secondly, I want to develop your
political science researching and analytical skills. All of these assignments
encourage you to think systematically about political phenomena, to think
theoretically, and to understand the importance of empirical verification—in
short, to become a political scientist. Thirdly, I want to develop your oral
and data presentation skills.These exercises are also designed to help you
do basic quantitative and qualitative analysis and present your findings to
your classmates using a variety of computer programs. Your presentations
will be available on-line here.
Your presentations will be available on-line here.
Responsibility Spring 2013
Division of Responsibility Spring 2013
Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia
|New South||Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland or Tenn|
|Northeast||New Jersey, New York, 2 of CT, MA, or PA|
|Pacific||California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii|
|Mountain Latino/South west||Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado|
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont
Here are my Oral
Presentation Guidelines for how to give a good presentation.
Here are my Oral Presentation Guidelines for how to give a good presentation.
Class Assignment #1 Socio-Economic and Demographic Analysis
Class Assignment #2 The Causes and Consequences of Interparty Competition
Class Assignment #3 Who is powerful and why? Who are the 600 pound gorillas in your states?
Class Assignment #4 Understanding Your State Legislatures
Class Assignment #5 Understanding Your State Governors
Class Assignment #6 Understanding Your State Judiciaries