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September 29 Sections: Read Hans Noel, “Ten Things Political Scientists Know That You Don’t”
October 4 Sections: Read David Wearing, “How Scientific is Political Science?”, Jill Lepore, “Long Division: Measuring the Polarization of American Politics,” and Arvind Kumar, “Essay on Whether Political Science is a Science or an Art?”
October 11 Sections: Read Peter Schuck, “James Q. Wilson and American Exceptionalism”; Andrew Roberts, “What Americanists Don’t Know about American Politics”
October 18 Sections: Read The Economist (unsigned), “The Art of the Lie”; Charlotte Alter and Michael Scherer, "The Truth is Out There"; Peter Wehrer, “Confirmation Bias and the Limits of Human Knowledge”; Peter Wehrer, “Have You Ever Been Wrong?”
October 20 Sections: Read Gil Troy, “The Campaign Triumphant”; and Kenneth Goldstein, Matthew Dallek, and Joel Rivlin, “Even the Geeks are Polarized: The Dispute over the ‘Real Driver’ in American Elections”
October 21 First exam.
October 25 Sections: Read Larry Bartels, “The Irrational Electorate,” Matthew Iglesias, "This is the Best Book to Help You to Understand the Wild 2016 Campaign" and R. Douglas Arnold, “Can Inattentive Citizens Control Their Elected Representatives?” Paper assigned.
October 27 Sections: Read Jamelle Bouie, “How Trump Happened”; Amanda Taub, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism”, and Mark Bauerlein, "A Conservative Scholar Makes the Case that Trump is the Disruptive Force America Needs"
November 10 Sections: Read Mark Fischer, "How Donald Trump Broke the Rules of Politics--and Won the White House"
November 11 No class (Veterans’ Day).
November 18 Second exam.
November 22 Sections: Read David Wong, "How Half of America Lost its F**king Mind"; Ezra Klein, “Unpopular Mandate”; , “Politics at the Precipice: Fixing Social Security in 2033”
November 24 No class (Thanksgiving break).
November 25 No class (Thanksgiving break).
November 29 Sections: Read Ezra Klein, “The Unpersuaded”; Kenneth S. Lowande and Sidney Milkis, “’We Can’t Wait’: Barack Obama, Partisan Polarization, and the Administrative Presidency”; Jonathan Rauch, "How American Politics Went Insane"
December 1 Sections: Read University of Virginia School of Law, “Scalia Defends Originalism as Best Methodology for Judging Law”; Ralph Rossum, “Justice Scalia’s Legacy of Originalism”; Ronald Lindsay, “Justice Scalia and Originalism: May They Rest in Peace; Jedediah Purdy, “Scalia’s Contradictory Originalism”
December 6 Sections: Read Paul Starr, ”; John Heltman, “Confessions of a Paywall Journalist”; Johan Norberg, “Why Can’t We See That We’re Living in a Golden Age?”
December 8 Sections: Read Shanto Iyengar, “The Media Game: New Moves, Old Strategies,” Brent Cunningham, “Re-thinking Objectivity" ; Craig Silverman, "This Analysis Shows How Fake News Stories Outperformed Real News on Facebook"
Wednesday, December 14 Final Exam from 2:30-4:30