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審定:無
翻譯:馬景文(簡介並寄信)
譯者註:輔助教室
譯者所設置自學書院網站設有本課程的輔助教室,內容包括部份閱讀文章的翻譯本,中文文獻連結,和自學者論壇。

編輯:侯嘉玨(簡介並寄信)

教學大綱

這課程提供大量有關民意文獻的導讀。在接下來的十二個星期內,我們會檢視政治行為範疇中主要的理論方法和經驗研究(但我們只會略為討論政治參與和投票)。雖然部份讀物內容是和其他國家比較,但大部份課程乃著重於美國的民意。

研討課會集中詳盡分析每星期的指定書目。雖然我希望大部份課堂時間是用於小組討論,但我一般會先談論這些每週書目。研討課結束前,我會簡單介紹下星期的書目-簡短敘述並提出一些議題讓大家思考。

每星期,班上一半同學要遞交不隔行的單頁短文、內容針對這星期的書目的回應。短文應涉及多本指定讀物,舉例來說,可包括以下一種或多種的內容:並列和評論一個獨立主題的不同解釋和處理方法;批評所採用的方法和提出其他研究策略;批評某一架構的概念化內容和其量化手法;分析一組數據的含意;提出研究的新題目或假定;對看過文獻中的論點展現你的贊同或反對的論證或研究。一般而言,論文要有論點,而非文獻摘要或描述。短文應在星期一中午前遞交,我會在星期二的課程最後提出評語和發還短文。短文是研討課的起點。

評分

你的評分包括短文的成績(25%),課堂參與(參與的質和量,也是25%)和學期末的論文(50%)。期末論文有不同形式:自選題目的標準文獻評論;原創的實証研究報告;甚至是畢業論文的初稿。學期稍後時,我將再多提供一些論文的細節。


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the vast literature devoted to public opinion. In the next 12 weeks, we will survey the major theoretical approaches and empirical research in the field of political behavior (though we will only tangentially discuss political participation and voting). For the most part we will focus on American public opinion, though some of the work we will read is comparative in nature.

Each seminar will center on a critical analysis of the assigned readings for the week. Although I hope that much of our class time will be spent in group discussion, I will typically open with a commentary on the week's readings. At the end of each seminar I will introduce the next week’s readings – describing them briefly and suggesting issues for you to think about.

Each week, one-half of the class will be required to write a short essay responding to the week's readings, no longer than one single-spaced page. These essays should try to engage a number of the week’s readings, by, for example, doing one or more of the following: juxtaposing and commenting on alternative explanations or approaches to a substantive topic; criticizing the methodologies used and proposing other strategies of research; criticizing the conceptualization and/or measurement of a particular construct; analyzing the implications of a set of findings; suggesting new questions or hypotheses for research; developing similarities and contrasts with arguments or research found in the readings from previous weeks. More generally, these papers should contain an argument, not a summary or description of the readings. These papers should be turned in to me no later than noon on the Monday before the scheduled Tuesday meeting. I will comment on them and turn them back at the end of Tuesday’s session. These essays will serve as the starting point for our discussion.

Grades

Your grade will depend on your performance on these papers (25%), your participation in class discussions (quality of participation weighted by volume of participation, another 25%), and a term paper due at the end of the term (50%). This paper may take several forms: a standard literature review on a topic of your choosing; a report of original empirical research; even a first run at a dissertation prospectus. I will provide more details about this paper later in the term.


 
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