POSC 146: Mass Media and Public Opinion
This course introduces students to the role of mass media and public opinion in American politics. The course is broken up into roughly three parts. The first part focuses mostly on public opinion and survey research. The second part shifts the focus to public opinion and mass media. Finally, the third part focuses more narrowly on the role of mass media in American politics. The course asks and engages many questions: How is public opinion measured? Is it stable, and how is it used to assess public attitudes about policy preferences and by candidates seeking public office? Is the media biased? How does the media influence our thinking about matters of public and political importance? What role do elites play in how the mass public forms its opinions?