This junior seminar has two goals, one substantive, the other methodological. Substantively, the course considers the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation: how and under what conditions do institutional changes intended to enhance the representation of marginalized groups—from suffrage extensions to voting rules to electoral quotas—lead to policy change that benefit those groups? Our readings and discussions will consider the effects of institutional changes in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and South Asia. Methodologically, this data-intensive course is part of an initiative to enhance data science offerings in the political science major.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course.
Junior seminars fulfill upper division requirements for the major.
Subfield: Comparative Politics or Methods*
* Please note that the seminar is not a replacement of PS3, see prerequisites below.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status.
Must have completed Data8 or PS3. Please add yourself to the waitlist so that your record can be reviewed. Once confirmed your enrollment will be updated by the Department. Priority will be given to students who received strong grades in Data8 or PS3.