17W New Course Offering: Misperceptions in Politics, QSS 30.08 (crosslist GOV 83.09 pending)

Many citizens hold misperceptions about political facts. To what extent do misperceptions distort people’s preferences and bias public opinion? This seminar examines the causes and consequences of misperceptions, strategies for correcting misperceptions, and the tools scholars use to study misperceptions scientifically. These tools include surveys, experiments, and a widely used statistical computing program (R). Over the course of the quarter, students will collaborate with the instructor to design, execute, and report an original experimental study of misperceptions. Dist: QDS

Offered in Winter 0217 at the 2 hour with Professor DJ Flynn. (syllabus)

Friday, October 7, 2016