Comparative Public Opinion

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Public Opinion

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Intro to Politics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course will examine public opinion in a comparative context, with particular focus on political attitudes and beliefs in the United States and Western Europe.
    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    ? Demonstrate a command of public opinion research;
    ? Evaluate critically the design and implementation of public opinion surveys, including sampling techniques and survey questionnaire design;
    ? Explore the determinants of public opinion using publically available survey databases, such as the American National Election Studies and the Eurobarometer;
    ? Explore the contextual factors that influence individual public opinion from the perspective of the civic and political culture, political ideologies, values, and left-right orientations;
    ? Assess the implications of aggregate public opinion for both democratic and authoritarian nation-states;
    ? Understand the debate over the level of political sophistication and citizen competence in the United States and Western Europe;
    ? Analyse how political attitudes and beliefs lead to acts of political participation, including voting;
    ? Assess the degree to which aggregate public opinion acts as a constraint on elites, particularly in the policy-making process;
    ? Conduct a rigorous analysis using publicly available survey databases;
    ? Advance reasoned and factually supported arguments in both written and oral formats.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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