posc121 public opinion short essay assignment

The purpose of this essay is to examine the bases of ideological perspectives. This assignment has three parts but the essence of the assignment is part 2*, this is where the bulk of the points will be scored.

  1. Your ideology
    1. Take the PEW typology quiz http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/ (Links to an external site.)
    2. How were you categorized?
    3. Are you at all surprised by your results?
  2. Examine the bases of your ideological perspective in terms of:
    1. Chapter 6, “Public Opinion” of your Open to Debate e-text
    2. Jonathan Haidt and George Lakoff who look at differences in ideology as manifestations of deep-seated moral values. I will be expecting references to Haidt and Lakoff in your essay and you should find the following resources to be of help.
      1. Haidt, “What Makes People Vote Republican” Ch. 6 Reader
      2. Jonathan Haidt TED Talk: https://embed.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal (Links to an external site.)
      3. Lakoff, “Don’t Underestimate Trump” Ch. 6 Reader
  3. Bonus: Are we forever fated to remain polarized and divided? How might this polarization and division affected by the Coronavirus crisis? Please back up your position by reference to contemporary source material.

Source Material:

  1. Open to Debate e-text: Chapter Six Public Opinion
    1. Power-point lecture outlines (in the Chapter 6 Canvas Module
    2. Video Lectures, also in the Chapter 6 Canvas Module (many students find these to be particularly helpful):
  2. American Government Examined e-reader:
    1. Chapter Six: Haidt, “What Makes People Vote Republican”
    2. Chapter Six: Lakoff “Don’t Underestimate Trump”
  3. Online:
    1. Jonathan Haidt TED Talk: https://embed.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal (Links to an external site.)
    2. “Not Even Coronavirus Will Unite America” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/not-even-coronavirus-will-unite-america/608698/ (Links to an external site.)
    3. “In a Pandemic, Political Polarization Could Kill People” https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/23/coronavirus-polarization-political-exaggeration/ (Links to an external site.)
    4. “Even the Coronavirus Can’t Bridge America’s Partisan Divide” https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-03-20/coronavirus-crisis-cant-bridge-partisan-divide (Links to an external site.)
    5. etc.