This research seminar addresses the connections between media content, audience composition, and group polarization. In the first half of the course we cover the selective exposure and party polarization literatures. The second half will explore students' research interests, as they bear upon media use and polarization.
The major course requirement is a research proposal that extends the media use and polarization literatures into new domains. Each student will develop a reading list that represents the theoretical and empirical foundations of their proposal. These readings will be the basis for class discussions in Weeks 6-10.