Voter Turnout Experts
by isabelleallain on March 26, 2017 - 10:58pm
In the United States of America, there has been a decrease of voting participation. Indeed, in between the 2008 and 2016 election, there has been a decrease of 8.3% of voter turnout according to CNN Politics. The poor voting outcome of this important North American country raised my concerns.
The link below will bring you to my previous article regarding the subject. It will lead you to better understanding of the voting participation in the United States of America and possible solutions.
Now this political issue got me thinking about how we can learn more in depth about politics and how someone can become an expert in that area. This also got me thinking that there are courses that offer the possibility to students to learn about politics on the broader term and the more specific term.
One program I found that could deepen one’s understanding of general politics is Political Science (Major). This program is given at Université du Québec à Montréal and aims at giving a general knowledge about politics to its students. It’s the basis of politics that can lead afterwards to more specific courses. It wishes to fulfill the students with understanding and capacity of analysis regarding politics. It also seeks to educate students about political theories and thoughts, public politics, international relationships and governance. I think this would be helpful to anyone studying the voting participation rate because one must understand the general concepts of politics to study anything specific in that field.
A second program that could deepen one’s understanding of democracy and voting participation is Democratic Development. This course is given at Stanford University, California and is a humanities topic. It aims at teaching students about the evolution and consolidation of democracy through several factors, such as: “political, social, cultural, institutional, economic and international factors.” This course also engages activities in class meant to help students to reform or frame democracy in their country. This could be a very interesting and useful course to help someone understand and solve the current voting issue in the United States. This course takes a step back to when democracy was first born to see how they provided techniques to reach voters and form their political systems.
A third useful course to deepen the understanding of voting turnout and democracy in North America is Political Sociology. This doctoral course is given at Oxford University in England and aims to make the students understand and become familiar with the current issues and conflicts of politics. Given the fact that voter turnout is a current issue, it would be approachable in the course. The students could understand sociological factors that lead to poor or high voting participation rate.