Gerrymandering and the Political Process: Fair Representation

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Gerrymandering & the Pol. Proc

Fall 2018

Taught By: Jennifer Wilson and Anne Yust

Section: L

CRN: 7460


This course is co-taught by Anne Yust and Jennifer Wilson. “Gerrymandering” is the widely-used term to describe the drawing of political district boundaries in such as way as to favor one political party of group of individuals. In the United States, individual states’ redrawing of congressional district lines have drawn increasing ire as results of the results of congressional elections diverge from the popular vote. In 2018, the United States Supreme Court will rule on four redistricting cases in Wisconsin, Maryland and Texas. In this course, we will look at the history and practice of redistricting, and suggest how mathematics can measure the effects of gerrymandering and suggest solutions. We will discuss these ideas in the context of fair representation in general, and how the structure of different countries electoral and government systems affect the functioning of democracy.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 50

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:26pm 1/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: L104

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/4/2018