(Un)Fair Representation: Gerrymandering & the Political Process

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Gerrymandering & the Pol. Proc

Summer 2021

Taught By: Paloma Griffin

Section: L

CRN: 2554

Credits: 0

“Gerrymandering” is the widely-used term to describe the drawing of political district boundaries in such a way as to favor one political party or group of individuals. In the United States, individual states’ redrawing of congressional district lines have provoked increasing ire as the results of congressional elections diverge from the popular vote. In this course, we will look at the history and practice of redistricting and representation, including the US Census, apportionment, voting methods, and gerrymandering. The course will be centered on how mathematics and quantitative methods can measure the effects of gerrymandering and systems of representation, while suggesting solutions for fairer institutional processes and policies. We will discuss these topics in the context of how the structure of electoral and government systems affects the functioning of democracy. Note: ULEC 2762 is the online asynchronous lecture meeting for this course. In order to register for ULEC 2762 students must also enroll in one of the online synchronous discussion sections listed under ULEC 2763. [This ULEC is in category 1, Tools for Social Change.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 77

Add/Drop Deadline: June 24, 2021 (Thursday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: August 2, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 10:45pm 10/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/21/2021 - 8/14/2021