Carnegie Mellon University

Representation and Voting Rights

Course Number: 84-352

What does it mean to be represented? Who is represented, who is not? What is the nature of that representation? In practice, do the norms of representation result in policy congruence? In this course, we will explore the concept of representation, what it means in theory, and how it works in practice. We will explore the theoretical underpinnings of representation from a democratic norms' perspective, the legal and constitutional nature of US institutions, and evaluate empirically how well represented the public is. In the United States, legislative elections are held in single-member districts, which require the drawing of district boundaries every decade. Several weeks of the course will be devoted to understanding this process. The course will culminate with a final project in which we will draw electoral maps that are legally compliant and will be proposed for the 2022 round of redistricting.

Academic Year: 2021-2022
Semester(s): Spring
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Spring 2022
Tuesdsay and Thursday
11:50 AM - 1:10 PM

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Politics