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Topics in Political Science
When the United State faces difficult decisions, the path chosen often depends on the results of a general election. How well does this method work in practice? Do voters understand the issues? Do candidates encourage them in this regard? Do the nuts and bolts of winning the election overshadow the issues to the point it becomes difficult to determine what is actually being decided? In addition to reading and discussions, students will volunteer a total of 16 hours for the Republican or Independent candidate of their choice (times dependent on students’ schedule, locations are walking distance; one pre-election Saturday – transportation provided – also possible). Special attention will be paid to the 2012 general election taking place during the time of the seminar.
This introductory course is designed to introduce students to American
government, campaigns, and elections, to include both classroom and experiential
learning. This course will provide students with a place to discuss,
research, present, and write about elections in the United States. Through
volunteering with local campaigns, group discussions and presentations,
as well as a paper, the students will receive firsthand knowledge and
a deeper understanding of American campaigns and elections.
Dr. Beard's "Global Political Development: Whose Reality? Whose Development?"
a Political Science class, introducing you as a student to the discipline
of Political Science by focusing
on a specific topic, namely international development from the perspective
of those receiving the outcomes of development policy. What does the
field of Political Science through the lens of political economy along
with Economics say about development? Why are so many nations and people
in the so-called "Third World" poor? Why does the cycle of
poverty, intertwined with poverty and forms of conflict seem endemic
across the Global South? What, if anything, can the West do about it?
What, if anything, can we as Western citizens of the world do about
it? Political Science asks the question that frames the title of this
course, “whose perspective is being considered.” That is
what this course will ask you to continually query. Whose perspective
is guiding the development enterprise in practice, in theory, in study,
in application? Whose reality is being played out? And who is benefiting
from this structure? This class will therefore implicitly and explicitly
expose you to the discipline of Political Science as part of the larger
field of Social Sciences, but will do so through a deeper look at very
specific field of inquiries involving the politics of place, perspective
and power. Students will be exposed to the major and the not-so-major
concepts, theories and debates in aid and development. They will discuss
the conventional and less conventional theories of poverty, growth,
war, and good governance, and why there is so much or so little of
it in the Global South. The aim is to help students think critically
about these theories, ideas and debates and their possible role in
the problem and solutions.
*Note: This course meets the GL(I) requirement.
Dr. Dandavati's "Gender, Islam & Democracy"
This 8-week course provides a brief introduction to the complex relationship
between Gender, Islam & Democracy. Through the use of a literary
text, in-class discussions, readings and films, we will try to make sense
of these ever changing issues.