POL 380 - Global Politics Seminar
Prerequisite: Normally POL 105 or instructor consent, though prerequisite may vary with topic. Open to majors and non-majors of all classes. Meets the global politics field requirement in the politics major. Examination of selected topics dealing with international and comparative politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Fall 2018, Politics 380A-01: Global Politics Seminar: Law, Science, and Religion in Global Context (3). Prerequisite: At least three credits at the 200-level in politics (excluding INTR 202) or instructor consent. A seminar examining the intersection of three of the principal belief systems that organize our lives, our politics, and our conscience. All three frequently clash because they are premised on incompatible beliefs. The clashes transcend culture and invariably become legal or political matters. Using an international and cross-cultural approach, students study conflicts such as conscientious objections to vaccinations; conflicts between religious pluralism and women's rights; legal and scientific notions of proof and certainty; and legal definitions of "religion". Student undertake a research project on a topic of their choice, organize a class meeting based on the research topic, and provide feedback to fellow classmates on their presentations. (SS2) Rush.
Fall 2018, POL 380B-01: Global Politics Seminar: Food, Shelter, Space, Voice: Movements for Democratic Renewal (3). Prerequisite: One 100-level politics course. A study of grassroots efforts to re-vision liberal democracy in the midst of a prolonged economic crisis. Students examine the political critique embedded in international movements to rethink how and what we eat, investigate alternative visions of the relationship between community belonging and housing practices that have arisen since the global mortgage crisis in 2008, and dig into the challenges to the demarcation of the public and private posed by movements such as Occupy and the Puerto del Sol protests in Madrid. (SS2) LeBlanc.
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