No studio access. Wi-Fi failures. Noise in the hall. This year's Themester podcasts hosts, undergraduate Eliza Craig and recent graduate Noura Ahmed, talk about the challenging experience of creating the "Democracy" podcast series.
Themester interns and PACE students compiled a democracy checklist, an incomplete list of actions students can take to engage with political processes in the U.S. or elsewhere.
How are U.S. policy decisions made? What are the skills of effective leaders? How do important public issues gain attention? In PACE-C 250, students learn to better understand the factors involved in the policy processes and to practice the key skills to bring theory to practice. Dr. Carl Weinberg talks about the course.
Western theater traces its roots to Ancient Greek Tragedy and Comedy, which engaged with democracy and citizenship. Putting Democracy to the Test, taught by Dr. Teresa Kovacs in Germanic Studies, examines the role of performances in maintaining democracy and countering totalitarianism and fascism in German-speaking countries.
Electoral representation is not easy, and there's not one single way of pursuing it. A new class, POLS-Y110 Mathematics and Politics: Conundrums of Representative Democracies, uses mathematical tools to explore the possibilities. Instructors Dr. Larry Moss and Dr. Armando Razo note that the math used here isn't about formulas and numbers, but rather patterns and ideas.
A changing and fractured media landscape can be hard to navigate. Dr. Julia Fox’s course, MSCH-S 312: Politics and the Media provides a guide. The course will examine print, broadcast, and social media formats, and aims to equip students with the tools they need to understand, analyze, and discuss political news.
The local is global. Students of all backgrounds and levels of interest are welcome to take Dr. Hussein Banai's INTL-I 306 Democracy in Global Politics in International Studies, but curiosity about how all levels of democratic participation are tied to global politics is required.
Nobody planned the French Revolution, Dr. Rebecca Spang tells us. Dr. Spang’s course The French Revolution and Napoleon looks at one of the most influential events in European history and what it means for democracy today.
POLS-Y 121 Capitalism and Democracy is a new course designed for Themester 2020's focus on Democracy. A collaboration between Political Science and Economics, the course introduces students to the connections between economics and politics through the lens of capitalism and democracy.
The course Sex, Race, and Voting Rights was inspired by the one hundreth anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A collaboration between PACE, History, Political Science, and Gender Studies, the course explores difficult questions from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Rasul Mowatt's fall 2020 course What is America? Finding the Wire -- Two Americas, uses a television series as a text and seeks to challenge students in creating questions and posing questions on what makes and ought to make an American city function.