Spring 2020 upper division offerings

POLS-314        FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY            TR        2:20 pm-3:40 pm       

Do you believe men and women are and ought to be considered equal?  If so, you are a “feminist.”  But why do feminists disagree on so many things?  Equality is just the beginning.  POLS 314 Feminist Political Theory examines the many varieties of feminist thought, their origins and implications.  We will consider sex and gender, intersectionality, and investigate contemporary political cases and ponder where feminist thought may be going into the future. 

POLS-350A      SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING     TR 9:35 am-10:55

A sustainable world requires major rethinking of the ways we plan, design and manage human settlements. We need a new paradigm for urban planners and policy makers, addressing both cities, infrastructures and buildings, as well as the relationships between town and country. Sustainable development has ecological, economic and social aspects. Our organization and design of space is a prime source of resource and energy use, as well as being a key to well functioning and healthy communities. The course will include seminars, readings and case studies on themes including land use, ecological footprint, social neighborhood planning, citizen participation, work and mobility, life cycle design, low carbon / zero emission cities and urban ecology. The major focus of the course will be to examine different models of urban development, from traditional settlements to modern cities, and to develop an understanding of the complex human and environmental issues involved.

POLS-350E      COMPARATIVE HEALTH CARE POLICY          MW     1:50 pm-3:10 pm

Is “Medicare for All” the solution to all our healthcare woes or is it just a big communist plot to destroy America? What is “Medicare for All” anyway? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Are Canadians honestly happy waiting in line for knee surgery and are the Brits just insufferably smug about their NHS? Come find out this spring in a new course that examines the challenges and solutions to contemporary health care in countries across the world, from Europe and the Americas, to Asia and Africa. The course will focus on various parts of the United States’ health care system in comparison with that of the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Australia, Botswana, Japan, and others, with guest speakers from some of those countries. We examine how national health systems were shaped by different political, historical, cultural and socio-economic traditions and the political, social, and economic consequences of each system.

POLS-351        U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TR        11:10 am-12:30 pm   

Ever wonder why the United States troops are in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria? Or why American farmers care so much about trade? More importantly, have you wondered whether celebrities like Emma Watson, Trevor Noah, or Angelina Jolie have any influence on U.S. foreign policy? In this course, we examine the major players in foreign policy, including the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, executive agencies, and the public. Through case studies we discover how these actors make foreign policy on issues like terrorism, global trade, and human trafficking.

POLS-358D      RACE & GENDER IN BRAZIL    CD-MWF  1:50-2:45 pm  (EL and Gender)

Brazil is a complex country. Blessed with abundant natural resources, it has constantly failed to transform this potential into sustained economic development. The economic growth of the past century has exacerbated long lasting inequalities that date back to the colonial period, with the legacy of slavery looming large to this day. These inequalities, when analyzed more deeply, show that race and gender are important categories in understanding the country’s struggle for social and economic development. This class explores the relationship between development, inequality, race and gender in Brazil. Students will learn about the historical contexts that have created Brazil as a nation while also seeing firsthand the economic, social, cultural, and racial diversity of the country.