Course Highlights

New course: POL 459 (Topics) Comparative Revolutions

Starting with revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, a forceful wave of popular uprising has been sweeping countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In fact, although commentators began to use the phrase “Arab Spring” in mid-2011, unprecedented uprisings in Greece, Mexico, and Canada suggest that a broader term is needed for this ongoing series of events. In this course, we examine revolutions in comparative perspective, practicing the techniques of comparing cases across time or across space to glean insights about human societies, this moment in history, and what it all means for each of us. Through weekly exploration of news and comparative theory, there will be opportunities to pursue our individual interests in the material and develop our collective understanding of revolution and social change.

New course: The Impact of Internet Society

Using the Internet has become nearly as important as oxygen in life.  How has this happened?  This course will explore the power of the Internet as well as how rules and regulations limit it.  It will cover how the Internet works, who decides and how it changes institutions and services including social life, education, health care, government, commerce, transportation, global connections, the environment and more.  What are the current controversies and what are the main issues just ahead?