Courses: Spring 2018

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2.35 to 3.50 p.m.

POLT 10300-01: U.S. and the World: The Politics of Empire

In this course, we will study the U.S.'s political history as an empire and what this means for democracy at home and human rights and justice abroad. Among the topics we will cover are differing views on the meaning of empire, the scope and impact of the U.S.'s power on the rest of the world, the political consensus in the U.S. that allows it to carry out wars and torture and the uprisings to which some U.S. policies have given rise globally. One of the points of such a focus is to help you call into question your own understanding of, and relationship to, the world as a U.S. citizen.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: This is a discussion based class in which students will be required to share their own perspectives on the texts. These include Noam Chomsky, Global Discontents (2017); Richard Immerman, Empire for Liberty (2012); Lila Rajiva, The Language of Empire (2005), and Howard Zinn, A People's History of American Empire (2008; graphic book).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance (attendance policy); class participation; two journals and two papers (mid-terms and final).

SYLLABUS is in the DOCUMENTS section of this website and in SAKAI.

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