Current Courses (Fall 2013)
POLS 132 Global Politics
This course will introduce students to (1) global issues, with examination of themes like globalization, economic development and poverty, global warming, ethnic conflict, democratization and war, and (2) global governance, with an emphasis on the role of states, non-state actors and multilateral institutions.
POLS 485 Seminar: Gender and Politics in America and Beyond
In this course students will learn about the role gender plays in the political processes, focusing especially on how gender influences the role of women in the political process. Focusing on the different types of representation (descriptive, substantive, and symbolic), students will especially read and discuss the role of women’s movements (local, national, and international) and female politicians on changing policy. Debates about what is gender, what is gender-related policy, women’s rights, and women as an interest group will drive most readings and discussions.
Courses Previously Taught at Luther
POLS 185 First Year Seminar (Global Politics and Film)
In this course students will be exposed to a number of influential films that help portray and/or explain global politics. More specifically, this course will use films to provide context to a number of widely discussed aspects of global politics, including, but not limited to: 1) historical events (such as World War II, the Cold War, Colonialism and neo-Colonialism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iraq War, the Rwandan Genocide), 2) theoretical approaches (i.e: Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, and Feminism), and 3) important concepts (such as diplomacy, mutual assured destruction, collective security, the prisoner's dilemma, among others).
POLS 130 American Politics
An overview of the historical and contemporary practice of American politics that focuses on the nature of politics and government; the founders' ideas about the democratic republic; the constitutional theory and actual distribution of political power among the branches and levels of government; the problems and possibilities of governing America today; and the avenues available for citizen participation and influence.
POLS 339 Special Topics (Political and Economic Development of Latin America)
This course will explore the political and economic development of Latin America. Drawing from four specific themes (historical background, political culture, political economy, and democratization) this course will survey political and economic systems in Latin America. This course will also use case studies to provide a more detailed portrayal of specific issues related to Latin America politics, economics, and society.
IS 230 Introduction to International Studies
An introduction to the field of international studies, focusing on global and geographical literacy and using multiple disciplinary approaches to analyze such issues as war and peace, environmental sustainability, economic development, post-Colonialism, world religions, and cultural identity.
Courses Taught at Other Institutions
Baker University (KS): Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to International Politics, Global Problems, Senior Seminar in International Studies, Senior Seminar in International Politics.
University of Kansas: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Brazilian Culture, Political Dynamics of Latin America.
AP of Political Science at Luther College. Brazilianist, Feminist, and other types of ists too. RT ≠ endorsement. Opinions here are my own.
- RT @WPSProject: Too few women hold political power – but quotas work, says inaugurual conference of female parliamentarians http://t.co/oiA… 5 Dec
- Interesting article on the #millennial generation: mobile.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/opi… 4 Dec
- 10 Personal Finance Tips From Hip-Hop Lyrics onforb.es/1bb1n4a via @Forbes 3 Dec
- The Great Stratification shar.es/DAYI5 via @chronicle 3 Dec