Washington Center

Fall Quarter 2019

General Research

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Quarter Dates: 
September 26 - December 5, 2019
Semester Dates: 
August 29 - December 5, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

Gathering knowledge and learning the truth about the world around us is a fundamental part of human development and progress. While most of us take knowledge and truth for granted, the process by which we understand our political, social, cultural, physical, biological environment has become particularly salient in the last couple of years as we’ve been confronted with an ever-increasing post-fact and post-truth world. While we are all affected by biases that obstruct critical thinking, challenging these biases is essential to making rational, evidence-based argument and decisions.

The focus of this seminar is writing and research. Students will choose a research topic related to the work of their internship organization and will spend the writing various parts of what will become a final research paper. This seminar is designed to hone the critical writing and thinking skills necessary for developing evidence-based arguments. Students of all majors and writing experience are welcome!

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students: 

The first four weeks of this semester (August 28 to September 18) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. Please contact Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro.edu) with questions.

Professor Diascro will begin teaching the General Research seminar on Thursdays, beginning September 26, and she will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.

**NO additional registration required."

Course ID: 
UCDC191A01F19

US Foreign Policy

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Quarter Dates: 
September 26 - December 5, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Course Number: 
UCLA Sponsored: Political Science 120B
Category: 
Quarter Elective
Description: 

This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy, focusing primarily on a series of regional case studies including the Persian Gulf (Iran and Iraq); the Middle East and North Africa; U.S. and Japan, the Koreas & East Asia; Transatlantic Relations; and the U.S. in Central Asia (Afghanistan/Pakistan). Although the course is organized on a regional basis, we will explore a number of recurring themes including: nuclear proliferation; the problems of weak and failing states; relations with China and Russia; terrorism and counterterrorism; resource competition; the importance of culture and national identity; and the economics of national security.

 

Draft Syllabus

Course ID: 
UCDC15101F19

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