All classes will be taught at Cornell's Wolpe Center,
This course provides the tools and insights for understanding the forces that shape public policy and for evaluating the policies themselves. The first of the three course segments examines the institutions, interests, and ideologies operating in the policy arena. The second segment considers alternative approaches to evaluating policies. The third focuses on a number of major issues in contemporary American politics, including crime and punishment, the economy, and natural resources. The course structure combines lectures, discussions, and group activities.
History 3140/ American Studies 3140
Students examine the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the domestic sources of foreign policy and the assumptions of the major policy makers (Wilson through Clinton). Important themes include the American response to a revolutionary world since 1912, the role of American racial views in the making of foreign policy, and the increasingly dominant role of the president in the making of U.S. foreign policy.
American Studies 3128/ Government 3128
A new generation of leaders has emerged in America's political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. Those leaders employ and explore in their work modern communications technologies such as the Internet. Thereby, they are changing both what is done, and how things are done in the respective life spheres. This course explores the resulting changes in the nature of American life, and asks questions about the interactions among the different realms of life.
We will explore these questions largely through a series of conversations with distinguished agents of change from each of the four primary arenas. While each guest will speak from their own perspective, in juxtaposing these views, we will begin to construct an understanding of the interactive impact of modern communications technologies on life in America. Students' analyses, based on the conversations and readings associated with each guest speaker, will reflect their past experiences as well as their expectations for the future.