2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Policy and Politics

Spring quarter

Faculty: Amy Gould political science, public policy

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30354 (4 GR)  

Credits: 4(S)

Class Standing: Graduate

Offered During: Weekend


Within public administration and policy processes the existence of politics is a reality. Therefore, we need leaders who can access the underpinnings of politics and the consequences of political ideologies. Harold Lasswell stated, "politics is about who gets what, when, where, and how." If this is the case, then leaders need to be actively engaged in every aspect of politics. However, such engagement in politics can test our character regularly. To this end, Bill George stated, "successful leadership takes conscious development and requires being true to your life story." As members of a learning community and society, we will endeavor to excavate the nature of politics, leadership, and their relational space to policy.

 Via classic and contemporary readings, guest speakers, seminar, debate, lecture, policy briefs, legislative testimony, and workshops; students will develop an understanding about where politics come from and the myriad of political ideologies and systems in practice globally. We will also pursue an understanding of philosophical foundations of Western political thought, the history of the U.S. Constitution and Constitutions of regional Tribal Nations, and concepts of political "otherness." In sum, we will dig in to what many talk about, but few really understand: politics & policy. Texts listed below:

 Ball, T. & Dagger, R. (2010). Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal. 8th Edition. Longman Publishing. ISBN: 978-0205779963.

 Tannenbaum, D. & Schultz, D. (2003). Inventors of Ideas: An Introduction to Western Political Philosophy. 2nd Edition. Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN: 978-0534612634.

 Vile, J. (2006). A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments. 4th Edition. ISBN: 978-0275989576.

 Lyons, O. et al. (1992). Exiled In The Land of The Free: Democracy, Indian Nations, and the U.S. Constitution. Clear Light Publishers.

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Advertised Schedule: 9a-4p Sat (Apr 2) 9a-4p Sat/Sun (Apr 16-17, May14-15)

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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