Contemporary Social Issues: Analyzing Critically, Arguing Persuasively

Fall and Winter, 2004-05

Winter Writing Assignments (link to...)

Winter Quarter Assignments (by due date):


March 1, 4, 7 and 8:
Legislative Hearings - everyone is required to be present at all hearings. See the syllabus for details of the hours. They are at our usual class times, but slightly extended on some days.

Feb. 28:
Read Norton, Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire, for Monday morning lecture and discussion led by Chuck. Read at least the first few pages of each chapter (keep going when Norton gets you interested). Chapters 10-13 are the most critical and relevant to our earlier work.

Turn in seven copies of your written testimony for you Legislative Hearing Project (each side of the argument should turn testimony that is ten pages in length, a total of twenty pages for all written testimony).

Feb. 22 & 25:
Read Anonymous, Imperial Hubris and be prepared for seminar discussions. (If you have not found this book in the College Bookstore, watch for an annoucement of when it will be back on the shelves.) Friday seminars will be held in A2109, 3107 and 3109.

Feb. 14-15:
Read Qutb, Social Justice in Islam , all but chapters 2 and 7, and be prepared for seminar discussions.

Feb. 14:
Turn in two things: (1) a one-page prospectus of your ethnography; (2) an abstract, put together by your LH group, of the testimony you will give - showing who will argue what, and for each person testifying, what will be the principal arguments and evidence. Both of these should be clear, concise and clean (free from error).

Feb. 11:
This day in now available for LHP work - no scheduled class time.

Feb. 8:
Come to seminar with ideas and questions about your ethnographic essay.
Read this short article by Shaheed Nuriddin, who is lecturing in the afternoon.

Turn in a write up of the legislative hearing(s) you attended to your seminar leader.

Feb. 7:
Read Frum and Perle, An End to Evil, and be prepared for seminar discussion. (Anne Norton's book has been moved to the end of the quarter.)

Feb. 2-4:
Visit a hearing at the Washington State Legislature and write up field notes on what you see and hear: scheduled hearings for February 2, for February 3, for February 4. You will find links from each hearing announcement to details about what is the work of the committee for that day. Write up a couple of paragraphs on what your observe and turn this in to your seminar leader.

Feb. 1:
Read Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire, pp. 217-312, and be prepared for seminar discussions.

Jan. 31:
Read Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire, pp. 1-215, and be prepared for seminar discussions.

Jan. 28: [revised, 1/15
Turn in a 4-5 page essay that answers,"What are the main lessons that you think modern policy makers should draw from the policies, practices and experiences of the British under the leadership of the David Lloyd George?"

Jan. 24-25:
Read alI of Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, and be prepared for seminar discussions.

Jan. 21:
Turn in a 4-5 page essay that answers, "What were the main characteristics of British Foreign policy for the Middle East from roughly 1914 to the end of 1916, when Lloyd George became Prime Minister, and what were its primary consequences and outcomes? "

Jan. 18:
Read Parts XI-XII of Fromkin, Peace to End All Peace , pp. 465-567, and be prepared for seminar discussion.

Also, come to the afternoon session prepared to report on the progress you have made with your Legislative Hearings Project.

Jan. 14:
[Chuck's students only, 1-2 pages] Either Write a “letter to the editor” addressing some aspect of US policy in the Middle East that calls on your knowledge of what happened there in the period surrounding WWI.
Write the opening of your essay due on Jan. 21.

Jan. 12 & 13, 10:00-11:15:
Web-X workshops, Lib 4300, GCC classroom. Please attend one of these sessions.

Jan. 10-11:
Read Parts IV-X of Fromkin, Peace to End All Peace , pp. 207-462, and be prepared for seminar discussion.

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Jan. 4:
Read Parts I,II, III of Fromkin, Peace to End All Peace , pp. 1-203, and be prepared for seminar discussion.

Jan. 3:
Meet with your nation-state group and prepare the report you will make to the program.

Over break:
Each of you has been assigned to a nation-state. This list in now posted. Over break, spend some time learning about this country’s history during WWI and its close relationship to an imperial European country. Also check out its current government/religious structure. Each group will meet on January 3rd to share information and prepare a report to the class.

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