Political Science, Current Events


Demographics, water, energy, and climate change will have a major impact on the U.S. and its role in the world, no matter who is president or which party controls Congress. Will the U.S. recognize and adapt to the challenges? We will examine the effects of protracted conflicts on our foreign military policies and consider strategy options, focusing on our policy on Syria and the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
This course will be a friendly gathering of people who enjoy considering newsworthy events together. We invite you to join our talented communicators as we engage in discussions on the pressing topics of our time. Class participation is an integral part of this course: you will be invited to help select several topics and your opinions are welcome. We will identify current issues, consider them in all their complexity, and then move on to consider possible solutions. Topics will range from domestic to foreign affairs as well as Florida-specific and women's issues.
In every mid-term election since the Civil War, the president's party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and 2 in the Senate. In the upcoming 2018 midterm election, Democrats need only 24 seats to flip the House and two to take the Senate. The road to the White House starts now, in earnest! If you thought "Decision 2016" was intriguing, raucous and surprising, then join fellow political enthusiasts for this political discussion forum.

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Russia once again looms large in American politics. The world is facing a combative and assertive Russia, as initial hopes for democracy and reform have collapsed. This class will look at how post-Soviet Russia got from there to here: we will explore the rise of populist nationalism in Russia and its relationship to populism in the west. Finally, we will examine the dominance of Putin as Russia has transitioned from dictatorship and back again.
Follow the candidates, the issues, and the media coverage as the 2018 election period roars to a frenetic finish. Using real-time examples, learn how media biases &emdash; some subtle, some overt &emdash; shape your image of certain candidates, and study how candidates manipulate the media to influence your choices on Election Day. For our final class (the Monday after the election), discuss your personal choices, the validity of polling, and what the winning candidates did to succeed.

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Consider the impact of this administration's economic policies on deficits and the national debt by reviewing the U.S. attempt to operate central banks and the establishment of the Federal Reserve. Understand how the Fed operates, controls interest rates and the money supply, and the management of the national debt. In addition, we examine other institutions such as the Social Security Trust Fund. Finally, we will see if the assets of the federal government are being managed in a way that allow us to continually increase our national debt.

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