Political Science, Current Events


"Fake News" was 2017's phrase of the year, and there's certainly no shortage of it during 2018! With the proliferation of sources offering "alternate facts," this course will help you learn how to identify "fake news" items when you see them, understand who created them, and why. Become a savvier media consumer! We will discuss current examples and timely material each week.
Have you ever felt hopeless about having your voice heard by your elected officials? Learn how to have the impact you've always wanted. Practice writing and speaking to legislators and the media using the proven methods of RESULTS, a nonpartisan, international citizens lobby created to inspire the political and public will to end poverty. Enjoy the satisfaction of feedback from someone you never thought you could reach. Apply your new skills to any issue about which you feel passionate.
Consider the promise and potential of recent leadership changes in southern Africa. Zimbabwe has a new leader after forty years of President Mugabe: will new leaders bring about genuine political, economic and social progress, or will it be more of the same? Meanwhile in South Africa, the African National Congress voted to remove President Jacob Zuma from power. Will that country be back on the path toward Nelson Mandela's dream of a multi-racial, democratic, peaceful South Africa?
Imagine a variety of crises that presidents have faced: key resignations, economic collapse, foreign threat or domestic disturbance. How did each president handle the situation? Did his response make it better or worse? What about the crises facing our current president? How strongly should a president's ability to handle a crisis contribute to our choosing a chief executive? We'll step into the Oval Office to consider all this and more.

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Welcome to Florida, the "bellwether state." With races for Governor, U.S. Senate, state and federal representatives, ballot initiatives and changes to the state constitution, we can expect a long and complex ballot. As the state's largest media market, billions of dollars will be invested in Tampa Bay to narrow the field of candidates and influence your vote. Learn who is saying what (and why) and who is paying for it as we examine the stuff that is landing in our mailboxes and on local media.
The Middle East is frequently in the news, but many of us lack the background to put that news into context. Obtain that background from a person who has lived and studied many years in the region. After learning about the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, we will consider the economy, particularly the oil market, along with the political issues that preoccupy the states in this region.

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