I usually teach the following classes:
POLITICAL SCIENCE 100 - Introduction to Political Science
Knowledge of politics is a condition for true citizenship.
This course can not provide a complete overview of the subfields of Political Science. Instead, it attempts to stimulate critical thinking and the use of the scientific method. First, we will discuss how governments developed and why we need them; next we will survey some of the major political philosophies, focusing on liberal democracy. We will also discuss different forms of political participation and the ways in which citizens are linked to their governments. Institutions of government will be discussed, comparing their specific form and function in different countries. Finally, we will analyze major problems facing countries in different parts of the world.
Questions and exercises, some of them computer based, will encourage students to reflect on what they have learned and ask them to think logically and use empirical data to test hypotheses.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 101 - American Politics
This course offers an analysis of the structure, dynamics and processes of the evolving American constitutional democracy. This includes an introduction to the study of the origins, development, major actors, and rules of the U.S. political system. At several points, a comparison to the situation in other advanced democracies will be used to gain a better understanding. Special attention is given to the constitutional framework, ideology, institutions, voting behavior and the role of the mass media.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 220 - International Politics
The study of international relations first requires an understanding of the different perspectives people take when thinking about world politics and the different actors that influence international relations; individuals and the roles they play, the societies they live in, the governments that set the rules, the relations that exist between governments and finally the world system.
In this course we pay special attention to international organization, such as the U.S., the dangers of international conflict, and the increasing pressure for cooperation through issues such as world trade and environmental destruction.
Those who want to get a real experience with international relations can 'join' the COD Model United National Club to prepare for and take part in a U.N. simulation conference.
My teaching style is a mix of lecture, asking questions, working in groups and using technology (films, computer presentations) to get the points across. I use lots of overhead transparencies. I try to be balanced, provocative and open-minded. I am relaxed and have - so I am told - a great sense of humor. Students need to attend class in order to do well. I also have a German accent. I sound like Arnold.
Ph.D. in Political Science, 1992
M.A. in Political
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Research Assistant, 1988/89, SUNY, Stony Brook
Instructor, 1992-93, teaching German Politics, Comparative Politics, American Politics at DePaul University.
LANGUAGES: German (native), French (fluent), Spanish (basic)
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