Christian Goergen
Associate Professor for Political Science
Department of Liberal Arts

Pol Sci 100
Pol Sci 101
Pol Sci 220

Educational Background

Work Experience

Model United Nations Clubs

How to get in Touch


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
from SUNY, Stony Brook, Areas of specialization:
American Government/Voting behavior/Public opinion
Social psychology/research methods

M.A. in Political Science, 1987
University of Tuebingen, Germany. (international politics)

M.A. German, 1987.


Editor/Reporter for large regional Newspaper
(circulation 150,000), 1981/82, Germany.

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)

I am the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations Club


What is it?

The MODEL UNITED NATIONS (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations at work. A variety of national and regional conferences recreate parts of the real United Nations structure, including the General Assembly, The Security Council, and a variety of specialized committees and agencies. Colleges or Universities attending the conference represent one or more countries, and each country is usually represented by one or more delegates in each committee. Most of the work takes place in the committees through the process of writing and discussing resolutions.

What is the purpose of the MUN?

The MUN helps to raise the awareness of the United Nations and its programs. It provides a forum for students interested in exploring the difficulties and complexities of international negotiations. Students involved in the program say that, as they prepare for life and work in a global society, the MUN helps them to be more aware of other countries, their cultures and politics.

It teaches participants about international problems and the obstacles to their resolution. MUN usually present awards for superior performance by single delegates or delegations.

How do students prepare for the conference?

Before a simulation conference, which is the high point of the year for each chapter, students need to study their assigned country and its policies on issues to be considered. They read newspapers, watch the news, and collect information from libraries and embassies. Ideally, a group meets the whole year round, practicing the simulation, with each participant representing one or more countries. This way, a variety of topics can be discussed. Participation can also be part of the course work for classes in International Politics, Comparative Politics, Sociology, etc.

Why should you join the Model United Nations Club?

The concept of all nations uniting together in one organization designed to settle disputes peacefully is more attractive and its realization more urgent than ever. However, to achieve international cooperation we need to learn more about each other and the difficulties of the process. The MUN provides an outstanding simulation of the UN at work. You will learn about the world, meet representatives from other countries and cultures, travel, broaden your horizon, and open up new opportunities for yourself in a world that becomes more international every day. And: It is fun!!



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