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December 26, 2019 - January 17, 2020
Intensive practice in a variety of approaches to professional writing tasks: memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and both brief and longer reports.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212
Political films and television shows often try to tell us something about politics. How films portray the political process can even influence our attitudes toward politicians and government institutions. Sometimes they provide an accurate depiction of the world, but they can also stray substantially from political reality. In this course, students will compare the portrayal of politics in popular culture to the reality uncovered by our political science research. Our goal is not to appraise the artistic merit of the films but rather evaluate how accurately they represent the political process. We can think about how these mediums might shape the audience’s views toward democracy and government and use popular culture as a tool for improving our understanding of a broad array of topics--legislative behavior, elections, presidential politics, interest-group influence, and war.
This class will explore and discuss different portrayals and corresponding intellectual and emotional narratives of human suffering or psychopathology through the use of the medium of film. The primary goal of the course is to refine student’s critical thinking skills applicable to the study of abnormal behavior and to appreciate this in a broad cultural context.
The SWAT concept developed in the 1970s after a string of bank robberies and other violent incidents showed the limited ability patrol officers had when the responded to these scenes. The idea revolved around a team of highly trained, heavily armed officers, who could respond quickly to dynamic incidents, such as bank robberies, active shooters, barricaded gunmen, and hostage situations. In the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001, the United States has seen a rapid expansion in the number, and the employment, of SWAT teams.
Students in the course will examine the phenomenon of police militarization. They will explore how the wars on drugs, crime, and terror have all contributed to the trend. In addition, we will see how the presence of more SWAT teams has led to their more frequent deployment, often in non-life threatening situations. Lastly we will discuss the future implications for the country and for policing as the police militarization becomes more widespread.
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