POLSCI 393 - Inside Washington, D.C.
Section: 096
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
With permission of instructor.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.
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"Inside Washington, D.C." is a speakers’ course that takes advantage of the wide range of professionals in the nation’s capital drawn from a wide range of institutions and organizations: the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of U.S. government; law firms and lobbying organizations; research organizations and think tanks; current and former ambassadors and embassy staff members; artists, dramaturges, critics, producers, and curators from the various theaters, opera, and dance companies, museums and galleries; and leaders in religion and philosophy. This course also explores the history and culture of “the other” Washington, the part of the District of Columbia that is not inextricably linked to the federal government, that has been home to Black American business, politics, music, and visual arts since before the American Revolution. This course offers a cornucopia of topics to enhance the time students spend in the District of Columbia while they work at internships and take other classes offered by UM faculty.

Course Requirements: Prior to each speaker or presentation, students must read one short article or book chapter by or about the speaker and topic. Attendance at seven of the eight speeches is mandatory, and students are required to write a 250- to 350-word critique or analysis incorporating at least one comment from the reading. If a student cannot attend one of the required events, he or she may obtain the instructor’s permission to attend another presentation in Washington, D.C. deemed equivalent to the one missed, and complete an assigned reading and critique as usual. Grades are based on attendance and critiques; no exams are given.

Intended Audience: Enrollment restricted to participants in the Michigan in Washington internship program. Course is intended to appeal to students across the university and pique their curiosity about a wide range of topics, not just ones relevant to their majors.

Class Format: Class meets 2-hours eight times throughout the semester to hear guest speaker or panel presentation, typically followed by question-and-answer period.

The Michigan in Washington Program offers an exciting opportunity for around 20 UM undergrads from all majors to spend Fall or Winter term in Washington, D.C. where they combine coursework with field research in an internship reflecting each student’s particular area of academic interest. These include (but are not limited to) American politics, international relations, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, and science and technology policy. While classes are taught by UM faculty, students also gain access to local Washington experts in their research area. All classes count as regular on-campus credit. This course accommodates speakers, events, and presentations that do not fit into these categories.

POLSCI 393 - Inside Washington, D.C.
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