Courses to Help You Navigate a Heated Political Climate

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The current state of American politics is not business as usual. No matter what side of the political aisle you’re on, now is the time to stay informed and engaged.

Important debates are occurring that could forever shift our view of presidential power, the electoral process, the media’s role in politics, foreign relations, and more. One of the most constructive ways to feel empowered and energized during these uncertain times is with education.

Below are nine courses that will teach you the historical context of current events, the laws that govern us, and how to effect change locally, nationally, and globally.

Effecting Change and Creating a Dialogue

Creating a Dialogue

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Migration and Human Rights

Study the drivers behind distress migration in a global and historical context, as well as the ethical, legal, and philosophical aspects of seeking and providing refuge. Examine the risks facing migrants, and how to analyze those challenges in a legal sense.

The Climate-Energy Challenge

Examine the long history of climate change and study the strategies that could help mitigate its effects. Also, learn how to design a low-carbon energy system for transportation, industry, electricity, and residential or commercial buildings in the United States.

Investigative Reporting in the Digital Age

Immerse yourself in this active-learning weekend course that teaches the skills and techniques that are essential to journalists today. Learn about data and information gathering, your legal rights to public records, and how to overcome obstacles in your reporting journey.

International Relations and Policy

International Relations

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International Conflict and Cooperation

An introduction to the analysis of the causes and character of international conflict and cooperation. You'll learn theories of international relations and apply them to historical cases for in-depth understanding. 

American Foreign Policy

Study the history, traditions, and theories of US foreign policy. You’ll examine questions pertaining to national interest, presidential leadership and its effect on foreign relations, the role of public opinion, China’s effect on American power, and more.

Political Corruption

Learn about political corruption and how it differs between regions, and why poor countries experience it disproportionately. Explore the reasons why public officials abuse power, whether corruption affects economic development, the efficacy of anti-corruption strategies, and more.

American Politics and History

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American Government - A New Perspective

Learn about the roots of US government and how our systems have been shaped by modern politics and the permanent campaigns of elected officials. An ideal introductory course for those who want to learn the key ideas in political science.  

Foundations of National Security Writing and Analysis

Prepare for advanced study and research in national security, exploring current systems, methods of intelligence analysis, and policies that inform decision making. 

Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in US Education

Explore the past, present, and possible future of education in the United States, including the ideas and philosophies behind modern reform movements. A key question is addressed: What are the best ways of lifting the performance of American schools to a higher level?

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