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Political Science 129: Latinos & 2008 Election
This course analyzes the strategies used by Latinos to influence outcomes in the 2008 Elections as well as efforts by candidates, campaigns, and political parties to mobilize Latino voters. We will use 2008 as a case study to analyze the broader influence of Latinos on U.S. electoral politics and to evaluate how the structure of contemporary U.S. elections benefits cohesive electorates and disadvantages more marginalized populations. The class will be organized around three broad themes. First
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Criminology, Law and Society C219: Hate Crimes
Examines the causes and consequences of hate crimes as well as the larger soical land political context in which they occur. Considers the dynamics and politics of violence stemming from bigotry and discrimination, as well as the social policies designed to control it.
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Political Science 126A: Mexican-Americans & Politics
Political Science 126A, Mexican-Americans & Politics also cross listed as Chicano/Latino Studies 143, Mexican-Americans & Politics This course examines the role of Mexican American and other Latino communities in shaping state and national politics in the United States. After we review the political history and political organizational strategies of Mexican Americans, we will examine their contemporary modes of political organization; analyze public policy issues that concern them; evaluate the
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Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

"Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance"

An International Studies Public Forum at UC Irvine on Thursday, February 4, 2010 with with Michael J. Tierney, College of William and Mary. Michael J. Tierney is the Hylton Associate Professor of Government and the Director of the International Relations Program at the College of William and Mary. He received his B.A. in government from William and Mary in 1987 and Ph.D. from U.C. San Diego in 2003.


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African American Studies 40A: African American Studies
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to important historical, cultural, literary, and political issues concerning African Americans. Through critical readings of literary, artistic, and filmic texts, this course provides an overview of African American experiences from the 17th through mid-20th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans from the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through th
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The Future of UCI is Past

A Spring 2010 Hot Topics Faculty Debate with UC Irvine Political Science Professors William Schonfeld and Mark Petracca, recorded April 14, 2010, sponsored by The School of Social Sciences Dean's Ambassadors Council. Moderated by Professor Wayne Sandholtz.

Resolution: The Future of UCI is Past. Are UCI's best days over, or are they yet to come?


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Political Rhetoric or Policy Reality? Tracking Trends in Environment, Peace, and Security

Geoffrey D. Dabelko, PhD, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars (Washington DC)

Political Rhetoric or Policy Reality? Tracking Trends in Environment, Peace, and Security: Over the past 25 plus years, the understanding of environment and security links has evolved to reflect changing threat and opportunity scenarios. Today, "environmental security" has become a popular phrase used to encompass everything from oil exploration to
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Felix Frankfurter's Revenge? A Democracy Built by Judges
Beginning with its landmark decision in Baker v. Carr (1962), the Supreme Court has been actively involved in shaping American democracy for almost 50 years. In his dissent, Justice Felix Frankfurter warned we would rue the day we allowed judges, acting as amateur political scientists, to have the final word on the functioning of American democracy. Enough time has passed to test Justice Frankfurter's hypothesis. Do cases like Bush v. Gore (2000), where five Justices prevented the counting of Fl
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Asia's Rise and Global Governance

International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) presents:

“Asia's Rise and Global Governance”

with Miles Kahler, UC San Diego, recorded May 27, 2010

Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). From 2001 to 2005, Kahler served as interim director and founding director of the Ins
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Ethics and Sustainability
Ethics and Sustainability, recorded video lecture with

Professor Richard Matthew on February 16, 2010.

Richard A. Matthew - Associate Professor, Departments of Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science and Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.


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UCI Political Scientists Offer Perspectives on California Politics

Political Scientists Matthew Beckmann, Louis DeSipio, Mark Petracca, Tony Smith, Carole Uhlaner

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This lecture offers the UCI and local community an opportunity to hear expert political science perspectives on the up-coming California primary and gubernatorial race. “Changing Perceptions, Making Connections: UCI Political Scientists Offer Perspectives on California Politics” with UCI political scientists: Matthew Beckmann, Louis DeSipio, Mark Petr
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Planning, Policy and Design 139: Water Resource Policy

Water is the economic, social, and physical lifeblood of humanity, providing the bases for agriculture, industry, transportation, energy production, and life itself. Despite its importance, alarming signs suggest that there are looming threats to this vital resource. The World Resources Institute contends that the world's thirst for water is likely to become one of the most pressing issues this century due to population growth, drought, and climate change. The World Bank reports that many dev
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Communicate effectively in the security industry - Communicate with clients and colleagues
This task deals with ways to improve interpersonal communication, and the passing of accurate and relevant information along the correct channels.
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Raising Children with Roots, Rights, & Responsibilities: Celebrating the Convention on the Rights of
This curriculum grew out of the Circle For The Child Project which was started by the authors in 1995 as a grass roots effort to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child through education and political action. This Minnesota-based project joins a worldwide effort seeking to ensure human rights for all. Raising Children With Roots, Rights & Responsibilities is designed for two-hour sessions. The curriculum can be adapted to any setting where families gather to learn. Such
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Building and Maintaining the Common Ground in Web-Based Interaction
In this paper, the main purpose is to explore how participants establish and maintain the common ground in the computer-based conferences. Previous studies assume that before the participants can reach the deeper level interaction and learning, they have to gain an adequate level of common ground (Dillenbourg, 1999; Baker et al., 1999; Veerman, 2000). Subjects were 68 pre-service teachers and 7 mentors from three universities who participated in the web-based conferencing course for eight weeks.
Author(s): Mäkitalo Kati,Häkkinen Päivi,Salo Piritta,Järv

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Towards a classification of Narrative Learning Environments
In this paper, we highlight why narrative can support learning, drawing from the literature. Then we describe what are NLEs, mentioning a few examples. We also discuss NLEs’ characterizing aspects - user role, technological means and educational approach - stressing their importance in determining the learning afforded by an environment. We conclude by pointing out what issues need to be tackled to advance the field.,Research report
Author(s): Dettori Giuliana

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A Personal Account of Efforts to End School Segregation in a Southern School System
The Brown Decision, whose 50th Anniversary was observed in 2004, was a landmark case that ended the doctrine of separate but equal. During the observation of the anniversary, many pundits reflected on the political, social, and historical significance of Brown. This article takes a different approach in reflecting on the importance of Brown. A historical context is provided that reveals the conditions that existed in the south prior to and after the Brown Decision. The author tells the poignant
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A Word of Warning: A Former Slave Urges Constitutional Caution
The South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1895 completed the process of disenfranchising African-Americans (and many poor whites). The state's restrictive policies began with the election law of 1882 that used an intricate system of eight ballot boxes to discourage illiterate white and black residents from voting. The 1895 convention added a poll tax and literacy test, thereby ensuring that a coalition of remaining black voters and disaffected whites could not unite to challenge Democratic
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A Thorn in the Side: A Socialist Takes Aim at Gompers
During the 1890s, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) was faced with both the rising popularity of the People's Party in rural areas and attempts by the Populist movement to create a farmer-labor alliance. At the same time, socialist trade unionists lobbied for greater political involvement and adoption of several key socialist positions by the AFL. One of those socialist trade unionists was J. Mahlon Barnes, a Philadelphia cigar maker, member of the Cigarmakers' International Union, and memb
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A Show of Support: Farmers Feed Homestead Strikers
In 1892 the possibility of a Labor-Populist alliance circulated. Populist orators like Mary Lease sought to build ties between the Farmer's Alliance and the labor movement by mobilizing farmers to send wheat and corn to striking workers at Carnegie's Homestead steel mill outside Pittsburgh. Despite the support for such an alliance among many in the labor movement, American Federation of Labor leader Samuel Gompers opposed such political action. Gompers insured that the A.F.L maintained, in his w
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