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21A.226 Ethnic and National Identity (MIT)
An introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We examine the concept of social identity, and consider the ways in which gendered, linguistic, religious, and ethno-racial identity components interact. We explore the history of nationalism, including the emergence of the idea of the nation-state, as well as ethnic conflict, globalization, identity politics, and human rights.

21W.747 Classical Rhetoric and Modern Political Discourse (MIT)
This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion throughAnalyzing persuasive texts and speechesCreating persuasive texts and speechesThrough class discussions, presentations, and written assignments, you will get to practice your own rhetorical prowess. Through the readings, you'll also learn some ways to make yourself a more efficient reader, as you turn your analytical skills on the texts themselves. This combination
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The Politics of Climate Change: Problems and Solutions
Lord Anthony Giddens gives the opening keynote address to the Oxford Climate Forum, talking about the politics of climate change.
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Social Media, So What? Assessing the Impact of Blogs and Social Media
Can Web 2.0 tools (eg blogs, social networking and wikis) enhance our democratic freedoms? Or can we dismiss the socially egalitarian and politically democratic potential of these social media? Have any significant social impacts been ignored so far? Theorists such as Yochai Benkler have suggested that the accessibility and inherently social nature of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, social networking and wikis mean that we might expect them to enhance our democratic freedoms through the opening of
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American-Sino Relations: Review
In the third and final part of this series, Rosemary Foot reviews and critiques the four factors outlined in the previous episode which could hinder good relations between the two nations
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The Idea of the State: a Genealogy
Professor Skinner gives a genealogy of the modern state, arguing that we should not understand the state simply as the government, but rather as a fictional person, enabling us to explain such things as shared responsibility for debt over generations. In the talk, Professor Quentin Skinner gave a genealogy of the modern state. He argues that we should not understand the state simply as the government, but rather as a fictional person, and that this enables us to speak coherently about public po
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The Constitutional Founding of the Federal Republic (1945-1949)
Germany after 1945 - Domestic and international situation - Towards the founding of the Federal Republic - The Parliamentary Council - The "Basic Law" and its main institutions
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Social Media, So What? Assessing the Impact of Blogs and Social Media
Panel discussion during the Oxford Social Media Convention 2009 on the socially egalitarian and politically democratic potential of social media. Have they lived up to the promises? Theorists such as Yochai Benkler have suggested that the accessibility and inherently social nature of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, social networking and wikis mean that we might expect them to enhance our democratic freedoms through the opening of new channels for debate and collaboration. Academic research suggests
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The Reconstruction of American Journalism
A lecture delivered by Michael Schudson, author of the 2009 report of the same title, on the state of American journalism, The report proposes new steps to support quality public affairs reporting.
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American-Sino Relations: Cooperation
First part of the three part series on US - China relations, Rosemary Foot talks about the need for cooperation, especially within the current financial recession, global warming and nuclear non-proliferation
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Ways out of the Climate-Finance-Energy Triple Crunch
Jeremy Leggett (Founder and CEO, Solar Century) presents the closing keynote speech for the Oxford Climate Forum 2010
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10 things I hate about you
Before the election Professor Philip Cowley made ten predictions about the media's likely obsessions with the election. In this podcast he goes back to his predictions to see what he got right and what he got wrong.
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Kosovo: cradle of civilisation or albatross?
Sir Ivor Roberts, former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Italy and Ireland introduces the history of Kosovo before reflecting on the best answer to the Kosovo question.
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Religious Toleration and Political Liberalism
Professor Susan Mendus (York) gives a talk for the Science and Religious Conflict Conference 2010. Dr Nick Southwood (Oxford) is the commentator
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Political Perspectives to State Censorship of Literature
Peter McDonald and David Robertson discuss the idea of state censorship, especially Apartheid era South Africa, looking at the political perspectives and implications of state censorship of literature
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Obama and the media
Why, despite some major political successes is Barack Obama openly attacked in some sections of the US media? Visiting lecturer Professor David Paletz chats about this and other topics from guest lecture on Obama and the media.
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Rocking Gender: Stereotype and Subversion Among Female Pop Musicians
Watch videos from Commencement 2010 Week’s Faculty Seminars.
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Robotics: New Possibilities in Prosthetic Limbs
Watch videos from Commencement 2010 Week’s Faculty Seminars.
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Obama after 16 months
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Tom Nairn Lecture 2009: Prof. Juergensmeyer - part 1
The topic of the Tom Nairn Lecture 2009 is ‘Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State’ and is presented by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer from the University of California.
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