Category Archives: Pol 150 Contemporary Political Issues

Pol 150: Research tips

For tips on how to find scholarly articles, see Research & Writing, and scroll down to “How to Find Sources”—noting especially the bit about how “Google Scholar is your friend.” For tips on how to cite scholarly articles, see the … Continue reading

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Pol 150: Project 1

Class, I made a mistake: the first project is due NEXT Thursday, February 26, NOT today. Again, the paper is due next week, after we’ve returned to class. I’m very sorry for the error—and for any anxiety I may have … Continue reading

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Pol 150: Global warming, fracking

About the global warming pieces. . . . James Inhofe argues that there is little evidence for human-caused global warming, but the overwhelming consensus of scientists (see this short piece) is that global warming is real, and a real problem. … Continue reading

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Pol 150: MTA income map

Here she be: New Yorker MTA Inequality Map Just click on a subway line, then roll over a stop to see the income level. Oh, and here’s a vid on primates irked by unfairness:  

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Pol 150/CN: Guns guns guns

Thursday’s question: Do guns make us safer? YES: Dave Kopel, written testimony on Congressional panel on gun violence, 1.30.13 [NOT the whole thing—just read pp. 24-27]; ¬†Gary Kleck, Guns and Self-Defense, Gun Defense Clock, 1997 NO: Steve Rendell, The Self-Defense … Continue reading

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Pol 150/CN: Video violence

For Tuesday’s class: Is video violence a cultural problem? (NOTE: I’m having you read two articles per side, largely because the pieces are short.) MAYBE: Mike Daniels, Do violent video games beget violence? Asbury Park Press, 4.7.13; Jason Schrier, From … Continue reading

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Pol 150/CN: Belief and society

Alllllrigghty: I have the readings for next Thursday (March 21)—and the question to which the two arguments respond: Does religious freedom require exemption from laws of general applicability? YES: Evangelicals & Catholics Together, In Defense of Religious Freedom, First Things, … Continue reading

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