POL 150C2: What Is Politics? is a 3-unit hybrid course that meets for 7 weeks from Jan.12-March 2
- Tuesdays, 5-6:15 p.m. & Thursdays, 5-6:45 p.m.
- Environmental and Natural Resources Building 2, Room N120
- Honors’ session: Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.—Honors’ students get the unique opportunity to discuss course content with Professors Chomsky and Waterstone in a small group (Room ENR2 S210)
POL 150C2: What Is Politics?
Professors Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone
This spring, students of all ages will have the exciting opportunity to learn about and discuss politics with one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time, Noam Chomsky. Chomsky and UA emeritus professor Marv Waterstone will co-teach a seven-week class titled “What Is Politics?” that is both a general education course for UA undergraduates and a Humanities Seminar class for community members. Connecting students from multiple generations and political outlooks, this course is sure to stimulate ideas, debate, and dialogue.
The course examines industrial state capitalism as the dominant organizing principle of our economy. Throughout the course, students will interrogate the consequences of this orientation, including threats to the human species such as climate change, potential nuclear terrorism, and the expansion of militarism and warfare. These consequences also encompass the less spectacular, but nevertheless devastating, effects of globalization and unfettered capitalism on social inequality. At the heart of the class, students will explore possible responses and resistances to these phenomena and will investigate the achievements and difficulties involved with agitating for progressive change.
Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist, public intellectual, and political activist. Since 1955, Chomsky has taught at MIT, where he was appointed Institute Professor in 1976. He is the author of more than 100 books and articles on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history and social and political issues. Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history.
Marv Waterstone is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Arizona. He is also the former director of the University of Arizona Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies. His research and teaching focus on the Gramscian notions of hegemony and common sense, and their connections to social justice and progressive social change. His most recent coauthored book is Geographic Thought: A Praxis Perspective.
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