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WASHINGTON SEMESTER

WSEM-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

WSEM-496 004T
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Sustainable Development Seminar I
The two-part sustainable development seminar provides a comprehensive experiential learning program in which students meet and interact with decision makers, activists, and others who work on issues of social change, development, and environmental sustainability. Students actively participate in their own learning by choosing a semester-long project and engaging in a variety of professional development activities. The class explores linkages between development and environmental concerns while recognizing their complexity at local, national, and global levels. Diverse topics including theories of activism and social change; key players in the global arena; common best practices in the field; and global challenges with a focus upon inequality, consumption, and environmental degradation are also discussed. Open only to Washington Semester Program students.
WSEM-496 005T
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Sustainable Development Seminar II
The two-part sustainable development seminar provides a comprehensive experiential learning program in which students meet and interact with decision makers, activists, and others who work on issues of social change, development, and environmental sustainability. Students actively participate in their own learning by choosing a semester-long project and engaging in a variety of professional development activities. The class explores linkages between development and environmental concerns while recognizing their complexity at local, national, and global levels. Diverse topics including theories of activism and social change; key players in the global arena; common best practices in the field; and global challenges with a focus upon inequality, consumption, and environmental degradation are also discussed. Open only to Washington Semester Program students.
WSEM-496 006T
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Government Failure: Causes and Solutions
This course explores the conditions under which governments may fail to serve the public interest, what the consequences are of such failure, and what recourse citizens have in a democracy. The course applies insights from economics, political science, and other behavioral sciences to understand the real world functioning of government, special interests, and bureaucracy in Washington DC and beyond. Open only to Washington Semester Program students.
WSEM-496 007T
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Political Development of U.S. Social Policy
The Political Development of U.S. Social Policy This course examines the politics, ideology, and history related to the development of social policy in the United States. Students gain an understanding of how economics, notions of citizenship, race, gender, and global events have influenced the structure and implementation of social welfare policy making, including family policy, cash assistance, housing policy, social insurance, and labor policy. Open only to Washington Semester Program students.