235-s13 – Week 1

Introductory Readings:  Societies in Flux

JOIN                      This course’s facebook group – See Bb announcement for details.

MY NOTES:         Please see my intro video and my PowerPoint notes on our facebook group page (here, actually).

READ

∙ Ray Bradbury, “Next Stop: The Stars” Maclean’s (Oct 27, 1956) [this was later known as    “The End of the Beginning”]  http://bit.ly/12lzTTS
∙ Vorjes, “Microsoft Bids to Acquire Catholic Church” (1994)
http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/microsoft-church.html
∙ M. Naim, From the Vatican to Baghdad the little guy is calling the shots, Financial
Times
, (13 Jun 2006) http://www.moisesnaim.com/es/node/287

WATCH

Videos on Social Learning

The three from Carpenter, Shirky, and Shirky at https://govt396.com/links/

Political Change Video Clips

Kennedy in Berlin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6nQhss4Yc&feature=related
Reagan in Berlin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtYdjbpBk6A
Obama in Berlin – 0:00-1:35 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGoMyQTyATw
and 1:30-4:00-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTsgv179yBg
Obama in Moscow – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYHlHIWmS1Y

NEWS LINK – By Wednesday, May 15         Post a news story entirely of your choosing, but probably at least vaguely related to the “dynamics of political change,” to our facebook group page.  It can be local, national, or international.  Try to get a news story that we may not have all already seen, or an unfamiliar perspective on a familiar topic, etc.   Be sure to provide a short comment on the link – probably 10-30 words – that will help us understand why you posted it or your reflections on it.  See instructions in the text of the syllabus above on what constitutes good commentary here.

QUIZ                      In future weeks there will be a quiz on Blackboard. No quiz this week.

ESSAY POST – By Wednesday, May 15       Please follow the instructions in the Week 1 tab at https://govt396.com/235-summer13/235-s13-week-1/235-s13-essay-posts-week-1/ – it will ask you to reply to a question on the reading(s) and/or videos of the week.  Your post will be approximately 250-300 words.

NEWS REPLY – By Thursday, May 16  On our facebook group page, briefly reply to at least one of your classmates’ news links.

ESSAY REPLY – By Friday, May 17   On the Govt396.com site, reply to at least one of your classmates’ Essay Posts.  You want to be thoughtful, insightful, etc.  You can certainly take a different perspective, or ask questions, or build.  You should not merely criticize: “that’s stupid,” or “you have that entirely wrong,” or “what are you, a RedSox fan?,” or worse, is not constructive.  Your comment should be less than 100 words.

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