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Walter Lance Bennett
POL S 405
Seattle Campus

Advanced Seminar in American Politics

Intensive reading and research in selected problems or fields of political analysis.

Class description

Rethinking Prosperity: Well-being and a Sustainable Future The current global economic order creates many challenges for human well being, from food shortages, poor wages and living conditions, to growing crises with the environment, energy and other resources. In addition, the imperative for political growth is shared by most politicians and economists across the political spectrum. Yet the prospects for growth seem ever more limited. Even if continued growth is possible, it is likely to create more sustainability issues and climate change, along with economic and social instability. The class will explore the factors leading to these dilemmas facing our civilization and consider alternative models for economics and politics that may lead to new ways of thinking about prosperity in a low growth but happier future.

Students will be expected to do extensive reading, participate in class discussions, build and market the "Rethinking Prosperity" blog, and conduct original research leading to a report challenges and prospects for an aspect of a more prosperous society that interests you.

Student learning goals

understanding the relationships between consumer economy, growth, and the limits of energy, resources, and climate change

thinking about alternative political and economic models that would address some of these issues and provide people with other ways of thinking about prosperity

participating in team learning activities such as finding and sharing original resources and blogging about new ideas

conducting original research and writing a report that may be published on a project website

General method of instruction

students will generate discussion questions each week and share resources with the class

instructor will cover key points and lead discussion based on student questions posted on the canvas site

Recommended preparation

interest in research and exploring ideas strong GPA

Class assignments and grading

books and articles - some generated by students from their own projects

participation and contribution of good work in all aspects of the class


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Walter Lance Bennett
Date: 02/07/2014