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Political Science

17.912
Special Topics in Political Science
Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Adam Berinsky, Richard Kraus
Thu Jan 13, 20, 27, 01-03:00pm, 4-149

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Reading and discussion of special topics in the field of social science.
Why did the Arab-Israeli conflict begin, and why has it continued up until now? Why has the United States been involved in this conflict, and what effect has this involvement had? Will it ever end? This class will consist of three lectures, followed by discussion sessions and it will address these questions. There will be readings assignments to conplete and students will be expected to write short papers.
Contact: Richard Kraus, richardk@mit.edu

17.914
Special Topics in Political Science
International Politics in the New Century - via Simultion, Interactive Gaming & "Edutainment"
Nazli Choucri, Cirstobal Garcia, Carlos Ortiz
Wed Jan 12, Thu Jan 13, Fri Jan 14, 10am-01:00pm, 1-273

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

Reading and discussion of special topics in the field of social science.
Intro to different perspectives on politics & the state of the world through new visualization techniques and approaches to political 'edutainment.' Use of interactive tools (video, web-based games, blogs or simulations) to explore logic of international politics and core concepts in poli sci. Begins by understanding new challenges of the global system through immersion in cyber-narrative, then designing a computer game of crisis and decision. Then to visualization tools and techniques in the social sciences and introduce GIS software and engage students in retrieving data to create simple map representations and interpret results from different renditions produced.
Contact: Cristobal Garcia, crisgh@mit.edu

17.916
Special Topics in Political Science
Experiencing Health Policy: A Week in Washington, DC
Tobie Weiner, Adam Berinsky, Sandhya Sitaraman, Chris Suarez
Tue Jan 25 thru Fri Jan 28, 08-05:00am, DC, Info session 11/16 7:30 pm TBA

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 29-Nov-2004
Limited to 20 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   
Fee: 100.00 for travel and accommodation expenses in DC

Reading and discussion of special topics in the field of social science.
Class will expose students to current issues in health care & health policy. The program consists of seminars led by speakers from local schools of public health during the first week (1/19-1/21), visits to health policy groups or federal agencies (Dept. of Health & Human Services and Institute of Medicine), and relevant Congressional hearing during the second week (1/25-1/29). Events include lectures, informal discussions, community service activities. Students required to be on campus by noon on Wed. 1/19 for lectures. Applications sent out on 11/22 and due at midnight on 11/29. Decisions emailed on 12/4. For application email 17.916-admin@mit.edu after 11/18.
Contact: Sandhyas Sitaraman, sandhyas@mit.edu

17.918
Special Topics in Political Science
Implementing the Cambridge Climate Protection Plan
Stephen Meyer
Mon-Fri, Jan 4-7, 19, 24-28, 01-04:00pm, TBA, other meetings scheduled TBA

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 15 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Reading and discussion of special topics in the field of social science.
Students will work with Cambridge representatives, community members and environmental specialists at MIT to propose innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Cambridge. Students will learn how to employ community-based social marketing to encourage citizens to reduce their impact on climate change. Class sessions, readings and guest speakers will review major scientific and policy issues, model environmental initiatives, and unique ways that Cambridge affects climate change and may be affected in turn. Group project work will result in student presentations at the end of IAP of proposals to be considered for implementation in the City.
Web: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/17/ia04/17.918/index.html
Contact: Beth Conlin, E40-481, x2-3199, bconlin@mit.edu

17.920
Special Topics in Political Science
Martin Luther King Jr. Design Seminar
Tobie Weiner
Mon-Fri, Jan 3-7, 10-14, 18-21, 24-28, 03-05:00pm, E51-395

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 40 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 12 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

Reading and discussion of special topics in the field of social science.
Create and design an installation in Lobby 10 for MIT's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration February 3, 2005. The first two weeks we'll discuss the ideas and goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as themes surrounding all struggles against oppression and for equality, in order to create a design to connect people, in a figurative way, to such struggles. Students will work with faculty and staff in the MIT community as well as guest artists and lecturers from the Boston/Cambridge community to design the installation. The second two weeks of IAP we will break up into work groups and develop and construct the installation.
Contact: Tobie Weiner, E53-484, x3-3649, iguanatw@mit.edu


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