Ruth O'Brien

Professor, Editor, Author – Out of Many, One: Obama & the 3rd American Political Tradition – (content reflects my academic freedom & personal freedom of thought)

Spring 2017 Seminar Descriptions

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CUNYGC

1. American Political Development – 35248 – P SC 82210 – 0

35248 CRN

Graduate Center Campus

 

SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONAmerican Political Development, more properly titled Neos, Isms, & Information Imperialism, is an American Politics and Women’s Studies seminar that crosses political-science disciplinary divides and approaches political history by relying on ‘political development’ as a comparative-politics and international-relations good-governance methodology with two analytical axes: the role of ideas, and hybrid institutionalism in the increasingly horizontal global social sphere. The seminar is also informed by Women’s Studies literature, given its emphasis on difference as the United States built a relatively strong nation-state and became a global hegemon. It pays particular attention to masculinity and misogynistic nation-building by focusing on what I call neotribalism – intersections in inequality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and bodies in re-volt (volt refers to the energy derived from creative difference), who resist despite our president who may continue waging the ‘war on women.’ This course will help prepare American Politics students for the first exam by covering the standard texts and approaches that the subfield expects on the exam.

 

2. Blogging & the Public Intellectual – 35247 – P SC 72310 – 0

Levels: Graduate School

35247 CRN

Graduate Center Campus

Seminar Schedule Type

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: This seminar is about blogging and the gendered role of public intellectuals, or better yet, web writing in an era of lying.  What is already established is: Few public intellectuals in the United States are women. Even fewer come from the American academy. As the American Political Science Association reports, “political science has long been, and remains, a male-dominated profession.” This seminar practices experiential epistemology, or what is called in common parlance a practicum, or “learning by doing” to explore the dearth of non-SLAM and non-SCAM voices in the blogs sphere. It explores the unique, constructive, responsible role that academics who are not male and/or heterosexual can play as public intellectuals, given their gravitas in the global social sphere of blogging in the new age of lying. The primary question Web Writing asks is: Who are the most active and influential American public intellectuals who had an impact on the presidential election in 2016? Or, to put it more plainly: What happened, given all the boasting about groping and misogyny? Did the G.O.P.’s tales of sexual exploits and other forms of sexual humiliation fragment women? How did liberal heterosexual men help and/or hinder the discussion?  Will the election bring feminists together, especially highly educated mothers and grandmothers like Hillary Clinton voters, or will it create the momentum necessary to unify feminism(s), and all non-repressive isms? This course is part of the Political Science Writing Politics Specialization offerings.

3. Teaching Political Science – 35659 – P SC 77904 – 0
Levels: Graduate School

Status: Active

35659 CRN
Graduate Center Campus

SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONAll first-year doctoral students in our program whose fellowships entail teaching on the campuses are strongly encouraged by the EO and the Political Science Program to enroll in this class. All other students, doctoral or M.A. from political science or any other program, who are interested are also welcome to enroll.  Teaching Political Science is teaching power & teaching 2 power & includes the power 2 teach.  While the EO assigns you to your campus — from Hunter to Brooklyn or beyond, in our wonderfully engaging, diverse, and democratic CUNY system, it is your campus chair who sets your specific teaching course assignment.  Indeed, the EO gave me the privileged assignment to teach you about teaching power & teaching 2 power & power 2 teach, which is a course women in the Political Science Program introduced over 20 years ago that has been running ever since, albeit largely assigned to female professors (being assigned to “domesticate” the Program).  Now more than ever this seminar is indebted to Pedagogy of the Oppressed so that you can teach your students how to resist repressive intersectionalities and latent cultural supremacies. Such supremacies could soon boil over as the American president-elect overtly represents the humiliation and disrespect of women, LGBTQers, immigrants (documented and undocumented), and persons with dis-abilities in our classrooms. We will view these groups, and their intersections, in terms of both who is teaching and who is learning as we discuss how to supplement the Socratic method with Aristotelean ethics. I will also help you integrate your scholarly research — from any field — into your first teaching assignment.  Critical-thinking pedagogy and research-in-the-classroom notwithstanding, we do not neglect the practicum or “how to” aspect of teaching (i.e. writing syllabi, prepping lectures, grading practices, using CUNY1st Blackboard, and mentoring students.) Appropriate guests will be invited from management and the PSC to address Chancellor Milliken’s recent directives, ensuring how you, the instructor, and your students, can gain the most from your experience. http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/news-chancellor/2016/11/a-message-from-chancellor-milliken-3/

 Getting Grants: Short Course – 35663 – PDEV 79401 – 0
Levels: Graduate School

Status: Active

35663 CRN

Graduate Center Campus

Lecture Schedule Type

Getting Grants: A short course (5 sessions) on how to write grants for your individual research, following my success in securing grants for the Graduate Center (Fulbright; Andrew Mellon; private donors et al.). Feedback and personal guidance on grant proposals will be offered, and guests will be invited pending availability, and Political Science Program resources if resources are allocated for outside CUNY guest lecturers.

Master’s Thesis Tutorial – 01742 – P SC 79000 – 0
Levels: Graduate School

Status: Active

M.A. thesis. I am happy to hear suggestions that fall within my areas of teaching, research expertise, and experience (see RuthOBrien.org). Following Political Science guidelines for turning a research paper into a thesis, it does not have to be in American politics, or writing politics, liberal studies, women’s studies, or American studies per se, but can be in any field or part of a field in which I exhibit expertise and experience in terms of teaching and research (e.g. political theory, comparative-politics methodology, life writing, global governance, America as empire, etc.). My publications and course-assignment history cover four of the five fields, given my four monographs and two edited books as well as articles in law, political theory, and American politics, and my two book series — Heretical Thought (OUP, USA) and The Public Square (PUP) — expand this to theory and history (European in addition to the United States) and contemporary philosophy. My three U.C.L.A. graduate degrees were in American politics, history, and political theory.

Tut Study/Ind Rdng Amer Pol – 11236 – P SC 72901 – 0
Levels: Graduate School

Status: Active

11236 CRN

Graduate Center Campus

Independent Research Schedule Type

Thesis/Final Project Research – 19859 – MALS 79000 – 0
Levels: Graduate School

Status: Active

19859 CRN

Graduate Center Campus

Independent Research Schedule Type

The topic or subject for the M.A. thesis or final project research is determined by the student. I am happy to hear topic or subject suggestions that naturally fall within my areas of teaching and research expertise and experience (see RuthOBrien.org). Students should consult with me about a topic that engages them (see below) and present a one-page summary no latter than the second tutorial meeting.

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