Political Science | American Political Controversies
Y100 | 9784 | & 9785 Koloen
First 10 weeks only.
This course will deal primarily with contemporary
controversial political issues. Some of the questions we will
contemplate include: is capital punishment justified? Do we need
tougher gun control laws? Does affirmative action advance racial
equality? Should the President be allowed to detain citizens
indefinitely in wartime? Should there be a Constitutional amendment
banning gay marriage? Should abortion be restricted? It is
important to note that there is no inherently correct answer to these
questions; that is what makes them controversial. In recognizing
that each opinion is valuable, we will be better equipped to
formulate our own convincing arguments on the subject. This is also
a goal for the course; to develop the skills that are necessary to
make a coherent and persuasive argument both in writing and in speech.