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Curriculum

Students on the program will take the following three courses:

POL 154aj Seminar: Citizenship
POL 108aj Social Movements in American Politics
POL 92bj Internship  or POL 98aj Research Project

1.POL 154aj Seminar: Citizenship
Liberal theory presumes the progress of history to be, in the words of John Stuart Mill, a gradual "doing away with privilege." Examines the frontiers of social and political justice through readings drawn from literature, political science, and history. Four credits.

2. POL 108aj Social Movements in American Politics
Provides a critical and normative overview of the many ways that Americans participate informally in politics, including the theory and practice of social protest movements as well as new research on the use of new media for political purposes. Four credits.

3. POL 92bj Internship  or POL 98aj Research Project

These projects would be conducted in the Waltham-Boston area.  Will include one group meeting and one one-on-one conference each week to share experiences, review methods, etc.  Through this experiences, students will master the practical, lived experience of formal and informal American democratic institutions, such as the Massachusetts state legislature, advocacy organizations such as Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, party insurgencies or protest movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy movement.  Others will focus on new experiments in political technology, such as Code for America.  Four credits. 

Students will be expected to conduct 15-20 hours per week of fieldwork, library or archival research, or internship.  Students will write weekly field reports and give several brief oral presentations in the course of the five weeks.  Finally, students will write a 25-35 page paper presenting the results of their research in the context of the reading done in the first part of the summer.  They will also present their work at a mini-symposium at the end of the course, to be videotaped and circulated via YouTube or some other appropriate means.