TEACHING

 

Interests

 

Teaching interest includes general public policy, urban politics, race and politics, politics and poverty, community development and Africana Studies.

 

Courses Taught

 

POSC 150 American Political System

 

This course would be useful to anyone interested in learning about America's governmental process and/or political system. The objectives of this course are.

 

·         To introduce students to basic political science concepts and encourage them to think analytically.

·         To familiarize students with the basic ideas and principles of the U.S. Constitution.

·         To inform students of roles, functions, and powers of individuals and institutions in the political system. 

·         To introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of the non-governmental participants in the American political system

 

 

POSC 220 Introduction to Public Policy

 

This course would be useful for anyone interested in learning about the American public policy process and substantive domestic issues.  Among the objectives of this course are:

 

·         to discuss public policy as an outcome of governmental activity; 

·         to explore the development of public policy; 

·         and to explore some of this nation's substantive policy areas.

 

 

POSC 300 Data Analysis for Political Science

 

This course is designed for anyone interested in conducting political or social science research. The objectives of this course are:

 

·         to discuss the foundations of political and social science research

·         to augment the student's analytical skills

·         to introduce students to the basic tools used in political and social science research,

·         and to enhance the written communication skills that are necessary for students to compete in today's world.

 

 

POSC 303 Public Administration

 

This course is designed for anyone interested in understanding the public administrative process in the United States. The objectives of this course are:

 

·         to discuss the environment of public administration

·         to discuss the history of public administration as an academic

·         to examine the politics of public administration, and intergovernmental relations

·         to examine the theories and concepts associated with public administration

·         to discuss the management of governmental programs

 

POSC 322 Race and Politics

 

This course is for anyone interested racial minorities’ struggle for inclusion in the political, social, and economic arenas of the United States.

 

·         The first objective is to examine the conflict associated with the politics of race and racism and its impact on the development of this nation’s identity.

·         The second objective is to discuss from a comparative perspective the social and economic plight of racial minorities as result of political institutions and decision-making.

·         The final objective is to discuss racial minorities’ quest for social, political, and economic equality through public policy.

 

 

POSC 355 Urban Politics

 

This course is designed for anyone interested in the study of politics and development in urban areas.

The Learning Objectives: as a result of taking this course, students will:

·         have a greater understanding of the foundations of urban communities and urban politics(i.e., political culture and social structure)

·         have familiarity with the basic processes and structures of urban government and political systems

·         have increased insight of the contemporary problems and policy issues facing urban areas

·         have knowledge of community based approaches to improving the quality of life in urban areas

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POSC 411 Politics and Poverty

This course is for anyone interested in understanding the social, political, and economic dimensions of poverty in the United States.  Among the objectives of this course are:

 

o   To examine the extent that poverty exists and to identify the characteristics of the impoverished. 

o   To examine the social, political, and economic causes and consequences of poverty.

o   To examine, discuss and identify practical solutions to poverty in the current social, political, and economic environments. 

 

 

BAMS 110 Introduction to Black American Studies

 

This course is designed for anyone interested in examining the Black American experience and its relevance as an academic discipline.  It will focus on what has happened and what is happening with Black people in the U.S.  Special attention is given to understanding Blacks’ struggle for inclusion in the political, social, and economic arenas of the United States.   At the end of this course, student will:

 

·         have an understanding of the relevance of Black American Studies as a discipline devoted to understanding human relationships and social justice

·         have knowledge of how the Black American experience helped to define the character and ethos of the U.S through an examination of historical and current unfolding .  

·         have knowledge of how the Black American experience helps to  interpret and give meaning to life in America through the study of black literature, creative arts, and philosophy.

·         have knowledge of how the experiences of Black Americans help us to understand institutions and human relationships through anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

·         have an understanding of Black Americans as part of a transnational racial community.