Politics: Race, Gender, Nation, World (PS 101)
We usually think of politics as the controversies and debates we see on social media and the news. This course will take you deeper, into why political systems have such a powerful influence on our lives. Even on this deep level we will encounter much disagreement among different perspectives and among each other. We will read and discuss ideas from traditional political science such as Thomas Hobbes, as well as critical voices that challenge us to look at politics from the viewpoints of those it has often excluded, such as that of Frantz Fanon. A central theme that will run through the entire semester will be the clash between European settler approaches to creating government, and indigenous, native approaches to political community. We will use our focus on Native American experiences to structure our Messina enrichment activities, including a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. This course will build up your skills in reading carefully and critically, writing precisely and clearly at the college level, and discussing tough questions on which we will likely disagree with each other at times. In this way, PS 101 sets you up for success in many of your university courses down the road. PS 101 meets one of your core requirements for social sciences. It is also one of the required courses for the political science major.
Professor Janine Holc loves politics, class discussion, and more politics. She has taught PS 101 for many years and it is her favorite course to teach. She specializes in Eastern Europe and Poland and has just finished writing a book on the use of Jewish girls from Poland as forced labor in the Holocaust. She enjoys advising students on not just coursework but majors, internships, careers and community service. She lives in Baltimore City with her son and a red poodle named Sonic.
Women and Gender in the Middle East (HS 397D)
In the Western media, Middle Eastern women are routinely portrayed as oppressed, and Islam is frequently cited as the most significant source of such oppression. But how and to what degree are women oppressed in the region? This upper-level course is designed to provide a nuanced historical understanding of the history of women and gender in the Middle East. The first part of the course consists in a broad chronological survey from pre-Islamic times to the present day that pays special attention to different interpretations of the foundational texts of Islam (the Quran and Hadith), to Western representations of the "Oriental woman," and to the rise of women's movements in the region. The second part of the course comprises an in-depth exploration of some of today's most contested issues, including Islamic law, migration, honor crimes, female genital cutting, same-sex sexuality, the veil, and women's participation in politics and in the recent Arab uprisings. Prerequisite: One 100-level History course. This course fulfills the 300-level History core requirement and the diversity requirement (global awareness). It also counts towards the Global Studies major and the Gender Studies minor
Dr. Sara Scalenghe is an associate professor of History and the current chair of the History department. Her research and teaching interests include the Middle East and North Africa, gender history, and disability history.
Kate Grubb Clark is the director of external affairs in the office of the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President. Prior to serving in this position, she spent over 10 years in the division of student development at Loyola. Her current focus areas are government and community relations (from neighborhoods around Loyola to the federal level), presidential events and supporting the Board of Trustees. As a ‘double degree’ graduate of Loyola (BA in Political Science with a minor in French and a MBA with a double concentration in international business and management), Kate knows first-hand the benefits of cura personalis as a lived philosophy and how it helped her to develop personally and professionally. That experience is why she decided to come back to her alma mater help future Greyhounds find their passions and niche at Loyola as well as tell the story of what makes Loyola great to anyone willing to listen. Kate is passionate about helping students develop their critical-thinking and life skills; and being a mentor to students through their college careers and beyond. Messina provides her with an opportunity to bring all the facets of her skills and passions together to help the next generations of Loyola students. A native Baltimorean and avid sports fan, Kate is also very passionate about her hometown and helping students to see the depth of culture that Baltimore has to offer.
This pairing is recommended for students interested in Political Science, History and Global Studies. For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Sociology, Global Studies, Economics or Psychology, Political Science will count as an elective. HS 397D will fulfills the second history core requirement and diversity requirements. Students will enroll in a 100 level History course, the prerequisite for HS 397D, during the fall semester (unless they receive AP credit for the first level history core).