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 Black feminist theoriests. 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 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.
The Making of the Modern World: Europe (HS101)
This course introduces students to the discipline of history through a single case study: the French Revolution. Rather than approaching history as a list of dates, names, and historical events, we will explore how historians think about the world and how historical thinking enables students to approach and understand complicated texts and ideas. The course introduces students to the way historical knowledge emerges through contestation and debate and will prepare them to engage with and understand modern controversies over history, memory, and memorialization. This section will use the French Revolution as our case study. The French Revolution was many things. An absolute monarchy was overthrown. An effort at democracy descended into terror. Women made new claims to citizenship. Enslaved people in Haiti overthrew their masters and founded an independent state. A European empire emerged that brought new hierarchies and the rule of law to other countries at the same time. The French Revolution thus proves an apt event with which to explore how historians debate and understand the past because the French Revolution offers to pat answers to the questions it raises: How should we organize our politics? Why have democracies struggled to ensure equity, especially for women and people of color? How is the law used to perpetuate inequality? By exploring how historians have debated the meaning of the French Revolution we will, turn, debate some of the most important questions facing us today.
Dr. Andrew Israel Ross received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2011 and began teaching at Loyola in 2018. His research focuses on the history of sexuality in modern Europe, especially France, and he recently published his first book, a history of homosexuality and prostitution in nineteenth-century Paris. At Loyola, he teaches courses in European history and the history of gender and sexuality.
Kate Grubb Clark is a native Baltimorean who currently works as the director of external affairs for government and community relations. As a double alum (BA, MBA) from Loyola she looks forward to welcoming a new class of students every year in Messina and helping to guide them through their first year and beyond.
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 101 satisfies the History requirement for all students.