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Making of the Modern World: East Asia (HS 105D)

Examines changes, trends, and developments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam). Emphasis is placed on each country’s traditional culture and the challenges to it by foreign imperialism and domestic pressures; the political, economic, social, and cultural hurdles each country faced in its effort to find the appropriate national path to modernity; the crucial roles played by wars and revolutions; and critical developments in each country’s forging a modern identity in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Faculty Biography

Faculty biography coming soon!

Politics and Society: Democracy, Conflict, and Solidarity (PL 210)

In this course we will explore the promises and limits of liberal democracy in highly complex and deeply pluralistic societies. The course can be roughly divided into two sections. The first part examines the fragile alliance between liberalism and democracy. We will discuss topics such as the nature of political power, society’s power over the individual, tyranny of majority, and democratic solidarity in divided societies. Once we have a good grasp of the underlying values and assumptions of liberal democracy, we will examine some of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics from the perspective of democracy. In the second part we will address topics such as public sphere, big money and corporations, dissent and protected speech, free speech and government, news media, democratic citizenship, political protest, and civil disobedience. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Fuat Gursozlu received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from State University of New York at Binghamton. He came to Loyola in 2012 and has taught Foundations of Philosophy, Politics and Society, Philosophy of Human Rights, Justice in Global Perspective, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. His recent research focuses on the nature of democratic society and how democracy can address marginalization, oppression, and violence and create a more peaceful society.

Mentor Biography

Dr. Ben Cowman holds a Ph.D. in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. He also earned his M.S. in Educational Leadership and B.A. in Political Science & International Studies from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Ben’s research interests include leadership identity development, global citizenship identity, leader-follower role switching, and experiential learning from co-curricular programs and student organizations. In August 2016, Ben began at Loyola as an Assistant Director of Student Engagement focused on leadership education and development programs. Prior to Loyola, Ben worked at Christopher Newport University leading diversity education programs in addition to advocacy and inclusion efforts for underrepresented groups. He also has prior experience in residence life, student conduct and student activities. Ben is originally from Maryland, and his interests outside of work include cooking, gardening, traveling, and politics.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. 


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