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The Good Life Course Pairing

Making of the Modern World: Europe (HS 101)

This course explores the political, cultural and social history of Europe from 1500 to the present. Major topics include religious change, revolutions, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, the World Wars, and the Cold War. We will pay particular attention to the constant construction and reshaping of identities during this period and will focus on three themes: technology and society, individuals and the state, and ideas and ideologies. In the process, we will also come to understand how interactions with diverse regions throughout the world shaped Europe's historical development.

Faculty Biography

After growing up in Maryland, Dr. Willeke Sandler received her B.A. from New York University, her M.A. from Northeastern University, and her Ph.D. from Duke University. She teaches courses on German and European history at Loyola. Her research focuses on Nazi Germany and German colonialism in Africa, and she recently published a book called Empire in the Heimat: Colonialism and Public Culture in the Third Reich.

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 the political 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 the State University of New York at Binghamton. He came to Loyola in 2012 and has taught several courses including Politics and Society, Philosophy of Human Rights, Justice in Global Perspective, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. He specializes in Social and Political Philosophy and 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 is the Associate Director of Student Engagement working with the Evergreens, orientation and new student programs. He started at Loyola in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement focused on leadership development programs. He has worked in higher education for the past ten years, and has a passion for helping students develop leadership skills in order to successfully pursue their personal and professional goals.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. Students will be enrolled in PL 201, the prerequisite for PL210, in the fall semester.


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