189H: Current Issues in American Politics
Hear about this timely and interesting seminar from Professor John Gruhl.
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- [00:00:04.640]I'm John Gruhl.
- [00:00:06.280]This seminar will start with the debate over big government.
- [00:00:10.620]Why do we have big government?
- [00:00:12.680]How big should government be?
- [00:00:14.600]How active should it be?
- [00:00:16.570]This debate colors almost every issue in American politics.
- [00:00:21.510]We'll focus on two issues especially in this section,
- [00:00:26.740]climate change and health care.
- [00:00:29.770]Then, the next section,
- [00:00:31.727]we'll consider the anxiety many Americans feel today
- [00:00:37.700]because of changes in recent years relating to race
- [00:00:42.700]and to gender and to religion,
- [00:00:45.860]also due to increases in immigration.
- [00:00:50.800]Why are some white men so angry?
- [00:00:55.140]Why are some conservative Christians so fearful?
- [00:00:59.890]Why are many Americans so worried about immigrants?
- [00:01:05.340]Then, the third section,
- [00:01:07.810]we'll focus on polarization.
- [00:01:10.630]Political polarization
- [00:01:12.800]between democrats and republicans.
- [00:01:15.830]This is considered the most significant factor
- [00:01:19.720]in American politics today.
- [00:01:22.671]These are our three main sections.
- [00:01:25.500]We don't have a unit on the presidential election
- [00:01:28.960]but much of what we cover will relate to the election.
- [00:01:34.080]Throughout the semester, we'll have an informal atmosphere,
- [00:01:38.410]lots of discussions, and maybe,
- [00:01:41.890]by the time the semester starts,
- [00:01:44.009]we'll be able to get our hair cut.
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