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Discover the inner workings of political systems and gain insight into global affairs with online politics classes, covering topics such as international relations, political theory, and comparative politics.

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Risk Society: Crisis, Power, and Neoliberalism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Unravel the complexities of the modern world through the lens of risk society. Explore the societal implications of global risks, from environmental disasters to economic instability, and their impact on governance, culture, and individual psyche. Dive into foundational texts by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, alongside critical perspectives by scholars such as Michel Foucault and Mary Douglas, to understand the emergence and consequences of the risk society paradigm.

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Thucydides and the Fall of Athenian Democracy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound insights of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in this compelling course. Delve into the fall of Athenian democracy and the collapse of the classical city-state, examining speeches and narratives that debate political theory, justice, and human suffering. Engage with the text’s oscillation between historical objectivity and intense pathos to understand the cultural and intellectual milieu of ancient Greece.

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World Politics with Professor Ralph Buultjens

92nd Street Y @ Online Classroom, New York, NY

The New Political Economy: America and Global Power In the post-pandemic world, global economics is changing dramatically. How will this impact the balance of geopolitical power? Who will be the winners and losers? Will a slowdown in China affect its world position? Will it increase competition in Asia between Japan, India and China? Will America’s economic performance destabilize our politics and impact on our global outreach? How will oil prices...

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Introduction to Gun Studies: History, Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Full Course Name: Introduction to Gun Studies: History, Politics, and American Violence Few objects loom larger in American history, media, and politics than guns. Americans own more firearms than citizens of any other country on Earth. The United States is the largest manufacturer, importer, and exporter of guns on the planet. Alongside currency, guns are the only manufactured object mentioned in the U.S. Constitution; and the question and...

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Society and the Spirit of Capitalism: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Society and the Spirit of Capitalism: an Introduction to Max Weber Max Weber sought to explain nothing less than the emergence of the modern world and the direction in which it was headed. A trailblazer (along with Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim) of the modern discipline of sociology, Weber brought to bear empirically driven methods of comparative analysis to identify and analyze the individual attitudes and social structures that shape and determine...

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Jorge Luis Borges: Mysticism, Fiction, and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Jorge Luis Borges’ fiction is uniquely powerful for its captivating amalgam of political, mystical, and metaphysical themes. In this course, an introduction to Borges’ most canonical works, we’ll read his great short story collections Ficciones and The Aleph, as well as the essay collection Other Inquisitions—bearing in mind, as we proceed, the literary themes and social concerns that pervade the most formative decade...

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Transgender Marxism: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In recent years, there has been unprecedented growth in the visibility and sheer number of people who identify with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. Trans life and, with it, a whole world of trans culture—aesthetics, style, taste—has broken from the margins into the mainstream. This new generation of “gender subversives” is, at the same time, inordinately active in left-wing politics and radical movements, vigorously...

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McCarthyism: American Politics and the Paranoid Style

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name is enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—the McCarthyist manner of politics has found new acolytes in the Trump era. From references to “outside...

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American Policing: History, Politics, and Society

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

For many Americans the existence of the police may seem as inevitable as a law of nature. From popular culture to political stump speeches to the oft-invoked impulse to “Call 911,” the idea of public order is widely presented as unimaginable without the existence of police to enforce it. Without the police, this reasoning runs, society itself would cease to exist. But the institution that is American policing has not always existed, let alone...

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Mental Health & the Law: Politics, Psychology & Profit

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

What is “mental health” and how has it been shaped by the law? From defining wellness to restricting the rights of the unwell, setting parameters for treatment, and regulating and protecting the pharmaceutical companies that develop and market psychological drugs (often to immense profits), government laws are fundamental to the ways mental health is experienced, perceived, policed, and commodified. But, how did the modern legal regime of mental...

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Theories of the State: Politics, Institutions, & Power

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the enigmatic nature of the state as you delve into the intricate web of politics and power. Explore the origins, functions, and impact of this elusive entity that permeates every aspect of society. Join us as we navigate the theories of the state and shed light on its influence in shaping our modern world.

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How to Advocate for Transformative & Intersectional

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Full Course Title: How to Advocate for Transformative & Intersectional Policy Solutions to Prevent Hate Crimes In this workshop, participants will learn about transformative and intersectional policy solutions to prevent hate crimes. Within this workshop, we will discuss cross-sector policy solutions that can work to prevent violence and create culture change for a long-term prevention framework. We know that transformative solutions will...

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Psychoanalysis and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intersection of psychoanalysis and politics in this course that delves into the political history and potential of psychoanalysis. From its association with political projects to its links with Marxism and critiques within that tradition, this course examines the impact of psychoanalysis on social order and political solidarity. Join this survey course and discover the insights into desire, nationalism, trauma, and more through a curated selection of psychoanalytic theorists.

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