Portfolio Category: 8-Week Class

History of the Earliest States

History of the Earliest States

A foundational question underlying state formation is how we (Homo sapiens sapiens) came to live amid the unprecedented concentrations of domesticated plants, animals, and people that characterize states. From this ...
Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Confrontations between the powerless and the powerful are laden with deception – the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, prisoners, and ...
How Terrorist Groups End

How Terrorist Groups End

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how? Most modern groups have ended because they joined the political process or local police and intelligence agencies arrested key members. This has significant ...
History of the Alphabet

History of the Alphabet

This course attempts to trace the evolution of alphabetic writing from its inception around 1700 BCE up to the crystallization of modem scripts. Since the alphabet was used primarily by ...
How to Defend Humane Ideals

How to Defend Humane Ideals

In this course, students will learn how to defend ideals which respect the worth of all people. Students will learn how to use modern social science to refute racists, Social ...
Funeral Games of Alexander the Great

Funeral Games of Alexander the Great

Beginning with the year 323 BCE, this course chronicles the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s empire following his death in Babylon at age thirty-two. When Alexander the Great bequeathed his ...
Strategic Political Communication

Strategic Political Communication

The goal of this class is to teach students to be effective observers of political communicators in the public sphere. By analyzing the relationship between political actors, communication channels, and ...
The Khans (Mongol Empire)

The Khans (Mongol Empire)

With an unmatched level of strategic genius, Chinggis Khan would move against both Northern China and the Eastern Islamic world. Leaving both civilizations stunned and millions slaughtered. In one of ...
The Good Society and the Market

The Good Society and the Market

This class examines thinkers from Plato, Marx and Mill to the present to trace the transition from giving political expression to the good life toward satisfying demands. We will explore ...
The Three-Headed Monster

The Three-Headed Monster

The last great generation of the Roman Republic emerges from the historical mists. The dynamic between Caesar, Cato, Cicero, Crassus, and Pompey forms the axis around which the rest of ...