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Social Science Week: The Future of Democracy in the 21st Century

6/10/2014 3:24 pm

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Social Science Week is an annual effort by WGU’s General Education Social Science Course Mentors to spotlight the important contributions that a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach can bring to our shared understanding of the major political, economic, and social issues of our times. The combined contributions of historians, geographers, political scientists, economists, psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists paint a rich portrait of our world in its wonderful complexity.

This month, the WGU Social Science team will be hosting Social Science Week June 23-26, 2014, to examine The Future of Democracy in the 21st Century. We have organized four panel discussions that will examine the many global and domestic dimensions of democratic practice.

The four panels will pose thought-provoking questions on topics including: 1) the relationship among democracy, justice, and human rights; 2) the complex connections among U.S. democracy, religion, and popular culture; 3) the challenging relationship among democracy, wealth, and power in U.S. society; and 4) the future of U.S. democracy in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court and federal government actions.

Check out the schedule below and be sure to make yourself a calendar reminder to attend the sessions you’re interested in. Then, on the day and time of the event, visit our Social Science Week room at http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialscienceweek/ and call into 1-855-810-8948, Participant Passcode 579813#.

SCHEDULE OF PANEL PRESENTATIONS:

Monday, June 23: Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Meeting Room Information: http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialscienceweek/

Audio Bridge: 1-855-810-8948 | Participant Code: 579813#

Presenters:

  • Sharla Chittick, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Human Rights and Democracy: Past, Present, and Future
  • Erinn Nicley, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, The Connections of Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights in Times of War and Peace

Tuesday, June 24: Social Relationships, Culture, and Democracy

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Meeting Room Information: http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialscienceweek/

Audio Bridge: 1-855-810-8948 | Participant Code: 579813#

Presenters:

  • Rob Whiting, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Spatial Fragmentation: Self-segregation by Political Outlook
  • Charity Carney, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, One Nation Under God(s): Democratic Religion in the United States
  • Kristi Johnson, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Cold Cereal, Cold War: Kellogg’s Cereal Advertising and the Protection of American Democracy During the Cold War

Wednesday, June 25: Oligarchy, Elections and Interest Group Competition

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Meeting Room Information: http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialscienceweek/

Audio Bridge: 1-855-810-8948 | Participant Code: 579813#

Presenters:

  • Lee Jones, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Oligarchy: A New Form of Democracy
  • Mike Dungar, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Taking Back “Our” America: Perceptions of Disenfranchisement in a Representative Democracy 

Thursday, June 26: The U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Government, and the Future of U.S. Democracy

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Meeting Room Information: http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialscienceweek/

Audio Bridge: 1-855-810-8948 | Participant Code: 579813#

Presenters:

  • Heidi Franco and Katherine Douglas, Course Mentors, General Education Social Science, Updates on U.S. Civil Liberties: What Sayeth the Supreme Court 2014?
  • Bryan Benson, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Questions on U.S. Security, Civil Liberties, and the Rise of a Post-Constitutional Order
  • Ted Mitchell, Course Mentor, General Education Social Science, Federalism and Public Education; or, How to Create an Undereducated Citizenry
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