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US and Global Politics Research Page

The research page is an organizational tool that will be helpful as we proceed through the class this term.  Become familiar with the various sites that are posted here.  Remember to check the American Politics Blog posting each week also!

UNIT 1:  SETTING (Part 1):  US Political Environment

OUR POLITICAL CONTEXT!

OBAMA'S 2014 STATE OF THE UNION

ALIENATED VOTERS

DECLINE IN CIVIC LEARNING

STING:  If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
(Voicing Political Alienation?)

STUDY FOR YOUR CITIZENSHIP TEST HERE!
(Week of 22 September)

REACTION #1
(Due 18-19 September!)

UNIT 3:  CULTURE:  How people operate within the system!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  17 March is a special day for many reasons.  If you're Irish, or part Irish it's a day to celebrate that part of your heritage!  It's an important day for my wife and I because we became engaged on this day 35 years ago!  And . . . . in USGP it is the first day that some of you are "going virtual!"  Remember that you will be navigating the USGP Home Page, the USGP Research Page, and the USGP Unit Blog on a regular basis from here on out!  

1.  Rykken Mini-Lecture
(Leadership and the Public Good)

2.  Rykken Mini-Lecture
(Liberals and Conservatives?)

3.  Student Ideology Profile!
(Where are you on this?)

4.  Who are the Millennials? 
(Read about yourself!) 

5.  ARE WE BORN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER?

6.  LIBERALISM vs. CONSERVATISM

7.  WHO ARE WE POLITICALLY IN 2014?

8.  Watch Candidate Obama's Speech on Race
(Remember this from Reaction 3?)

9.  Access REACTION #3 here!

10.  AMERICAN NEWS HABITS
(Recent Research)

Examples:  Party Platforms
(I'm posting these so you can see how IDEOLOGY is reflected in what the POLITICAL PARTIES say they are going to do -- take a look!)

2012 Republican Party Platform
2012 Democratic Party Platform
2012 Libertarian Party Platform

UNIT 4:  SETTING (Part 2):  The Global Political Environment:  2013-14

1.  Your DYNAMIC GROWTH as a student: Where are you?
     (What does it mean to be a great student?) 
2.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  Transition to Unit 4
     
(Why are we studying Global Politics?)
3.  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Website
     (We will utilize the BBC during the second half of class!)
4.  Rykken Screencast:  THE HOVDE NEWS JOURNAL! 
     (Explanation of the Nation Study!)
5.  Rykken Mini-Lecture (Part 1:  Unit 4 Overview)
     (Correlates with First and Second Stops!)
6.  Global Village Exercise
     (If the world was a village of 1000 people)
7.  Rykken Mini-Lecture (Part 2:  Unit 4 Overview)
     (Correlates with Third and Fourth Stops!)
8. Rykken Mini-Lecture (Part 3:  Unit 4 Overview)
     (Correlates with Fifth Stop on the Unit 4 Overview!)
9.  Your Final Exam in USGP!
      (What should you expect?)

10.  Access REACTION #4 Here! 

11.  NATO MAP (Think Russia and Crimean Situation!)

12.  The Dilemma That Ukraine Presents the United States
      (Commentary from Pakistani Newspaper -- Good!)

UNIT 5:  ORIGINS (Part 2):  How did we get here? 

1. Hovde News Journal Assignments!
     
(What nation are you tracking?)
2.  Opening Questions for Reflection!
     (Think about these as we study Units 5 and 6!)
3.  Foreign Policy Timeline: 1945-Present!
     (Read for Background!)
4.  Introductory Screencast for Unit 5!
     (Beginning of the Unit 5 Oveview!)
5.  THE COLD WAR
     (Increase your knowledge of the Cold War here!)
6.  The Nuclear Dilemma!
     (Screencast:  Highlight #1/Unit 5 Overview)
7.  What's The Deal With China?
     (Screencast:  Highlight #1/Unit 5 Overview)
8.  Lessons Learned:  Nixon Goes to China!
      (Video on Nixon's historic trip!)
9.  LBJ (Lyndon Johnson):  "Why we are in Vietnam, 1965"
     (Read this prior to our discussion of Vietnam!)
10.  Background:  The Vietnam War!
      (Increase Your Knowledge!)
11.  Images of the Vietnam War
      (A short video:  WORTH YOUR TIME!)
12.  US-Ukraine Relations (Department of State)
     (Virtual Students)
13.  Newshour Video on Ukraine
      (Virtual Students)
14.  Proxy Wars/ Third World Examples
     (Screencast:  Highlight #3/ Unit 5 Overview)
15.  What the heck is up with the Middle East?
(Screencast:  Highlight #4:  PART 1)
16.  Background Video:  Arab-Israeli Conflict
17.  Arab-Israeli Conflict:  Pros and Cons
     (Quick summary of main arguments!)
18.  What the heck is up with the Middle East?
(Screencast:  Highlight #4:  PART 2)
19.  Rykken's Argument:  1979 Changed Everything! 
(Screencast:  Highlight #5/ Unit 5 Overview)
20.  Reading:  The Iranian Hostage Crisis!
     (Overview of the events of 1979)
21.  Short Video Clip:  Iranian Revolution

22.  Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan
     (Overview of the events of 1979)
23.  The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan (1979)  9 minute video

24.  Short Video Clip:  The Fall of the Soviet Union!
     (Understanding the end of the Cold War)

25. ACCESS REACTION 5 HERE! (last one!)
         (Due Friday 16 May!)

FURTHER LINKS FOR THE UNIT 5 Reaction!

Some History on the End of the Cold War

Crisis in the Ukraine (Spring of 2014)
(use this for Reaction 5/ Cold War Essay)

Crisis in Syria (Spring 2014)
(use this for Reaction 5/ Middle East Essay) 

UNIT 6:  THE FUTURE:  Where do we go from here?

Final Exam Review Sheet

Final Exam Explanation (Rykken Screen-Cast)

READINGS/LECTURES FOR UNIT 6

1.  Opening Questions: War and Peace!
     (Thinking about a difficult subject!)
2.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  Intro to Unit 6
     (Framing our Approach)
3.  US Foreign Policy Since WW2 (timeline)
     (Review the Chronology)
4.  Nuclear Explosions Since 1945
     (A real thought-provoker!)
5.  Rykken's Blue Sheet! Conflict Side!
     (Why do nations go to war?)
6.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  Initiating Causes of Conflict
     (Corresponds with Blue Sheet!)
7.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  Reinforcing Causes of Conflict
     (Corresponds with Blue Sheet)
8.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  The Wars of 9-11 (Part 1)
     (Corresponds with Unit 6 Overview)
9.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  The Wars of 9-11 (Part 2)
     (Corresponds with Unit 6 Overview)
10.  Rykken Mini-Lecture:  Finishing Touches and Parting Shots
     (Corresponds with Unit 6 Overview)

11. The Costs of the 9-11 Wars
(Information most Americans are Missing!)

FINAL EXAM PREPARATION LINKSThinker
(utilize any and all of these as you prepare!)

#1:  Rykken's Blue Sheet: Cooperation Side!
         (Not stressing this in class, but worth looking at!)
#2:  Explaining the BLUE SHEET!
          (These notes will be helpful when all is said and done!)
#3:  Examples of Cognitive Dissonance!
         (This goes along with FAULTY PERCEPTIONS -- real world examples)

RELEVANT INFORMATION:  THE AFGHAN WAR
(If you are going to write on Afghanistan, these are for you!)

Timeline:  Afghan War:  2002-Through 2012
Timeline on Afghanistan (Council of Foreign Relations)
Authorization of Force:  Afghan War
A Pro-Afghan War Commentary
7 Mistakes in Afghanistan
Recent Polling on the Afghan War

RELEVANT INFORMATION:  THE IRAQ WAR
(If you are going to write on Iraq, these are for you!)

Timeline:  Iraq War:  2003-2011
Authorization of Force:  Iraq War
The Iraq War:  Pros and Cons?

FINAL EXAM DOCUMENTS (EXHIBITS 20, 21, AND 22)
You need to be familiar with these prior to the final!


ADDITIONAL LINKS OF INTEREST FOR OUR FINAL UNIT!
(You may find these of interest as we proceed through the last unit!)

1.  NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY:  SEPTEMBER 2002 (BUSH DOCTRINE)
2.  Commentary/Research:  The MILITARY-CIVILIAN GAP in America
3.  What Should We Be Asked to Sacrifice for the War on Terrorism?   
4.  How Safe Are We From Terror Attacks?  (10 years after 9-11)
5.  Global Trends 2025:  From the National Intelligence Center
6.  Global Trends 2025:  From the Atlantic Council