The Flipped Classroom and University Education: A New Model for Teaching University Classes?

This year, I'm teaching a first year seminar (enrollment is 22 first year students) on "Understanding Power and Conflict Through Film: Making Sense of the Politics of the 21st Century." The idea for this course is to introduce students to some of the main conceptual tools that political scientists use to make sense of the world. My hope is that by the end of the course, the students will be able to apply political science concepts to any political situation they encounter in the news, etc.

Genetic Diversity and Economic Development?

The journal Science reports:

"The Long Shadow of Genetic Capital

Comparative analyses of human genomes have contributed to a spatiotemporal narrative that begins in East Africa and extends to the other continents. These historical traces reveal a decrease in genetic diversity as migratory distance from Addis Ababa increases. Ashraf and Galor present the hypothesis that genetic diversity has exerted a long-lasting effect on economic development

Was Kitchener-Waterloo a harbinger or aberration?

Published Sept. 10, 2012, in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury.

Let’s return for a moment to last week’s provincial byelection in Kitchener-Waterloo. Does the outcome – an upset NDP victory – have real implications? Is it a harbinger of things to come in Ontario politics? Or is it an aberration, an oddity to be filed at Queen’s Park under the heading, “Weird Things that Happen in Byelections?”

New Human Rights Blog

My colleague, Rhoda Howard-Hassman, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, has started a blog!  You can find it here:

I've only read the first couple of posts, but they are excellent, which is no surprise.  Dr. Howard-Hassman is Canada's top scholar on human rights and rightlessness and her blog is worth following.


The K-W By-Election: First Minister Power and Discretion at Their Worst?

On Thursday September 6, Kitchener-Waterloo residents will go to the polls in a by-election to replace long-time Progressive Conservative MPP, Elizabeth Witmer.  Earlier in the year, Ms. Witmer resigned her seat in the Ontario Legislative Assembly to become chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board, a position offered to her by current Ontario Premier and Liberal leader, Dalton McGuinty.

Quebec Sovereignty: Coming Soon?

Quebec’s general election next week is likely to return the Parti Québécois. The last time the PQ moved from opposition to government, they launched a referendum that nearly broke the country apart. Some are comforted by the fact that the Oui forces in 1995 were led by the charismatic Lucien Bouchard, and if he couldn’t do it, then there is nothing to worry about the far less magnetic Pauline Marois, right? Let’s discuss what might be a very real possibility of Quebec separating from Canada.

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