News and Public Affairs 

Com. 4440

Course Objectives:


This course examines the important political, social and scientific 

events that have shaped America's more recent history during the last

seventy years beginning with World War II. and continuing with September 11th, the war in Iraq and beyond. Special attention is given to the role of the news media as a chronicler of those events as well as an important force that shapes the American political process. We operate with a basic premise that in order to understand the present; you must first understand the past. As philosopher George Santayana writes, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” 


In this course, we will examine a number of contemporary issues, including immigration, political diplomacy involving the U.S., China and Russia, electronic privacy invasion and the NSA, the Middle East Conflict, the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms and
unlawful inprisonment. This course will include a number of in-depth profiles that examine the lives of famous American and international figures that have contributed to the political, cu
ltural and social landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries.