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Spring 2023 Public Affairs U6226 section 001
History for Future Policymakers
History for Future Policymaker

Call Number 10291
Day & Time
T 11:00am-12:50pm
501A International Affairs Building
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Sarah C Kovner
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Leaders often invoke the lessons of history, but rarely talk about anything but a few familiar episodes. Even if we can all agree that we should avoid another attack on Pearl Harbor or war in Vietnam, does this actually help us make decisions about the future? In this course, students will explore both the problems and the opportunities with using historical analysis to grapple with present and future challenges. They will develop a deeper understanding of the most often cited historical episodes, but also learn how to avoid using analogies in the place of more original thinking. That means thinking like a historian, and the course will introduce key concepts that can be used to analyze a range of complex challenges, including continuity and change, contingency and inevitability, human agency and structural constraints. But they will also learn how NOT to think like a historian, such as using history as a weapon, and extrapolating into the future.
Web Site Vergil
Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 17 students (20 max) as of 11:08AM Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Subject Public Affairs
Number U6226
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To Architecture, Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering:Graduate, GSAS, SIPA, Journalism, Law, Public Health, Professional Studies, Social Work
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231PUAF6226U001

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