Politics in the Era of Global Pandemic: A Survey Course for Everyone

The Covid-19 pandemic is a global event unlike any other experienced in the contemporary era. It’s size, scope, reach, and implications are enormous, ongoing, and unequal. Outcomes—from how people all over the world will live their daily lives to whether democracy will survive—are all in question.

Suffolk University government professor Rachael Cobb.

Over the summer, Rachael Cobb, Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Government at Suffolk University, collaborated with Boston NPR radio station’s Forum Network to design, “Politics in the Time of a Global Pandemic.” This nine week public political science course brought together leading social scientists, policy experts, and U.S. politicians to discuss the pandemic from a variety of angles. Each discussion session runs roughly one hour and includes a related reading list and prompts for civic engagement actions.

Funding for the summer initiative was provided by the Lowell Institute.


Politics in the Era of Global Pandemic


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Coronavirus Negligence: Risk, Liability, and Liberty How will COVID-19 Change National Security?
Does COVID-19 Change Everything? Building Our New Normal Partisanship v. Pandemic: Common Enemy, Disjointed Response
From Quorum to Proxy: Governing, Representing and Campaigning Remotely

Educate Editor’s note:

Educate provides a central space for faculty and educators to quickly locate high-quality political science teaching resources and materials. While that involves the American Political Science Association coordinating the production of original teaching resources such as the Summer 2020 Virtual Teaching Workshop, the Pedagogical Partnership Grants, Educate also accepts submissions from faculty that may also have a home elsewhere on internet – our library’s ranks currently include the Guide to Politics blog, a pandemic public opinion data set for undergraduate statistical methods courses, the Monkey Cage Topics Guide, and Politics, Identities, and Groups #BLM course syllabus

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