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  • Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Cornell University Summer Session will be held entirely online.
  • All regular Summer Session online courses will proceed as scheduled. More will be added to the roster throughout the spring.
  • On-campus courses through August 16 are cancelled. We are working to convert a number of these on-campus courses into online offerings. Please check the online course roster frequently for updates.

Course description

The US and the global community face a number of complex, interconnected and enduring issues that pose challenges for our political and policy governance institutions and society at large. Exploring how the US and the world conceive of the challenges and take action on them is fundamental to understanding them. This course investigates such issues, especially ones that fit into the critically important areas of sustainability, social justice, technology, public health and globalization, security and conflict, among others. Students will engage with these areas and issues and the challenges they pose, using multiple frameworks and approaches, through weekly class discussions and lectures.

Offered in Cornell in Washington Program.


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Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:GOVT 3071 002-LEC
Class dates:June 15-July 31, 2020
Due date:Friday July 31, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Asynchronous distance learning
Instructor:Silbey, D. (ds90)
Max. enroll:40
Notes:This course utilizes synchronous live discussions which will be recorded and available asynchronously as needed. Registration deadlines: - Non-Cornell students: June 1, 2020 - Cornell students: June 15, 2020
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:Cross-listed with AMST 3071 002-LEC

The Coronavirus has completely remade American and global life. Want to investigate what's happening and how organizations are dealing with it? Do the Cornell in Washington Summer program. In this seven week (remote) program (for academic credit), students will engage with organizations both public and private in Washington and around the world to explore how the pandemic is affecting their work and how they're dealing with it. Students will hear and talk with representatives of the United States Senate, WNYC Public Radio, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Department of Labor, the World Bank, the State Department, the House of Representatives, NBC-4 News, and various others to find out how those groups are facing a world remade day to day. Students will choose an organization, analyze their response to the virus, write a briefing memo for the organization analyzing that response, and contribute to a podcast series covering the epidemic.

To enroll:To enroll, complete and submit a course enrollment form and your payment to the Summer Session office. For more information, see enrollment and registration. Please note that late registration fees may apply.

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