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by Hammond, Angelee M last modified Feb 08, 2012 10:31 AM

Michael Jasinski

Michael Jasinski

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department


Phone:   (920) 424-0435

Office:    Sage Hall 4622


Teaching Philosophy

There are two aspects of Political Science that I personally find most attractive and which drew me into its study. The first is that it’s a theory-based discipline. The second is its inherently interdisciplinary nature. When teaching, I try to exploit these two aspects of the discipline to its maximum extent. Since the discipline allows you to provide your students with a comprehensive view of the subject of the course, why not provide it? Then each week of the course becomes a building block of the bigger whole, creating a narrative that sometimes spans several centuries and even reaches into the future. This makes for a course that’s both more enjoyable to teach and (hopefully) to take. Moreover, since virtually everyone writes about politics in one guise or another (frankly, I don’t see how one can avoid it), I use readings drawn from a wide variety of disciplines. My preferred toolbox is the psychological/behavioral approaches to understanding politics (let’s face it, we’re surrounded by humans—might as well try to understand what makes humans tick), with a hefty dose of history to round things off. I don’t shy away from literary or even movie references, if those happen to be influenced by particular political phenomena.

Courses Taught

Poli Sci 115 - International Politics
Poli Sci 317 - U.S. Foreign Policy
Poli Sci 322 - International Political Economy
Poli Sci 328 - Terror and Counter-Terrorism
Poli Sci 329 - Political Psychology
Poli Sci 336 - Russian Politics
Poli Sci 352 - Politics of National Security
Poli Sci 376 - International Conflict





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by Hammond, Angelee M last modified Feb 08, 2012 10:31 AM