The Journey to an Inclusvie Political Science Curriculum


In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, political science needs to come to terms with its exclusive past and make the changes needed for an inclusive future. This paper focuses on the challenges involved in transforming an existing, traditional political science curriculum into a curriculum that addresses the diverse perspectives, issues and problems the world faces and confronts the systemic biases in both the discipline and the world. In this paper, I use examples from my own departments process, as well as examples I have gathered from other departments and from the literature to make suggestions for concrete steps any department can take to develop an inclusive curriculum. These steps are broken down into individual and collective changes and also into the categories of pedagogical change, content change, and faculty reward-structure change.



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