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The West Wing and Contemporary Politics

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Fall 2009
Political Science 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

We will be discussing issues in contemporary politics, but using episodes from Aaron Sorkin's Emmy winning The West Wing as a starting point. Each class will open with an episode from one of the seasons which highlights a specific issue- education, health care, capital punishment, terrorism to name a few- and the rest of the class time will be spent discussing that issue, the way the episode presents it, and how it is being dealt with in current politics.

Previous knowledge of The West Wing is not required, though it is strongly recommended. The class is not going to focus on character background and relationships and we will not be watching the episodes in chronological order, though we will watch the pilot during the first class. It is suggested that even if you haven't seen the show before, if you are admitted to the class that you watch a few episodes or read season synopsis' to orient yourself with characters/storylines. 

Students will be expected to adhere to a strict attendence policy, do weekly readings, and do a group presentation and an individual paper. 

How to Enroll:

There is space for 40 students split between upper division and lower division.


You MUST attend the first class on September 3rd to recieve the CCN . 


If you have any questions please feel free to email either of the course facilitators.

Course Contact: jenn_westhoff AT berkeley,edu ; ktyetter AT

Faculty Sponsor: Terri Bimes

Time & Location:

Jennifer Westhoff
Keith Yetter
4088 DwinelleTh 5-7pm9/03started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: West Wing Decal Syllabus.docAug 843kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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