Stephen Clements

The Elusive Quest for the Perfect PS 101 Course Design...
By Stephen Clements on June 12, 2009

Numerous design options are available for a freshmen/sophomore level American government and politics course. Here is an approach I have developed that seems promising, but I could use feedback from a group of thoughtful scholars.


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Stephen Clements
Stephen Clements

As an undergraduate at Asbury College in the early 1980s, I became enamoured with the liberal arts, and studied history, classical languages, philosophy, and literature. My post-college journey has been fascinating, and keeps taking unexpected twists and turns. I have studied classics at Vanderbilt, served as a staffer in Washington, DC, and earned a PhD in political science at the University of Chicago. After a decade of faculty work in education policy at the University of Kentucky and in state government, in 2008 I returned to my alma mater to establish a political science program and chair a department. The Lehrman Center offers a great opportunity to build courses for this program.