While often we think of elections as being domestic events, increasingly they are influenced by international events and conducted on an international stage. In this learning cluster we'll explore the the role of international actors (including migrants, international election monitors and foreign powers), international economic ties and financial flows, and international events (including war and terrorist attacks) on elections around the world. We will choose several topics and specific elections for more in-depth analysis, and we'll arrange at least one trip to downtown LA to meet with consular officials, other scholars and researchers, and migrant organization leaders to learn more about the international dimensions of elections.
The PBRC provides annual support to bring visiting scholars to SUA to lead a Learning Cluster. Past visiting scholars have included Shabbir Cheema from the East-West Center, Professor Kenneth D. Brown from Queen's University, and Professor Richard Falk from University of California, Santa Barbara.
What is a Learning Cluster?
Learning Clusters are among the most unique and popular academic programs at Soka University. A Learning Cluster is a research seminar where students work in teams with faculty facilitators to investigate a specific question. It is designed to bridge theory and practice, and elicit an educated outcome or response. As a student, you will propose, research, and model constructive approaches to the issues. The course is designed to help you learn to apply a range of investigative and analytical tools in the discovery and presentation of trends and ideas, including policy recommendations that bear upon the quality of the human condition. Learning Clusters occur in 3.5-week block periods to take full advantage of opportunities for field and service learning.
The Learning Cluster Area student learning outcomes are:
- To develop critical, analytical, and investigative skills to formulate educated responses to a specific problem or question
- To develop personal and leadership skills to work collaboratively toward the completion of a common project
- To develop skills and awareness as concerned and engaged global citizens