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International Political Economy (POLI 372)

How Do Jesuit Values Matter in a Political Science Class?

International Political Economy (POLI 372)

Anas Malik, Ph.D.
Mentor: Trudelle Thomas, Ph.D. (English)

Xavier CampusInteractions with Mentor (Trudelle Thomas)

  • knew Mentor from previous discussions about writing (we coauthored a piece on writing for Grapevine)
  • met numerous times, got to know Trudelle, her son Gabe and husband Bill better
  • discussed Ignatian values from our respective faith traditions (Muslim and Christian)
  • wrote regularly and extensively in an intense, exploratory journal
  • traded written reflections on our personal journeys
  • considering co-authoring another article that draws on this experience

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How Do Jesuit Values Matter in a Political Science Class?

Bin Yu, Ph.D.
Mentor: Diane Ceo-DiFranceso, Ph.D. (Modern Languages)

Political science is primarily concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government. As the discipline is increasingly reshaped by a paradigm shift toward empirical analysis guided by the scientific method, one might doubt the feasibility of incorporating the core Jesuit principles into teaching a political science class. However, by embedding the four values of magis, discernment, solidarity and kinship, and personal reflection in the way I teach my Introduction to Comparative Politics (POLI 120), I found that the Jesuit tradition could be smoothly woven into the teaching and learning experience in a political science class. Further, these Jesuit values motivated me to more closely engage the students and encourage them to extend the learning process beyond the classroom.

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