Courses taught at Rhode Island College:
Middle Eastern and North African Politics (POL 348)
This course offers an introduction to the politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It covers major issues facing the region – such as colonial legacies, authoritarianism, women, religion and politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more – as well as examining how these issues are at play in specific countries. This course will allow us to not only evaluate broad trends in the Middle East but also build knowledge about individual countries in the region. It will also acquaint students with some of the basic tools and theories that political scientists use to understand the developing world and dictatorships. We begin each class by discussing the news.
Gender and Global Politics (POL 350 / GEND 350)
This course offers an introduction to gender and global politics. We will cover global issues – women’s political participation, social movements, women as voters and candidates, gender and war – as well as examining how these issues are at play in specific countries. This course will allow us to not only evaluate broad global trends but also build knowledge about women and gender in various regions and countries. It is an interdisciplinary course that will also acquaint students with some of the basic tools and theories that social scientists use to understand political trends.
Research Design and Writing in Political Science (POL 308W)
Writing is an essential part of communication, and there are many ways to write well. This Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course, required for all political science majors, is designed to teach students to think, write, and conduct research like political scientists. We focus on designing theoretically-informed and empirically-tested research projects. As the title of this course implies, students in this class will also discuss a wide variety of current political controversies.
International NGOs and Nonprofits (POL 345 / INGO 300)
International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) play an important role in world politics. This course introduces various INGOs as well as other non-state actors that are currently influencing our world. We will examine these actors’ role in shaping war & peace, human rights, democratization, global economy, violence, environment, and various aspects of domestic politics. Questions that we will address include but are not limited to: What are INGOs and what role do they play in global politics? To whom are they accountable? How did they emerge and transform? What explains their organizational structure and methods? What are some advantages and challenges they face as agents of change? How do we evaluate their impact on our world?
Politics of Development (POL 341)
This course asks explores some of the most important questions about politics and economics of the world’s developing countries: Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why are some governments democratic and others authoritarian? Why are some suffering from civil war while others remain peaceful? Why do some advance the rights of women and others do not? Why are some existing answers to these questions unsatisfying?
First Year Seminar: Evaluating Headline News
The media sources covering political news has expanded and diversified substantially in the recent years. In addition to the traditional media sources (newspaper, television, radio), online- only news, satirical news, social media forums, and other types of new media exist alongside more traditional media sources such as newspapers and television news. In this seminar, we explore current political events and global controversies regarding social movements, fake news, armed conflicts, and more. Students read and watch a variety of news sources to study these issues from different viewpoints. We also critically evaluate the degree of bias and prejudice in news reports. We begin class by discussing current events, based on students’ postings and presentations, followed by discussion questions of the day.
Unedited comments from peer observations and student evaluations:
"This was an excellent class taught by a well-organized, energetic, and effective instructor who was in command of her material and who had the consistent attention and respect of her students. The classroom activities were varied, and each was inherently interesting and valuable for students as they prepare their research designs. This was reflected in the high level of student engagement." (Research Design, POL 308, Peer Observation)
`In sum, the students clearly were used to a friendly, informal classroom atmosphere where learning is the central goal. Dr. Noh was prepared and in firm control of the classroom and assignment. She demonstrated in this class period a faculty member dedicated to teaching well and building a community of young scholars." (NGOs and Nonprofits, POL 345/INGO 300, Peer Observation)
"Professor Noh is awesome! She is so smart and well-spoken and you can tell she really holds a passion about the topics she is teaching about. Zoom made things a bit rocky, and class participation was sparse, however she was always lecturing us with useful information and definitely used class time in a really effective way. She goes out of her way to schedule private meetings with and additionally always answers emails promptly and politely. She is super approachable and definitely tried to make things easy for us. This course was obviously a bit different because of Zoom, however, she made it work. I would 110% take a class wither again. Great job professor and thanks for a great semester!!!!! :)" (Research Design, POL 308, Spring 2021)
"I LOVED the professor! I thought she was so cool and nice, but she was so interesting and knowledgeable as well! She had real world experience and has a ton of credentials. She presented the information clear and listened to student feedback on how to improve the course. I never had though abstractly about a lot of the ideas we covered in class, and this course has played a significant role in my thoughts about my future and career goals. This course was very valuable to understanding the world around us, and I think it a course all majors should learn about, because of the worldwide effect INGO's/NGO's have on all aspects of our current society. I really enjoyed the course itself, but I think the way the instructor encouraged discussions, as well as provided us information, was what I really enjoyed!" (NGOs and Nonprofits, POL 345/INGO 300, Fall 2020)
"Yuree is clearly passionate about the subject, and there's nothing better seeing a person light up when a certain topic comes up." (Gov't and Politics in the Middle East, PS 157, UCLA)
"I like how she always began the class with current events. For someone like me, who doesn't really keep up with the middle east, this is very helpful to relate what we're learning and apply it to the real life." (Gov't and Politics in the Middle East, PS 157, UCLA)
"Her integration of personal experiences while visiting some of the countries was one of my favorite parts of the course." (Great Powers in the Middle East, PS 132A, UCLA)
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