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Political Science: Watch online

A guide to doing political science research at Bonnie Bell Wardman Library.

About this page

This page comprises annotated links to online videos and documentary series related directly to the history curriculum, as well as tangential programs that provide social-historical and cultural background for specific topics. Links are arranged alphabetically by title.

The following media should be viewable in their entirety; if you find this is not the case, please email the reference librarian (link at right).

And remember that Wardman Library has many DVDs related to the Political Science curriculum, all of which circulate.

Online videos

The Africans (Annenberg Media and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
Hosted by noted scholar Ali Mazrui, the nine one-hour videos in this series "
examine major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and the Islamic religion. This series explores in depth Africa's geography, history, anthropology, and religions." Click on the VOD icon to the right of each title to watch each episode in its entirety.

The Africans: Series homepage

American Experience (PBS)   

The "Browse-by-Film" portion of the official website of the award-winning documentary series by WGBH Boston, with over 200 full-length documentaries online, as well as supplementary material and companion websites. Themes of interest to students of political science include "The Presidents" and "War and Politics."

American Experience: Series homepage
"The site offers full streaming video and podcasts of Moyers & Company online-only essays, analytical blogs, interactive features, as well as an extensive video library of Moyers’ past work.  For the first time, users can browse and view hundreds of Bill Moyers programs, such as the landmark series Bill Moyers Journal, and NOW with Bill Moyers, covering a wide range of topics including the economy, faith and reason, money and politics, war, media, and the arts.  Combined with dedicated platforms on Facebook and Twitter, invites citizens hungering for smart, civil discourse to dig deeper, think harder, and participate in the conversation of democracy." Scroll down after the jumps to see videos by topic:

Videos by topic: Social Change -- Equality -- Democracy & Government -- Money and Politics -- Veterans & War

China Documentaries
An amazingly comprehensive blog that aggregates free online documentaries about China. Although it is fully searchable, unfortunately the site is not organized by subject. "Documentary films and media reports by the BBC, PBS, Journeyman Pictures, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, CCTV-9, NTDTV, independent filmmakers etc., about the People's Republic of China -- current events, history, politics, law, trade, economy, environment, and the Chinese people."

China Documentaries

Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as 'the last best hope for broadcast documentaries,' FRONTLINE’s stature over 30 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience." The FRONTLINE film archive contains 136 documentaries about topics such as Government/Election/Politics, Foreign Affairs/Defense, and Criminal Justice.

FRONTLINE film archive

The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Howard Zinn (MIT World)

A 90-minute lecture by renowned American historian Howard Zinn. In the lecture, "
Zinn offers numerous examples of how the American government has used 'divine ordination' and rationales of spreading civilization and freedom to justify its most dastardly actions."

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Noam Chomsky: American Foreign Policy in Latin America (Global Current via YouTube)

A 2007 interview with Noam Chomsky about America's relationship with Latin America, from the Monroe Doctrine to the present. "
In the interview, Noam Chomsky addresses the traditional relationship between the United States and Latin America, the impact of neoliberal economic policies, and Latin America's 'turn to the left.'"

Noam Chomsky: American Foreign Policy in Latin America 1
Noam Chomsky: American Foreign Policy in Latin America 2


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