Karthika Sasikumar

Karthika Sasikumar
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Political Science
Contact
Phone: 924-1361Email: Karthika.Sasikumar@sjsu.edu

Course:

POLS 4

Course Material:

  • Extracts from books/articles owned by the university
  • News articles
  • Online media resources

Cost of Material: Free

Ebooks are available free of cost to students through the library’s ebook collections. Articles are always available to students at no cost through the library’s online databases.

Comments:
The readings I assign (making sure to respect copyright) fall into two categories: extracts from books/articles owned by the university and news articles. Occasionally I also include streaming online media resources.

I have three reasons for doing so.

  • First, it's a priority for me to reduce the cost of attending college. I know that my students struggle to make ends meet.
  • Second, I believe that students today are used to reading content on screens, so they avoid printing out the readings. Using e-readings saves paper.
  • Third, in the fast-changing field of world politics, I have more flexibility without a textbook. I reserve at least one week in each class for subjects that students themselves suggest and vote on. I occasionally change my syllabus to consider current events (for example, the current stand-off with Iran will feature in my POLS4 class).