I favor active learning. Therefore, in my US Government and Politics classes we redraft the US Constitution.
We take on a similar challenge in regard to California in my California Politics class.
When I teach urban politics, I tie the curriculum to Stockton and California.
We often focus on a particular urban challenge: leadership, neighborhood revitalization, or race relations, for example.
This allows the class to discuss what they are reading with local leaders.
Finally, I participate in a number of internship and undergraduate research projects.
Currently I assist in the Sacramento Experience which places interns in the spring of the year in the state capitol, particularly in lobbying organizations.
I also direct an ongoing project investigating the evolution of the office of the mayor in 17 California cities.
I have recently completed a project collecting coming of age stories from 18 three-generational families from nine ethnic groups here in Stockton and organizing community discussions of those stories.
Robert Benedetti, Professor of Political Science