This course provides students the opportunity to explore the divisive issues currently being debated in the USA. Through exposure to a variety of media outlets and collaboration with students in the US, students will gain a better understanding of how the United States sees itself and how politically and socially relevant issues intersect. Course participants will determine the foci of the major course topics covered (e.g. immigration, women’s rights and LBGTQIA+ rights) and address them in argumentative/persuasive presentations. For the topic of immigration, students will collaborate online on a project with students at State University New York, Potsdam. The project will involve presenting a solution to an immigration issue in the US as representatives of an NGO. In order to participate in this project, students must be available 08 November to 10 December at some additional times in the evening (to be determined based on availability). Course activities will provide students with ample material to strengthen their discussion skills, to further develop their presentation and language skills, as well as to expand their knowledge on the current issues.
Students in their 2nd semester or higher: register 02-27 September using this link
Students in their 1st semester: register 28 September - 08 October using this link
Exchange students only: Please register by 08 October via email to firstname.lastname@example.org