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Major Issues in Contemporary Public Debates in the U.S. II - JMMZ321
Anglický název: American Political Theater -- Major Issues in Contemporary Public Debates in the U.S. II
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D.
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)
AMERICAN POLITICAL THEATER - MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC DEBATES IN THE UNITED STATES

The aim of the course is to monitor and analyze events in US politics in real-time, while profiling key Washington media players and their unique selling points on political/media stage. Monitoring their dynamism requires reading and following real-time sources of information and opinion. To use the expression of Timothy Garton Ash, the course gives you a picture of "history of the present".

Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)

Looking at important issues that shape the public debate in the US, the course will provide insight into issues that are crucial for understanding contemporary US politics. The focus here is twofold; on issues, for example Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, foreign policy crises, #MeToo campaign, feminism, campus controversy, never-Trump movement, budget negotiations and other emerging themes and topics; and also on key Beltway media actors. Students will look at their media personae through the analytical lens of Aristotelian dramatic perspective.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Class exercises
  • Video analyses
  • Student presentations
  • In class reflections (in writing)
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (22.01.2019)

 

 

 

Assessment Components

10%   -- Class Attendance

15%   -- Class Activity: Discussion moderated by professor based on course reading, videos and lectures

35% -- Teams of students leading class discussions on key Beltway actors

40% -- Profiles of key Beltway actors (6 double-spaced pages, applying Aristotelian dramatic perspective)

A failure to submit or fulfill any of the above shall result in the F grade for the course.

Assessment Expectations

 

Grade A: Excellent work demonstrating a critical and observant approach to the subject, sound research and an ability to express thoughts cogently and persuasively. Grade B: Very good work. Grade C: Satisfactory work. Grade F: Failure to achieve a passable standard.

Grading

 

A = 91-100, B = 81-90, C = 71-80, F = 70 and below

Required Text(s)

 

Texts

1. Aristotle – Poetics (book)

2. Mark Leibovich – This Town. Two Parties and a Funeral—plus plenty of valet parking! (book)

3. Mark Leibovich – This Town Melts Down (The New York Times Magazine article)

4. Articles and commentaries by key contemporary Beltway actors – before each class students must read at least two short texts by the personalities

 

Videos and Podcasts

Numerous videos and podcasts by key contemporary Beltway actors

 

 

 

 

       

 



Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (22.01.2019)

IMS FSV UK – Katedra severoamerických studií

Summer Semester 2019

                                                                Tomáš Klvaňa, PhD, MA (Office hours by appointment)

 

 

Course

AMERICAN POLITICAL THEATER

(MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC DEBATES IN THE US)

Class Description

The aim of the course is to monitor and analyze events in US politics in real-time, while profiling key Washington media players and their unique selling points on political/media stage. Looking at important issues that shape the public debate in the US, the course will provide insight into issues that are crucial for understanding contemporary US politics. Monitoring their dynamism requires reading and following real-time sources of information and opinion. To use the expression of Timothy Garton Ash, the course gives you a picture of "history of the present".

The focus here is twofold; on issues, for example Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, foreign policy crises, #MeToo campaign, feminism, campus controversy, never-Trump movement, budget negotiations and other emerging themes and topics; and also on key Beltway media actors. Students will look at their media personae through the analytical lens of Aristotelian dramatic perspective.

 

 

Assessment Components

10%   -- Class Attendance

15%   -- Class Activity: Discussion moderated by professor based on course reading, videos and lectures

35% -- Teams of students leading class discussions on key Beltway actors

40% -- Profiles of key Beltway actors (6 double-spaced pages, applying Aristotelian dramatic perspective)

A failure to submit or fulfill any of the above shall result in the F grade for the course.

Assessment Expectations

Grade A: Excellent work demonstrating a critical and observant approach to the subject, sound research and an ability to express thoughts cogently and persuasively. Grade B: Very good work. Grade C: Satisfactory work. Grade F: Failure to achieve a passable standard.

Grading

A = 91-100, B = 81-90, C = 71-80, F = 70 and below

Required Text(s)

Texts

·       Aristotle – Poetics (book)

·       Mark Leibovich – This Town. Two Parties and a Funeral—plus plenty of valet parking! (book)

·       Mark Leibovich – This Town Melts Down (The New York Times Magazine article)

·       Articles and commentaries by key contemporary Beltway actors – before each class students must read at least two short texts by the personalities

Videos and Podcasts

·       Numerous videos and podcasts by key contemporary Beltway actors

 

Course Schedule

1.     February 19

Introduction and Course Requirements

2.     February 26

Rachel Maddow, talk show host, MSNBC

Aristotelian Dramatic Perspective

Reading: Aristotle’s Poetics

3.     March 5

John Oliver, comedian, HBO

Inside the Beltway, the Broadway of Politics

Reading: Leibovich, This Town, Prologue and Chapters 1-5

4.     March 12

Jordan Peterson, psychologist and public intellectual  

Reading: Leibovich, This Town, Ch 6-10

5.     March 19

Ben Shapiro, talk show host, editor, The Daily Wire

Reading: Leibovich, This Town, Ch 11-Epilogue

6.     March 26

Naomi Klein, journalist and activist, author of No Logo and Shock Doctrine

Reading: Leibovich, This Town Melts Down

7.     April 2

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, The Atlantic

8.     April 9

Bill Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard

9.     April 16

Andrew Sullivan, writer, New York Magazine

10.  April 23

Sean Hannity, talk show host, Fox News Channel

11.  April 30

Terry Gross, interviewer, NPR Fresh Air

12.  May 7 Charles University Rector’s Day – No Classes

13.  May 14

David Axelrod, The Axe Files podcast/CNN; University of Chicago Institute of Politics

14.  Final Profiles Due: May 21

 

 

       

 

 
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