[IDST 215] Listening and Speaking About Politics

Listening and Speaking About Politics is a half unit course about expressing political ideas. Students will learn about and practice skills related to political discourse in order to promote understanding, empathy, and transformational learning. Course participants will address questions such as, is it possible to discuss complex political or social issues from different perspectives and both listen carefully and be heard? What assumptions do persons from different political ideologies make about each other in conversation? What does “free speech” mean, and what conditions are necessary for it to occur? Students will meet three days a week, attend a required number of public events, complete readings and assignments, and write short responses to course material. There is no research paper or final exam in this course.

Course Title

Listening and Speaking About Politics

Course Code

IDST 215


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