This is a media studies discussion course focusing on events in the news wherein students research the English language media on a weekly basis and summarize and present their findings to their colleagues. Differing points of view will be compared, analyzed and contrasted in open conversation around the table. Students will hone their speaking and listening skills, expand their vocabulary and familiarity with idiomatic language and journalistic discourse types, as well as become aware of cultural differences within English speaking lands. News sources will include both print and electronic and will be considered not only according to their nationality and political bias, but also according to their targeted audience. By discussing the same event as reported in various news sources, students will also develop a critical eye and ability to recognize hidden or implied bias in the media. 

While the exact curriculum will be determined by what is in the news each week in English-speaking lands (but not necessarily taking place there) and is therefore impossible to codify, it is highly probable that discussion will center around reportage on subjects such as:

Race relations and cultural clashes
Environment and global warming
Middle East conflict
Religion and fundamentalism
Immigration and third world development
Education, Social welfare and poverty

Literature for this class includes the whole scope of the English language media: newspapers, magazines, radio, television as well as the Internet and social media.

Attendance and Participation in class discussion: 50% 
This is a discussion seminar where you share your own ideas and respond to the ideas of others in an open exchange around the table. Obviously you must be present and participate in the discussion in order to benefit from the class. For that reason, only TWO ABSENCES will be allowed. 

Weekly presentations on current issues will be prepared and presented by each working group during the semester.