Aspects of Social Discourse in Light of the Trump Experience

Consider the ways in which the information we need to build up a healthy society can be influenced, and even distorted by various factors including our own bias, implicit or conscious. We consider past examples as well as some of the egregious cases of recent times.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • What do we want from our societies? Various forms of the Social Contract. The delightful misinformation of “Ten Sixty Six and All That”. What do we learn about creating misinformation?
  • The beginning of “Right and Left”. The Pamphlet War. Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstencraft - their views and impact today. Jane Austen - a different way of looking at society. Rhetoric - Donald Trump v William Shakespeare.
  • Where do we get our information and express our views? Analysing the language of persuasion. Pervasive advertising.
  • Mind sets. How perception and perspective shape our world view. The likely subjectivity of different forms of the media. Press barons past and present. A case study of Rupert Murdoch.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

*By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Be more aware of the role of emotion in our political thinking.
  2. Recognise the need to be more nuanced when we consider propositions or make judgements.
  3. Be careful about accepting biennial views when considering political positions.
  4. Examine language to recognized preconceived views in what they read or hear.
$145 Limited / $131

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08 Jun

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