Honors | As the World Turns (HON)
H228 | 17670 | Herb Terry


*Above course meets with Global Village course GLLC-G220
*Above course meets in the Global Village in Foster Quad

This seminar will simultaneously explore two things; contemporary
international affairs and how media (especially electronic media)
differ across nations. At the start of the semester, we’ll (1)
identify the “big international issues” that we’d expect will be
significant for the following four or five months (for example,
developments in Iraq, nuclear industry in Iran) and (2) determine
countries that are of special interest to class participants (and
for which, perhaps, they have useful foreign language skills).
During the semester, we’ll track the identified issues (and others
as they emerge) in U.S. electronic and print media that cover
international affairs and individual class members will track those
issues in the media of their country. This will permit us, through
the semester, to consider how and why coverage of international
affairs varies across national media systems. Look at the class as
one where you’ll combine learning about contemporary world events
with learning about the national (and transnational – like the
Internet) media that bring us information about them. We'll take
advantage of the IUSA Newspaper Readership Program and all class
members will be expected to read the New York Times daily. You'll
also be expected to read media from your country of interest, if
possible.

Since the Honors version of the course will carry honors credit, and
is at the 200 rather than 100 level, there will be some additional
expectations of honors students. They will be required to do
additional directed research, under Professor Terry's guidance,
leading to a more substantial paper than is expected of those not
enrolled in HON-H228 that will be due at semester's end.  The topic
of these papers will be individually negotiated and, it's hoped, can
be keyed to the students anticipated major or majors. The goal will
be to link some aspect of those fields to related world issues that
can be expected to receive substantial attention in the press of
another country during the semester. When appropriate and possible,
this will offer the student the opportunity to do research in the
language of that nation. There will be an oral presentation (in
class) about your country, its place in the world, and its media.
Honors students will also be expected to have a one-on-one end-of-
semester discussion of their paper, and about the issues covered in
class, with Professor Terry during finals week. Don't think of this
as a defense of the paper.  Rather, it's an opportunity to discuss
this issue in more depth after Professor Terry has read the paper.
Other students, once it's over, have enjoyed it a great deal.