Debate Madness: Current Issues and Rhetoric
This two-week long course will introduce students to the United States Senate as an institution. Students will gain an understanding of the Senate’s history and traditions while also learning how the upper chamber of the United States Congress works today. In this course, students will take on the roles of current public officials and senators in an effort to gain a better appreciation for the complicated set of political relationships and impediments that make governing the United States in 2019 so difficult. Since this class runs as a simulation, students must be prepared to maintain fidelity to the roles they are assigned. Failure to do this will not only affect one’s grade, but it will lessen everyone else’s experience in the class. Special attention to political reform topics will be given priority in this class.