No doubt this will surely enhance any one’s resume, particularly if you want to work at Vox.
The professor teaching the course, Ann M. Savage, has a 3.2 rating on RateMyProfessor.com. Her picture is not provided on the Butler University web site.
A description of the course (which is full):
“An in-depth study of a particular topic in the field of media, rhetoric and culture. This course offers a broad historical, political, and critical communication studies approach to understanding the rise of Donald Trump as a political and social phenomenon. The course draws from the widely circulated Trump Syllabi (per the Chronical of Higher Education and Public Books) crowd sourced by some of the nation’s leading scholars in American Political Science and history, demography, cultural studies, sociology, and more. The course will provide context and depth for student citizens as we look to historical and current texts by renowned authors as well as read excerpts from Trump’s own The Art of the Deal. Students will potentially attend, as participant observers, campus and community events to witness ongoing responses to Trump’s presidency and campaign. To instill disciplinary diversity, the course will invite faculty from across campus to guest lecture.”
The University has responded to the criticism of this course:
From MSN: Butler University, a private school in Indianapolis, has responded to criticism of a “Trumpism & U.S. Democracy” course that was offered to students in order to “potentially engage” in “strategies for resistance” to President Donald Trump.
“Just as I support this course, I would support a course that is complimentary of the President,” Butler provost and vice president for academic affairs Kathryn Morris said in a letter posted to the school’s website. “Butler offers a variety of courses that tackle controversial topics. Like any University, Butler should – and does – promote an environment of critical inquiry and engagement on controversial and unpopular topics.”
Outrage about the class began as a version of the course description circulated on Twitter describing the President as a perpetuator of “sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism and imperialism” began to bubble on conservative news outlets. Shortly before, former Indiana state Sen. Carlin Yoder, a Republican, tweeted a photo of the course description on Tuesday.
Morris said in her letter that students are not required “to participate in activism” should they enroll in the class, which will still be taught in the upcoming fall semester, but with an edited description that features toned down language.
“The professor has been very transparent about the goals of the course and has provided additional context that clarifies students in the class will not be required to participate in a particular form of activism,” Morris wrote. “They will be asked to engage with classic and contemporary readings, including a text by President Trump, and evaluate the rise of the President as a political and social phenomenon.”
Indiana is the home state of Vice President and former governor Mike Pence. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.