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Willamette University

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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 327 (AR; W) The American Story and the Legacy of Vietnam (1)

Language has become a problem in the modern world: its expanding role as a means of global communication has, at the same time, accented the barriers to human understanding posed by competing ideologies concealed within languages. As a result, power, rather than argument or persuasion, has become the normal means for achieving national and personal ends. This seminar addresses, through selected case studies, the relationship of language and power in the American tradition and their impact on politics and ethics. The Vietnam War is offered as a case study.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Collins, Staff