Cognitiv Science and the critique of American society (Kognitiv tudomány és az amerikai társadalom kritikája) in spring 2019
Putz Orsolya, Wed 13:30–15:00, R432, host: DAS (R306)
5-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: AMED17-330|AMED17-331
description & set texts

The aim of the course is to offer a critique and conceptual assessment of American society and politics from a cognitive linguistic perspective. In the first half of the course chapters of George Lakoff’s Moral Politics will be read and discussed, and in the second half of the semester students will work on some of the so-called ”hard issues” of American politics (e.g.: social programs and taxes, crime and death penalty, abortion, the culture wars, two models of christianity, the role of the government), analyze it in the way Lakoff does in his book and give a presentation on a chosen topic.

Set texts

George Lakoff 2002. Moral Politics. How Liberals and Conservatives Think. The University of Chicago Press.

requirements & assessment
Grades will be based on the completion of weekly homework assignments (30%); giving a presentation on a chosen social issue from a Cognitive Linguistic point of view (30%); writing a 10-page-long research paper on the topic of the presentation (40%).