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