Last-minute course listing for Spring Term 2013: Empty Rhetoric 101/ Orwellian Studies 202 (Graduate-level cross-listing: B.S. 503)
Only one primary source text needed for this course:
"We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom."
-- U.S. President Barack Obama, second inauguration address, 1/21/13
Secondary source readings to be used in analysis of text above can be found through Google search: "Obama Cuba Policy"
Course requirements: some reading, some discussion, no exams, weekly five-page papers that argue for the exact opposite of what one intends to do, in the nicest way imaginable, with as many earnest-sounding turns of phrase as possible.
Extra credit: one three-page essay defending any of the following Orwellian propositions: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH