This semester, the University of California, Berkeley is offering an entire class devoted to dissecting the “cognitive dysfunctions,” “xenophobia,” and “fascism” of Donald Trump.
During the spring semester, students who take Interdisciplinary Studies 198, a directed group study course that changes topics with each iteration, will attend a semester-long examination of Trump’s electoral victory called The US Election of 2016 in Global Context: A Semester-Long Teach-In.
Students will, for example, question whether Trump’s victory was the result of “an old wine of nativism, populism, white nationalism, or even fascism deployed in a new global bottle,” or if the victory was due more to phenomena like “false news” or the revolt of the working class against “globalization, multiculturalism, and identity politics.”
ISF Director and History Professor Peter Sahlins, the course creator, told Campus Reform in a phone interview that “the teach-in is deliberately constructed as a project in interdisciplinary inquiry.”
As such, the course will not be taught exclusively by Sahlins, but rather will feature a number of UC Berkeley professors, including “a psychologist [who] will query the racist and cognitive dysfunctions produced by Trump,” an immigration lawyer who will discuss “the xenophobia of Trump’s campaign” and an economist who will touch on mitigation of the impending “clim…
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