Title: The Greatest American Scandals
Course No.: SEN1332-01
Instructor: Elizabeth D’Agostino
Day/Time: Tuesday, 6:30–9 p.m.
Start Date: January 26, 2021
Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, and O.J. Simpson all have one thing in common: they were the subjects of journalistic scrutiny. In this course, we will focus on groundbreaking U.S. scandals of the past century to examine the role of journalism and its complex relationship with democracy. Students will explore politics, history, business, crime, and ethics, and questions about truth through interactive lectures, guest speakers, and media analysis. We will discuss how journalism informs facets of American culture, including gender roles, race relations, political battles, and institutions of power. After learning about historical events like Watergate, Clinton’s impeachment, and the O.J. Simpson trial, students will be able to contextualize current events and ultimately answer the key question of this course: Why does journalism matter? Course materials include podcasts, films, and TV shows such as “Slow Burn,” “Catch and Kill,” and “O.J.: Made in America.”