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Debates at Susquehanna University to Tackle Government Regulation

Published on November 19, 2012

Should states regulate such things as food, sex, drugs and the economy? Susquehanna University will explore the pros and cons of such government regulations with a series of debates presented by students taking Regulating Bodies: Food, Sex, Drugs and the Economy, a course taught by Professor of Anthropology Shari Jacobson.

The debates will be held in the meeting rooms of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 4 and Dec. 6. The debate on Nov. 29 will argue the pros and cons of regulating sex. On Dec. 4, students will look at the regulation of drugs, and on Dec. 6, they will take on the regulation of food. A buffet lunch will be provided during the debates, which are free and open to the public.

Jacobson’s Regulating Bodies course explores different theories about regulation within the United States and how it affects people. The class allows students to scrutinize competing ideas and draw their own conclusions. Fifteen students will work in teams of two or three to either defend or oppose the topic of each debate.

The debates will be judged by Freddi Carlip, former president of the Road Runners Club of America and a former Pennsylvania state representative; and Harry Strine, a communications and public speaking instructor at Bloomsburg and Susquehanna universities. The debate teams will be judged on the strength of their arguments and oratory skills.

In Regulating Bodies, students develop theoretical frameworks for thinking about the role of government through a variety of teaching methods and materials. Students participate in small and large group discussions, and engage in preliminary, in-class debates. They read ethnographies, law review articles, political and economic theories of governance, and newspaper articles. The ultimate goal of the course is to give students tools to evaluate competing ideas about the role of government in the practice of everyday life.


Victoria Kidd

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