A university in Pennsylvania is going against the grain of the anti-conservative bias on college campuses with a course related to President Donald Trump that isn't hostile to conservative students, according to Campus Reform.
Lock Haven University professor Kimberly Johnson will be teaching a sociology course titled, “Culture and Society in the Age of Trump" in the fall.
Who created the course?
Johnson told Campus Reform that she wanted to create an environment where students, regardless of political affiliation, can have open and productive discussions about President Trump and his impact on the country.
“Conservative students have told me that they wish they had a class where they could openly express themselves, particularly concerning Trump and his politics," Johnson said. "For me, it doesn't matter what a student's views are on our current president; I hope to provide an environment where we can genuinely examine what is going on in society during such turbulent times."
What will it be about?
The course, according to the description, will explore the sociological factors that led to President Trump's election, as well as responses to that event. From Campus Reform:
“Students will learn about race, class, and gender and how these important societal components were directly applicable to the presidential election and the reaction that followed," the course description states. "This course also examines the sociological background to some of the key elements that shaped global society and culture, such as populist movements."
Did the school oppose it?
Johnson said that even though Lock Haven, like many universities, leans left politically, approved of the educational value of open and non-judgmental discussion.
“I would love to see [schools] return to its classical days where both theory and research were objective areas of serious study," Johnson said. "If students enroll in our sociology program at LHU, they can get a taste of that."