ELI 560 - Understanding US Society and Institutions: Cultural Knowledge for Effective Communication
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language Institute (ELI)
Department: LSA English Language Institute
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Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
With permission of instructor.
Grading basis of 'S' or 'U'.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 9/11/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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In this highly interactive discussion-based course, you will gain a greater understanding of US society, institutions, and culture through an examination of some of the most pressing and contested issues facing contemporary American society today. You will examine how issues such as economic inequality, educational achievement disparities, and structural racism are being addressed by governments, nonprofit organizations, and civic engagement. You will enhance your language skills through interactions with guest speakers, in-class discussions, and presentations. You will also have an opportunity to participate in an optional one-day volunteer experience at a local organization.

Course activities include:

  • participating in class discussions on the assigned readings and videos
  • interacting with invited guests from local community organizations
  • completing two writing assignments
  • completing on-line interactive activities with classmates
  • giving a presentation on a topic of your choice
  • (optional) participating in a one-day community-service experience at a local non-profit organization


ELI 560 - Understanding US Society and Institutions: Cultural Knowledge for Effective Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
3Graduate Standing
M 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Partial Term 9/11/23 - 12/6/23
Note: Mini-course: Starts in Week 2 of the semester. Email the instructor for more information.

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