Provocations and Discussions

Professor McCarthy's class has student "provocations" in discussion sections each week. Students have to provoke the discussion in some way (debate, video analysis, commentary from contemporary news linked to week's readings, etc.) Students are paired before section to plan the provocation and how they would moderate the debate/discussion. They also meet as a pair with their TF. In class, they moderate the discussion/debate, often involving audio-video materials.

The professor tells students that they should focus on a specific issue raised in the readings, or a particular link between contemporary news and culture. He also helps to coach the TFs about how to teach using this approach.