Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman recently spent a week in Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course on American politics to a group of 25 honors and post-graduate students.
The one-week, intensive course, titled “Obama and the World,” used media coverage to investigate how Obama is portrayed around the globe. “Due to the amount of time spent in class, the level of detail on the material was incredible,” says Deutchman.
This most recent trip marks the continuation of a long relationship between Deutchman and the University of Melbourne. Since her time as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Deutchman has served as a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the university many times.
“Teaching this class gave me some wonderful ideas for the future,” says Deutchman. “I can see incorporating what I learned teaching at Melbourne into my classes here at Hobart and William Smith.”
This mutual education stemmed from group work with English language newspapers from around the world. Deutchman assigned groups of students to study news media from different regions of the world; each group examined the portrayal of Obama and prepared an oral presentation on their findings.
With a newfound perspective on Obama, Deutchman commended the enthusiasm of her Australian students. “The experience was not only worth it for the opportunity to teach in Australia, but also for what I learned from the students; they were wonderful,” says Deutchman. “I hope to be given the opportunity again.”
Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. View Deutchman’s expert page.