Contemporary U.S. Politics: An Introduction to American Studies|
Spring 2019 not offered
This course will focus on contemporary politics in the United States. We will cover topics such as populism and the Trump presidency, current political narratives concerning immigration, the rise of the "alt-right," debates over free speech, race and civil rights, state violence and the prison system, sexual assault and the abuse of power, gay respectability politics vs. queer cultural politics, the workings of late capitalism, and the possibilities of environmental justice.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Timothy Snyder, ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Michelle Alexander, THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS
Aviva Chomsky, UNDOCUMENTED: HOW IMMIGRATION BECAME ILLEGAL
Howard Zinn, A PEOPLE┐S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Sam Harris, THE END OF FAITH: RELIGION, TERROR, AND THE FUTURE OF REASON
Jan-Werner Muller, WHAT IS POPULISM?
|Examination and Assignments: |
midterm take-home exam, 3 short reading responses, and a final 5 page paper