M1 American Civilization (2016-2017)
COURSE DESCRIPTION & AIMS:
The course aims at providing students with the key elements to comprehend American Politics, and the main intellectual, social, and political movements and ideas that shaped 20th and early 21st Century America at home and its behavior abroad. Some key issues in US society are also to be dealt with. Students will be provided with basic knowledge through the study of secondary and primary sources. The final aim is to enhance students’ ability to get autonomy in critical reading, analysis, and synthesis of relevant historical and political material.
A series of short research papers will be given as assignments to students (pair works). The research topics will not be limited within the program of this year. Those short research assignments aim at consolidating the students' background knowledge in US history, politics, society, and culture.
3 hours/ week: a lecture (1h30) and a tutorial (1h30)
MASTER 1/ SEMESTER 1: “American Politics”
- The US System of Government – The Idea of Democracy – The Constitution – Federalism – The Three Branches - Checks and Balances – The Law-Making process - Elections
- The Role and Weight of Interest Groups in US Politics.
- Political and Ideological Movements: Radicalism, Liberalism, Conservatisms, Libertarianism, etc…
MASTER 1/ SEMESTER 2: “US Domestic Issues”
- African Americans in US History: Slavery, Segregation, Civil Rights, and the African American quest for equality; Contemporary Challenges.
- Classes, Identity, Ethnicity, and Other Contemporary Debates in the United States of America.
EVALUATION: - 1 achievement test per semester
- 2 short tests + 1 written (research) assignment + participation (readings & discussion)
Par salimk le 11 Février 2017 à 19:39
1. African Americans in US History
A/ Historical Background: Slavery, Segregation (19th to mid-20th centuries)
READINGS/ PRIMARY SOURCES:
- The Atlanta Compromise: Booker T. Washington Vs W.E.B Du Bois
IDENTITY & PROTEST THROUGH THE ARTS:
AFRICAN AMERICANS NATIONALISM & SEPARATISM:
B/ Contemporary Challenges:
Par salimk le 15 Octobre 2016 à 08:59
- Weeks 1 & 2 (October 2 & 9):
- The Idea of Democracy
- The American Revolution and the Origins of the US System of Government.
- The Articles of Confederation & the Constitution
handout (to be posted soon or be given in class)
- Weeks 3 & 4 (October 16, 19, & 23)
Declaration of Independence (to be downloaded and printed):
Paine's Common Sense (excerpt):
The Articles of Confederation (excerpt):
The Constitution and the Federalist Papers:
Paine's Common Sense:
John Adams' Letters to wife Abigail (selected):
Elections: From M. J. C. Vile, Politics in the USA 6th ed. (New York: Routledge, 2007)
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