Issues in American Politics

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Issues in American Politics

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    To develop students’ skills of analysis of primary sources; analysis of readings; oral and written presentation and argument, and ability to critique contemporary debates in the light of historical analysis. To understand why people from other nations come to America, how they made the journey, how they adjusted to American life here, how and why their descendants became ethnics and created ethnic groups and how and why such groups evolved over time. To learn some of the history of three groups as examples of that process, Italian Americans, Asian Americans and Mexican Americans. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. •    analyze primary and secondary sources, write fluently and argue effectively
    2. •    critique contemporary debates in the light of historical analysis
    3. •    understand the causes and processes of immigration, the rise of nativist movements, the debates about immigration, ethnic stereotyping,
    4. •    understand how immigrants adjust to new environments and how ethnic groups emerge and evolve

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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