US Controversies: slavery, migration, poverty, capital punishment, education, health care

Course Dates: 27/04/22 - 01/06/22
Time: 12:15 - 14:15
Location: Keeley Street
From slavery to poverty to capital punishment, each session we’ll examine a different issue area – developing a historical and contemporary view of the contentious issues within the USA.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00

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Course Code: HAH42

Started Wed, day, 27 Apr - 01 Jun '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course covers the history and changes around these key issue areas within America. We’ll explore what have been some of the turning points historically in these areas, developments, backslides, and policies developments that make these issues still ‘hot topics’ in recent electoral cycles and among the political parties.

What will we cover?

- Slavery and how America is dealing with its past and present
- Immigration
- Poverty in America
- Education
- Health Care
- Capital Punishment.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain some key points of WHY these areas are controversial in America
- List some key points in American (political, legal and/or social) history where changes occur with respect to these issues
- Explain the contextual causes and effects of each issue.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses. As with all of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree, are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will consist of tutor presentations, some audio and video clips as appropriate, some in-class readings for discussion, as well as opportunities for questions and comments.

This course will be delivered in-person and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. Specific readings will be introduced and made available during the course via Google Classroom.

Some optional background reading is listed below:

- J Iceland (2013) Poverty in America: A Handbook, 3rd Edition. University of California Press.

- M J Skidmore (2016) Poverty in America: Urban & Rural Inequality and Deprivation in the 21st Century. Westphalia Press.

- J T Gatto (2017) The Underground History of American Education, Volume I: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling. Valor Academy.

- M R Lemay and E R Barkan (Eds.) US Immigration and Naturalization: Laws and Issues : A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues). Greenwood.

- K Morgan (2005) Slavery in America: A Reader and Guide. The University of Georgia Press.

- M Pagano (2020) Understanding Health Care in America: Culture, Capitalism, and Communication. Routledge.

- J Melusky and K Pesto (2011) Capital Punishment (Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America). Greenwood.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can explore our other history courses on the US and the Americas on our website.

Dale Mineshima-Lowe

Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses in the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the Politics and Geography Departments at Birkbeck, University of London. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Durham, and has taught at the Universities of Durham, Limerick, Bedfordshire, and has guest lectured at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in American history/politics, European history/politics, democratic transitions & states, and global issues like the environment, migration and civic edudation. When not teaching, Dale is usually found buried in books (both textbooks and fiction!), baking, still making attempts to learn French, hiking, or squeeking away as a beginner - learning to play the violin.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.