HIST 615: Problems in American History

HIST 615-005: Civil Rights and Citizenship in Modern America
(Fall 2022)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Horizon Hall 3010

Section Information for Fall 2022

In this course, we will examine the history of civil rights and citizenship in modern America.  Civil rights history is often most closely associated with the African American struggle for racial equality.  Nevertheless, the fight for civil rights in the United States has never been simply a struggle about the needs of one racial group.  Throughout this semester, we explore how many different minority groups in American have fought for their rights in a democratic society that tends to favor the majority.  Some of the movements we cover include: women's rights, Native American rights, the rights of the disabled, gay rights, and the prison rights movement.  By examining and comparing different social and political movements, we will develop a deeper understanding of the nature of citizenship--both its rights and obligations--in American society.  What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?  Who decides who is considered a citizen and who is not?  The overall goals of the course will be: 1) to develop a historic understanding of how minority groups build social and political movements to advance their needs in American society and 2) to understand how America's sense of nationhood is inextricably connected to contested ideas of citizenship.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Related Course, Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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