The History of the Marginalized in America: A Different 20th-century History of the United States (A marginalizált csoportok története Amerikában: Az Egyesült Államok egy másik 20. századi történelme) in spring 2015
Cseh Dániel, Mon 10:30–12:00, R439, host: DAS (R306)
4-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: AME-121
description & set texts
The course examines the relationship between marginalized groups – social minorities based on their ethnicity, religion, ideology, or political beliefs –, the social majority, and the government of the United States during the 20th century. The main goal of the course is to acquaint the students with the minorities that form American society, and to reveal the role they played in the crucial events that formed the history of the United States; furthermore, how certain events influenced the history of the minorities during the 20th century. The curriculum will examine these events in chronological order from the perspective of the marginalized groups and movements that shaped American politics, society, culture, civil liberties and rights. The curriculum will assign great importance to the issue of civic movements and organizations as well, as they were a means of communication and advocacy for the marginalized. During the course the students will not only learn about the 20th century history of the United States, but also gain knowledge on the marginalized groups that formed American society and culture, and influenced domestic politics. The marginalized not only shaped American history, but we can say that they helped write it.
requirements & assessment
Exam: 30% of the final grade; the exam assesses the student’s knowledge of the course material, and his or her knowledge of the compulsory literature. Research paper: 30%; the research paper has to be 8 to 10 pages long, with a Title Page and a Work Cited Page, Times New Roman, double space. Presentation: 20%; the student has to give a 15 minute long presentation on his or her topic, a handout should be prepared for the members of the class. Classroom participation: 20%; based on the student’s participation, preparedness for the class, and his or her contribution to the class discussion/debate.