The campaign to decide who will be the President of the United States in 2020 is well underway, and issues of immigration, civil rights, gender, and economic inequality are once again at the center of both the Republicans' and Democrats' campaigns. Why are these topics so central to American politics in 2020? Why have political debates over immigration, civil rights, gender, and class been so vitriolic in recent years? Is the acrimonious tenor of these debates something new in American politics, or have these topics always enflamed passions and emotions? This FIG will attempt to provide answers to these questions by taking a close look at the 2020 election. We will discuss campaign events, the televised debates, and the statements of the candidates to understand what a Republican or Democratic victory might mean for the future of America and all its diverse peoples. We will think about how understanding history and understanding political science can help us make better sense of the world we're currently living in and the future the 2020 election may portend.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:
*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change
HIST 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit
HIST 203 American Century - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
This course surveys the history of the United States from roughly the 1890s through the 1980s and beyond, with a focus on social, cultural, and political history. We will follow three major themes that weave their way throughout the modern era: (1) progressivism in American political and social thought, (2) the history of social movements, such as the labor, civil rights, feminist, environmental, and conservative movements, and (3) the rise of the United States as a world power. We will pay particular attention to the experiences of African Americans and Latino(a)s, as well as European Americans, and explore the roles of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and environment in the American experience. Finally, we will emphasize the ways that people have changed history through individual and collective action.
PS 106 Power, Politics and Inequality - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
Examines power and politics through the lens of inequality, focusing on the constant struggle between the haves and the have-nots. Primary purpose is to challenge students to re-explore the nation’s most salient political struggles through the lens of inequality and discrimination, rather than focusing on the values of democracy and majority rule—students will examine how our nation’s history is energized by the constant battle to resolve conflicts that pit majority wants against minority demands. To that end students will be required to adopt a range of perspectives and explore historical events through the lens of race, gender, sexuality, income and age.