YOKOHAMA CITY UNIVERSITY

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CodeCUL131
Course NameUnderstanding American and British Cultures B (UK) a
InstructorThompson, Holly
Credits2
TermTerm2
MajorLiberal Arts Core Subjects
Course goalsThis course is a content-based communicative class that introduces American Culture by examining American immigrant history. Students will lead group discussions, conduct research about immigrant groups, and complete weekly reading and writing assignments about American immigrant groups and trends.
Course outlineThis course is a content-based communicative class that introduces American Culture by examining the American immigrant experience within four main immigrant groups: Latin American, European, African and Asian. Students will study who (which segments of an immigrant group or population migrated); where (where the groups came from and where in the U.S. they settled); why (why these migrations occurred); when (when in the course of American history various groups migrated in large numbers; and what (what major influences/contributions these groups have had on American culture).Using various sources, students will read, examine and discuss stories, articles, charts, photographs, maps, music, art and videos relating to the different subcultures. Students will be expected to collect information and to make professional presentations to the class. Weekly class work and homework will include reading, writing, note taking and discussions.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesGrades will be based on homework, presentations, class participation and a final exam.
PrerequisitesWeekly attendance and active participation are required of all students.
Texts, materials, and suppliesNone. Internet Research will be required. Handouts will be provided by the instructor.
Homepagewww.hatbooks.com
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Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1: Introductions; note-taking strategies and notebooks; Native Americans
Week 2: Native Americans; explanation of group presentations
Week 3: African Americans: readings and reflections
Week 4: African Americans: discussions, research strategies
Week 5: European Americans: readings and reflections
Week 6: European Americans: discussions, searching materials
Week 7: Latin Americans: readings and reflections
Week 8: Latin Americans: discussions, searching materials
Week 9: Asian Americans: readings and reflections
Week 10: Asian Americans: discussions, searching materials
Week 11: Presentations
Week 12: Presentations
Week 13: Presentations
Week 14: Current trends and future predictions about American Culture and Immigration; notebooks collected
Week 15: Final exam, assessment
 

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