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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Issues in American Politics
Module Code LG331
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gary Murphy
Semester 2: Gary Murphy
Autumn: Gary Murphy
Module TeachersGary Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

To develop students’ skills of analysis of primary sources; analysis of readings; oral and written presentation and argument, and ability to critique contemporary debates in the light of historical analysis. To understand why people from other nations come to America, how they made the journey, how they adjusted to American life here, how and why their descendants became ethnics and created ethnic groups and how and why such groups evolved over time. To learn some of the history of three groups as examples of that process, Italian Americans, Asian Americans and Mexican Americans.

Learning Outcomes

1. • analyze primary and secondary sources, write fluently and argue effectively
2. • critique contemporary debates in the light of historical analysis
3. • understand the causes and processes of immigration, the rise of nativist movements, the debates about immigration, ethnic stereotyping,
4. • understand how immigrants adjust to new environments and how ethnic groups emerge and evolve

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars20No Description
Independent Study105No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Overview of Immigration

Case Studies: Irish, Italian, Mexican Americans and Asian Americans Italian Americans

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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