In this unit we explore major American social issues by comparing them with similar issues in Australia. What makes America different? How do personal rights, from gun rights to LGBTI rights, work differently in the two countries? What differences and similarities exist on issues like race and mass incarceration? How much do we either exaggerate or downplay political differences between the United States and ourselves?
By the end of this unit, students will be able to:
Taught in Semester 1, 2019
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
10% tutorial reflection excersise (500 words)
40% exam (2 hours)
50% comparison essay (2000 words)
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