Issues of the American Empire includes an in-depth study of the Vietnam War through two of the important literary works that have resulted from that war:
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien and "The Sorrow of War" by Bao Ninh. These novels will form the basis of a comparative analytic essay that may qualify for the English PBAT. The critique that students develop based on these readings may help them form further areas of research and study in American history.
The remainder of the course is dedicated to conducting original research regarding contemporary issues in American society. Every student will be expected to write a formal research paper and develop an individual social studies PBAT presentation and paper.
Comparative literary essay (PBAT)
Research is based on the topic chosen by student to develop into social studies PBAT. Below are some of the topics recently selected.