Issues of the American Empire--Humanities Course

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.

"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
"The Sorrow of War" by Bao Ninh
Significant Assignments: 

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.

Sample PBATs: 
Does Sex Discrimination Against Women Still Occur in the Workplace?
What Is Being Done to Address Reform of the US Healthcare—Crisis and Reform
Homeless Children and Families—A Sad Epidemic
Does Racism Exist in the Criminal Justice System?
What Does the Resurgence of Gangs Tell Us About the Youth of America?
Fatherless America--Is This a Family Problem Or a National Problem?
Illegal Dominican Immigration—Does the Immigration Policy Need Reform?
Subprime Mortgage Lending and the Recession--What Are the Lasting Implications?
Police Brutality—Why and What Can Be Done to Reduce It?