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A comprehensive introduction to American government and politics—its foundations, institutions, organizations, and policies.

Average: 9 (3 votes)
Apr 17th 2017

The United States has always been a source of fascination— both attraction and repulsion — for the people of France, Mexico, China, and African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, and Sudan. America Through Foreign Eyes is a rich, interdisciplinary, international course that features Rice faculty from a variety of disciplines and area studies.

Average: 2.5 (4 votes)
Apr 10th 2017

Urban school reform in the United States is characterized by contentious, politicized debate. This course explores a set of critical issues in the education and educational reform space, with a focus on aspects of the field that have sparked controversy and polarized views. We will dig into these debates, situating them within the larger history of public education and school reform, and considering the viewpoints, the evidence, and translation of issues into educational policy.

Average: 5.7 (3 votes)
April 2017

9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace these policies to the current day and assess their legality, ethics, and efficacy in counteracting terrorism.

Average: 9 (5 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

U.S. History from 1877 examines the growth of the United States as an industrial and world power since Reconstruction.

Average: 4 (3 votes)
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Prepare for the U.S. Citzenship test successfully. The U.S. Citizenship Test is a required step in the naturalization process to become a citizen of the United States and this test offers the ideal preparation. Prove your right to be an American Citizen by taking this free US Citizenship test!

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Oct 13th 2015

Military historian Andrew Bacevich recounts the failed U.S. military effort over several decades to "fix" the Islamic world, explaining what went wrong and why.

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)
Oct 1st 2015

This course explores alternatives to traditional public schools in the U.S., with a focus on the evidence-based research that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of charter schools, vouchers, and digital learning.

Average: 2 (1 vote)
Apr 1st 2015

This course combines an overview of the science behind water and climate in the Western United States with a survey of the major legal, political, and cultural issues focused on this precious resource.

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Mar 23rd 2015

Examine how economic development fueled the United States’ evolution from 13 backwater colonies to a global power.

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Feb 23rd 2015

Debate the polarized issues of education reform with experts from the field, and learn about the history of American public schooling.

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Feb 23rd 2015

In this course, students analyze some of the hardest national security challenges the United States will face in the decade ahead.

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Jan 26th 2015

This course will provide students from around the world an introduction to the legal system of the United States.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 19th 2014

This course explores the relationship between slavery and democracy at the heart of American history. It is about the rise and fall of the slave South from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the end of the American Civil War.

Average: 8.3 (3 votes)
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This course will explore government policies dealing with African-Americans and Native Americans; the rise of big business and urbanization; the second industrial revolution and immigration; U.S. overseas expansion and participation in the First World War; as well as progressivism and the modernist cultures of the 1920s.

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Sep 22nd 2014

This course will explore the reasons for the Great Depression and the accomplishments of the New Deal; the role of United States in the Second World War and its involvement in the Cold War; the strategies and results of the Civil Rights Movement; the foreign and domestic impacts of the Vietnam War; as well as U.S. social, political, and economic issues since the 1970s.

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This course examines the social, political, and economic development of the United States since the end of the Civil War.

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Apr 7th 2014

Learn the essentials of U.S. health care policy from some of the nation's top experts.

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Feb 11th 2014

What does it mean for an immigrant to become a U.S. citizen? Through a background of historical and policy perspectives, this course will examine U.S. law governing how citizenship is acquired, the constitutional and international law foundations underlying immigration regulation, the role of the federal government in regulating immigration, and immigration law reform.

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This course is designed to appreciate the role of the Common Law Methodology within the U.S. Legal System, and developes an insight into the Case Law interpretive process.

Average: 3.3 (4 votes)