American Citizenship

Full Title: 
American Citizenship: The Evolution of an Idea
Cary Fraser
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Course Number: 

This course will be an exploration of the evolution of the idea of citizenship in America from its founding to the contemporary context. The focus will be on the changing legal regime that has defined citizenship in a society that has undergone significant social, demographic, and economic changes with consequences for the definition of citizenship over the centuries. In the view of Judith Shklar, the American political theorist, “There is no notion more central in politics than citizenship, and none more variable in history or contested in theory.” The course will offer students to develop an appreciation of the complexity of this issue.

Instructor Bio: 

My research, publications, and teaching on the American civil rights struggle have been focused in considerable part on the issues of citizenship in contemporary America. I taught freshman seminars for several years at Penn State University and have always found the pedagogical exercise to be important in shaping the attitudes of students for their undergraduate career.  I design the course as a way of introducing students to critical thinking, academic argumentation, and for the exploration /development of ideas which can inform their strategies for educating themselves over the course of their program.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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