Problem-Based Learning: Excluded! Chinese Immigration to the United States

Term Summer Session 2021
Code CPS01
Ages 14 & up
Instructor Bryan Gersbeck
Price $275

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Using the Problem-Based Learning Unit Excluded!, this course will focus on the immigration of Chinese citizens to the United States in the 1800s. Students will work together to examine the exclusion laws that were enacted to prevent further Chinese settlement in the U.S. They will collaborate as they take on the role of government officials to investigate how and why the Chinese exclusion laws came into being. Specifically, they will take the view of congressmen and -women from California who must make a decision about whether or not to support the Geary Act, a Chinese immigration policy.

Throughout the course, students will study why the Chinese immigrated to America and the history of America’s immigration policy. They will examine the issues of the time and the conflicts over the rights of citizens versus those of immigrants. Students will collaborate together as they navigate the controversial issue of immigration. The course is relevant to the current conversation on immigration to the United States, and students will draw powerful parallels to contemporary immigration issues.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 9th to July 28th

Student Expectations: Students will work in groups with others who are in the course and will learn how to collaborate ideas to problem solve.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Materials: The materials for this course will be provided as part of the cost of the course.

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