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American Conspiracy Theories

This course examines the content, causes and effects of conspiracy theories in the U.S. from the colonial times to the present. Primary questions to be addressed in this course are: Why do people believe conspiracy theories? Are some more prone to belief than others? Does belief in conspiracies lead to violence? What have been some of the major conspiracy theories in U.S. history and how have they affected social movements, elections and public policies? How are conspiracy theories affecting current political discourse? Has our belief in conspiracies grown over time? Assignments for the course include reading reviews of the textbook chapters, internet searches and mini-presentations on U.S. conspiracies from which students select a few for fact-checking and analysis. Summer sessions.

Advanced Core Curriculum Designation: IS
Grade Basis: Letter Grade
Credits: 4.0