Introduction to American Studies

 
Course code:
L_ELBAELK206
Period:
Period 1
Credits:
6.0
Language of tuition:
English
Faculty:
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Coordinator:
dr. E.L. la Cour
Examinator:
dr. E.L. la Cour
Lecturers:
dr. E.L. la Cour
Teaching method(s):
Seminar, Lecture
Level:
100

Course objective

Students learn to study the United States from a multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary angle. Besides reading literary texts, students will
also look at non-literary texts, including paintings, political texts,
photographs, documentaries, and films to understand this complex and
multifaceted country.

Course content

This course is both chronologically and thematically organized. Starting
with the Puritans who sailed to the New World, this course traces
various tropes in American Studies, for instance the idea of the
Promised Land, the Self-Made Man, the Myth of the West, the American
Dream, and the Cultural Melting Pot. These ideas will be juxtaposed with
the reality of who Americans lived in the past and how they live now.

Form of tuition

Two weekly lectures and seminars of 2 hrs each.

Type of assessment

Attendance and Participation (10%); Presentation (30%); Final Exam
(60%). Students must receive a 5.5 or higher on the final exam to pass
the course.

Course reading

To be announced.

Entry requirements

None.

Target audience

This course is part of the minor in American Studies. Exchange students
are welcome.

Remarks

A good verbal and written command of English is necessary.

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