Introduction to American Studies


Course Objective

By the end of the courses, students will be able to:
- Define and explain some of the key concepts shaping American identity
and ideology, such as the American Dream, city upon a hill, the
frontier, and the melting pot
- Demonstrate critical thinking when evaluating and discussing terms,
texts, and objects that have played a role in American rhetoric, such as
“freedom,” “diversity,” and “citizen”
- Draw connections between contemporary social, cultural, and political
issues and past events
- Analyze and interpret a contemporary American social, cultural, or
political object, event, or movement

Course Content

In this course students learn to study the United States from an
interdisciplinary perspective. By looking at both fiction and nonfiction
texts, as well as expressions of popular culture, students will get a
better understanding of this complex and multifaceted country, and will
be equipped to assess and analyze contemporary American social,
cultural, and political events.

Teaching Methods

6 hours per week

Method of Assessment

Active Participation (25%); Presentation (25%); final written
assignment. (50%). Students must receive a 5.5 or higher on the final
assignment to pass the course.

Entry Requirements

Students must also take (or have taken) part in one of two other
modules: either (1) Transatlantic Travel Writing or (2) Social History
of the United States.


Literature will be announced on Canvas before the start of the academic

Additional Information

A good verbal and written command of English is necessary.
This is a discussion-based course, so attendance is crucial. If you miss
more than 3 classes, you will fail the course. Exceptions may be made in
grave personal circumstances. Make sure to inform both your lecturer and
the student advisor in such cases.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBAELK206
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. B. Brink
Examiner dr. B. Brink
Teaching Staff dr. B. Brink

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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