Course ObjectiveBy the end of the module, students will be able to: (1) 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; (2) 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”; (3) draw
connections between contemporary social, cultural, and political issues
and past events.
Course ContentIn this module 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.
Teaching MethodsSeminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.
Method of AssessmentWritten exam.
Entry RequirementsStudents 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.”
LiteratureTo be announced.
Target AudienceThis module is part of the minor package American Studies.
Additional InformationThe level of English in this module is high.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk|
|Examiner||prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk|
prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
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Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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