Introduction to American Studies

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Doel vak

By 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.

Inhoud vak

In 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.


Seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.


Written exam.

Vereiste voorkennis

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.”


To be announced.


This module is part of the minor package American Studies.

Overige informatie

The level of English in this module is high.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_ELBAELK206
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Examinator prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Docenten prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk

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