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American Studies Courses 2018-2019

"American Nightmare: An Introduction to American Studies"

AMS 2310F Fall 2018 (Prof. Laurel Shire)

In the increasingly polarized culture of the U.S., one American’s dream often seems to be another American’s nightmare. In this second-year introductory course in American Studies, we’ll examine a recent socio-political movement in the US each week, such as #Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, the Tea Party, White Nationalism or #NoDAPL (the indigenous protest at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline). We will examine each historically and in social media, comparing scholarly, historical accounts against partisan, popular representations. 


"Being American: Advanced American Studies"

AMS 3310G Winter 2019 (Prof. Aldona Sendzikas)

What defines being “American”?  What unites Americans, and what divides them?  How is the American identity constructed, how has it evolved, and how and why is it frequently contested?  In this course, we will employ an interdisciplinary approach to explore the meaning(s) and definition(s) of American identity from multiple points of view, and within the context of the history, politics, regions, values, and culture of the United States.