Introduction to American Studies

August 21st, 2012

This course will introduce students to the field of American studies. We will examine the history of American studies and its approaches to studying the United States and the idea of America. The course will examine ideas and concepts central to the United States, such as nation, democracy, exceptionalism, class, capitalism, race, the border, and the West. Drawing on a range of scholarly texts and primary sources, we will consider how critical theory and interdisciplinary research has shaped American studies and its interdisciplinary methodologies. What concepts, theoretical approaches, and political issues are at the center of American studies scholarship? How has interdisciplinary work, which draws on historical research, literary theory, intellectual history, critical race theory, cultural studies, and sociology, impacted the field of American studies?

Presentation Schedule

November 26th, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012 — Max; Erin; Virginia; Jackson; Shireen; Rebecca

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 — Carter; Leah; Peter; Tyler; Andrew; Margot; Shannon

Project Proposal Presentations – 9/27 & 10/2

September 26th, 2012

9/27 – Leah, Max, Jackson, Peter, Andrew
10/2 – Virginia, Margot, Tyler, Shannon, Rebecca, Shireen, Carter, Erin

Facilitation Schedule

September 9th, 2012

Nation (9/6, 9/11, 9/20, 9/25) – Rebecca, Shireen, Shannon
Class (10/9, 10/11, 10/18) – Margot, Andrew, Carter, Peter
Race (10/23, 10/25, 10/30, 11/1) – Max, Jackson, Erin
Border and Frontier (11/6, 11/8, 11/13, 11/20) – Tyler, Virginia, Leah