Prospectus

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From Bradford to Obama: An Introduction to American Studies

Course
2011-2012

See under “Reading list” below for the difference between 5 and 10 ects.

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course offers a survey of American history and culture from its colonial beginnings in the early seventeenth century to the present, and thus provides a basis for the study of the United States. The weekly lectures will focus on a particular theme, for example New England Puritanism and its cultural legacies, the emergence of a political party system, the reform tradition, slavery and the Civil War, an introduction to the history of Native Americans, African Americans’ struggle for political and civil rights, women’s history, immigration and ethnicity, the New Deal, and the emergence of the U.S. as superpower. To prepare for the lectures students are required to read relevant primary sources, such as the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution, and various other historical documents and classic texts in American culture.

Course objectives

A survey of American history and culture from its colonial beginnings in the early seventeenth century to the present, with an introduction to a number of central themes and concepts.

Timetable

See here

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture – Independant Literaturestudy

Assesment method

  • 1 written exam with closed multiple choice and essay questions (60%) – take home-tentamen (40%)

Blackboard

Syllabus, some primary source materials and test materials available on blackboard site.

Reading list

5 ECTS:
• 3 anthologies of primary sources:
An Early American Reader (AR1), A Nineteenth-Century American Reader (AR2) and A Twentieth-Century American Reader (AR3).
Note: some of the assigned primary sources are not in the readers, but can also be downloaded from the Blackboard site for the course.

10 ECTS, Minor and elective students:
• textbook Paul Boyer, et al, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Concise 6th ed. (Houghton Mifflin, 2008; ISBN 06-1810198-5).
• 3 anthologies of primary sources: An Early American Reader (AR1), A Nineteenth-Century American Reader (AR2) and A Twentieth-Century American Reader (AR3).

Registration

Enrolment as student via uSis.
Enrolment: A la Carte.
Enrolment: Contractonderwijs.

Contact information

E-mail: dr. E.F. van de Bilt
E-mail: Mw Dr. J.C. Kardux

Remarks

This introductory course can be followed as BA lecture course for 2nd-year history students (5 or 10 ects) and as part of the BA-minor American Studies (minor Amerikanistiek, 5 + 5 = 10 ects). Students who take the course as BA lecture course will be required to take a written exam on lecture notes and assigned primary sources (5 ects) and a take-home exam; students who take the course as part of the minor in American Studies or as an elective course are required to read both primary sources and the textbook (Boyer, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Concise 6th ed.) and to take a written exam on lecture notes, assigned primary sources and textbook (10 ects) and a take-home exam. International students can opt for either the 5 or 10 ects option.