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AMST.2480: Perspectives in American Culture

This guide contains links to the reading for this course. The guide does NOT contain your assignments. Those can be found on the syllabus.


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Suburban Sprawl, Vegas Style
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Welcome to Perspectives in American Culture

The goal of this class is to enhance your ability to read and interpret American texts by learning how to see them in context, to understand the way we approach texts from interpretative lenses, and to figure out how we want to express our insights.

The fieldwork assignments involve outside activities to stimulate active learning and active engagement with how ideas manifest themselves in the world. These assignments are meant to put learning into action.

Weeks 1 and 2

What is American Studies?

Lens and Contexts

Module 1: American Theme, Success and the American Dream

Week 3: 

Week 4: Success

Week 5: Success

Module 2: American Music: Songs and Narratives

Week 6

Week 7