American Studies: Theory and Practice
(Az amerikanisztika elmélete és gyakorlata) in spring 2015
, Tue 11:00–12:30
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-AMED-100 110 120 130 140
description & set texts
This is an introductory course to the branch of learning we call American Studies. We will read and discuss some foundational texts, both historical and critical, from the colonial times to the present. By interpreting these texts in both “old” and “new” Americanist terms, we hope to develop a complex understanding of “American” “culture.”
The primary readings have been collected in a CLASS PACKET available for xeroxing. You can find the other critical readings (of which you write your homework) on JStor.
requirements & assessment
Students are required to
(1) read the assigned texts for each class session and participate in class;
(2) write six pieces of homework;
(3) prepare one book review;
(4) do the final oral exam.
Grading: Grades shall be based on (1) class performance (exhibiting your comprehension of the texts and issues, as well as the presentations), (2) the written homework, (3) the book review, and (4) the oral exam. Please note that I will give you a final grade ONLY if you did ALL of these assignments.