American Dreams

AMST2701

From a multidisciplinary standpoint, this unit introduces students to the contradictory richness of “Americanness” and prepares them for the Major in American Studies. Divided into five historically grounded modules — race, religion, gender, politics, region — the unit will approach each from a variety of methodological angles. It will open lines of interrelation between historical, political, and imaginary forms in the construction and ongoing redefinition of the United States.

Hayley Kaplan
“I thought American Studies would give me a more specific insight into what’s going on in the world due to the United States’ status as a global superpower. I’m actually hoping to pursue a career in the management side of fashion. I thought American culture and politics would be really interesting to study because America’s not only a political superpower, it’s a cultural superpower, so majoring in American Studies informs my knowledge of what’s happening in the fashion industry.” Hayley Kaplan, Bachelor of International and Global Studies

The fine print

Please note: This unit was previously called AMST2601 American Foundations. If you have completed AMST2601 American Foundations, you are prohibited from completing this unit of study.

Classes
Taught in Semester 1, 2019
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
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Assessment
30% reading response (1500 words)
15% in-class presentation (equivalent to 750 words)
40% research essay (2000 words)
15% tutorial participation notes (250 words)

Prerequisites
18 Junior credit points or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies.

Students are recommended to have completed AMST1001 Global America and USSC1201 America and Australia: the issues compared to enrol in this unit. It is recommended that students take this core unit in their second year. In some cases, students can enter AMST2701 American Dreams in their first year. Please email Dr Rodney Taveira directly to enter this subject in the case of first-year entry.

More details
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