Course: American Cultural Studies 1

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Course title American Cultural Studies 1
Course code KAJ/A4154
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Brandon Mark, Dr. phil.
Course content
1. Introduction: What is "culture"? 2. Geography I: The "West" and the "American character" 3. Geography II: Suburbia and Cities 4. The Mythology of the Constitution; 5. The Bill of Rights, Amendments, and Rule of Law ; 6. Race in America I ; 7. Race in America II; 8. Immigration and Identity; 9. Religion in America: The Power of Belief; 10. The American Economy: "Shopping and other Spiritual Adventures in America Today"; 11. History, Public Memory, and Education [to be determined- Texas Textbooks]; 12. Education [to be determined]; 13. Concluding remarks.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students should gain a basic knowledge of select data related to United States culture. "Culture" includes the material, political, and intellectual environment of the United States. This course is designed to aid language acquisition through the study of cultural information.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Students should master select data about the material, political, and intellectual culture of the United States. Students should also understand and be able to discuss, on a basic academic level, some of fundamental problems in American (U.S.) Culture. Students should also develop language skills by discussing, in an academic setting, one of the most important English-producing cultures.
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Regular work with authentic historical and cultural texts. Some texts are chosen from the sources listed below.
Recommended literature
  • Oxford Guide to British and American culture. Oxford: Longman, 2005.
  • Social focus on ethnic minorities. Office for National Statistics, 1996.
  • Bate, W. & Perry, F. Handbook for the study of the United States. Washington, 1989.
  • Cashmore, E. Dictionary of race and ethnic relations. London: Routledge, 1996.
  • Crowther, J. Oxford guide to British and American culture: for learners of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Luedtke. L.S. Making America. The society and culture of the United States. Washington, 1995.
  • McDowall, D. Britain in close-up.. Harlow: London: Longman, 2000.
  • Mirza, H.S. Young, female and black. London: Routledge, 1992.
  • Sauvé, V. L., Sauvé, M. Gateway to Canada. London: Longman, 2004.

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