American Studies Courses 2020-2021
The 1960s is often perceived as a period of radical change, especially in the United States. We examine the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and antiwar protests, the Free Speech and Women’s Liberation movements, Great Society programs, and the development of a counterculture.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
Antirequisite: History 3327F/G
2310F (R. MacDougall & L. Shire)
In the increasingly polarized culture of the US, one American’s dream often seems to be another American’s nightmare. This course introduces key ideas in American culture (the American Dream, American Exceptionalism, and American Identity), and examines recent socio-political movements such as #Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, and White Nationalism.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course
Antirequisite: American Studies 2310F/G
2311G (R. MacDougall)
This course surveys the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present day. Topics include the political history of the United States; the growth of American capitalism and mass culture; changing meanings of race, gender, and difference; and the United States’ place in the world.
2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour 0.5 course
Antirequisite(s): History 2301E, History 2302F/G.
What defines being “American”? How is the American identity constructed, and how and why is it frequently contested? This course employs an interdisciplinary approach to explore the meaning(s) and definition(s) of American identity from multiple viewpoints, and within the context of US history, politics, regions, values, and culture. 2 seminar hours, 0.5 course.
Antirequisite(s): American Studies 3310F/G
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 History course at the 2200 level or above or enrolment in an American Studies module.
3320E (F. Schumacher)
Throughout its history the United States has imagined itself as a global project. To better understand America's role in the world and the impact of international developments on the United States, this seminar explores the political, economic, military, and cultural dimensions of U.S. interaction with the world since the 18th century.
2 hours, 1.0 course
This seminar examines some key aspects of political, social, and cultural life in the United States during the 1950s. Topics include social classes, urban and suburban growth, family and gender relations, McCarthyism, and civil rights movements. The impact and legacy of events and issues of the 1950s are evaluated.
3 hours, 0.5 course
Antirequisite(s): History 3396F/G if taken in 2011-2012
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 History course at the 2200 level or above.