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Edward Chamberlain
T AMST 210
Tacoma Campus

American Cultures and Perspectives

Introduces approaches and questions central to American Studies. Focuses on how perspectives on America have evolved over time, how artists, intellectuals, and others envision America's diverse cultures, and how social issues play a role in the making of American cultures and nationhood.

Class description

This course will examine issues and questions central to the study of American cultures. What does it mean to be an American? How do people imagine and understand the people, spaces and systems of America? What are the significant relationships between American culture, nationhood and the world? How do cultural and social forces shape the country and people?

To answer these questions, we will contemplate how perspectives on America have evolved over time. We will analyze artifacts and practices from several time periods to study how artists, intellectuals, and others envision America's diverse cultures. These cultural artifacts may include: film, historical documents, literature, political material, products, media, and music, among others. In the process, you will learn how social issues play a role in the making of American cultures and nationhood. This class takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together several academic approaches from the humanities and social sciences.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edward Chamberlain
Date: 11/14/2013