Core Course

American Studies 101: America Then and Now

Spring 2017

  • Professor Dirk Hartog, Department of History
  • Professor Vera Candiani, Department of History

Course Description

This course introduces students to the field of American Studies.  It takes "America" as a problem, rather than a given, considering what changes when we view it as a continent or as a nation.  It is examined from global, national, and local standpoints, paying attention both to its material and its imaginary manifestations. The course uses primary and secondary sources in law, film, history, material culture, music, philosophy, and politics. It asks what "American" culture, history and identity mean, how that changes when America is viewed as a continent and how to understand it all in context of capitalism, genocide and other global themes.