The Americas Ia: The American Century

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LAX025P05
Vaknaam The Americas Ia: The American Century
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam The Americas Ia: The American Century and Beyond
Leerdoelen Aims of course:
- To foster a nuanced understanding of the U.S.’s current place in the world, its rise to global power, and its international influence today.
- To gain insight into the intricate political, economic, and cultural interdependencies between the U.S. and Latin America (and to a lesser extent Canada) from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century.
- To explore developments in the Americas through a variety of disciplinary lenses (cultural studies, history, literature, popular culture, visual arts, music, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics) and a wide range of internal (racial, ethnic, gendered, classed) as well as external (non-US) perspectives.
- To foster an understanding of the tensions between civic and ethnic versions of American nationhood, and the impact of racialized and gendered thinking on forms of imperialism.
- To train students’ skills in analyzing and interpreting primary sources and foster an understanding of the cultural, socio-political, and ideological work of literary and historiographical texts and cultural artefacts.
- To train students’ ability to evaluate arguments and recognize values, biases, and hidden assumptions that shape historical understanding.
- To improve students’ fluency in spoken and written English, including the ability to write argumentative essays

Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students will get a passing grade if they can:
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of the key events, developments, as well as political, economic, and cultural interrelationships and interdependencies in the Americas from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century.
- Have insight into the reasons for and the conflicting responses to the rise of the U.S. as a global superpower and its current role in the world.
- Evaluate critically central events and developments in the Americas from a variety of disciplinary angles (cultural studies, history, literature, popular culture, visual arts, music, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics) and a wide range of internal (racial, ethnic, gendered, classed) as well as external (non-US) perspectives.
- Analyze and interpret historiographical and literary sources as well as cultural artefacts.
- Make constructive contributions to class discussions and reproduce relevant material under exam conditions.
- Write short argumentative essays that offer a critical evaluation of selected primary sources and display the ability to explain the cultural, socio-political, and ideological work they perform.
Omschrijving This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to cultural, historical, political, social, and economic developments in the Americas from the 1890s until the 1970s. While our main focus will be on the United States, we will frequently adopt a comparative, hemispheric perspective due to the U.S.’s substantial involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean during the first half of the twentieth century. We will focus in particular on the following themes: the Spanish-American War and the rise of the U.S. as a global power; expansionism and empire; pan-Americanism and transatlanticism; U.S. diplomatic and military responses to developments in Latin America and the Caribbean; immigration and demographic shifts; WWII; the Cold War; Castro and the Cuban Revolution; the Vietnam War; the Civil Rights Movement.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
(2 uur hoorcollege, 2 uur werkcollege)
Toetsvorm digitale toetsing
(digital 2 uur)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator Dr. T. Jelfs
Docent(en) L.A. Flamand, PhD. ,Dr. T. Jelfs , J.A. Müller, MA.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Additional material will be provided.
Building the American Republic (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018), 2 volumes. PDF available for free here. Harry Watson and Jane Dailey
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen 80% Mandatory attendance in seminars.
Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments. This module can be taken as an elective and/or Open Course Unit. Major students take precedence.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester I a intr
BSc International Business/IB  (minor American Studies for IB) 3 semester I a verplicht
Ba American Studies 1 semester I a verplicht
Ba Open colleges Letteren - semester I a keuze
Facultaire Minor American Studies  (American Media) 3 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor American Studies  (U.S. Political Culture) 3 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor American Studies  (U.S. History) 3 semester I a verplicht