The Americas Ib: The American Century

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LAX026P05
Vaknaam The Americas Ib: The American Century
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam The Americas Ib: 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 1970s to the present. While our main focus will be on the United States, we will frequently adopt a comparative, hemispheric perspective due to the increasing economic, political, and military integration of the U.S., Mexico and Canada since the 1990s. We will focus in particular on the following themes: 9/11 and the war on terror; the war on drugs; party polarization and the rise of the New Right; family politics in the Americas; environmental concerns; Inter-American economic relations; the US’s current cross-national and international relations and trade networks; strategies of world leadership and power.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. M. Zwiers
Docent(en) L.A. Flamand, PhD. , B.A. Soller, MA. ,dr. M. Zwiers
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 b intr
Ba American Studies 1 semester I b verplicht
Ba Open colleges Letteren - semester I b keuze
Facultaire Minor North American Studies 3 semester I b keuzegroep