Syllabus for American Studies B

USA-kunskap B

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 5EN751
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2021-09-14
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    American Studies A1 or 30 credits within the humanities or the social sciences.

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students will have a deeper knowledge of some central features of American society, history, culture and politics as well as current research in American studies. Students will also have developed their ability to communicate in English on the issues and problems treated in the course, both orally and in writing.

The goals for each course component are given below.

Component 1. Global American History (7.5 credits)

Upon completing the component students will

  • be able to understand and analyze central dimensions of the global and transnational processes that have shaped U.S. history;
  • be able to understand how transnational academic theories and perspectives affect the interpretation of U.S. history;
  • be able to critically reflect on different theories and perspectives in the course literature.

Component 2. Current Issues in American Politics (7.5 credits)

Upon completing the component students will

  • be able to understand and analyze central dimensions of a number of current issues in American politics;
  • be able to show insight into academic research on contemporary American politics;
  • be able to critically reflect on different theories and perspectives in the course literature.

Component 3. Memory and Heritage in American Culture (7.5 credits)

Upon completing the component students will

  • be able to understand central issues concerning memory and cultural heritage in the United States in historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • be able to show an ability to analyze American memory and heritage practices, based on academic research;
  • be able to critically reflect on different theories and perspectives in the course literature.

 

Component 4. Current Research in American Studies (7.5 credits)

Upon completing the component students will

  • be able to understand and analyze a number of central themes within current research in North American Studies;
  • be able to show how academic research can be used to understand U.S. society, culture, and history;
  • be able to show insight into how different research areas within American Studies relate to each other;
  • be able to critically reflect on different theories and perspectives that are presented in the course literature.

Content

The course consists of four components, each worth 7.5 credits as shown below.

 

Component 1: Global American History

The component examines U.S. history from global and transnational perspectives. It focuses on themes such as imperialism and territorial expansion, the cultural, economic, political, and military influence of the United States in the world, and how the outside world has related to the United States.

 

Component 2: Current Issues in American Politics  

The component examines current issues in contemporary American politics. It focuses on a number of themes such as political polarization, demographics, class, religion, voter turnout, election campaigns, and foreign politics. The themes can vary from semester to semester.

 

 

Component 3: Memory and Heritage in American Culture

The component examines the significance of cultural heritage and cultural memory in the United States in historical and contemporary perspectives. It centers on questions about identity, nationalism, politics, and commercialism, how history has been represented in for example monuments, museums, commemorations, political debates, and popular culture, as well as the conflicts that regularly occur in the United States around questions of cultural memory and heritage.

 

Component 4: Current Research in American Studies

The component gives an overview of and insight into current research in the international and interdisciplinary research field American Studies. It focuses on selected themes that can vary from semester to semester. Insights from the other course components and different theories, methods, and empirical materials are used to understand U.S. history, society, and culture.

Instruction

Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. Virtual meetings may occur. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period. English is the language of instruction.

Assessment

Examination is done through spoken as well as written assignments and by continuous assessment. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction. To receive a grade of Pass with Distinction for the whole course, students must have achieved the grade of Pass with Distinction on examinations worth a total of at least 22.5 credits.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

 

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

Results that are more than five years old are normally not recognised if the syllabus for the course component has been changed.

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three terms. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Global American History

  • Gabaccia, Donna R. Foreign relations : American immigration in global perspective

    Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c2012.

    Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hoganson, Kristin L. The heartland : an American history

    New York: Penguin Books, 2020

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Holsti, Ole R To see ourselves as others see us : how publics abroad view the United States after 9/11

    2008

    E-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Immerwahr, Daniel How to Hide an Empire : a Short History of the Greater United States

    London: The Bodley Head, 2019

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Scanned materials and online resources may be added.

Current Issues in American Politics

John Sides, Chris Tausanovitch, and Lynn Vavreck, The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Campaign and the Challenge to American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2022). Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

Scanned materials and online resources may be added.

Memory and Heritage in American Culture

  • Bruyneel, Kevin Settler memory : the disavowal of indigeneity and the politics of race in the United States

    Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, [2021]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Cook, Robert Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865

    Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Gordon, Tammy S. The Spirit of 1976 : Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration

    Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, [2013]

    Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Janney, Caroline E. Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation [Elektronisk resurs]

    The University of North Carolina Press, 2013

    Tillgänglig för användare inom Uppsala universitet

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lepore, Jill The whites of their eyes : the Tea Party's revolution and the battle over American history

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, cop. 2010

    Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Horton, James Oliver Slavery and public history : the tough stuff of American memory [Elektronisk resurs]

    2006

    Chapter 6: “Recovering (from) Slavery: Four Struggles to Tell the Truth". E-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Meringolo, Denise D. Museums, monuments, and national parks : toward a new genealogy of public history

    2012

    Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Savage, Kirk Monument wars : Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the transformation of the memorial landscape

    Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2011

    Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Sturken, Marita Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

    Table of contents only

    Selected chapters. Available as e-book through UUB.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Scanned materials and online resources may be added

Current Research in American Studies

Walker, Isaiah Helekunihi, Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai‘i (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011). Selected chapters.

Available as ebook through UUB.

Scanned materials and online resources may be added