Key Issues in American Culture (USSC6914)


This unit proposes a week-by-week engagement with some of the defining moments in US cultural history. Working from the premise that ideas in the US are cultural and political acts, the unit constructs a chart of the nation's salient (and often critical) intellectual projections. Blending written texts with works of visual art, high with 'low' culture, the course offers a close encounter with a misunderstood intellectual tradition and shows its relevance to the present.

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1x2hr lecture a week


weekly reflective journal (4000 words) (60%), 1x2000wd research paper (30%), seminar participation (10%)

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