American Studies | Democracy in the Americas
A100 | 25541 | Guterl

This is the new "gateway" course into the interdisciplinary American
Studies undergraduate curriculum.  Using film, art, literature,
history, music, food, and culture, students will compare and
contrast ideas about citizenship, national identity, and the social
contract in the broader Americas, focusing on the most basic
building blocks of the national identity and the formal terms of
membership in civil society.  What makes a person a United States
citizen?  A Mexican citizen?  A Brazilian citizen?  A Canadian
citizen?  What, moreover, is an 'American'?  How broadly can we use
this term?  And how narrowly?  Is there such a thing as a 'Pan-
American' identity?  What does the United States shares with Central
and South America?  Or with Canada and the Caribbean?  Lastly, how
can we best answer these questions using high art, popular culture,
and other cultural forms?