Changing American Identities (ITW-101)
The complex question raised throughout the course will focus on what it means to be an American. Some of the many ways that "American" has been defined during this time period will be considered. For example, how did the rise of suburbia change the American identity? How did the Civil Rights Movement change the American identity? To understand how identities change over time, the work of novelists, film makers, singer/songwriters, politicians, historians, and sociologists will be studied; special emphasis will be given to the issues of family, class, and racial/ethnic identities. Students will engage in a writing project which will include the student's family history and the major American historical and cultural changes from the end of World War II to the present.
Faculty: Anthony J Dubois
Start/End Date: Jan. 21, 2014 - May 9, 2014
Instructional Method: Lecture-based Learning