AMST 244 Spring 2015 What They Saw in America

Cross Listed as HIST366, SOC244
This course traces the travels and writings of four important observers of the United States: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb. The course will consider their respective journeys: Where did they go? Who did they talk to? What did they see? The historical scope and varying national origins of the observers provide a unique and useful outsider's view of America--one that sheds light on persisting qualities of American national character and gives insight into the nature and substance of international attitudes toward the United States over time. The course will analyze the common themes found in the visitors' respective writings about America and will pay particular attention to their insights on religion, democracy, agrarianism, capitalism, and race.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two or three short papers, and a class presentation/final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3971
AMST 244 - 01 (S) SEM What They Saw in America Division 2: Social Studies James L. Nolan
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hopkins Hall 400 (Rogers Room) 3971
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