AMST 244
What They Saw in America Spring 2015
Division II
Cross-listed SOC 244 / AMST 244 / HIST 366
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3971
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two or three short papers, and a class presentation/final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology and Sociology majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SOC 244 Division II AMST 244 Division II HIST 366 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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