SOC 244
What They Saw in America
Last Offered Spring 2022
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 366 / AMST 244
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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? With whom did they talk? 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: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3378
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: A midterm examination, two short essays, and a final paper.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to Sociology, History, Anthropology, and American Studies majors.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 366 Division II AMST 244 Division II SOC 244 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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