History and Culture of the USA
- The course learning objectives are as follows: - familiarizing students with the U.S. traditions, customs, culture, politics and policies, economy, and history; - developing skills of social and cultural analysis of historic milestones of the U.S. emergence, growth, and modern status; - developing intercultural competence and forming a clear picture of the key types, forms, and issues of intercultural communication though the reflective analytical and synthetic perception of the native culture and the U.S. culture; - motivating students for further professional development in the field of American Studies.
- learn the course objectives, expectations, outcomes, reading list, grading system
- be aware of distinctive features of the U.S. world, i.e. daily life, values, mentality, and national character
- be familiar with American social and cultural context
- be aware of the role of stereotypes and culture codes in intercultural communication
- be able to interpret culture-specific language units denoting historic, cultural and social connotations
- know key concepts of the U.S. history and culture
- be able to analyze processes and trends in the modern U.S. social and cultural context
- make operational use of authentic language means fostering mutual understanding within intercultural communication
- obtain problem-solving skills applicable to intercultural communication
- apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the course to solving tasks in foreign language teaching, translation and interpretation and intercultural communication
- Topic 1. Introduction to the courseThe section introduces students to the course objectives, expectations, outcomes, reading list, grading system.
- Topic 2. Genesis of the American nationThe topic focuses on an introduction to America in the Pre-Columbus era and investigates roots of the continent colonization.
- Topic 3. American fight for independenceThe topic analyzes key stages of the 13 colonies’ fight for independence and emergence of the U.S.A.
- Topic 4. American national identityThe topic deals with America’s principal values and their impact on the emergence of American mentality.
- Topic 5. American democracyThe topic focuses on the key principles of the U.S. political system. Students get a deeper understanding of American democracy and its specific features, namely voting system.
- Topic 6. Law in the USAThe section covers the U.S. legislative system, i.e. role of the government in law making, and role of law in American life. An emphasis is placed on the right to keep and bear arms.
- Topic 7. Black Lives Matter: the past and the presentStudents are made aware of the role of African Americans in the U.S. history, i.e. fight for the abolition of slavery, emancipation, and equal rights. Students also look at the modern context, especially in terms of (no) racial discrimination.
- Topic 8. Multiculturalism in the USAStudents are introduced to the concept of multiculturalism in the U.S. focusing on the Melting Pot and Salad Bowl paradigms and touching on the “Mexican issue” in the U.S.
- Topic 9. Gender in the USAThe topic spans the history of the Feminist and Civil Rights Movements.
- Topic 11. American foreign policy in the Middle EastThe topic focuses on the U.S. foreign policy. Emphasis is placed on the U.S. involvement in military conflicts in the Middle East and response to the threat of international terrorism.
- Topic 12. The USA and Russia: the past, the present, and the futureStudents are introduced to the history, current state and prospects of Russia – U.S. relations.
- Topic 13. Modern life in the USAThe section familiarizes students with America’s modern life, namely social security, healthcare, education, research, mass media, etc.
- class participationClass participation involves taking part in discussions, debates, round-table talks, case studies; independent preparation for seminars (information search; reading papers; watching videos; annotating and rendering the obtained materials); discussing presentations by classmates.
- quizA 7-minute long quiz
- presentationPresentations are given at each seminar, except for the first and the last ones, 1 presentation per seminar. The time limit is 5 – 7 minutes. The maximum score is 10 points.
- projectThe final projects are presented at the penultimate and antepenultimate seminars. The overarching topic of the project is “Russia and the U.S.: what’s next?”
- cultural event
- final examThe final exam is given during the final exam session week of Module 2 and includes 10 questions based on the lectures and seminars.
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.25 * class participation + 0.5 * final exam + 0.25 * quiz
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.25 * class participation + 0.05 * cultural event + 0.25 * final exam + 0.1 * presentation + 0.1 * project + 0.25 * quiz
- - A Few Lessons from American History: Reader for Students of English - Общество с ограниченной ответственностью "СТАТУТ" - 2014 - ISBN: 978-5-8354-1011-8 - Текст электронный // ЭБС Лань - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/61518
- Loewen, J. W. (2007). Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Vol. Touchstone trade pbk. ed). New York: The New Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=516592