Introduction to American Regional Studies
Программа опубликована в сборнике Учебные программы. Специальность Регионоведение (350300) Часть 2. М.,2007
Recommended online textbooks and documents
This course will introduce students to a picture of American society. I have chosen to base the course on American Memory and some other online resources.
The course is designed to serve as a “bridge” for students, a transition from ESL courses to regular academic study. It means that materials will be studied in order to improve students’ academic study skills, learning strategies and language abilities in all four skill areas – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
This is not a lecture course! Class time will be devoted mainly to discussion of the readings which will require preparation and participation on your part! We will use the Internet as a resource. Even if you are experienced with the computers and the software, you should be prepared to spend time outside of class (either at home or at the lab’s open hours) on various assignments.
Minimum requirements for passing this course are substantial course participation; on-time work and satisfactory attendance. To succeed in the course, you will need to read assignments carefully, to follow the syllabus and be prepared to discuss the readings in-depth when you come to class. During the semester you will also be required to take two tests.
Course participation 60%
(30 academic hours)
Introduction to the course
Historical Regions of the USA
Puritans in the New World: “The Illustrated History of the USA”pp.
The settlement of America and two cultural streams:
A letter from Christopher Columbus to the Queen and King of Spain http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/columlet.html
Main areas in colonial time (New England, Middle Atlantic and Southern colonies):
The 13 original colonies:“About the U.S.” pp. 50
Towards the City on the Hill:
A brief history of the USA http://usinfo.org/usia/usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/factover/ch3.htm
The causes of the American Revolution:“About the U.S.” pp. 52-53
The Paris Peace Treaty of 1783
The Declaration of Independence
The Regional Geography of the USA:
Themes and regions: “An Outline of American Geography“
Explore the States
Cultural Regions of the USA
New England: “Focus on the U.S.” pp.31-34.
New England – the Educational Center of the USA.
The Pennsylvanian region
The Middle Atlantic States: “Focus on the U.S.” pp.49-52.
Urban America today
New York Metropolitan Area: ”Discover America” pp. 166-170.
Hispanics in NYC: Is Spanish the Measure of Hispanic? http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/featured_articles/20030609monday.htm
Ethnic diversity of the population:
The blending of the USA by Rochelle L. Stanfield http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itsv/0699/ijse/stanfld.htm
The History of the South
Slavery and the Civil War: “Focus on the U.S.” pp.67-71.
The causes of the Civil War: “About the U.S.” pp. 60-63.
Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural speech (before the Civil War 1861) http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/1inaug.htm
Ethnics and Behavior in the South:
The Old South by H.M. Hamill
Identification of the Southerner:
"The South: Where is it? What is it?" from John Shelton Reed's My Tears Spoiled My Aim http://xroads.virginia.edu/~DRBR/REED/tears.html
European Discovery & Settlement in South Florida; Everglades today
Traditions of South Florida Folklife by Tina Bucuvalas
Cajuns and Creoles: “Discover America” p.120.
Week 15. Test
(28 academic hours)
Minimum requirements for passing this course are substantial course participation; on-time work and satisfactory attendance. To succeed in the course, you will need to read assignments carefully, to follow the syllabus and be prepared to discuss the readings in-depth when you come to class.
During the semester you will be required
to write a paper by the end of the semester;
to make an oral presentation as your pre-writing activity;
to take two tests.
Course participation 35%
Introduction to the course
Sign up for presentation!!!!!!
The Midwest History and Culture
The Midwest: “Focus on the U.S.” pp. 76-83.
We Are What We Eat: We Are a Nation of Immigrants! D. Rosengarten
Presentation #1: The Upper Midwest Region Today.
The Westering adventure and the Frontier experience:
Exploration of the West; Western life and culture.
The West: “Focus on the U.S.” pp. 99-107.
Presentation #2: The Exploration of the West in the 18-19th century.
Presentation #3: Western life and culture in the 18-19th century.
Lewis and Clark expedition and Native Americans:
An Overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Two centuries later, a moment for Indians to retell the past by T. Egan
Tribes and Culture Areas on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Presentation #4: The interaction of American Indian tribes with M. Lewis and W. Clark.
The Mormon cultural area:
A Brief overview of the Mormon Trail Experience. Mellvil L. Bashore
The Definition of Mormon
Presentation #5: Culture and Traditions of American Mormons.
The immigration problem on the U.S.-Mexico border:
The Desperate Risk Death in a Desert. Ginger Thomson.
Nuevo Mexicanos of the Upper Rio Grande: Culture, History, and Society
Hispanics in the USA
Presentation #6: Hispanics and Westward expansion
Latino culture in the U.S.:
Forging a New Vision of America's Melting Pot. Gregory Rodriguez.
Presentation #7: Chicano Culture in the USA
Week 8 Midterm Test
The Outline of American Geography (ch.14) http://usinfo.org/usia/usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/geography/geog14.htm
Chasing a Golden Dream: the story of the California Trail by Michael N. Landon
The Pacific Region
Assimilation Through Education: Indian Boarding Schools in the Pacific Northwest
Current status of Native Americans in the USA
Presentation #8: The American Indian movement today in the USA.
The phenomenon of Asian Americans:
The Chinese on the West Coast
Asian Americans in the USA
Presentation #9: Asian Americans in the West.
Strangers in Paradise. Howard G. Chua-Eoan: “Explorations in American Culture” pp. 109-115
Your papers are due!!!!!!
The Alaskan Region
A Brief History of Alaska Statehood. Eric Gislason
“Focus on the U.S.” pp. 117-121.
Presentation #10: Alaska: historical overview.
The Hawaiian Region
Hawaii: “An Outline of American Geography”
“Focus on the U.S.” pp.122- 127.
Presentation #11: The role of the Hawaiian region in the US economy, politics and cultural life.
Week 14 Final Test
Assignment # 1. Oral presentations.
Description: Each of you will sign up for a brief oral presentation (15 minutes), during which you will be responsible for leading the class discussion and presenting historical, social, cultural data that you’ve collected in your research on the chosen topic. The date of this presentation will be determined by the topic you sighed up for. You will be required to consult at least three outside sources (some web sites mentioned below will be of great help). You have to sign up for a presentation by the end of the first week!!!!!!
Some possible topics for presentation (you can also come up with your own suggestions):
Assignment # 2. Essay.
Description: during this semester you will be required to write a 5-6 page essay. Your paper should include some primary sources (newspapers, journals, letters, diaries, etc.). Online resources mentioned below (Sites on American Regional Studies) also will be of great help for you. Be sure to cite all the sources you are going to use in the paper!
Please let me know if you have any questions or want to discuss your ideas. Since you might have difficulties with this assignment, you may turn in a paper at any point before the final due date, and I will grade it, and allow you to resubmit it after you revise it.
Submission format: turn in the paper in two ways: first, give me a printout of it, second, send it to my e-mail.
Ten questions to ask yourself while writing a paper:
10. Have footnotes and quotations been double-checked for accuracy and proper placement?
Requirements to a paper:
Possible topics for your final papers (you can also come up with your own suggestions):
Assignment #3. Tests.
During the course you’ll have to take two multiple-choice and short-answer tests. The midterm test will count 10% and the final will county 20% of the total course grade. The final test will cover the entire course, including all readings. Makeup exams can only be provided for absences documented and excused in advance (e.g., activities, illness).
Sites on American Regional Studies
10. Americans at the table: reflections on food and culture.
11. Regional Outline by Alexis Tocqueville
12. Documenting the American South
13. The Center for the Study of the American South
14. Mid-Atlantic Regional History
15. The multicultural American West
16. The Wild West
18. The Oregon Trail