SOCI005 - AMERICAN SOCIETY

What is American Society? The literary critic, Leslie Fielder once wrote,"...to be and American...precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history..." The myths that we inherit form the basis of American civil religion. In this course we will explore the elements of the myth that form the basis of the civil religion as well as the facts on the ground that contradict our conceptions of American Society: Examples of mythic elements and their contradiction that we will explore are: A nation founded to pursue liberty and freedom yet allowed slavery, equality of opportunity and persistent structural inequality, and a welcoming of the Immigrant coupled with a suspicion of the outsider.
Hum & Soc Sci Sector (new curriculum only)
Section 001 - LEC
TR 1030AM-1200PM
BOSK, CHARLES
MCNEIL BUILDING 128