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Contemporary U.S. Culture


This course of lectures, readings, and discussions will give the students an analytical overview of U.S. culture, history, and geography.


Contextualize students’ acquisition of English as a second language

Increase students’ knowledge of U.S. culture, history, and geography

Increase students’ knowledge of the forces and values drivingĀ the success of theĀ U.S. economy

Increase tacit knowledge so that students can better adapt to social situations in the United States

Address common misconceptions of U.S. culture



Outline of Course Content

Demographic comparisons

Cultural events in U.S. history



Rights and laws

Systems and institutions

Sports and holidays

High culture: arts and leisure

Low culture: arts and leisure



Suggested Modes, Media and Techniques of Instruction

Modes: lecture, discussion

Instructor References

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