Diploma de Extensión en American Cultural Studies
- Anthony Rauld
Fecha y hora
American Cultural Studies provides a critical and interdisciplinary overview of US cultures and histories. Through a wide range of cultural texts (films, short stories, novels, poems, songs, plays, documents, political speeches, artefacts, etc.), students explore and analyze various themes related to US society, past and present. Students advance their English oral and writing skills in the process.
Throughout the semester, students learn about major figures, movements, events, revolutions, and counter-revolutions, which have defined the different historical epochs of the United States. Some of the historical contexts we explore throughout the program include: the migration and settlement of indigenous societies in North America, the English colonial system on the Atlantic coast, the African slave-trade system, the American Revolution and the creation of the US Republic, westward expansion, the Civil War, the rise of US imperialism, the Industrial Revolution and Great Depression, the Cold War era, the civil rights movement, the conservative revolution of the 1970's and 80's, the neoliberalization and globalization of the US economy, and the high-tech digital information revolution of the 2000's.
Students become familiar with and apply some of the basic theoretical, conceptual, and methodological frameworks found in the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, historical studies, literary studies, linguistics, and cultural studies. Students learn how to approach US cultural texts and will be challenged to apply those skills in the production of a creative writing project (i.e. a short story).
I. American Studies
The American Studies module introduces students to the interdisciplinary academic discipline of cultural studies. Students are introduced to the origins of cultural studies as a field of research, as well as to the concepts that have shaped its development— concepts such as power, representation, and cultural text. They also become familiar, and are able to recognize, the main theoretical trends influencing cultural studies over the history of the discipline, including Marxism, structuralism, and post-structuralism. The goal of this module is to give students a basic set of conceptual tools to be able to think about the cultural matrix of the United States critically, and as a site where meanings are produced, identities and subjectivities are formed and power consolidated and/or contested.
Instructor: Mariela Carrasco
II. Creative Writing Workshop
The Creative Writing workshop module introduces students to the basic theoretical and practical components of writing in general and creative writing in particular, and provides hands-on training so that students can develop the skills necessary to complete the program’s final evaluation: a short story. Throughout the semester, students will be exposed to the world of writing and creative writing. The creative writing final project will be shared towards the end of the semester in a special showcase session.
III. American (US) Culture and History Through Literature and Film
The American Culture and History Through Literature and Film module introduces students to the history of the United States, and examines historical events and experiences (and texts) from a cultural perspective—focusing on the dominant paradigms that have shaped each cultural epoch, from its protestant beginnings, and its republican “coming of age” to the industrial, and post-industrial modern era. The module uses films and short stories as cultural texts, which help to bring to life past historical epochs.
Instructor: Anthony Rauld
IV. Discourse Analysis: American (US) Leaders
This module focuses on and explores key speeches given at key moments in time by American presidents, and other important leaders, as a way to shed light on how these articulate or challenge the dominant cultural paradigms of the United States. Through close readings and case studies, students analyze the different uses of discourse, rhetorical devices, and other techniques in speeches delivered by important historical leaders. Students also learn how language can be used politically to manufacture or subvert consent.
Instructor: Margarita Zuñiga
V. African American History
The African American History module explores key events and themes that have marked the lives of generations of African Americans, including the transatlantic slave trade, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Lives Matter.
Instructor: Celia Cussen
VI. American (US) Literature
The American Literature module is designed to introduce students to a variety of US authors and themes, focusing on visions that express, from distinctive points of view, what it means to be an American. Students develop their capacity to engage intelligently and critically with literary works of art produced by American authors, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Shirley Jackson, Fannery O'Connor, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker, among others.
Instructors: Alida Mayne-Nicholls and Andrés Ferrada
VII. Native American History
The Native American History module reviews evidence of the first indigenous peoples to migrate and settle across the American continent and introduces the most recent archeological research on major pre-Columbian societies in North and Central America. Students also examine the different phases of European conquest and colonization in the territories eventually incorporated into the United States, and their impact on Native American populations and cultures.
Instructor: Daniel Stewart
VIII. Journalism in the US: Then and Now
The Journalism in the US: Then and Now module explores the role of the press in American politics at different moments in history, with a special emphasis on how American journalism has changed over time from the early 20th century to the contemporary context. Students learn about the major developments in the media and press by analyzing various news articles and sources linked to specific historical contexts, from the muckrakers to the post-truth Trump era.
Instructor: Pascale Bonnefoy
Inglés Avanzado (B2*)
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