Middle East Technical University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of History
AMERICAN CULTURAL HISTORY II (2400428)
Instructor: Assist. Prof. Dr. Bahar Gürsel
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 210-3143
Office hours: Thursday, 10.40-12.30, 13.40-14.30 and by appointment
AIM: This course aims to familiarize the students with the cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the era of globalization. It will also aspire to define various thematic approaches to cultural history, and will also explain the basic features of American popular history.
Ashby, LeRoy, With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2006, selections from Chapters 5-12 (M.E.T.U. Library Call Number: E169.1 .A8525 2006).
Halttunen, Karen, ed. A Companion to American Cultural History. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008, selections from Chapters 12-30 (M.E.T.U. Library Call Number: E169.1 .C684 2008).
Introduction: American culture in the late nineteenth century
Consumer culture and mass culture
Politics and culture in the 1930s and 1940s
1950s and 1960s
The Globalization of American Culture
Material Culture + Midterm Exam
Performance and Display
Race and Ethnicity
Popular Culture I
Popular Culture II
Political History and the Tool of Culture
The Cultural History of Foreign Relations
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: The academic assessment of this course will be divided into three parts:
Mid-Term Exam: There will be an in-class mid-term exam which will constitute 30% of the total final grade.
Final Exam: At the end of the semester, there will be an in-class final examination that will constitute 45% of the total final grade.
Attendance & Participation: Attendance and participation will constitute 25% of the total final grade.
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: Students who copy out material from the internet or from a book without acknowledging the source will automatically receive an F for that assignment and may be liable to further disciplinary action.