Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600006464

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Α B2 level of English is mandatory.
Learning Outcomes
This course aims at introducing students to the basic theories that led to the development of American Studies during the 20th century and hence to the development of Cultural and Atlantic Studies by looking at various primary sources. In particular, students: • Will study concepts, such as religion, identity, immigration, gender and sexuality, technology, popular culture, politics and so on • Will collaborate with a different member of staff for each thematic section • Will study both theoretical and literary texts.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims at introducing students to the basic theories/trends that led to the formation of the field of American Studies in the course of the 20th century and then to the founding of Cultural and Atlantic Studies. It touches upon great diversity of themes (religion, gender, mass media/digital technologies. immigration, American South, puritanism and politics, political ideology) and texts: theoretical essays, fiction, drama, autobiographies, historical background information, reference to socio-cultural and political events, reference to big 20th century movements, attention to the formation of American Studies
American Studies, 20th American movements and trends
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Textual excerpts
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Students will be consulting and accessing the elearning platform and the American Studies Resource Portal (
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
All students will be asked to answer two essay questions. Extra credits will be added for those students who will be involved with presentations or written essays or written reports.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Boorstin, Daniel. The Americans (3 volumes) (1958, 1964, 1974). Campbell, Neil and Alasdair Kean. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture (1997). Howard, Philips, and Steve Jones. Society online: the internet in context (2004). Kellner, D. Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Postmodern (1995). Kerber, Linda K. “Diversity and the Transformation of American Studies.” American Quarterly vol. 41, no.3 (Sept. 1989): 415-31. Lynd, Robert Staughton, and Helen Merrell Lynd. Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture (1956). Manning, Susan, and Andrew Taylor. Transatlantic literary Studies: a reader (2007). Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden (1964). Mauk, David and John Oakland. American Civilization: An Introduction (1995). Parrington, V.L. Main Currents of American Thought (1930). Pease, Donald. The Futures of American Studies (2002). Roth, Benita. Separate roads to feminism (2004). Rowe, John Carlos. The New American Studies (2002). Rutherford, J., ed. Identity, Community, Culture, Difference (1990). Smith, Henry Nash. The Virgin Land: The American West in Symbol and Myth (1950). Temperley, Howard, and Christopher Bigsby. A New Introduction to American Studies (2006). Students also have access to online journal databases (JSTOR, PROJECTMUSE etc.)
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