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PHIL 2285 The American Dream (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century, in the post-September 11 climate? How do we structure our society, how do we live together as neighbors, how do we adapt to the new realities? Students will emerge with greater knowledge about and curiosity concerning the social, economic, political, cultural and psychological processes that shape contemporary definitions of the self and identity and that contribute to the formation of behaviors in the 21st century. Through film, literature, and contemporary scholarship, the course surveys and engages some key concepts in in Americans’ ways of life: their roots, their developments, the tension between them and the impact of a changing world. The course examines terms like freedom and equality, rights and obligations, liberal and conservative, security and fear, individual and community, and uses them for assessment and understanding.


Instructor(s): Hessam Dehghani

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 10-Feb-15