American Dream, The

Instructor: 
Mike Dowdy
Day/Time Taught: 
118: MW 2:00 - 3:15 pm; 141: MW 3:30 – 4:45 pm; 142: MW 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
118
Section-2: 
141
Section-3: 
142

This class is in depth look into the American Dream. The students will engage with a body of critical texts from a range of disciplines including history, sociology, and literature in order to examine the mythological nature of the American Dream.  The goals of this class are to have the students gain a greater understanding of the “value” that is placed on the American Dream by society and the negative and positive impacts it has on various groups in society; the students will have a better understanding of its constructive nature and how their views on social and political issues are impacted by the American Dream. This class will engage the American Dream through the lenses of race, class, gender, education, and family, and how each of these is impacted by the American Dream. This class will be a student-centered and discussion based class that will foster critical thinking skills by having students engage with texts and then discussing and writing about those texts. This class will also foster critical thinking skills from a global or (GLO) perspective by having students engage with texts and then discussing and writing about those texts both from a global standpoint and a local standpoint--specifically this class deals with immigration from a historical standpoint and current opinions about immigration and then how our local area is directly affected by immigration (Christmas tree farms). In some regards, immigration is at the center of the American Dream.

Instructor Bio: 

 

J. Michael Dowdy MA is an adjunct professor in the general education department. He has been teaching at the university for 7 years.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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