ENG2533 – American Exceptionalism
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
American Exceptionalism is a long-standing interpretation of American history. This course will examine how Americans are taught and learn American History through schools, popular movies and museum exhibits. We will examine debates over curriculum for different educational levels and discuss the goals that affect the teaching of national history to various age/grade levels. The class will examine several distinct aspects/events of American history from this perspective.
After completing this course, you:
- know the concept/theory of American Exceptionalism,
- can analyze how Americans are taught about the place of the United States within the world,
- can analyze public history exhibits and film versions of history,
- understand American educational and political debates and policies regarding patriotism and the teaching of American History,
- can analyze how identity politics (race, gender…) fits into and challenges the belief in American Exceptionalism,
- can demonstrate abilities in reading, writing and communicating in academic English, using appropriate tools for documenting your work ethically,
- can demonstrate analytical abilities in constructing a text in academic English.
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Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that you have attended ENG1506 – American Civilization or similar courses.
10 credits overlap with ENG4533 – American Exceptionalism
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory on 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.
There will be arranged two obligatory classroom group activities. Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester.
The exam consists of two parts:
- A term paper. You are required to write ca. 7 pages (+/- 10%).
- A 2-hour written exam at the end of the term.
A pass mark is required on both parts. Both exam parts have to be taken in the same semester. The exams will be graded separately with a combined final mark. The term paper counts towards 60% of the grade and the 2-hour exam counts towards 40%.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Submission in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
For those who want to retake their exam: Since this exam includes a term paper, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.
If it's just the written exam you have missed because of illness, it is possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam consultant for more information.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.