By the end of this course you will be able to:|
(1) recognize, mobilize, and critically evaluate academic concepts and theoretical models that are used in the interdisciplinary field of Transatlantic Studies;
(2) place the history and foundations of the field of transatlantic studies in relation to related fields such as american studies, cultural and political history, and international studies; and reflect on the advantages and challenges of interdisciplinarity;
(3) find, critically evaluate and use relevant academic literature from monographs, edited volumes and journals; learn to assess the status and scholarly quality of these publications and the research questions that they address; compile historiographical overviews of academic literature.
This course will introduce you to the dynamic field of Transatlantic Studies. As an interdisciplinary approach to the history, culture and politics of transatlantic relations, Transatlantic Studies is grounded in transatlantic American Studies as it interacts with cultural and political history, and international relations. By critically examining a number of key publications from American and European scholars, you will learn to mobilize and evaluate the central concepts and analytical categories that have emerged from that rich intersection of disciplines. This will enable you to place concepts such as globalization, Americanization, soft power, cultural transfer and cultural hybridity in their proper academic context. The focus is on the way there academic tools can be used to understand current issues and debates in transatlantic relations. This will offer you a firm theoretical foundation that you will learn to apply in the other courses of this program.