DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000644

American Studies

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Virginijus Valentinavičius (virgis.valentinavicius@gmail.com)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Virginijus Valentinavičius

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

I

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

face-to-face

2nd year 4th semester

English, Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

None

None

None


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The course seeks to introduce major themes of how the United States of America were created and progressed to become a major factor in the modern world. The following general competencies are being sought: critical thinking; personal study; team work; capacity to analyze, evaluate and communicate information; willingness to seek quality. In addition, the following special competencies are being sought: basic understanding of the evolution of colonial system; knowledge of fundamental principles of democratic state building; understanding of principles of democratic state evolution in the large geohistorical context; capacity to understand, analyze and assess the process of interaction of major power centers in the modern world.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Basic knowledge of US history, constitutional system, politics and culture.

Literature study, teaching, research, group discussion, debate

Egzam, evaluation of workshop activity, test

Capacity to analyze, compare and evaluate US in global and regional context

Literature study, teaching, research, group discussion, debate

Egzam, evaluation of workshop activity, test

Capacity to look for material on subject of the study and capacity to present it in an analytical way

Literature study, explanation, teaching, group simulation, interactive discussion

Evaluation of workshop activity

Capacity for team work seeking collegial execution of cognitive tasks

Literature study, explanation, teaching, group simulation, interactive discussion

Evaluation of workshop activity


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Discovery and colonization of Americas: historical geography and demography

1

1

10

Early colonization of Northern America: New England, Puritans and the role of religion

3

2

5

10

The making of the „Land of the Free “: Providence, circumstances, settlers?

4

4

8

10

How American Revolution came about?

4

6

10

20

American mind and the experience of the Frontier

1

2

3

10

How American constitutional system was created?

4

4

8

12

Slavery and the descent into the Civil War

2

2

10

What is American political philosophy?

2

2

10

American Dream and American literature

2

4

6

10

America and Europe in XX-XXI century

2

3

5

10

Overall

25

25

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Active participation in seminars

50

End of semester

Quality of preparation and presentation of investigative report; participation in group simulation; active participation in group discussion.

Examination

50

Examination session

Quality of reasoning; validity and comprehensiveness of analysis and conclusions; clarity of languge and academic style; knowledeg and aoplication on major theories and notions of the course.