AMST 3108 American Dreams and Realities
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as AMER 65.
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3 hours; 3 credits
Interdisciplinary exploration of the "American Dream" and research into the lives of ordinary Americans. Historical background, changing definitions, and various dreams that shape the American experience; capitalism, competition, and the myth of the "self-made" American; collision of ideals and realities; psychological consequences of "failing" in American society; class, ethnic, gender, and racial boundaries guiding American life; status consciousness/anxiety and the over-worked, over-extended, and sleep-deprived American. (This course is not open to students who completed History 4003  during Fall 2001, History 3490 [43.9]/American Studies 3902  during Fall 2005, or SCP50 during Fall 2007.) This course is the same as History 3472 .
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