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HIN 5312-15: Cultura Norteamericana, Dr. Jason Kendall Moore, Universidad de Playa
Ancha, Campus San Felipe, Primer Semestre 2016

This course analyzes the United States’ self-perceptions and attitudes toward the rest of
the world in which many are unreceptive to its form of democracy and capitalism. The
nation’s ideals coexist with a host of contradictions at home and abroad, yet for many it
remains a beacon of hope.
To analyze the effect of the attacks of 11 September 2001 on US national identity and
multicultural ideals; to improve students’ listening comprehension through lectures and the
use of audiovisual material, and their fluency through in-class presentations based on
social and political essays from The American Conservative.
To evaluate the basis of pro- and anti-Yankee sentiment in the Middle East and Latin
American, specifically as related to the Palestine dispute and the former dictatorship in
Chile; to identify disparities between the United States’ principles and its intervention
around the planet, as recognized by many of its own citizens.
The first unit of the course addresses US values and identity; the second, US policy
toward the Palestinian dispute; and the third, US covert operations in Chile during the
Allende era.
Three written tests (20% each) and two oral presentations (20% each).
Clausen, C. 2007. America’s design for tolerance. The Wilson Quarterly 31 (1): 26-32.
Dittmer, J. 2005. Captain America’s empire: reflections on identity, popular culture, and
post-9/11 geopolitics. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95 (3):
Fermandois, J. 2003. The persistence of myth: Chile in the hurricane of the cold war.
Estudios Públicos 92: 1-25.
Hammami, R. 2002. Interregnum: Palestine after Operation Defensive Shield. Middle East
Report, no. 223: 18-27.

Hammami, R. and S. Tamari. 2000. Anatomy of another rebellion. Middle East Report, no.
217: 2-15.
Li, Q. and M.B. Brewer, 2004. What does it mean to be an American? Patriotism,
nationalism, and American identity after 9/11. Political Psychology 25 (5): 727-39.
Mearsheimer, J. and S. Walt. 2006. The Israeli lobby. The London Review of Books 28 (6):
Pappé, I. 2006. The 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Journal of Palestine Studies 36
(1): 6-20.
Power, M. 2009. The US movement in solidarity with Chile in the 1970s. Latin American
Perspectives 36 (6): 46-66.
Rabbani, M. 2002. The tale of two assassinations: Mustafa Zibri and Rehavam Ze’evi. The
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs 21 (6): 13-14.
Rabe, S.G. 2013. Cold war memories: Latin American versus the United States. Análisis
Político 26 (79): 5-18.
Robarge, D. 2008. Review of Hostile intent: US covert operations in Chile, 1964–1974 by
K. Gustafson. Studies in Intelligence 52 (3): 29-33.

Introduction to course; discussion of Clausen 2007
Discussion of Li and Brewer 2004
Discussion of Dittmer 2007
First written test
First oral presentations
Discussion of Pappé 2006
Discussion of Hammami and Tamari 2000; Rabbani 2001
Discussion of Hammami 2002; Mearsheimer and Walt 2006
Second written test
Second oral presentations
Discussion of Rabe 2013
Discussion of Robrage 2008
Discussion of Power 2009
Discussion of Fermandois 2003
Third written test
Make-up quizzes, tests, and presentations

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