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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introduction

The United States has always been a source of fascination— both attraction and repulsion — for the people of France, Mexico, China, and African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, and Sudan. America Through Foreign Eyes is a rich, interdisciplinary, international course that features Rice faculty from a variety of disciplines and area studies. Focused on perceptions of America abroad, the course is a cross between World Cultures and American Studies. The course features four modules, each covering the perceptions and interactions of particular regions with America, Americans and Americanization....
Reading
4 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Chapter 1: America through Foreign Eyes: Introduction to Course7m
Chapter 2: Perceptions of Other Cultures: Generalizations, Essentialisms, and Stereotypes9m
Chapter 3: Student Approaches and Course Material10m
Reading4 readings
Welcome Survey (complete before beginning course)10m
How To Complete This Course1m
Chapter 1, 2, 3: Further Explorations10m
Introduction Bibliography5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction6m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

America through African Eyes

The United States has always been a source of fascination for Africans. African observers and travelers are rarely indifferent to American culture and people. This module, “America Through African Eyes,” examines historical and contemporary perceptions of America, Americans, and Americanization through the lens of African writers, politicians, intellectuals, refugees, and local citizens. Taught by Dr. Jeffrey Fleisher, a professor of Archeology, this module will cover the four themes of the course: Democracy and Modernity; Globalization and Capitalism; Racism and Immigration; and Intellectual and Cultural Life....
Reading
8 videos (Total 58 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Chapter 2: Africans Appropriating Americans: Elvis and the Chewa of Malawi6m
Chapter 3: Africans Appropriating Americans: Tupac Shakur in Sierra Leone6m
Chapter 4: Africans in America: America through Enslaved Peoples' Eyes7m
Chapter 5: Africans in America: Sudanese Refugees in America: Navigating America in the Twentieth Century7m
Chapter 6: Africans in America: Africans and Race in America8m
Chapter 7: African-Americans and Africans in Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah, American Civil Rights, and Ghanaian Independence7m
Chapter 8: African-Americans and Africans in Ghana: Slave Tourism: How West Africans see African-American Tourists6m
Reading9 readings
Chapter 2: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 3: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 4: Selections from the Narratives of Captured Slaves10m
Chapter 4: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 5: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 6: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 7: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 8: Further Explorations10m
Africa Bibliography10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Africa - Check for Understanding 12m
Africa - Check for Understanding 22m
America through African Eyes12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

America Through Chinese Eyes

The United States has always been a source of fascination for the people of China. Chinese observers and travelers are rarely indifferent to American culture and people. This module, “America Through Chinese Eyes,” examines historical and contemporary perceptions of America, Americans, and Americanization through the lens of Chinese writers, artists, politicians, intellectuals, and public opinion. Taught by Dr. Anne Chao, a professor of History, this module will cover the four themes of the course: Democracy and Modernity; Globalization and Capitalism; Racism and Immigration; and Intellectual and Cultural Life....
Reading
14 videos (Total 168 min), 10 readings, 3 quizzes
Video14 videos
Chapter 2: First Contact with America and the West6m
Chapter 3: China's Entry Into the World: Opium, the Unequal Treaties and the Exclusion Act7m
Chapter 4: From Reform to Revolution6m
Chapter 5: The New Culture Movement7m
Chapter 6: Madame Chiang Kaishek: A Study in Chinese and American Interactions in the Republican Era7m
Chapter 7: America as Enemy and as Friend: The Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution and the Ping-Pong Diplomacy7m
Chapter 8: China's Re-Entry into the World7m
Chapter 9: Taiwan and Hong Kong8m
Chapter 10: Voices from China and Taiwan7m
Chen Lei, December 7, 2014, Interviewed by Dr. Anne Chao23m
Feng Yu, December 7, 2014, Interviewed by Dr. Anne Chao25m
Jorge Liu, August 17, 2014, Interviewed by Dr. Anne Chao17m
Li Zhonggui, August 13, 2014, Interviewed by Dr. Anne Chao29m
Reading10 readings
Chapter 1: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 2: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 3: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 4: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 5: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 6: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 7: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 8: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 9: Further Explorations10m
China Bibliography10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
China - Check for Understanding 12m
China - Check for Understanding 22m
America through Chinese Eyes16m
Week
3
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

America Through French Eyes

The United States has always been a source of fascination for the people of France. French observers and travelers are rarely indifferent to American culture and people. This module, “America Through French Eyes,” examines historical and contemporary perceptions of America, Americans, and Americanization through the lens of French writers, artists, politicians, intellectuals, and public opinion. Taught by Dr. Julie Fette, a professor of French Studies, this module will cover the four themes of the course: Democracy and Modernity; Globalization and Capitalism; Racism and Immigration; and Intellectual and Cultural Life....
Reading
15 videos (Total 240 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
Chapter 2: America: Land of Democracy12m
Chapter 3: America = Modernity10m
Chapter 4: American Capitalism: Mass Production, Mass Consumption, and Inequality11m
Chapter 5: Globalization and the Cultural Exception9m
Chapter 6: Racism and Xenophobia in the United States and France13m
Chapter 7: Religion and Secularism10m
Chapter 8: Franco-American Cultural Exchange: Art, Artists, and Art Patrons11m
Chapter 9: Intellectual Life: The American University9m
Chapter 9: Simone de Beauvoir at Rice, by Melissa Kean7m
Chapter 10: America as Hyperreality8m
Marie Darrieussecq, May 20, 2015, Interviewed by Dr. Julie Fette28m
Eric Fassin, May 19, 2015, Interviewed by Dr. Julie Fette47m
Fabrice Morel, May 22, 2015, Interviewed by Dr. Julie Fette37m
Jean-Loup Chrétien, December 7, 2016, Interviewed by Dr. Julie Fette16m
Reading11 readings
Chapter 1: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 2: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 3: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 4: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 5: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 6: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 7: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 8: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 9: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 10: Further Explorations10m
France Bibliography10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
France - Check for Understanding 12m
France - Check for Understanding 22m
America through French Eyes16m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

America Through Mexican Eyes

The United States has always been a source of fascination for the people of Mexico. Mexican observers and travelers are rarely indifferent to American culture and people. This module, “ America Through Mexican Eyes,” examines historical and contemporary perceptions of America, Americans, and Americanization through the lens of Mexican writers, artists, politicians, intellectuals, and public opinion. Taught by Dr. Moramay López-Alonso, a professor of History, this module will cover the four themes of the course: Democracy and Modernity; Globalization and Capitalism; Racism and Immigration; and Intellectual and Cultural Life. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 71 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
Chapter 2: The Gringo, Yankee, and American4m
Chapter 3: Immigration5m
Chapter 4: Racism5m
Chapter 5: Religion5m
Chapter 6: Temples of Knowledge: Education, Universities and Libraries11m
Chapter 7: Food8m
Chapter 8: American Women5m
Chapter 9: Capitalism and Modernity10m
Chapter 10: Democracy and Empire7m
Reading11 readings
Chapter 1: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 2: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 3: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 4: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 5: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 6: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 7: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 8: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 9: Further Explorations10m
Chapter 10: Further Explorations10m
Mexico Bibliography10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Mexico - Check for Understanding 12m
Mexico - Check for Understanding 22m
America through Mexican Eyes16m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Reversing the Gaze

This course has explored how the United States has been a source of fascination for African, Chinese, French, and Mexican people. What happens when we “reverse the gaze?” This module examines historical and contemporary perceptions of Africa, China, France, and Mexico through American eyes. Join all four instructors for informal conversations over a meal at various Houston restaurants about American perceptions of the world. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
Chapter 2: Reversing the Gaze: China through American Eyes6m
Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Fung6m
Chapter 3: Reversing the Gaze: France through American Eyes4m
Chapter 4: Reversing the Gaze: Mexico through American Eyes5m
Rice Students Discuss America Through Foreign Eyes27m
Reading1 reading
End-of-Course Survey (complete after finishing the course)10m

Instructors

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Dr. Anne S. Chao

Lecturer
Rice University
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Dr. Julie Fette

Associate Professor
Rice University
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Dr. Jeffrey Fleisher

Associate Professor
Rice University
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Dr. Moramay López-Alonso

Associate Professor
Rice University

About Rice University

Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy....

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