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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction

4 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 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
4 readings
Welcome Survey (complete before beginning course)10m
How To Complete This Course1m
Chapter 1, 2, 3: Further Explorations10m
Introduction Bibliography5m
1 practice exercise
Introduction6m
3 hours to complete

America through African Eyes

8 videos (Total 58 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
8 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
9 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
3 practice exercises
Africa - Check for Understanding 12m
Africa - Check for Understanding 22m
America through African Eyes12m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

America Through Chinese Eyes

14 videos (Total 168 min), 10 readings, 3 quizzes
14 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
10 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
3 practice exercises
China - Check for Understanding 12m
China - Check for Understanding 22m
America through Chinese Eyes16m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

America Through French Eyes

15 videos (Total 240 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
15 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
11 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
3 practice exercises
France - Check for Understanding 12m
France - Check for Understanding 22m
America through French Eyes16m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

America Through Mexican Eyes

10 videos (Total 71 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
10 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
11 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
3 practice exercises
Mexico - Check for Understanding 12m
Mexico - Check for Understanding 22m
America through Mexican Eyes16m
2 hours to complete

Reversing the Gaze

6 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading
6 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
1 reading
End-of-Course Survey (complete after finishing the course)10m
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Top reviews from America Through Foreign Eyes

By BEFeb 15th 2017

A revealing look on how the rest of the world views the USA. Perhaps this should be offered to high school students, somt hey can better understand how other nationalities react to "Americans"

By GHFeb 14th 2019

I found the course material fascinating and thought provoking. Each week was different and I just really enjoyed the different perspectives. Well presented and quite interesting!

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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