Inventing America


INSTRUCTOR: Jose Rodriguez


SCHEDULE: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00PM – 3:15PM

Course Description

Since the inception of the United States, the concept of what it means to be an American has been contested.  In the fall semester, we explored some of the core tenets of Americanism: freedom of speech and religion, exceptionalism, the American Dream, the great melting pot.  In the spring, we will explore the very foundations of our republic: The Constitution. Not since ancient Athens and Rome had the world seen the form of government that was born in the U.S. after the war of independence.  In this semester, we will travel back in time to the constitutional convention of 1787 and possibly rewrite history.  We will explore, at length, the values that make up our ¿American¿ identity and how these values are reflected in the type of government that we ultimately create.  Through role-playing and experiential learning, we will explore the many-sided aspects of human nature and the multiple perspectives one can take on its development.  In the end, we will literally be inventing America.