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BEng American Dream: Exploring Class in the U.S.

Catalog id : 21A.235
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG

0 Months
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 Tuition fee

24050 USD
24050 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577

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About this course

Americans have historically preferred to think of the United States in classless terms, as a land of economic opportunity equally open to all. Yet, social class remains a central fault line in the U.S. Subject explores the experiences and understandings of class among Americans positioned at different points along the U.S. social spectrum. Considers a variety of classic frameworks for analyzing social class and uses memoirs, novels and ethnographies to gain a sense of how class is experienced in daily life and how it intersects with other forms of social difference such as race and gender.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

 Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US. The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time.

International English Language

Testing System IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

 Students whose native language is not English may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 577 (233 for computer-based; 90 for internet-based) is required for visa certification


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Course Modules

Ses #
Key Dates
Talking about class: Expanding inequalities in the 21st century
Studs Terkel's Working
Anthropology, narrative, and social class

Doing "auto-ethnographies"
Theorizing class: Competing frameworks
Theories of class - Part I: Marx and Weber
Theories of class - Part II: Bourdieu and post-structuralism
Intersecting identities: Class, race, and gender
First paper due 5 days after Ses #6
Narratives of class in the U.S.
Searching for the American dream: Narratives and counter-narratives of upward mobility
Class and race in black women's auto-biographies from the 1930s and 1940s
The post World War II middle class
On the American Assembly Line: A vanishing industrial working class?
Second paper due 2 days after Ses #10
The Worlds of the rich
Up and down: From climbing the social ladder to a fear of falling
Welfare and the politics of the U.S. "underclass"
The politics of red and blue, rural and urban, and a widening social gap
Final paper due

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How to Apply


Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.

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