Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
NAMS1003 Road Readings of the USA 4 ECTS
Organised by
North American Studies
Person in charge
Janne Korkka, Department of English, Rosetta

Learning outcomes

In completing this independent reading and research assignment, students are expected to deepen their awareness and understanding of the vastness of the American space, the variety of its cultures, and the specificities of its regional landscapes and societies.


All students study three different texts (or other materials deemed suitable by the examiner): A) travel writing in book format: John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley; B) travel blogs, road journals or various fictional representations of ‘being on the road’; and C) an academic text dealing with the impact of travel and the movement of people and ideas, and the ways in which ideas of ‘America’ are shaped in the process. Texts for slots B) and C) may be selected either from a list of recommended titles, or suggested by the student and approved in advance by the examiner.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Independent study. Supervision available as necessary through individual consultations or by email.
Available throughout the academic year.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Written exam

Independent study (see the Contents section above) + written examination.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
By written examination. On the scale 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory), 1 (pass), 0 (fail).

Study materials

Required reading: John Steinbeck, 'Travels with Charlie'; other materials as specified above, to be chosen by the student and submitted for approval to the examiner.

Further information

The NAMS program is available as a Minor to any degree student at Turun yliopisto or Åbo Akademi University. All classes and study units in the NAMS program are also open to any student registered with Turun yliopisto for a degree or as a visiting international or exchange student.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Languages and Translation Studies
North American Studies (North American Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
School of Languages and Translation Studies
English, English Translation and Interpreting
English, English Philology
Spanish, Spanish Studies
Spanish, Spanish Translation Studies
Italian, Italian Language and Culture
Italian, Italian Translation Studies
Classical Archaeology
Greek Philology
Translation Studies
Latin Philology
Scandinavian Languages
French, French Studies
French, French Translation and Interpreting
Romanian Language and Culture
German, German Philology
German, German Translation and Interpreting
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Lang./Finno-Ugric Lang.
MDP in Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages/Finnish Language
Finnish Language and Culture
Hungarian Language and Culture
Russian Studies
Sign Language
Estonian Language and Culture