This module explores some important and exciting interpretations of American society. We will focus on several key sociologists, particularly those who have focused on specific places in the US and who used travel and participant observation as methods of research. Our appreciation of American society will balance the 'big picture' with studies of small social worlds. It will look at the wide geographical expanses of the country as well as cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. The module examines how issues and concepts such as democracy, individualism, inequality, gender roles, poverty, cities, gangs and guns became sources of enchantment and disenchantment. We will cover one key sociologist each week. By the end of the term, the student will have a broad appreciation of a variety of understandings of American society and the relevance of sociological thinking to them.