AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-296
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

AMST-296
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Body in American Culture

In the past century the body has become the main tool of expression for identity and social status in U.S. society. Analyzing public discussions such as those on childhood obesity and transgender rights, and products of popular culture such as tattoo reality shows or makeover shows, students explore how gender, race, and class intersect with beauty ideals and health advice.

AMST-296
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Explore Washington, D.C.'s Music Scene

Washington, D.C. has been home to many prominent musical genres, such as bluegrass, jazz, house-dance, and go-go. This course introduces students to the diverse musical scene of Washington D.C., and reflects the broader history of race in D.C. in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Topics explored include the 1968 race riots, the birth of black-owned music businesses, gentrification, 1980s nightclub culture, and the world of music criticism. The class explores the lives and artistry of many key figures such as Chuck Brown, Experience Unlimited, Rare Essence, and Trouble Funk. The course features lectures, class discussions, documentaries, guest speakers, and excursions.

AMST-296
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Death Penalty and American Culture

In this course students learn the history of the death penalty and consider the legal, political, ethical, medical and moral issues which relate to the imposition of capital punishment and the method of executions. Recent cases and developments in the death penalty as well as the historical, philosophical, and fairness issues surrounding capital punishment are considered. Students look at the edited case files of people who were sentenced to death, including the facts of the crimes for which they were accused, their trials, punishment phases, appeals and the circumstances around their executions.