AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-330
Contemporary American Culture (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Interdisciplinary explorations of American media, politics, ethnography, literature, and art. Usually offered every term.

AMST-330
003
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Politics, TV Series, and Ethics

Political television shows such as The West Wing, House of Cards, and Scandal have garnered critical acclaim and strong ratings, while sparking dialogue at times of low voter turnout and political engagement. This course examines the interplay between politics, ethics, and the media. Topics explored include government corruption, media bias, the politics of race and gender representation, journalistic integrity, and the influence of political series on American popular culture. The course relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.

AMST-330
E01L
AMERICAN STUDIES
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Global Hip Hop

This course examines hip hop as a cultural phenomenon circulating globally in complex ways. Through readings, films, music, discussions, research, and new media students investigate the many elements of this global culture: from B-boys/B-girls, MCs, graffiti art, to the fashion, language, and literature that hip-hop artists create. The course explores issues such as representations of race, class, gender and sexuality, cultural production, performance, and reception. Beginning with its multicultural roots in the United States, a number of case studies of hip-hop around the world are considered, as well as closely related musical and cultural phenomena.

AMST-330
F01L
AMERICAN STUDIES
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Global Icons

This course explores the reasons why a few American "pop stars" have become objects of identification and admiration for diverse populations and cultures around the world. While the significance of "Global Icons" derives from their own artistry, it can also be explained from the discourses that they have come to represent. Some questions discussed are: What does it mean to call someone an icon, on a global scale? How do icons produce global meaning? How do global systems of meaning produce icons? Why is it important to consider the function of global icons with respect to American ideas about race, class, gender, age, and sexuality? Students explore the impact of different forms of representations, the role of radio, television, video, Internet and digital music, the manufacturing and marketing of pop music, and the coherence of a globalized culture. Artists discussed include: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonc�, Lady Gaga, among others.

AMST-330
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Food, Media, and Culture

This course investigates the intersection of food, ideology, identity, and media in American history. Cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, radio and TV-shows as well as feature films have traditionally used food to discuss national, ethnic, and class identity, while simultaneously promoting norms on citizenship, gender, and sexuality. The sources discussed in the course reach from the first American cookbook in the late eighteenth century to food centered videogames in the twenty-first century.

AMST-330
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Health in the Digital Age

The advent of social media has impacted how nonprofits, corporations and the medical community organize in response to the contributors to health and illness. This course examines the interplay between public health, activism and social media. Issues covered include privacy concerns, the role of the pharmaceutical industry, transnational health, and reproductive and sexual rights. The course incorporates academic texts, online resources, case studies, videos, and guest lectures.

AMST-330
003
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Global Icons

This course explores the reasons why a few American "pop stars" have become objects of identification and admiration for diverse populations and cultures around the world. While the significance of "Global Icons" derives from their own artistry, it can also be explained from the discourses that they have come to represent. Some questions discussed are: What does it mean to call someone an icon, on a global scale? How do icons produce global meaning? How do global systems of meaning produce icons? Why is it important to consider the function of global icons with respect to American ideas about race, class, gender, age, and sexuality? Students explore the impact of different forms of representations, the role of radio, television, video, Internet and digital music, the manufacturing and marketing of pop music, and the coherence of a globalized culture. Artists discussed include: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonc�, Lady Gaga, among others.

AMST-330
004
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, ethics, and marketing. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing. The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.