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
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

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. Meets with HIST-396 001.

AMST-330
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

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
003
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Americans in Paris: The Expatriate Writer & the Avant-Garde

Before World War I and during "the roaring twenties," Paris was at the center of many transnational avant-garde movements including Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Constructivism, and Surrealism. In a survey of American writers who lived in Paris during the period, this course examines how the modernisms of Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, Sherwood Anderson, Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Hemingway, among others, reflect the radical innovation of the avant-garde in painting, film, music, and dance.

AMST-330
004
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

Sexuality and Social Media

This course examines the interplay between sex, sexuality, and social media. The advantages and disadvantages of the growth of social media as it pertains to social media, and how the evolution of online communication and social networks has encouraged sexual expression, sex education, and activism are explored. The course looks at how social media has also increased fear, misinformation, prejudice, and harassment with respect to individual and group sexuality, as well as the impact of social media on relationships and forming identities. The course utilizes readings on human sexuality, online resources, and case studies to help answer these questions.

AMST-330
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Contemporary American Culture (3)

U.S. through Foreign Eyes

Since its inception, the United States has been the subject of celebration, inspiration, and condemnation from those living outside its borders. This course uses a wide variety of primary sources to explore how the United States has tried to project itself abroad, as well as how a variety of commentators, e.g., journalists, heads of states, intellectuals, migrants, and minorities in other countries, have responded to the United States at different times.

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.