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AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-320
American Cultural History (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Courses explore political and economic affairs, international relations, social change, literature, drama, music, and fine and popular arts in American history. Usually offered every term.

AMST-320
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

Civil Rights in the United States: Movements of Change

In this course students explore activist and civil rights movements in the United States, analyzing both the political and social actors articulating these movements, as well as the particular tactics and strategies mobilized by different communities and groups. Students consider how movements across the country and world play out in the contexts of their own lives. Focus on particular themes or movements including race/ethnicity; sexuality; immigration/nationalism; war/conflict; and class/Neoliberalism examines the various movements and actions that have mobilized around these concerns, such as the Civil Rights Movement, LGBT rights, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, squatters/occupiers, and so forth.

AMST-320
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

Space and Imagination

Explores the political and cultural impact of the U.S. space program. Beginning with the Cold War space race and ending with the retirement of the Shuttle program, students explore the history of the space program as well as its representation in film and literature.

AMST-320
003
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

The Hunger Games: Class, Politics and Marketing

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.