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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
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

Nineteenth Century Culture: Couture, Cuisine and Citizenship

This course explores a diverse range of cultural phenomena in the nineteenth century United States including fashion and food as well as interior design, beauty practices, child rearing philosophies, travel, and more. All of these practices reflect major social and political issues prevalent in the nineteenth century, such as nation- and empire-building, immigration, and changing understandings of gender, race, and sexuality. Meets with HIST-396 004.

AMST-320
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

War on Drugs

This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs--broadly interpreted--and surveys America's history with mild-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. America's battle with addiction has both greater longevity and importance than is generally appreciated. Beginning with the role of commodities like coffee, sugar, tobacco and alcohol in forging global trade routes and colonial empire, the course examines America's experience with drugs, alcohol, temperance movements, crime and law enforcement from the early republic into the twentieth century with the birth of the modern drug war. Students are presented with American social, cultural and political history "through the saloon door," and examine how taboos and attempts at prohibition have been historically contingent and how the issue of drug and alcohol use has often been the site of profound political and social conflicts, many with lasting implications.

AMST-320
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

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
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (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.