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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
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.

AMST-320
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

American Cultural History (3)

Victorian Culture

This course explores a diverse range of cultural phenomena in the 19th century U.S., reflecting on how clothes, interior design, child rearing philosophies, nutritional advice, travel, and pets can shape society and politics. Exploring the every-day life of the Victorians, the course also reflects on broad social movements and problems in the 19th century, a time of nation- and Empire-building, suffrage, immigration, and war. Besides giving students an insight into the cultural, material and every-day history of the 19th century, the course focuses on how to utilize primary and secondary sources, how to do research, present in public settings, conceive and organize research projects and how to design and write a research paper. Meets with HIST-396 004.