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AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-340
Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Explores the contemporary and historical development of Washington D.C. and the Chesapeake region; or invites students to interact with communities and the environment in the area. Usually offered every term.

AMST-340
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Black Popular Culture in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. serves as inspiration for this course in which students critically engage contemporary and twentieth-century Black/African-American pop cultural formations and portrayals of Black people in America. The course examines film, go-go, blues/jazz, spoken word, crime fiction, and new digital media (blogs, YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr), holding in critical abeyance the concept of "Blackness," asking what it does for our critical engagement with the texts. The class also considers the particularities of Washington, D.C., asking what "Blackness" means in this context and how popular culture helps to mediate this understanding.

AMST-340
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Mapping Washington, D.C.

In this course students reconsider how Washington, D.C., as a city inhabited and traversed by various types of communities and persons, can be visualized and understood in radically different ways. Specifically, the course attends to issues of human geography and mapping through issues of space and place, belonging, gentrification, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The class explores these elements through discussions and films, guest speakers, off-campus explorations of D.C., and primary data collection through interviews and personal map production.

AMST-340
002
AMERICAN STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Activism and Social Media

The growth of social media has dramatically changed how people communicate, collaborate, and mobilize, thereby transforming political and social activism. These changes have profoundly impacted American culture, fundraising, lobbying, and politics. This course examines the interplay between activism and social media through academic texts, online resources, case studies, videos, guest lectures, and field trips. Issues covered include abortion, the economy, the environment, feminism, immigration, military actions, and same-sex marriage.