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Course Schedule for AMERICAN STUDIES - January 2018
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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1020 AMST-120-01 Fashioning America: 0.50 SEM Miller, Karen MTR: 10:00AM-12:30PM
W: 12:00PM-2:30PM
SH - T408  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  We will examine the history and meanings of significant chapters in American clothing culture from the nineteenth century to today. Some of our topics will include: fashion advice and the shaping of the nation, gendered garments and body politics, clothing and ethnic identities, and the global politics of clothing production, consumerism, and recycling. Students will also share their own interests in developments such as today’s secondhand clothes industries, fashion and media, and wearable technologies. Our classroom work will be enriched by visual and material culture workshops at museums and other organizations in and near Hartford.
1007 AMST-290-01 Hip Hop in Film 0.50 SEM Conway, Nicholas TWF: 1:00PM-4:20PM SH - N128  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Through the lens of the six unique films that embody the aesthetic of Hip Hop culture, this course examines Hip Hop’s cinematic representation over the span of the past thirty years. Through critical analysis of Hip Hop on the silver screen, students explore how the entertainment industry has framed the public’s understanding of Hip Hop. At the same time, students are taught to reflect upon the role Hip Hop has played in the culture in which they came of age. Particular emphasis is placed upon the way in which Hip Hop culture has served to redefine issues of race, gender, sexuality, ownership, commodification, and public space.