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Course Schedule for AMERICAN STUDIES - Spring 2018
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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4053 AMST-203-01 Conflcts & Cultures Am Society 1.00 LEC Wickman, Thomas MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: All seats reserved for first year students.
  Focusing on a key decade in American life—the 1890s, for example, or the 1850s—this course will examine the dynamics of race, class, gender, and ethnicity as forces that have shaped, and been shaped by, American culture. How did various groups define themselves at particular historical moments? How did they interact with each other and with American society? Why did some groups achieve hegemony and not others, and what were—and are—the implications of these dynamics for our understanding of American culture? By examining both interpretive and primary documents—novels, autobiographies, works of art, and popular culture—we will consider these and other questions concerning the production of American culture.
4713 AMST-203-02 Conflcts & Cultures Am Society 1.00 LEC Manevitz, Alexander MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for First-Year students, 7 for Sophomores, and 2 for Juniors
  Focusing on a key decade in American life—the 1890s, for example, or the 1850s—this course will examine the dynamics of race, class, gender, and ethnicity as forces that have shaped, and been shaped by, American culture. How did various groups define themselves at particular historical moments? How did they interact with each other and with American society? Why did some groups achieve hegemony and not others, and what were—and are—the implications of these dynamics for our understanding of American culture? By examining both interpretive and primary documents—novels, autobiographies, works of art, and popular culture—we will consider these and other questions concerning the production of American culture.
4983 AMST-210-01 Doing Culture 1.00 LEC Baldwin, Davarian TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Culture is not something we simply consume, inhabit or even create. Culture is serious business: pun both intended and upended. We have a dynamic relationship with the world around us and in this class we will use culture, both elite and popular, to help bridge the gap between what we do here in the “ivory tower” and how we live out there in the “real world,” hopefully changing both in the process. Here we will not take culture for granted but engage culture as a method, a tool by which to engage, analyze and critique both historical narratives and contemporary events. In this course, street life, advertisements, popular media, and clothing are interrogated as archives of dynamic meaning, arenas of social interaction, acts of personal pleasure, and sites of struggle. We will also explore what happens when a diversity of forces converge at the intersection of commerce and culture. Present day notions of popular culture, and topics such as authenticity and selling out, will be interrogated both socially and historically.
4528 AMST-301-01 Jr. Sem.: American Texts 1.00 SEM Gac, Scott M: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in American Studies 203 or AMST 210 or concurrent enrollment.
  This course, required for the American studies major and ordinarily taken in the fall of the junior year, examines central texts in American history and culture. Through intensive discussion and writing, the class will explore the contexts of these works as well as the works themselves, paying particular attention to the interrelated issues of race, class, gender, and other similarly pivotal social constructs. Course is open only to American studies majors.
5274 AMST-308-01 Race & Property in Early Amer 1.00 SEM Manevitz, Alexander MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Early Americans redefined the meaning of property during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and these changes reflected the economic, social, and political reorganization of the young United States. Using the history of property as a framework to connect diverse topics, this course will examine major themes in American history, drawing connections among them. It is focused on the most influential property relationships in colonial and early America from the enslavement of human beings and real estate to wheat futures. We will examine issues of slavery, resistance, and freedom, housing and real estate, intellectual property, natural resources and nature's commodification, and the ever-changing roll of capitalism in the American past.
4714 AMST-311-01 Data Driven Cultures 1.00 LEC Gieseking, Jack MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  From the algorithms that time traffic lights to those that filter search criteria and record thoughts and ideas, human existence is increasingly defined by code. This course explores the possibilities, limitations, and implications of using digital tools and methods to understand the issues that affect our everyday lives. What does big data reveal about the world? What does it hide? How do American policies and values influence the global production of the Internet, social media, algorithms, and data? Students will learn a range of data visualization tools to understand and evaluate what technology can and cannot bring to the study of American life. Topics such as gender, race, sexuality, class, privacy, war, and governance will be highlighted through in-class conversations and research projects.
4985 AMST-326-01 Representation of Miscegenatn 1.00 LEC Paulin, Diana TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The course examines the notion of miscegenation (interracial relations), including how the term was coined and defined. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will consider the different and conflicting ways that interracial relations have been represented, historically and contemporaneously, as well as the implications of those varied representations. Examining both primary and secondary texts, including fiction, film, legal cases, historical criticism, and drama, we will explore how instances of interracial contact both threaten and expand formulations of race and “Americanness” in the U.S. and beyond. How is miscegenation emblematic of other issues invoked, such as gender, nation, and sexuality? How do enactments of interracial contact complicate the subjects that they “stage”?
5051 AMST-335-01 Memory, Power, and Place 1.00 SEM Gieseking, Jack M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Why do certain portrayals of American spaces and place-making promote equality or inequality? How does the American geographical imagination reproduce and limit the power of its citizens? How are gender, sexuality, race, and class inscribed in spaces, and how can these inscriptions be used for liberation? Students will examine the relationships between culture and space at all scales, and consider the roles individuals, groups, and social structures play in creating the environments in which people live, work, and play. Students will explore spaces such as Walt Disney World’s Main Street, landscape, gay bars, village, adobes, ghetto, the Colonies, neighborhood, and wilderness. This course brings together the writings of scholars, designers, and activists from a variety of fields to make sense of the environments we inhabit.
4986 AMST-357-01 Race and Urban Space 1.00 LEC Baldwin, Davarian TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Scholars and now even the larger public have conceded that race is a social construct. However, many are just beginning to fully explore how the specific dimensions and use of space is mediated by the politics of racial difference and racial identification. Therefore, this course seeks to explore how racism and race relations shape urban spatial relations, city politics, and the built environment and how the historical development of cities has shaped racial identity as lived experience. Covering the 20th century, the course examines three critical junctures: Ghettoization (1890s-1940s); Metropolitan Formation (1940s-1990s); and Neo-Liberal Gentrification (present).
5220 AMST-382-01 Dangerous Tech 1.00 LEC Boyles, Christina TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Our modern lives are under constant surveillance. Of course corporations log information from our devices, but we too participate in the process--surveilling ourselves and one another. Although much of this behavior is hidden, there are tools to uncover who is watching, what is collected, and how the information is being used. This course helps students take control of their personal data by discussing common methods of surveillance—such as body scanners, traffic cameras, digital devices, and fitness trackers—and by building their own surveillance devices. By the end, you will know the implications of surveillance and be able to adopt strategies to keep yourself and your data protected.
4261 AMST-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
4054 AMST-402-01 Senior Project 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE:
  Students undertake projects on American studies topics of their own choosing. The projects will be supervised by a faculty member in an American studies-related field. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the project adviser and director, are required for enrollment.
5259 AMST-409-01 Gender, Sexuality, and Space 1.00 LEC Gieseking, Jack W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This research seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore key spaces of American historical geographies of sexuality and gender, with special attention paid to women and gender non-conforming people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. From bars and neighborhoods, potlucks and protests, to cities and rural Walmarts, cruising grounds and social media, students will employ feminist and queer theory to broaden their understandings of how gender and sexuality inform the production of space, and, in turn, the production of empire and resistance to it. The application of both classic and cutting-edge texts will challenge the seemingly normal histories and geographies of American life. This course pays special attention to the intersectionality of gender and sexuality with race, class, disability, age, and generation.
4987 AMST-412-01 Popular Narratives of US Hist 1.00 SEM Manevitz, Alexander T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  History surrounds us in popular culture—from hit Broadway musicals like Hamilton and video games like the Assassin’s Creed series today to the earliest American novels. Though some have dismissed these media as “non-scholarly,” they are the main source of history for many who might not be interested in a traditional scholarly monograph and should be taken seriously. We will spend the semester learning how to analyze the unexpected history presented through these methods, and investigating the possibilities and pitfalls of communicating American history in these different forms. In conversation with practitioners of narrative, experimental, and popular history, students will create a final project of their own design that pushes on the boundaries of how we communicate history and how we define our audience.
5282 AMST-413-01 Native American Lit & Theory 1.00 SEM Wyss, Hilary T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  We are currently in an extraordinary intellectual and artistic moment for Native American communities. In this course, we will turn our attention to forms of Native textual production from the colonial period to today. We will not only educate ourselves in the richness and variety of Native expression, we will also grapple with our assumptions about what constitutes Native American literature, using recent Native American scholarship to guide us. Along the way we will sample various forms of expression from origin stories to ledger drawings, poems, novels, autobiographies, and critical nonfiction. Our efforts in this class will be collaborative; while we will share core readings, you should expect to do several outside readings and class reports. This seminar is research-intensive. For English majors, this course satisfies the post-1900 requirement, or a course emphasizing critical reflection.
4557 AMST-425-01 Museums,Vis Cult&Crit Theory 1.00 SEM Miller, Karen R: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 7
  This course aims to examine the issues brought up in key theoretical readings by applying their insights to case studies, particularly cases of museum exhibitions and programs. Issues to be addressed include: reproduction and spectacle; gender and display; ethnicity, 'primitivism,' and race; and sexuality, sexual practice, and censorship. Case studies will vary each year and will range from exhibitions focusing on consumption, to ethnicity and race (such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Pequot Museum), and sexuality (The Museum of Sex; the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibitions). Each class will combine theoretical readings with considerations of museum practice. By the end of the semester, students shall be able to analyze exhibitions using both the tools of postmodern theory and practical observation and history.
4262 AMST-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
5132 AMST-470-01 Native Amer Art & Storytelling 1.00 SEM Couch, N. C. Christopher W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 7
  This seminar examines Native American Indian narrative artistic, pictorial, and literary traditions from North and Central America.Such traditions are inseparable from culture and performance, community and nation, human life and the physical world. The visual and tactile media considered include pictorial manuscripts, ceramics, bead- and shellwork, textiles, photographs, and paintings. The seminar will be interdisciplinary, with each unit including analyses of texts and visual materials and readings on aesthetics, translation, memory, and appropriation.
5144 AMST-480-01 New England Landscapes 1.00 SEM Southern, Jacquelyn T: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 7
  This course concerns historical geographies of New England, or the meeting of nature and human agency in “developing” the land and waters of the region. It explores such iconic landscapes as Native American fields and villages; New England’s villages and commons; farms, fields, factories, and forests; free-flowing and dammed rivers; seaports; cities; and tourist destinations. We will attempt to understand both how this region has been imagined and how its changing, often contested landscapes have been related to the political economy, social identities (such as class, race, and gender), and cultural values, metrics, and desires.
4263 AMST-490-01 Research Assistantship 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
4219 AMST-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the thesis adviser and the director, are required for each semester of this year-long thesis. (The two course credits are considered pending in Part I of the thesis; they will be awarded with the completion of Part II.)
4547 AMST-802-01 Primary Research Matls 1.00 SEM Southern, Jacquelyn R: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This seminar is designed to enable students to identify, evaluate, and use a range of primary sources, from personal letters, vital records, and the census to photographs, oral history, and newspapers. Students will critically read secondary literature to explore how other scholars have used primary sources, and will develop research projects on topics of their own choosing, based on primary sources available in local archives and repositories. Course not open to undergraduates.
5230 AMST-812-01 Popular Narratives of US Hist 1.00 SEM Manevitz, Alexander T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  History surrounds us in popular culture—from hit Broadway musicals like Hamilton and video games like the Assassin’s Creed series today to the earliest American novels. Though some have dismissed these media as “non-scholarly,” they are the main source of history for many who might not be interested in a traditional scholarly monograph and should be taken seriously. We will spend the semester learning how to analyze the unexpected history presented through these methods, and investigating the possibilities and pitfalls of communicating American history in these different forms. In conversation with practitioners of narrative, experimental, and popular history, students will create a final project of their own design that pushes on the boundaries of how we communicate history and how we define our audience.
5283 AMST-813-01 Native American Lit & Theory 1.00 SEM Wyss, Hilary T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  We are currently in an extraordinary intellectual and artistic moment for Native American communities. In this course, we will turn our attention to forms of Native textual production from the colonial period to today. We will not only educate ourselves in the richness and variety of Native expression, we will also grapple with our assumptions about what constitutes Native American literature, using recent Native American scholarship to guide us. Along the way we will sample various forms of expression from origin stories to ledger drawings, poems, novels, autobiographies, and critical nonfiction. Our efforts in this class will be collaborative; while we will share core readings, you should expect to do several outside readings and class reports. This seminar is research-intensive. For English majors, this course satisfies the post-1900 requirement, or a course emphasizing critical reflection.
4556 AMST-825-01 Museums,Vis Cult&Crit Theory 1.00 SEM Miller, Karen R: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  This course aims to examine the issues brought up in key theoretical readings by applying their insights to case studies, particularly cases of museum exhibitions and programs. Issues to be addressed include: reproduction and spectacle; gender and display; ethnicity, 'primitivism,' and race; and sexuality, sexual practice, and censorship. Case studies will vary each year and will range from exhibitions focusing on consumption, to ethnicity and race (such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Pequot Museum), and sexuality (The Museum of Sex; the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibitions). Each class will combine theoretical readings with considerations of museum practice. By the end of the semester, students shall be able to analyze exhibitions using both the tools of postmodern theory and practical observation and history.
5131 AMST-870-01 Native Amer Art & Storytelling 1.00 SEM Couch, N. C. Christopher W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 7
  This seminar examines Native American Indian narrative artistic, pictorial, and literary traditions from North and Central America.Such traditions are inseparable from culture and performance, community and nation, human life and the physical world. The visual and tactile media considered include pictorial manuscripts, ceramics, bead- and shellwork, textiles, photographs, and paintings. The seminar will be interdisciplinary, with each unit including analyses of texts and visual materials and readings on aesthetics, translation, memory, and appropriation.
5138 AMST-880-01 New England Landscapes 1.00 SEM Southern, Jacquelyn T: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  This course concerns historical geographies of New England, or the meeting of nature and human agency in “developing” the land and waters of the region. It explores such iconic landscapes as Native American fields and villages; New England’s villages and commons; farms, fields, factories, and forests; free-flowing and dammed rivers; seaports; cities; and tourist destinations. We will attempt to understand both how this region has been imagined and how its changing, often contested landscapes have been related to the political economy, social identities (such as class, race, and gender), and cultural values, metrics, and desires.
4382 AMST-894-01 Museums and Communities Intern 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Matriculated American studies students have the opportunity to engage in an academic internship at an area museum or archive for credit toward the American studies degree. Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more information.
4383 AMST-940-01 Independent Study 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Selected topics in special areas are available by arrangement with the instructor and written approval of the graduate adviser and program director. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
4234 AMST-953-01 Research Project 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Under the guidance of a faculty member, graduate students may do an independent research project on a topic in American studies. Written approval of the graduate adviser and the program director are required. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
4235 AMST-954-01 Thesis Part I 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  (The two course credits are considered pending in Part I of the thesis; they will be awarded with the completion of Part II.)
4241 AMST-955-01 Thesis Part II 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  (Continuation of American Studies 954.)
4352 AMST-956-01 Thesis 2.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  (Completion of two course credits in one semester).
5009 ECON-214-01 Bus & Entrepreneur Hist 1.00 LEC Gunderson, Gerald MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Economics 101.
  The evolution of business structures and practices, primarily in the American experience. Changes in such aspects of management, finance, marketing, and information are considered. Special attention is given to the role of entrepreneurs and conditions which may have influenced their creative efforts. Both an analytical approach and case studies are employed.
4375 EDUC-300-01 Education Reform: Past&Present 1.00 LEC Dougherty, Jack M: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in EDUC200, or American Studies major or Public Policy and Law major.
  How do we explain the rise and decline of education reform movements? How do we evaluate their level of “success” from different sources of evidence? Drawing upon primary source materials and historical interpretations, this course examines a broad array of elementary, secondary, and higher education reform movements from the mid-19th century to the present, analyzing social, material, and ideological contexts. This intermediate-level seminar explores a topic common to all branches of educational studies from both theoretical and comparative perspectives.
4703 ENGL-105-01 Intro to Amer Lit II 1.00 LEC Mrozowski, Daniel W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a survey.
  This course surveys major works of American literature after 1865, from literary reckonings with the Civil War and its tragic residues, to works of "realism" and "naturalism" that contended with the late 19th century’s rapid pace of social change, to the innovative works of the modern and postmodern eras. As we read works by authors such as Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison, we will inquire: how have literary texts defined and redefined "America" and Americans? What are the means by which some groups have been excluded from the American community, and what are their experiences of that exclusion? And how do these texts shape our understanding of the unresolved problems of post-Civil War American democracy? For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a survey.
4918 ENGL-117-01 Intro African Amer Lit Part II 1.00 LEC Paulin, Diana TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a survey.
  This course surveys African American literature in multiple genres from the 20th-century to the present. We will examine texts by both canonical and emergent writers, such as James Weldon Johnson, Angelina Weld Grimke, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Langston Hughes, Zora Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ann Petry, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Octavia Butler, Rita Dove, August Wilson, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and others. Our discussions/strategies for reading will be informed by relevant social, historical, and political contexts. In addition to discussing issues of race, nation formation, diasporic identities, class, gender, and sexuality, we will identify/trace recurring ideas/themes, as well as develop a theoretical language to facilitate thoughtful engagement with these works. For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a survey.
4704 ENGL-265-01 Intro to Film Studies 1.00 LEC Younger, James MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM
M: 6:30PM-9:10PM
TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 200-level elective. It is also the gateway course for the literature and film concentration.
  NOTE: Evening meetings of this class are for film screening only.
  This course provides a general introduction to the study of film and focuses on the key terms and concepts used to describe and analyze the film experience. As we put this set of tools and methods in place, we will also explore different modes of film production (fictional narrative, documentary, experimental) and some of the critical issues and debates that have shaped the discipline of film studies (genre, auteurism, film aesthetics, ideology). Note: Evening meetings of this class are for film screenings only. For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 200-level elective. It is also the gateway course for the literature and film concentration. This course can be counted toward fulfillment of requirements for the film studies minor.
5715 ENGL-272-02 American Auteurs 1.00 LEC Younger, James MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 200-level elective.
  NOTE: Evening meeting time is for film viewings only.
  This course explores and celebrates the work of classic American film directors and constitutes an introduction to the critical methodology of the auteur theory. The directors to be examined are Samuel Fuller, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock. After an introduction to various approaches to the auteur, we will use the work of Fuller, Hawks and Hitchcock to explore the history and creative potential of these approaches. Emphasis will be given to contemporary developments that integrate a focus on auteurs with the practices of experimental cinephilia and philosophy. For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 200 level elective. Evening meeting time is for film viewing only.
4191 HISP-280-01 Hispanic Hartford 1.00 LEC Aponte-Aviles, Aidali TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Hispanic Studies 221 or 224, or permission of instructor.
  This course seeks to place Trinity students in active and informed dialogue with the Hartford region’s large and diverse set of Spanish-speaking communities. The course will help student recognize and analyze the distinct national histories (e.g. Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Chilean, Honduran, Cuban, Colombian, and Mexican) which have contributed to the Hispanic diaspora in the city and the entire northeastern region of the United States. Students will undertake field projects designed to look at the effects of transnational migration on urban culture, institution-building, and identity formation. (Also offered under the Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration of the International Studies Program.)
5059 HIST-201-01 Early America 1.00 LEC Wickman, Thomas TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: 5 seats reserved for first-year students, 5 seats reserved for American Studies majors, 10 seats reserved for History majors
  This course introduces students to major developments in the political, economic, and social history of North America from the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. We will study indigenous sovereignty, encounters between Europeans and Native Americans, the founding of European colonies, the rise of the Atlantic slave trade, the Seven Years' War, the American Revolution, the spread of human enslavement, the War of 1812, Indian removal policy, U.S. wars with Native nations, westward expansion, the U.S.-Mexican War, abolitionism, and the Civil War. Students will be challenged to imagine American history within Atlantic and global contexts and to comprehend the expansiveness of Native American homelands and the shifting nature of North American borderlands.
5061 HIST-215-01 Latin American Cities 1.00 LEC Figueroa, Luis TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  NOTE: 5 seats reserved for first-year students; 5 seats reserved for sophomores
  Topics include: urbanism, religion and power in the ancient civilizations of Mexico, Central America and the Andes; colonial-era urbanism, religion, slavery and politics (1520s-1810s); post-colonial nation-building, modernization, Europeanization and early radical politics (1820s-1920s); populist-era industrialization, urban growth, class conflicts, revolutionary politics, and authoritarianism (1930s-1970s); democratization, social movements, and exclusionary and progressive urbanism in the era of neoliberalism and globalization (1980s-present). Throughout the course, we pay particular attention to gender, sexual, racial and ethnic identities, as well as to both popular culture and the fine arts, using examples from Bahia, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Brasilia, Caracas, Cusco, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan de Puerto Rico, São Paulo, and Santiago de Chile.
5065 HIST-247-01 Latinas/Latinos in USA 1.00 LEC Figueroa, Luis M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: 8 seats reserved for first-year students; 8 seats reserved for sophomores
  The status of people of Latin American origin and descent is a hotly-contested topic in American politics and culture. To understand it properly requires a historical perspective. We will examine the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish settlers and Hispanicized multi-racial groups during the colonial period (1500s-1700s); the U.S. military conquests of northern Mexico (1836-1848) and Puerto Rico (1898); the subsequent U.S. imperial role in the Caribbean and Central America; the regionally and legally dissimilar migration experiences and civil rights struggles of Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans since the late 1800s; the four-centuries-long impact of Hispanic peoples on American society; newly emerging Pan-Latinx transnational identities; and earlier and current debates on U.S. immigration policies.
5073 HIST-344-01 America's Most Wanted 1.00 SEM Greenberg, Cheryl W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Americans are fascinated by crime. We read detective fiction, watch police dramas, and hold murder mystery dinners. When the crimes are real, we debate guilt or innocence, punishment or rehabilitation, death penalty or life in prison at our dinner tables. Why this fascination, and what does it tell us about our culture and our concerns? In this course we examine several actual crimes and try to understand what made these crimes, and not others, so riveting. What drew us in? What kept us there? Along the way we will also discuss changing police and penal practices, how attitudes about race, class, religion, and gender play into public fixations on particular crimes, and how and why those attitudes shifted over time.
4953 MUSC-133-01 Blues Women to Nicki Minaj 1.00 LEC Woldu, Gail TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course explores the music of black American women in music fro the era of blues queens of the 1920s through Nicki Minaj. Along the way we will listen to and read about the music of blues greats Ma Rainey and Bessie smith; trailblazer Marian Anderson; jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington; Motown superstar Dina Ross and the fabulous Supremes; disco queen Donna summer; gospel and sould diva Aretha Franklin; rocker Tina Turner; and, ultimately, women in hip-hop, among them Queen Latifa, Lil Kim, and Nicki Minaj. Because context is critical to understanding of the music of these women, course readings will situate the women in their social and musical times.
4955 MUSC-218-01 American Popular Music 1.00 LEC Woldu, Gail TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  A broad survey of popular music in the United States from the late 19th century to the present. We will explore blackface minstrelsy, the music of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime and big band jazz, early blues and country music, post-war pop singers, the evolution of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and soul, folk music, alternative music, hip-hop, and MTV and the popular mainstream. Themes of music and identity, multi- cultural sources, the business of music, and the influence of technology will be followed throughout the course. No previous background in music is required. Also listed in American Studies.
5205 MUSC-220-01 Music and Human Rights 1.00 LEC Galm, Eric MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 13
  NOTE: 4 seats reserved for music majors and minors
  This course highlights the role of music in relation to human rights throughout the world. Material to be covered includes theoretical approaches towards the study of human rights and how music can serve as an important indicator of diverse social relationships in various contexts. It will also compare and contrast historical and cultural aspects of musical movements that were strongly connected to human rights in countries and regions such as Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, South Korea, and South Africa.
4957 MUSC-252-01 The Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll 1.00 LEC Platoff, John MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  NOTE: Students who earned credit for FYSM 181, Beatles and the 1960's, may not earn credit for this course.
  The Beatles were at the center of a revolution in rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, affecting music in the US and around the world. This course will explore the enormous changes in rock music in that decade, seeking to understand them both musically and in terms of the important political and social changes that defined the 1960s. Our focus will combine detailed, critical listening (to musicians including Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Supremes, and many others) with exploration of the numerous connections between the music and the rapidly changing society in which it was produced.
5100 PBPL-365-01 Crime,Punishment&Public Policy 1.00 LEC Falk, Glenn TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, or permission of instructor.
  This course will introduce students to the public policy dimensions of crime and punishment in America. We will examine theories of punishment, the structure of the criminal justice system, and the role of the courts in defining the constitutional rights of the accused. Course materials will include novels, policy texts, films, and court cases.
5229 PHIL-239-01 African-American Feminism 1.00 SEM Marcano, Donna-Dale TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course is a historical survey of the writings of African-American women as they have historically attempted to negotiate fundamental philosophical questions of the "race problem" and the "woman problem." To this extent, we will be inserting black women's voices into the philosophical canon of both race and feminism. Along with exploring and contextualizing the responses and dialogues of women writers, like Anna Julia Cooper with their more famous male contemporaries such as Du Bois, up to more contemporary articulations of black women's voices in what is known as hip-hop feminism, we will ask the question of whether there is a particular black feminist thought, epistemology, and thus philosophy.
5020 POLS-102-01 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Laws, Serena MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
5021 POLS-102-02 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Laws, Serena MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
5028 POLS-316-01 Civil Liberties 1.00 SEM McMahon, Kevin TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement. Closed to seniors.
  An analysis and evaluation of US Supreme Court decisions (and related materials) dealing principally with freedom of expression; the right to privacy; freedom of religion; and, liberty and security.
5024 POLS-325-01 American Presidency 1.00 LEC McMahon, Kevin TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  An explanation of the institutional and political evolution of the presidency with an emphasis on the nature of presidential power in domestic and foreign affairs. Attention is also given to institutional conflicts with Congress and the courts. The nature of presidential leadership and personality is also explored.
4963 RELG-214-01 Jews in America 1.00 LEC Kiener, Ronald TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  A social and religious history of American Judaism from pre-revolutionary to contemporary times. After examining the era of immigration and “Americanization,” the course will focus on the ethnic, religious, and social structures of American Judaism: the community center, the synagogue, and the federation. (May be counted toward American studies and Jewish studies.)
4409 SOCL-241-01 Mass Media & Pop Culture 1.00 LEC Williams, Johnny MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course examines the integral role mass communication has in social and cultural life. Specifically, it explores how we identify and construct our social identity using media images. This is accomplished by focusing on different types of media content and their effect on individuals and culture, as well as by examining audience response to media content. Other topics covered include the social and economic organization of mass media, development of communication technologies, and sexist and racist stereotypes in the media.
4560 THDN-247-01 Post War American Theater 1.00 SEM Power, Katharine TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course offers a survey of prominent plays and choreographies authored by American theater artists during the post-war period (1945-1965). Playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, and Tennessee Williams, along with selected choreographers, including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey will be discussed with reference to the House Committee on Unamerican Activities; the popularity of Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis; the emergence of a civil rights movement; and the social and political forces of "containment" that defined the early years of the Cold War era.
5271 URST-215-01 Latin American Cities 1.00 LEC Figueroa, Luis TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 17
  NOTE: 5 seats reserved for first-year students; 5 seats reserved for sophomores
  Topics include: urbanism, religion and power in the ancient civilizations of Mexico, Central America and the Andes; colonial-era urbanism, religion, slavery and politics (1520s-1810s); post-colonial nation-building, modernization, Europeanization and early radical politics (1820s-1920s); populist-era industrialization, urban growth, class conflicts, revolutionary politics, and authoritarianism (1930s-1970s); democratization, social movements, and exclusionary and progressive urbanism in the era of neoliberalism and globalization (1980s-present). Throughout the course, we pay particular attention to gender, sexual, racial and ethnic identities, as well as to both popular culture and the fine arts, using examples from Bahia, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Brasilia, Caracas, Cusco, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan de Puerto Rico, São Paulo, and Santiago de Chile.
5156 WMGS-133-01 Blues Women to Nicki Minaj 1.00 LEC Woldu, Gail TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course explores the music of black American women in music fro the era of blues queens of the 1920s through Nicki Minaj. Along the way we will listen to and read about the music of blues greats Ma Rainey and Bessie smith; trailblazer Marian Anderson; jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington; Motown superstar Dina Ross and the fabulous Supremes; disco queen Donna summer; gospel and sould diva Aretha Franklin; rocker Tina Turner; and, ultimately, women in hip-hop, among them Queen Latifa, Lil Kim, and Nicki Minaj. Because context is critical to understanding of the music of these women, course readings will situate the women in their social and musical times.
4932 WMGS-308-01 Mapping American Sexualities 1.00 SEM Corber, Robert T: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course examines the emergence of modern forms of sexual personhood in the United States. Starting in the late nineteenth century, it tracks the shift from gender role to object choice as the organizing principle of sexual identities, desires, and practices while paying particular attention to the consolidation of the hetero/homosexual binary. Readings include novels, plays, films, and memoirs, as well as key theoretical texts.
4625 WMGS-345-01 Film Noir 1.00 SEM Corber, Robert W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: For English majors, this course satisfies the requirement of a 300-level elective.
  This course traces the development of film noir, a distinctive style of Hollywood filmmaking inspired by the hardboiled detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, and Raymond Chandler. It pays particular attention to the genre’s complicated gender and sexual politics. In addition to classic examples of film noir, the course also considers novels by Hammett, Cain, and Chandler.