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Fall 2013 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center









Fall 2013 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center

 

AMST-2000-L01: MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN AMERICAN CULTURE (PLURALISM)

Fisher, James T. MR 10:00AM - 11:15AM

An introduction to American cultural studies and a narrative cultural history of the United States, designed for students with an interest in the American Studies major but relevant for majors in other fields such as History and English. The major developments addressed may include events and problems such as the origins of American nationalism, Native American/European encounters, the institution of slavery, early social movements such as abolitionism and feminism; the "Market Revolution," the frontier and the border, imperial expansion, immigration and exclusion, new social movements since the 1960s, globalization, and the rise of the prison-industrial complex.

 

Fall 2013 courses at Lincoln Center cross-listed with American Studies

 

AFAM-1650-L01: BLACK POPULAR CULTURE

Cox, Aimee. MR 2:30PM - 3:45PM

This course explores the various ways performance, media visibility and invisibility and the strategic maneuvering through and reworking of cultural forms by African Americans has established a vibrant popular culture that reflects, confronts and makes anew the assumptions held within the categories: Black, American, popular, art, culture and politics. We will primarily focus on the time period from the mid- to late 1960s to the present. Our interrogations will include considerations of musical forms; representations on film and print media; the display, manipulation and reclaiming of the body; and the use of public space (the streets) to imagine new stages, new audiences and new ways of seeing and being seen. 

[A, H] [D,C]

 

AFAM-3667-L01: CARIBBEAN LITERATURE

TBA

Course functions as both AFAM and COLI. Comparative analysis of works from the English-, French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean written in and about exile, migration and diaspora. The experience of exile, migration and diaspora in the formation of national and anti-nationalist discourses. Emphasis on colonial and post-colonial cultural theory. [L] [C, D]

 

COMM-3103-L01 Ver Censorship/Free expression

Jackaway, Gwenyth.  MW 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Description to be added soon.

 

COMM-3111-L01 Gender Images in Media

Scwartz, Margaret.  TF 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Description to be added soon.

 

COMM-3332-L01: UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION

Clark, Jennifer S.  TF 10:00AM - 11:15AM

Credit will not be given for both this course and CM 3105. Critical Analysis of television as a storytelling medium. Study of current approaches to television narrative and style. Screenings and discussion of TV series and news programming. [A] [P]

 

COMM-3404-L01 AMERICAN FILM COMEDY

Williams, Karen.  TWF 2:30PM - 5:15PM

Description to be added soon.

 

COMM-4001-L01: FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE (SENIOR VALUES)

Auster, Albert  T 2:30PM - 5:15PM

Lab Fee. The course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical aspects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. [A] [C]



 

COMM-4001-L02: FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE (SENIOR VALUES)

Tueth, Michael  MW 1:00PM - 2:15PM

Lab Fee. The course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical aspects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. [A] [C]

 

COMM-4601-L01: TELEVISION AND SOCIETY     

Dunks, Robert W.  T 2:30PM - 5:15PM

A problem-based and issue-oriented analysis of the medium as it affects basic social institutions and values. Our secondary goal this semester will be to develop our powers of argumentation through verbal practice in class and through writing practice in the form of essay exam answers and a research paper. Importantly for your development as a critical thinker, the readings, visual texts and class discussions will not provide all of the “answers” to our questions in this class. You will expand on and complicate the notions we discuss to come to your own coherent readings of our texts. [C]

 

ECON-3453-L01: LAW & ECONOMICS       

Buckley, Michael D.   MR 10:00AM - 11:15AM

This course is cross-listed for American Studies and Prelaw. No prereq, but Econ 1200 recommended.The extensive overlaps between the disciplines of law and economics are increasingly recognized by both fields. Most American law schools include the economic analysis of law in most substantive course areas. This course will examine how economic analysis, especially the focus on the measurement of costs and benefits, and on legal penalties as the “price” of bad behavior whose purpose is in part to efficiently discourage such behavior. We will also use economic ideas of opportunity costs, transaction and information costs, and efficiency to illuminate issues of law and regulation. In addition, we will see how legal frameworks of property and contract rights are recognized by economists as fundamental to the functioning of the economy. We will look at topics in property and contract law, and also at the legal process of litigation and tort liability. We may also look at criminal law from an economic viewpoint. This course should be useful to students who plan on careers in business or government where the legal framework is a critical part of the economic environment. The course will also be useful to students planning on law school, where the concepts covered here are increasingly integrated into law school curricula. Knowledge of basic microeconomic analysis principles will be important in the course, but the prerequisite can be waived for non-econ majors if they are willing to do some extra work early on. [H] [P]

 

ECON-3453-L01: LAW & ECONOMICS       

Buckley, Michael D.    MR 10:00AM - 11:15AM

This course is cross-listed for American Studies and Prelaw. No prereq, but Econ 1200 recommended.The extensive overlaps between the disciplines of law and economics are increasingly recognized by both fields. Most American law schools include the economic analysis of law in most substantive course areas. This course will examine how economic analysis, especially the focus on the measurement of costs and benefits, and on legal penalties as the “price” of bad behavior whose purpose is in part to efficiently discourage such behavior. We will also use economic ideas of opportunity costs, transaction and information costs, and efficiency to illuminate issues of law and regulation. In addition, we will see how legal frameworks of property and contract rights are recognized by economists as fundamental to the functioning of the economy. We will look at topics in property and contract law, and also at the legal process of litigation and tort liability. We may also look at criminal law from an economic viewpoint. This course should be useful to students who plan on careers in business or government where the legal framework is a critical part of the economic environment. The course will also be useful to students planning on law school, where the concepts covered here are increasingly integrated into law school curricula. Knowledge of basic microeconomic analysis principles will be important in the course, but the prerequisite can be waived for non-econ majors if they are willing to do some extra work early on. [H] [P]

 

ENGL-3058-L01 WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHYStone, Elizabeth E.             

TF 10:00AM - 11:15AM

An advanced writing course that develops students' skills in first-person narrative. [L] [C]

 

ENGL-3617-L01: AMERICAN SHORT STORY         

Clemente, Alfred R.     W 6:30PM-9:15PM

Covers the development of the short story in America as it evolved through classicism, romanticism, realism, naturalism, and existentialism; with emphasis on recurring cultural issues: images of women, the Puritan heritage, the American Dream, American materialism, and others. [L] [C]

 

ENGL-3841-L01: CONTEMPORARY FICTION        

TBA

What makes contemporary fiction "contemporary"? How does it differ from pre-World War II fiction or so-called "modernist" writing? This course explores the fundamental transformation of the way contemporaries see the world, dealing with writers as diverse as Kundera, Nabokov, Philip Roth, Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Joan Didion, Marquez, Mishma, Robbe-Grillet, Patrick Suskind, Calvino and Vonnegut. [L] [C]



 

ENGL-4137-L01: HYSTERIA/SEXUALITY/UNCONSCIOUS

Hoffman, Anne and Ben-Ata, Doron.  MR 2:30PM-4:45PM

This interdisciplinary seminar is sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of History; it satisfies EP 3 and interdisciplinary capstone core requirements. The seminar explores issues raised by hysteria, sexuality and the unconscious in western culture at the turn of the 20th century, topics that cross disciplinary boundaries. From a historical perspective, they engage medical, psychological, political, and ethnographic discourses and permeate artistic expression. From the perspective of contemporary inquiry, they are of interest to scholars engaged in studying gender, ethnicity, identity and difference, disease and pathology.

 

HIST-3969-L01: LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.

Lindo-Fuentes, Hector.  TF 10:00AM-11:15AM

This course is a survey of the history of the relations between the United States and Latin America.  It covers the period from the Spanish American War to the present. Rather than being a history of U.S. policy towards Latin America, it pays attention to both sides of the equation and to the multiplicity of actors involved in the relations. Thus, during the semester we will discuss not only the role of U.S. diplomats but also of other actors such as missionaries and businesses. Equally important, the course will analyze how authorities and different groups in Latin America reacted to American initiatives trying to protect or even advance their own interests. Students are expected to read the assigned material and actively participate in the class. Writing assignments and participation in debates and presentations should help students to sharpen their analytical, research and writing skills and to gain practice with oral presentations.

[H] [P,D]

 

HIST-3990-L01 N. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Stoll, Steven.  MR 2:30PM-3:45PM

Description to be added soon.

 

PHIL-4302-L01 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND ETHICS

Rice, Christopher M.  TF 1:00PM-2:15PM

Description to be added soon. 



 

POSC-3228-L01: CIVIL RIGHTS     

Deluca Jr., Thomas S.  MW 1:00PM - 2:15PMA casebook analysis of legal responses to public and private discrimination, with emphasis on race and gender. Examines Supreme Court decisions, laws, and politics, involving the 5th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th amendments, equal protection and level of scrutiny, civil and voting rights, public accommodations, employment, private associations, schools, privacy, "natural" roles, the public/private dichotomy. Studies movements for equality. Evaluates busing, affirmative action, pay equity and other remedies. [H] [P]

 

POSC-3645-L01 POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION

Berger, Susan.  MW 1:00PM-2:15PM

Description to be added soon.

 

SOCI-2960-L01: POPULAR CULTURE

TBA

This course will investigate the nature of contemporary popular culture. How do people spend their "spare time"? Does this vary with social class? Is sport the new religion? And how does this differ from that of earlier periods and simpler societies? [A, H] [C]



 

SOCI-3300-L01: "RACE" AND "MIXED RACE"

TBA

The origins of "race," its historic role and social construction are examined. Ancient and modern day ideas are explored. Contrasts between the United States and Latin American conceptions of "race" and "mixed race" are analyzed. Future implications are discussed. [H] [D, P]

 

SOCI-3400-L01 GENDER, BODIES, SEXUALITY

INSTRUCTOR TBA.     MR 4:00-5:15PM

Description to be added soon.

 

SOCI-3601-L01 URBAN POVERTY.

INSTRUCTOR TBA.     TF 10:00AM-11:15AM

Description to be added soon.

 

SOCI-3708-L01 LAW & SOCIETY.

INSTRUCTOR TBA.    MR 8:30AM-9:45AM

Description to be added soon.

 

THEO-3375-L01: AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TEXTS

INSTRUCTOR TBA.     TF 11:30AM-12:45PM

This course addresses selected topics in U.S. religious history through reading and analysis of a variety of primary source texts from the 17th century to the 1980s. We will read these texts (and American religion more generally) not in isolation from the social worlds in which they took shape, but as the products of humans’ efforts to carve out meanings and assert control within particular social contexts.  This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for a second theology course, and as such “builds on the foundation of critical reasoning about traditions in the first theology course through analytical study of one religious textual tradition.” Here, per the Core Curriculum’s mandate, we “draw on the disciplines of history, literary analysis, and theology, interpreting religious traditions and texts as both historically embedded and always evolving responses to the experiences of the transcendent in human life.” It is not the goal of the course to offer a complete narrative of American religious history, but, through reading, writing, and presentations, to engage closely with a selection of individual texts and authors.

[R, H] [P]

 

THEO-4600-L01: RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE    

Steinfels, Peter F.      MW 1:00PM - 2:15PMThe course explores the role of religion in public life, focusing primarily on American democracy and its separation of church and state. The course will focus on religion's voice in public debate over issues such as health, poverty, andbiomedical and economic issues, whether specifically religious arguments and language should have place in public discourse, and the role of discourse in a pluralistic society. [R, H] [P]

 

WMST-4005-L01: QUEER THEORY AND THE AMERICAS

Ennelow, Shonni and Fischer, Carl.  MR 10:00AM – 11:15AM

The course (which will originate in Women's Studies) will look at how queer theory, in both its Anglophone and Hispanic incarnations, operates transnationally, and what an understanding of both the identities (communitarian and political) and practices (activist and methodological) of queerness can gain from attending to these cultural and geographic translations.

The majority of the texts we'll be reading will be from the Americas, with about half originally in English and half in Spanish (which we'll read in translation; Spanish majors will have the option of reading them in Spanish).

 


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