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Spring 2010 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center









Spring  2010 courses at Lincoln Center cross listed with American Studies

AFAM 3071-C01     AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY                                         Amir H. Idris
M 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
Traces the competing and complementary theoretical, ideological, political and philosophical contributions of African Americans such as Walker, Garnet, Douglas, Stewart Harper, Crummel, DuBois, Garvey, Padmore, Dunbar, Nelson, Fanan, Davis, Malcolm X and Bell Hooks. Explores black nationalism, emigrationism, Pan Africanism and socialism. (Globalism; College of Liberal Studies) [H] [D, P]

ANTH 3615-L01     URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY                                                               STAFF
W 08:30 am-11:15 am  
A course description will be forthcoming. [H] [P]

ANTH 3725-L01     CULTURE AND CULTURE CHANGE                                                Richard Kernaghan
MR 04:00 pm-05:15 pm 
Selected issues in the relationship of human behavior and culture. Issues dealt with in this course include the concept of culture, culture and the individual, culture contact, and culture change.
[H] [P]

COMM 3103-C02    VERSIONS OF CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION  James E. Vanoosting
T 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
The course examines 'censorship' as an abuse of power in order to silence, marginalize, or distort another's voice or viewpoint.  We will explore the consequences of media constructions on individual and community expressiveness. (College of Liberal Studies) [P]

COMM 3310-L01     TV COMEDY & AMERICAN VALUES                                              Michael Tueth
MR 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
An examination of the major genres of American television comedy and their relationship to American culture. The influence of social, artistic and commercial factors on comic patterns and techniques are considered. [A] [C]

COMM 3321-L01     HISTORY OF TV & RADIO NEWS                                                  Steve R. Knoll
TF 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
Traces the history of electronic journalism, from its infancy in the 1930's to the present day; emphasis on the work of the most prominent broadcast journalists of these decades. [A] [C, P]

COMM 3322-L01     TV NEWS INNOVATORS                                                                 Steve R. Knoll
W 02:30 pm-05:15 pm
A survey of the most prominent figures in the history of electronic journalism- producers, executives, anchors, correspondents- and how they shaped and influenced the course of the world's most popular medium of communication. Innovators whose work is studied include David Sarnoff, William S. Paley, Dr. Frank Stanton, Edward R. Murrow, Roone Arledge, David Brinkely, Pauline Frederick, Richard S. Salant and Reuven Frank.  [A] [C, P]

COMM 3332-L01     UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION                                                      TBA
TF 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
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. Credit will not be given for both this course and CM 3105. [A] [C]

COMM 3401-L01     HOLLYWOOD GENRES                                                                     Nelson Kim
W 02:30 pm-05:15 pm
Cultural, psychological, socioeconomic analyses of theme, plot, characterization, and iconography of popular formula films. Lab fee. Credit will not be given for both this course and CM 3491 [A] [C]

COMM 3601-C01     CLASS, TASTE & MASS CULTURE                                                 Gwenyth L. Jackaway
T 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
An examination of cultural hierarchy and conflicting notions regarding the "ideal" form and content of the symbolic environment. Drawing from various critiques of the mass media, this course explores the ways in which debates about cultural and aesthetic standards reflect socio-economic and political concerns. [A] [D, P] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core)

COMM 3601-L01     CLASS, TASTE & MASS CULTURE                                                 Gwenyth L. Jackaway
MW 11:30 am-12:45 pm
An examination of cultural hierarchy and conflicting notions regarding the "ideal" form and content of the symbolic environment. Drawing from various critiques of the mass media, this course explores the ways in which debates about cultural and aesthetic standards reflect socio-economic and political concerns. [A] [D, P] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core)

COMM 4001-L01     FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE                                                         Albert Auster
T 02:30 pm-05:15 pm
From the clarities of the American Western to the ambiguities of film noir and the religious/philosophical intricacies of many European directors, the theme of good and evil has been a constant one in cinematic history. This course examines how the complexities of human morality are played out, puzzled over, made visually and narratively compelling by directors such as Ford, Kubrick, Reed, Welles, Scorsese, Fellini, Bergman and Rohmer. Lab fee. [A] [C] (Senior Values)

COMM 4606-L01     History of Women Magazines                                                       Amy B. Aronson
TF 11:30 am-12:45 pm
This course will examine the history and mission of women's magazines from the 19th century to the 21st century with special emphasis on magazines such as Godey's Lady's Book, Lady's Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan. [H] [C]

COMM 4705-L01     SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMM & MEDIA                                             TBA
TF 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
An examination of current issues, practices or trends in communication and media studies. Specific topics to be covered vary by semester. [A, H] [C, P]

ENGL 3086-L01     THE COMIC VOICE                                                                                 Alvin F. Eng
TF 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
In the long tradition of the comic voice, the most notable practitioners have included Jonathan Swift, Addison and Steele, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and James Thurber. Among current writers working in the tradition are Calvin Trillin, Woody Allen, Garrison Keillor, Russel Baker, Fran Lebowitz and Molly Ivins. Students will write comic essays and columns, read selections from practitioners and comic theorists (such as Bergson and Freud), and consider evolutions in comic taste. [L] [C]

ENGL 3843-L01     EXTRAORDINARY BODIES                                                                  Cecilia R. Petit-Hall
TF 08:30 am-09:45 am
From freak shows to the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with odd bodies have received special, and not always welcome, attention from their peers. This course will study the experience of people with anomalous bones from a variety of personal and social perspectives. Core Curriculum Pre-Fall 09. [L] [C, D] (Senior Values)

ENGL 4010-L01     AMERICAN CRIME STORIES                                                             Leonard D. Cassuto
T 2:30pm-5:15pm  
Crime narrative has long been a staple of American literature and culture, traversing both high, so-called literary, fiction and lowbrow popular efforts which were sometimes named for how much they cost (dime novels) or for the cheap, coarse paper they were printed on (pulp fiction). We'll be reading a selection of cime stories ranging from antebellum era to contemporary times, but the main focus will fall on the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, the period when the distincly American hard-boiled style evolved in print and the film noir became an identifiable American movie idiom. [L] [C]

HIST 3775-L01     THE EARLY REPUBLIC                                                                           TBA
TF 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
The course studies the birth of American democracy and capitalism from the course studies to the birth of American democracy and capitalism from the revolution to the age of Jackson. [H] [P]

HIST 3795-L01     US BETWEEN WARS 1919-41                                                             Howard Krukofsky
MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
An overview of American history from the end of World War I to America's entry into the 2nd World War. [H] [P]

LALS 2005-L01     AMERICAN PLURALISM                                                                      Barry Goldberg
TF 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Contemporary and historical studies in the racial and ethnic diversity of American (U.S.) society with a special emphasis on the issues of race relations, migration and immigration and their relation to either (1) the distribution of economic or political power or (2) their cultural manifestations in literature, the arts and/or religion. [H] [D, P] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core) 

LALS 3344-C01     CRIME, LITERATURE & LATINOS                                                      Emilio Estela
R 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
This course examines the relationship between criminal law and literature. We will study how writers use stories about the law to express ideas of humanity. We will also examine the interplay between law and morality and discuss how authors have viewed the criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on the experience of Latinos. The reading list will include criminal law and criminal procedure law, as well as works by Latino fiction writers such as Bodega Dreams, Carlito's Way, and House of the Spirits, and by non-Latino writers such as Billy Budd and the The Trial. (College of Liberal Studies) [L] [C, D]

POSC 2320-C01     POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION                                                             Susan Berger
M 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
The course examines contemporary immigration to the United States.Students will analyze the politics of making and implementing immigration laws and the debates around immigrant rights. Topics will include the construction of citizen and alien, the (re)negotiation of sexuality and sexual identity, and the racialization of naturalization. (College of Liberal Studies) [H] [D, P]

POSC 2505-L01     US FOREIGN POLICY                                                                             Michael D. Thurman
MR 10:00 am-11:15 am
This course will consider the goals and instruments of United States foreign policy, both in the security and economic realms, as well as through an historical context. Students will examine how foreign policy is made, contending explanations, as well as the main actors involved. Current issues and controversies will be used to test different theoretical approaches. [H] [P]

POSC 3121-L01     NEW YORK CITY POLITICS                                                                 Christopher S. Toulouse
MR 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
An analysis of the New York City political system. Attention will be paid to the participants in New York City government and politics, the factors that influence policy making in New York City, as well as public policies produced by the system.  [H] [P] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core)

POSC 3204-L01     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & DEMOCRACY                                         Thomas S. Deluca
MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
A course description will be forthcoming. [H] [P]

POSC 3402-C01     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                  Michael T. Dougherty
R 06:00 pm-08:45 pm
Case method analysis of Supreme Court decisions in the area of Criminal Justice. (College of Liberal Studies) [H] [P]

POSC 3406-L01     DEMOCRATIC THEORY                                                                         Thomas S. Deluca
T 02:30 pm-05:15 pm
This course studies theories of modern democracy, their historical antecedents, their foundational assumptions about power, human nature and identity, and areas of agreement and disagreement between them over key ideas such as rights, equality, citizenship, justice, and difference. It evaluates contemporary democratic practices in the "era of globalization" through the lens of each theory. [H] [P]

POSC 4240-L01     SEMINAR: BLACK ETHNIC POLITICS                                                  Christina M. Greer
TF 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
A course description will be forthcoming. [H] [D, P]

PSYC 3600-L01     MULTICULTURAL ISSUES                                                                      TBA
MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
The focus of this course is the multicultural applicability of scientific and professional psychology. Traditional psychological theories, scientific psychology, psychological tests, and the practice of psychology will be examined and critiqued from cultural and socio-historical perspectives. Contemporary psychological theories and research specific to men, women, gay men, lesbians, and race/ethnicity will be reviewed. [H] [D] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core)

SOCI 3102-L01     CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES                              Robin Das
MF 10:00 am-11:15 am
Global issues such as world hunger, human rights, and nuclear war, as well as American issues concerning inequalities of wealth, civil rights, crime, family and the role of government, are examined in this course. In addition to gaining an understanding of the social, political and economic dimensions of these issues, students will carefully consider underlying value principles and religious ethics. [H] [P]

SOCI 3017-L01     INEQUALITY IN AMERICA                                                                      Heather D. Gautney
TF 11:30 am-12:45 pm
The objective of this course is to foster an understanding of the historical and contemporary factors that create and maintain inequality in the United States, with an emphasis on race, gender and social class. It will also consider the broader context of inequality and uneven development around the globe. Students will develop analytical tools for understanding inequality in terms of public policy and larger power dynamics in contemporary societies. [H] [P]

SOCI 3300-L01    "RACE" AND "MIXED RACE"                                                                   Clara E. Rodriguez
MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm
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 3401-L01     GENDER, CRIME, JUSTICE                                                                      Jeanne M. Flavin
T 02:30 pm-05:15 pm
This course describes, explains, and challenges the treatment of men and women victims, offenders, and workers in the criminal justice system. In the process, we will examine and critique a) theoretical and empirical approaches to gender and crime, b) the role of the criminal law, and c)our responses to crime and victimization. Issues of race, class, and sexuality also will be raised. [H] [D, P]

SOCI 3402-L01     SOCIOLOGY OF SEX ROLES                                                                     Robin Das

TF 02:30-03:34 pm
This course examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences focusing on the status of women and men in contemporary United States society. The course includes a descriptive overview of sex roles and a discussion of the current public and private dimensions of gender differences in the United States We also devote time to analyzing various theoretical approaches to understanding gender differences, including symbolic interactionism, Marxism and various feminist theories. [H] [P]

WMST 3010-L01     FEMINIST THEORY IN INTERCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE                     Anne G. Hoffman
MR 02:30 pm-03:45 pm
An examination of contemporary feminist theories, with attention to the construction of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and age. Students will analyze Western and non-Western writings from an interdisciplinary perspective. [R, H] [D, P] (Fulfils the American Pluralism requirement in the Core)


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