Spring 2011 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center
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Spring 2011 courses at Lincoln Center crosslisted with American Studies AFAM 2005-L01 AMERICAN PLURALISM Watkins-Owens, I TF 10:00-11:15 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 and political power or (2) their cultural manifestations in literature, the arts and/or religion. Focuses on the historical roots of racial and cultural diversity in the founding, settlement and expansion of the American nation; the role of race, class, and gender in shaping the destinies of racial and ethnic groups; political, economic, and immigration policy affecting newcomers; public policy and the future of American pluralism. [H][D, P]
AFAM 3138-L01 NON-VIOLENT PROTEST Anderson, R MR 2:30-3:45pm This course examines the genesis of non-violent direct action protest in modern history. Starting with the writings of David Henry Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy, the class will focus on Gandhi in South Africa and India. Influenced by these non-violent people, their philosophies, and their social/political movements, the course will examine the modern Civil Rights Movements in the United States, especially the practice of non-violent direct action as embodied in the lives of Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Ella Baker, members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Finally, the class will study the life and times of Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko, both of South Africa, looking for the roots of their non-violent philosophies and practices. [H] [D, P]
AFAM 4650-L01 SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIETY Watkins-Owens, I T 2:30-5:15pm An examination of American values and attitudes about poverty, entitlement and dependency and the role of the state, individuals and society in social welfare. Presents an exploration of how experiences such as homelessness, welfare and unemployment are conceptualized in American society and how this thinking affects our values over time. Fulfills senior values requirement. [H] [D, P]
ANTH 2619-L01 MAGIC, SCIENCE AND RELIGION Fader, A TF 1:00-2:15pm Magic, science and religion will be analyzed, compared and contrasted. Problems in the comparative study of these topics, especially of religion, the "supernatural," and world view, are discussed in the context of various cultures. [H] [P]
ANTH 3725-L01 CULTURE AND CULTURE CHANGE Sawalha, A MR 4:00-5:15 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]
ARHI 4550-L01 FEMINISM AND THE ARTS Isaak, J W 1:30am-2:15pm The impact of women on the contemporary art movement has resulted in a powerful and innovative reworking of traditional approaches to the theory and history of art. An interdisciplinary study of women's position and potential in the signifying practice, this course will look at the work of individual artists within the wider social, physical and political world. (Modern) [A] [C]
COMM 3103-L02 VERSIONS OF CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Vanoosting, J T 2:30-5pm
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. [A] [P]
COMM 3332-L01 UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION Clark, J TF
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 3401-L01 HOLLYWOOD GENRES Kim, N W 2:30-5:15pm 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 3425-L01 HISTORY OF FILM 1950-Present Auster, A MR 2:30-3:45pm A survey of film history from 1950 to the present, looking at industrial practices, stylistic developments and the impact of new technologies of the film image. The contribution of the major national cinemas will also be explored. Lab fee. [A] [C]
COMM 3482-L01 FILM AND GENDER Clark, J TF 1:00-2:15pm This course explores the interrelated nature of gender and film in aesthetics, production, marketing, and reception. To do so, the course focuses on film theory and criticism about representations of femininity and masculinity, which include attendant issues of sexuality, embodiment, race, class, and nationality. This approach will be augmented by considerations of historical and cultural contexts, developments within film industries, key figures in film production, and audiences. Films will include mainstream commercial films and filmmakers as well as feminist, avant-garde, and counter-cinemas. [A] [C]
COMM 3566-L01 MEDIA EFFECTS Jackaway, G MW 10:00-11:15am
This course explodes the age-old controversies surrounding children's media. At least since Plato called for the banishment of the poets from the Republic to shield children from "harmful" ideas, adults have been worrying about the impact of mediated communication on the youngest members of society. In recent centuries, the emergence of new communication technologies has been consistently accompanied by calls for censorship and regulation in the name of protecting young audience members. Examining the methodological, ethical, political and philosophical challenges of studying children and media, this course provides an overview of the existing research on the effects of media on the youngest viewers and considers the complex and multifaceted nature of the debates about how to protect children and teens without violating the First Amendment. [A] [P]
COMM 3601-L01 CLASS, TASTE & MASS CULTURE Jackaway, G MW
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]
COMM 4001-L01 FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE Tueth, M MW 1:00-2:15pm
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]
COMM 4001-L02 FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE Auster, A T 2:30-5:15pm 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]
COMM 4606-L01 HISTORY OF WOMEN'S MAGAZINES Aronson, A TF 10:00-11:15am This course will explore 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.
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ENGL 3086-L01 THE COMIC VOICE Eng, A TF 2:30-3:45pm
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 3652-L01 NEW WAVE IMMIGRANT FICTION Stone, E MW 1:00-2:15pm If the immigrant of the late 1800s and early 1900s valued assimilation, the post-1965 newcomer to America has forged a new cultural identity. This course will look at the attempts to situate oneself in America while maintaining a tie to one’s family’s country of origin in works by authors such as Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, Gish Jen, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, Cristina Garcia and others. [L][C]
ENGL 3670-L01 THE BODY IN COMPARATIVE WOMEN'S LITERATURE AND ART Frost, E MR 4:00-5:15pm How do we understand relationships among identity, gender, race, and the human body? How do recent women writers and artists explore this question? This course will examine visual art and writing since the 1980s that depicts--and seeks to understand--human embodiment, challenging the idea of a physical norm in order to expand how bodies (especially women's) are represented and known.
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ENGL 3841-L01 CONTEMPORARY FICTION Tanksley, W TF 11:30am-12:45pm What makes comtemporary 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 3843 EXTRAORDINARY BODIES Petit-Hall, C TF 8:30-9:45 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.
HIST 3565-L01 HISTORY OF NEW YORK Panetta, R MR 10:00-11:15am The development of the City and the region from the Dutch to the deficit. [H] [P]
HIST 3780-L01 THE ERA OF THE CIVIL WAR Goldberg, B TF 11:30am-12:45pm Slavery and other contributory factors leading to the war for southern independence; the war; reconstruction of the southern states; 1865-1877.
HIST 4331-L01 THE US IN THE MID EAST: 1945-PRESENT Ben-Atar, D T 2:30-5:15pm The seminar will examine how the United States replaced Great Britain asthe preeminent power in the Middle East in the post-World War II era. We will study the conduct of the cold war in the Middle East, analyze American involvement in the Israeli-Arab conflict, examine the tensions arising from American dependence on foreign oil, and consider the conflict between American culture and the rise of Moslem fundamentalism. [H] [P]
PHIL 3730-L01 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY TBA MR 4:00-5:15pm The dominant trendsand personalities in American philosophy with particular emphasis on Royce, Peirce, James and the pragmatic movement, Dewey, Whitehead and contemporary currents. [R] [C, P]
POSC 2102-L01 INTRO TO URBAN POLITICS Greer, C MR 10:00-11:15am The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the major themes in urban politics. The course will focus primarily on New York City and the varying sectors that encompass urban political processes. The course will address various themes pertaining to urban and civic development, power and leadership, the urban economy, race and coalition politics, immigration, governance, and city politics. [H] [P]
POSC 2206-L01 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY Cohen, J T An examination of presidential leadership, including the development, growth and exercise of presidential power. Includes analysis of democratic foundations of the presidency, organization and operation of office, role in domestic and foreign policy, relations with Congress and the importance of character. [H] [P]
POSC 2320-L01 POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION Berger, S W
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. [H] [D, P]
POSC 3121-L01 NEW YORK CITY POLITICS Toulouse, C TF 11:30am-12:45pm 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 that system. [H] [P]
POSC 3320-L01 POLITICS OF CYBERSPACE Toulouse, C TF
This course examines the impact of the Internet on the political system. Topics include the potential of the internet to deepen public debate, the use of the Internet by political parties and social movements, and the challenge of the Internet to prevailing conceptions of privacy and property. Extensive use of web sites. [A] [P]
PSYC 3600-L01 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES Rivera-Mindt, M MR 4:00-05:15pm
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] PSYC 4340 LAW & PSYCHOLOGY Takooshian, H F 6:00-8:45pm An introduction to (a) the issues relevant to understanding human behavior from the perspective of law and psychology and (b) the contributions of psychology as a behavorial science to such legal issues as legal evidence, juries, and criminal and civil responsibility.
[H] [P] SOCI 2960-L01 POPULAR CULTURE Das, R TF 10:00-11:15am 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?
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SOCI 3255-L01 SOCIOLOGY OF MEDIA Henning, A T
This course examines the role of the media, particularly the news media, as a dominant institution in a contemporary democratic society. Students will examine news media content, the structure of news media organizations, and the relationship of news media organizations to other dominant institutions. The materials used for examination will be a variety of contemporary case studies. [A, H] [P]
SOCI 3408-L01 DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY Rodriguez, C MW 1:00-2:15pm An examination of historical and contemporary diversity in the United States. Diversity is defined according to ethnicity, race, religion, class, and other relevant social groups. A comparison of the situation of old and new ethnic and immigrant groups will be made with special attention to factors affecting integration into the society. [H] [P,D]
SOCI 3601-L01 URBAN POVERTY Das, R TF 2:30-3:45pm This course deals with contemporary issues and problems in cities, with a special focus on residential segregation and urban poverty. [H] [P]
SOCI 3720-L01 U.S. PRISON COMMUNITY Block, S MR 2:30-3:45pm This course presents a critical look at the history, nature, and function of the United States corrections system, with an emphasis on the adult prison system. We will focus on how the prison community shapes the lives of staff, prisoners, and their families; how the prison community influences prisoners' readjustment to life on the outside; and, finally, what officials can do to make the prison a more civilized and civilizing instituion. [H] [P] THEO 3375-L01 AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TEXTS Seitz, J MR 2:30-3:45pm A critical and contextual reading of classical texts in American Religions History, focusing on diverse traditions and the crucial importance of religious perspectives to American culture, society, and self understanding.
THEO 3995-L01 RELIGION & THE AMERICAN SELF Fisher, J W 6:00-8:45pm A course in historical theology that examines the role of religion in the formation of American social and political culture. The course will utilize various interpretive approaches to uncover how the 'American self' is both the most religious and the most secular in the industrialized West. [R] [P]
WMST 3010-L01 FEMINIST THEORY IN INTERCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE Hoffman, A MR 2:30-3:45pm
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]