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Spring 2012 American Studies Courses at Rose Hill









Spring 2012 American Studies courses at Rose Hill

AMST 2000-R01: MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN AMERICAN CULTURE      
Swinth
, K. TF 1:00-2:15pm
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.

Spring 2012 courses at Rose Hill cross listed with American Studies

AFAM 3132-R01: BLACK PRISON EXPERIENCE              
Chapman, Mark L. T 2:30-5:30pm
This course examines the historical and contemporary experience of African Americans in the prison system with a special emphasis on the role of religion as a transforming agent. Students will survey the writings of current and former prisoners and ask what role, if any, spirituality played in their experience of incarceration.
[H] [D, P]

AFAM 3133-R01: PERFORMANCE AFRICAN DIASPORA              
TBA . MR 4:00-5:15pm   
This course explores how young people of the African diaspora in the United States use expressive culture as a space to creatively respond to social injustice and political marginalization.    
[A] [C,D]


AFAM 3139-R01: BUFFALO SOLDIERS: RACE & WAR              
Anderson, R.
MR 2:30-3:45pm   
Buffalo Soldiers examines the intersection of race and military service in the United States, from the American Revolution to the Cold War. The focus of the course is on the role African Americans played in the major military conflicts of this country's history.    
[H] [D,P]

AFAM 4600-R01: AFRICAN AMERICANS & THE LAW              
Wolfe, N.
W 11:30am-2pm
American law has shaped the course of African American history. This class will examine themes such as segregation, civil rights, lynching and capital punishment, racial profiling and race-related sentencing, and state control of black families and reproduction. In order to understand the impact of the law, students will read and analyze cases, Constitutional Amendments and state statutes, as well as primary and secondary historical sources. This course will provide students with an understanding of how U.S. laws and state control were used to oppress African Americans, and how African Americans and other civil rights advocates used the law as a tool to gain citizenship recognition, equal treatment under the law, and equal access to society.
[H] [D, P]


AFAM 4802-R01: COMMUNITY RESEARCH: ORAL HISTORY              
LaBennett, O. R 2:30-5:30pm
This Service-learning course will impart proficiency in the research methods used by anthropologists and oral historians studying marginalized urban communities. Through volunteer work in Bronx community organizations, students will learn how to design a research agenda, how to maintain a field notebook, how to conduct an oral history interview, and how to effectively transcribe oral interviews. A primary course, objective will be to enable students to help community members uncover and record the rich cultural, political, economic and religious histories of Bronx residents. Each student will volunteer in a community-based organization in order to 1) help serve the needs of the community; and 2) master the skills of participant observation.    
[H] [D,P]


AMCS 3150-R01
: CATHOLICS AND POPULAR CULTURE              
Mossa, M.
MR 11:30am-12:45pm
An exploration of the intersection of poular devotion and popular culture in the experience of Amercian Catholics, examining the ways in which Catholics are portrayed and participate in popular media and consumer society and how this expresses and/or transforms what it means to be both American and Catholic.
[A, R] [C]


ANTH 3111-R01: NEW WORLD ARCHAELOLOGY              
Krasinski, K. MR 11:30am-12:45pm   
What were the Americas like before the arrival of Europeans? This course investigates the prehistory of the western hemisphere with emphasis on the arrival and expansion of hunter-gatherer societies throughout the New World. Explore ancient Native American cultural adaptations from the Ice Age to today's global warming within the diverse and dynamic habitats of early times. Students will gain a broader appreciation of American Indian culture and diversity, as well as its extraordinarily long record of survival and achievement.    
[H] [D,P]


ANTH 3373-R01: ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SURVIVAL              
Gilbert, A.
TF 8:30-9:45am
This course is an inquiry into the biological and cultural processes by which human populations have adapted to the world's diverse ecosystems. Particular attention is devoted to issues of group survival in difficult habitats and the environmental impact of preindustrial and recently Westernized cultures.
[H] [P]

ANTH 3490-R01: ANTHRO POLITIC VIOLENCE              
Consroe, K.
TF 2:30-3:45pm
Political violence happens everyday, whether we endure it personally or hear about it through the media. But seldom do we ask ourselves what it is. This course investigates the nature of political violence and articulate its many forms from the anthropological perspectives of gender, class, ethnicity, economics, and of course, politics. Specific areas of study include Northern Ireland, Germany, Sudan, Palestine, Mexico, Argentina, China, Australia, and the U.S.. The course will discusss the motivations for action (or inaction) by governments, elites, and insurgents, and students will get to know some of the organizations working against political violence. Field trips will include visits tothe United Nations, The United Holocust Museum, and Ground Zero. Podcasts,news broadcasts, movies and audio documention of events will provide further access to examples of global politcial violence.
[H] [P]

ARHI 2520-R01:
AMERICAN ART              
Heleniak, K.
TF 10:00-11:15am
This course will examine the development of American painting, sculpture and architecture from colonial times to the early 20th century, with an emphasis on painting. Major artists will be discussed in depth (Copley, West, Allston, Cole, Church, Bierstadt, Mount, Bingham, Homer, Eakins, Cassatt, O'Keeffe and others).
[A] [C]     


ARTHI 2555-R01: ART & ECOLOGY              
Banerjee, S.
  T 2:30-5:15pm
TBA
[A] [C]

CISC 4650-R01: CYBERSPACE--ETHICS AND ISSUES              
Chen, D.
TF 10:00-11:15am
We will explore issues of personal and social morality in the context of the new technological developments related to the use of computers. The first part of the course will be devoted to constructing a framework within which these issues can be analyzed: the basis of ethical theories, and their application to practical decisions in life. The remainder of the course will be organized around a seriesof seminar discussions of student-presented papers. In the papers, the students will be expected to analyze the ethical issues raised by the use of computers. The topics of the papers to be presented by students will be selected from areas such as the following: software ownership and intellectual property, software piracy, defective software, misuse of software, privacy and information access, computer crime, viruses and hacking, computer security, and computer communication and freedom of expression. This list is not intended to be definitive, and students are encouraged to find other relevant topics of interest.
[A] [P]

COMM 2525-R01:
DIGITAL MEDIA & CYBERCULT              
Sternberg, J.
T 6:00-8:30PM
TBA
[A] [C]

COMM 3103-L02: VERSIONS OF CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION              
Hayes, A.
MR 2:30-3:45pm
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 3108-R01:
MOVIES & AMERICAN EXPERIENCE              
Meir, R.
T 2:30-5:15pm
A study of the American character as portrayed in American feature films from the early 20th century to the present. Lab fee.
[A] [C]

COMM 3108-R02: MOVIES & AMERICAN EXPERIENCE              
Meir, R.
T 6:00-8:30pm
A study of the American character as portrayed in American feature films from the early 20th century to the present. Lab fee.
[A] [C]


COMM 3110-E01: PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA              
TBA.
TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course analyzes the ways in which the media represent the issues of peace and justice. Considering the relevance of peace and justice for democratic practicies, the variety of media depictions of such issues will be analyzed. Topics such as environmental and economic justice, poverty and the poor, race and gender, war and peace, and media values and ethics will be covered.
[A] [C, P]

COMM 3111-R01:
GENDER IMAGES IN MEDIA              
TBA.
W 8:30-11:00am
[A] [C]

COMM 3112-R01:
MEDIA LAW              
TBA. W 6:30-9:00pm
This course is designed to introduce the communication and media studies major to the basic issues in the field of media law. Examined here are the Constitutional principles underlying the major Supreme Court cases that have established the parameters governing the use of communication technologies in the country. Special focus will be given to the various legal changes posed by new media. Juniors and Seniors only.
[A, H] [P]


COMM 3205-R01: JOURNALISTS & THE LAW              
Hayes, A.
W 11:30am-2:00pm
An investigation of the legal concerns of the working journalist: prior restraint, shield law, libel, invasion of privacy, the Freedom of Information Act.
[A, H] [P]

COMM 3307-R01:
SOCIAL MEDIA              
TBA. TF 11:30am-12:45pm
An introduction to computer-mediated communication, electronic networking, online Internet communication and emerging interactive social contexts, such as MUDS, Chat, Discussion Lists and the World Wide Web. This course includes computer-based observations and hands-on projects. Computer literacy not presumed.
[A] [C]

COMM-3309-R01: CHILDREN AND MEDIA              
Freeman, L. MR 4:00-5:15pm
This course explores the controversy surrounding children's media. Topics such as the role of media in socialization and learning, the effects of media content and communication technologies on children's behavior, thought and emotions are examined. The functions that media perform for children, and the efforts to design media specifically for children are considered. Various forms such as television, popular music, film, video games, fairy tales and children's literature are explored.    
[A] [C]


COMM 3310-R01:
TV COMEDY AND AMERICAN VALUES    
TBA
. T 2:30-5:00pm
An examination of the major genres of American television comedy and their relationship to American culture, this course observes examples of the most successful television comedies in the light of traditional comic theory and practice and American social and cultural history. The influence of social, artistic and commercial factors on comic patterns and techniques are considered.
[A] [C]


COMM 3407-R01:
THE SCIENCE FICTION GENRE              
Strate, L.
W 11:30am-2:00pm
Sociological, cultural, and psychoanalytic analysis and criticism of the science fiction genre in cinema, television, radio, print and other media. Lab fee.
[A] [C]

 COMM 3476-R01:
ETHNICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA
Sternberg, J. W 6:00-8:45pm
Review of ethical principles and examination of media-related issues such as freedom of expression, the right to privacy and the public's right to know.
[A] [P]


COMM 3566-R01:
MEDIA EFFECTS                                
TBA. MR 2:30-3:45pm
What are the effects of mass media on society? This question lies at the heart of mass communications. While many people feel that it is “obvious” that the media have a powerful effect on society, social scientists remain divided on the issue. Reviewing both classic and contemporary literature, we will trace the various models that have been offered as possible explanations for the mechanism of media influence. Juniors and seniors only. Pre-requisite either COMM 1010 or COMM 1011.
[A] [C]

COMM 4001-R01:
FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE              
Tueth, M.
TF 1:00-2:15pm
This 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 the ethical aspects of each film's issues,while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the students' appreciation of the films' artistic achievements.
[A,R] [C]

COMM 4002-R01: VALUES IN THE NEWS              
Capo, J.
TF 11:30am-12:45pm
An examinationof how news constructs and mediates personal and socialvalues. This course considers how news frames discourse aboutreality, and then analyzes the framing of specific values, ethical issues and moral behaviors.
[A] [P]


COMM 4004-R01:
SOCIAL ETHICSINTELECOMMUNICATION              
TBA. TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course deals with the policy decisions and ethical issues facing society in the telecommunications age. Of special concern are the ethical issues raised by the melding together of heretofore discrete media into vertically integrated, profit oriented, corporations.
[A] [P]

COMM 4603-R01: MEDIA & POPULAR CULTURE              
TBA. TF 11:30am-12:45pm
An exploration of various forms of contemporary popular culture and their meanings in modern life. Theoretical approaches are discussed and various media texts such as film, television, advertising images, popular icons, music and style are analyzed.
[A] [C]


ECON 3453-R01:
LAW AND ECONOMICS              
Themeli, B. MR 11:30am-12:45pm
This course applies microeconomic analysis to traditional areas of legal study, such as contract, property, tort and criminal law. The approach applies the 'rational choice' framework used in economics to analyze the purpose, effect and genesis of laws. Attention is paid to the effect of legal structures on economic efficiency. Economic analysis of law is one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of both economic and legal scholarship. This course is of value to both the general economist and students planning to attend law school.
[H] [P]


ECON 3850-R01: ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS              
TBA.
TF 1:00-2:15pm   
Good economic analysis underlies many successful environmental policies, from reducing air and water pollution to the Montreal Accord limiting ozone depleting gases. However, the environmental challenges of global warming, biodiversity and sustainable development are increasing global as well as politically and economically complex. This course reviews the key economic ideas underlying past successes and explores potential solutions for sustaining economic growth with environmental preservation in rich and poor countries alike.    
[H] [P]


ECON 4110-R01:
ETHICS AND ECONOMICS              
Themeli, B.
MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course examines how ethical considerations enter into economic decisions. Readings include writings by moral philosophers and the founders of economic thought as well as recent research on ethical issues. Topics for discussion may include childcare, trade liberalization, welfare reform, healthcare, poverty, pollution, and economic sanction.
[H] [P]

ECON 4110-R02: ETHICS AND ECONOMICS              
Themeli, B.
MR 4:00-5:15pm
This course examines how ethical considerations enter into economic decisions. Readings include writings by moral philosophers and the founders ofeconomic thought as well as recent research on ethical issues. Topics for discussion may include childcare, trade liberalization, welfare reform, healthcare, poverty, pollution, and economic sanction.
[H] [P]

ENGL 3039-R01:
LOVE & US LATINO LIT              
Contreras, D.
TF 10:00-11:15am
This class will focus on the U.S. Latino literary tradition with a concentration on comtemporary texts. We will cover a range of literature from poetry to plays, emphasizing issues of love, desire and sexuality, as well as history and memory as central themes. Authors include Sandra Cisneros, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Rechy and Miguel Pinero.
[L] [C,D]

ENGL 3041-R01:
MODERN AMERICAN FICTION              
Giannone, R. T 2:30-5:00pm
This course considers modern American fiction of the twentieth century from a variety of critical perspectives.
[L] [C]


ENGL 3064-R01:
THE AMERICAN VOICE              
Brandt, C.
TF 2:30-3:45pm
A writing course using iconic texts in the emergence/development/evolution of an American form of linguistic expression as prompts for student writing.  Reading: Emerson's "American Scholar" essay, a look back at some of the earlier American language as (mostly) an imitation of British English (culturally and linguistically, with some notable partial exceptions like Franklin), then the beginnings of a truly American language seen through Whitman's "Primer" in which he lists all the wonderful forms of American "democratic" speech.  Students will be asked to listen for and write contemporary versions of what Whitman heard.  Further reading: the rhetoric of Douglass, Lincoln, Anthony, Stanton, Sojourner Truth, etc., the prose of Twain, Harte, Melville, Bierce, and the poetry of Dickinson, Whitman, Frost.  Twentieth-century readings will include du Bois (Souls of Black Folk), Mencken, William Carlos Williams (Imaginations, In the American Grain), Faulkner, Hurston, Hughes, Stein (Geography for Americans), Bishop, etc.; and on the more "popular" plane, Studs Terkel, the detective novel, the public rhetoric of the civil rights and anti-war struggles.  Clearly, there is too much here for any one student to master in the course of only one semester, so students will be asked to choose, and wherever possible to work in teams.  The goal is for learning to become doing, by imitation or response.
[L] [C]

ENGL 3333-R01: CAPTIVES/CANNIBALS/REBELS              
Kim, J.
MR 10:00-11:15am
Cannibals, captives, andrebels are everywhere in early English writing about the Americas and the British Empire. In this course, we will think about why thesefigures fascinated authors and readers so much and what they can tell us about anxieties regarding colonization. We will read travel and captivity narratives, novels, plays, and poetry from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; authors may include Mary Rowlandson, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Unca Eliza Winkfield, George Colman, John Stedman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Earle.
[L] [C]


ENGL 3653-R01:
MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS              
TBA
. MR 10:00-11:15am
This course provides an introduction to major American authors, including Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman, James, Wharton, and others.
[L] [C]

ENGL 3673-R01
: POSTMODERN AMERICAN NOVEL              
Contreras, D.
TF 11:30am-12:45pm
Postmodernism marks the time and space after WW II; the globe has become the global market, producing wide ranging cultural and political effects. These effects are explored in various experimental novels by American writers including Philip K Dick, Pynchon, De Lillo, William S. Burroughs, and David Foster Wallace. The course will concentrate on a selection of novels that attempt to make sense of a world dominated by commodities and images in a time of endless war.  
[L] [C]

ENGL 3681-R01:
AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1890-1929              
TBA.
TR 5:30-6:45pm
The turn of the twentieth century saw enormous change in the US, marked by industrialization, social reform, and national economic prospertiy. At the same time, massive immigration, American imperialistic ventures, and questions about the place of African-Americans and Native Americans put pressure on the nationn's identity (or who an "American" was or should be). We will explore a range of literary responses to a nation in flux: possible authors include Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Jean Toomer, and Gertrude Stein.
[L] [C]

ENGL 3964-R01: HOMELESSNESS              
Greenfield, S.
TF 1:00-2:15pm   
This service learning course explores the literary representation and lived experience of homelessness. For the academic portion of the course, we will read literature about homelessness from THE ODYSSEY to the recently published memoir BREAKING NIGHT. The service portion of the course will include meetings and discussions with homeless and formerly homeless people and at least 30 hours of volunteer work with a relevant service organization.    
[L] [C]

ENGL 4118-R01:
DICKINSON WHITMAN AND CO.              
Farland, M.
R 2:30-5:00pm   
This course examines the poetry of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and their contemporaries. As we study the writings of Dickinson and Whitman across a variety of areas- love poems, poems about loss, poems about nature and art, historical and comic poems and religious poems- we will also link them to less familiar non-canonical poems from a variety of traditions.    
[L][C]


HIST 3102-R01: THE WORKER IN AMERICAN LIFE              
Naison, M.
TF 1:00-2:15pm
This course will deal with the lives of American workers after the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on the unions and industrial relations, the course will also explore changes in the family and community life of workers, as well as immigration, religion, and the impact of radical movements.
[H] [D, P]


HIST 3758-R01:
AMERICA AT WAR              
Cimbala, P.
MR 2:30-3:45pm
Exploration of the interaction of American society and war throughout U.S. history, focusing especially on how American society influences how the country fights war and how war influences the development of American society.
[H] [P]


HIST 3775-R01: THE EARLY REPUBLIC              
Cornell, S.
TF  1:00-2:15pm
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 3791-R01:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I              
Anderson, R.
MR 4:00-5:15pm
An examination of the black experience in the U.S. from Reconstruction to the present. Subjects covered will be the origins of segregation, the Civil Rights movement, African American nationalism, and African American contributions to American literature, music, sports, and scholarship. Special attention will be given to the role of economic forces in shaping African American life, and the importance of gender issues in the African American experience.
[H] [D, P]

HIST 3806-R01
: US IMMIGRATION/ ETHNICITY              
Soyer, D.
MR 11:30am-12:45pm
A survey of immigration and ethnicity in American life. Themes include the motives for migration; America's reception of immigrants; the formation of immigrant communities; the intersection of ethnicity with race, gender, religion, politics, and class; the personal meanings of ethnic identity; and the relationship of ethnicity to American national identity.
[H] [D, P]

HIST 3826-R01:
MODERN US WOMEN'S HISTORY              
Swinth, K. TF 10-11:15am
The history of American women from the first women's rights convention in 1848 to the present. We will study women's everyday lives (including at home and work), major events like the campaign for suffrage, World War II, and the women's liberation movement, and representations of women in popular culture (magazines, movies, and T.V.).
[H] [P]

HIST 3910-R01:
FROM TRUMAN TO CLINTON              
Himmelberg, R. MR 10:00-11:15am
Liberalism in the Truman era; victory of conservatism, 1952-1960; a new liberal agenda and social revolution in the 60's; Nixon, pragmatism and betrayal; America adrift, 1975-1980; return of conservatives.
[H] [P]


HIST 4860-R01: SEM: 1970'S: REVOLUTIONARY DECADE              
Swinth, K.
W 11:30am-1:20pm   
While the 1960s have been viewed as a decade of change in the U.S., the 1970s may well have been more revolutionary. Often dismissed as the inward-turning "Me Decade," the 1970s witnessed dramatic social, economic, and political changes. This seminar examines closely the decade's swirling currents: Watergate's effects, Vietnam's end, the extended Civil Rights Movements (feminism, Chicano, Asian-American, & Native American rights), the white ethnic revival, environmentalism's surge, the oil crisis and the end of America's era of affluence, and the rise of conservatism. We will study a wide range of materials from the decade--such as the Pentagon Papers, the environmental novel Ecotopia, films like The Godfather and StarWars, Jimmy Carter's epic "Crisis of Confidence" speech, and the Eagles' 1976 hit "Hotel California." Students will be required to complete a research paper, employing primary sources, on some aspect of the decade.   
[H] [P]


IRST  3412-R01:
IRISH AMERICA
Stack, E. MR 11:30am-12:45pm
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the experiences of Irish emigrants and their descendants in the USA with an understanding of the gendered experiences of the labor market, the politics of the Irish-Americans, as well as cultural expressions of "Irish-ness" in America. We will examine various aspects of Irish emigration to the USA and the different settlement patterns there at different times. The role of the Irish in the establishment of the American Republic and their contributions in the labor force will be a major component of this course as will anti-Irish prejudice through the study of Nativism and the Draft Riots. We will study Irish participation in the Civil War and finally the progress of the Irish in the USA through education and social mobility. We will also investigate the role of religion in integrating and differentiating the Irish in the USA. Students should be able to trace the intersection of region, class, gender and ethnicity in structuring the experiences of the Irish in the USA.
[H] [P]


PHIL 3107-R01: GENDER, POWER, JUSTICE              
Murphy, A.
TF 10:00-11:15am
This course examines the interplay between gender and various institutions of power in the US and beyond. Honing several philosophical accounts of gender, we will debate issues regarding ethics andpornography, sexual harassment, hate crimes against sexual minorities, and recent debates regarding Muslim women and the veil. Among the authors wediscuss will be Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Catharine MacKinnon, bell hooks.
[R] [D, P]

PHIL 3107-R02: GENDER, POWER, JUSTICE              
Murphy, A.
TF 11:30-12:45am
This course examines the interplay between gender and various institutions of power in the US and beyond. Honing several philosophical accounts of gender, we will debate issues regarding ethics andpornography, sexual harassment, hate crimes against sexual minorities, and recent debates regarding Muslim women and the veil. Among the authors wediscuss will be Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Catharine MacKinnon, bell hooks.
[R] [D, P]

POSC 3121-R01: NEW YORK CITY POLITICS              
TBA.
MR 4:00-5:15pm
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]


POSC 3122-R01: RELIGION & AMERICAN POLITICS              
McDermott, M.
MR 2:30-3:45pm
This interdisciplinary seminar explores the nexus of religion and American public life. After treating topics related to electoral politics (e.g. canidate religion, voter religion, "value voters," religious rhetoric), students will then engage a series of "hot topics" that encompass ( and often combine) both religious and political discourse. The goal is to provide students with two alternative, yet complementary methods of analyzing the intersection of religion and American politics- one from a political science perspective and one from a theological perspective.    
[R] [P]


POSC 3131-R01: POLITICS URBAN HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT              
Berg, B.
MR 11:30am- 12:45pm
This course will examine the intersection of urban life, individual and community health and public policy. It will examine the evolution of urban public problems, the urban environment and the role and responsibility of society and the political system to respond to individual and health issues in urban settings.    
[H] [P]


POSC 3210-R01: CIVIL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES   
Hume, R. TF 10:00-11:15am   
A casebook analysis of Supreme Court decisions on civil rights and civil liberaties. Topics include freedom of speech and religion, the right to privacy, gender and racial equality, the death penalty, and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.    
[H] [P]


POSC 3213-R01: INTEREST GROUP POLITICS        
Berg, N. TF 10:00-11:15am
An examination of pressure groups and their role in the political process. Special attention will be paid to the origins of groups, who joins and who does not and how groups affect their own members.
[H] [P]

POSC 3214-R01: THE U.S. CONGRESS                
Fleisher, R. TF 1:00-2:15pm

A study of the historical development and current operation of the U.S. Congress. Particular attention is paid to the impact of elections, political parties, formal and informal rules and procedures, and congressional committees on the policies produced by Congress, and to Congress' relation to the executive branch.
[H] [P]


POSC 3301-R01: CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS                                                   
TBA. MR 11:30am- 12:45pm
This course undertakes an in-depth study of campaigns and voting, with an emphasis on the presidential and congressional elections. We will examine elections from the perspectives of candidates, political parties, interest groups, the media, political consultants, and voters. In addition, we will address some basic questions about elections in America: What are the rules? Who wins and why? What difference do elections make?
[H]
[P]


POSC 4175-R01: SEMINAR: POLARIZATION IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Fleisher, R. T 2:30-4:20pm
This course will examine the causes and consequences of partisan polarization in American politics.  Topics tobecovered include polarization in Congress, the Presidency and the Courts; the polarization of ordinary citizens; the role of religion, class and race in fueling partisan polarization; the impact of polarization on politics in the ; and the assessment of polarization. Since this is a seminar, students are expected to be able to work independently by carrying out an extensive research project addressing some aspect of partisan polarization.
[H] [P]

PSYC 3600-R01:
MULTICULTURAL ISSUES                
TBA. MR 8:30-9:45am
Prerequisite: PSRU-1000. 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-R01: LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY                 
TBA. TF 11:30am-12:45pm
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.
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PSYC 4340-R02: LAW & PSYCHOLOGY   
TBA. MR 10:00-11:15am   
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 2701-R01:
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE          
Kurti, Z.
TF 11:30am-12:45pm
An overview of the criminal justice system: law, its sociology, and its social and political functions. A critical examination of law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and corrections.
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SOCI 2925-R01:
MEDIA CRIME SEX VIOLENCE                
Sweet, K.
TF 8:30-09:45am
An analysis of mass media reporting, presentation and explanation.
[A, H] [P]


SOCI 3003-R01: ART AND SOCIETY   
McGee, M. W 11:30am-02:20pm
The study of culture generally, and art world more specifically, allows us to understand the arts not only as aesthetics experiences, but also as institutional, economics, social, and political phenomena. Incorporating methods and insights from sociology and anthropology, and drawing on the resource of the immediate context of New York City’s cultural communities and institutions, the course will introduce students to issues in and methods for cultural analysis. The analysis of art worlds will include: 1) a consideration of the intentions of creative agents or producers; 2) the distribution of these objects within particular systems; and, 3) the reception and interpretation of these objects by and within particular social groups or communities.
[A,H] [P]


SOCI 3300-R01: "RACE" AND "MIXED RACE"   
Miyawaki, M. TF 11:30am-12:45pm
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 3603-R01:
URBAN AMERICA   
Rhomberg, C. MR 2:30-3:45pm   
This course offers an introduction to urban sociology and to the study of American urban society. Particular attention will be paid to New York City. Topics include the rise of “global” cities like New York, metropolitan growth and inequality, urban policy, and politics, patterns of class, racial, and ethnic group formation, and local community organization.    
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SOCI 3405-R01: GENDER, RACE, CLASS                            
Kurti, Z. TF 1:00-2:15pm

This course examines the relationship between gender, race, and class as overlapping dimensions of social experience in the U.S. Drawing on a variety of sources, including theoretical, ethnographic, and literary writings, each of these dimensions is considered as part of a complex approach to social problems.
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SOCI 3456-R01: MODERN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS        
Bilous, A. MR 10:00-11:15am

Social movements in 20th-century America have been vehicles of political protest, social change, and sometimes also resistance to change. Under what circumstances are social movements successful and what has been their impact on American institutional life and popular culture? In addition to a general andtheoretical assessment of social movements, this course introduces students to particular movements that have formed over such issues as alcohol consumption, racism, war, and abortion.
[H] [D, P]


SOCI 3504-R01: WORK AND FAMILY                       
Rhomberg, C. MR 10:00-11:15am
This course explores the relationship between people's work and family lives, and why work-family conflict has increased in recent years. We discuss the causes and consequences of work-family conflict, with consequences being workers' psychological and physical well-being, child development and well-being, workplace productivity, and issues related to employee recruitment and retention. We study how work-family issues are affected by current trends in societyand the economy and labor market, and we look at the role of work flexibility policies in reducing work-family conflict.
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SOCI 3708-R01:
LAW & SOCIETY                       
Kontos, L. MR 2:30-3:45pm

How and when did law originate? What functions does law serve to the society and to the individuals within that society? Students will examine theories of jurisprudence and alternative sociological perspectives dealing with selected legal and constitutional issues in the United States and Europe. Particular attention is focused on legal policy and social change.
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SOCI 3714-R01: TERRORISM AND SOCIETY                 
Sweet, K.
TF 10:00-11:15 am
This course examines the history and societal causes of terrorism in its many forms, and the state's and society's counter-terrorist response. Among issues to be examined are the nature of terrorist ideology and the source of support for, and opposition to, terrorism among the people that terrorists claim to represent. Other issues to be examined are prevention preparedness and emergency responses to terrorist attacks, and political, civil, and human rights challenges faced by countries dealing with terrorism in the 21stcentury.
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SOCI 4961-R01: URBAN ISSUES &POLICIES              
Rosenbaum, E. TF 2:30-5:00pm
This course examines inequality in the urban housing market, with a focus on differential access to housing and the social and economic opportunities embedded in residential location. Among the key topics are segregation (its causes and consequences), affordability, and the policies that have been implemented to resolve residential inequalities and their correlates.
[H] [D, P]

SOCI 4970-R01: COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SOCIAL ACTION     
Rodriguez, O.
MR 4:00-5:15 pm
This course will deepen students’ understanding of the meaning of community service and social action in America and challenge them to confront the moral issues and social commitments necessary to be members of a just democratic society.
[H] [D, P]


SPAN 3002-R01: TOPICS IN SPAN-AMER CULTURE   
Cruz-Malave, A. MR 11:30am-2:45pm   
The study of Spanish-American society through its cultural expressions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism. To focus, in a given semester, on topics such as: "Literature and Art in Colonial Spanish America," "Literature and Film in Contemporary Spanish America," "Revolution in Spanish American Literature and Art," "Civilization and Barbarism," "National Identity, Race, and Gender in Spanish America," "Dictatorship and Resistance in Spanish America," and others. Taught in Spanish.    
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THEO 3874-R01:
RELIGION IN AMERICA   
Shelley, T. TWF 10:30-11:20am
This interdisciplinary seminar explores the nexus of religion and American public life. After treating topics related to electoral politics (e.g. canidate religion, voter religion, "value voters," religious rhetoric), students will then engage a series of "hot topics" that encompass ( and often combine) both religious and political discourse. The goal is to provide students with two alternative, yet complementary methods of analyzing the intersection of religion and American politics- one from a political science perspective and one from a theological perspective.    
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VART 2085-R01: SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK   
TBA. W 2:30-5:15pm
An intensive summer workshop in big city "green" design. Intended for majors in visual arts, environmental studies, and/or urban studies, this course might interest anyone concerned about New York City's future in an era of rising energy costs and environmental risk. Walking tours; field trips; reading program and discussion; visits to buildings, parks, and contruction sites; illustrated presentations; guest speakers from state and city agencies, NGOs, nonprofits, and private sector innovators. At least one day each week will be based at Solar One, located on the East River at 23rd Street, or the Science Barge in the Hudson River at 44th Street. By term's end, each student will present an independent research or design project.    
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WMST 3010-R01:
FEMINIST THEO IN INTER-CULT   
Green, J. MR 4:00-5:15pm
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.    
[L] [C,D,P]


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