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American Studies

  • AMST 601  Intro Amer Studies

    Description:
    This course focuses on interdisciplinary methods by comparing the ways different disciplines approach the study of American culture. It introduces students to the history of American Studies as a field, to the questions explored in greater depth in the other core courses, and to contemporary intellectual debates within the field. Readings are chosen to enable students to compare the questions asked and the methods and evidence used by scholars in the fields of social and cultural history, literary criticism, the new historicism, and cultural studies.   More Info

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  • AMST 602L  Historical Sequence I: American Society and Political Culture: 1600-1865

    Description:
    The course follows the evolution of American society and political culture from the colonial period to the Civil War. The concept "political culture," as used here, embraces institutions, public behavior, and above all, attitudes-beliefs, values, expectations, fears-regarding the distribution and exercise of political power. Two momentous events, the wars for independence and union, are major course milestones at which the development of political culture is assessed from the perspective of different social groups, including leaders, artists, writers, women, workers, and slaves. A central theme is the interplay between regional divergences and national convergences. Thematic questions running through the course are: Did a common political culture emerge? Who was included, who excluded? Was American political culture distinctive? AMST 602L and HIST 602L are the same course.   More Info

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  • AMST 603  Historical Sequence II: Modern Political, Social, and Cultural History

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    This course focuses on the emergence of modern American society, culture, and politics from the post-Civil War era through the Great Depression, with emphasis on the following topics: the ideologies of modernism, progressivism, and socialism, and the political, economic, and social forces that constitute modernity; innovations in politics, the arts, and the social sciences, and their relationship to new technologies and the labor practices of industrial capitalism; the labor movement's struggle for industrial democracy; the emergence of feminism and civil rights.   More Info

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  • AMST 604  Gender and Sexuality in US History and Culture

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    This course explores the historical construction of gender and sexuality in US social and political culture of different eras, through current historical scholarship, primary documents, and such cultural representations as literature or film. How are conceptions of manhood and womanhood, of heterosexuality and "deviant" sexualities, shaped and reshaped in response to historical forces, and linked to concepts of race and class? How are dominant definitions contested?   More Info

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  • AMST 605  Ethnicity, Race, and Nationality

    Description:
    This course will explore the construction and maintenance of ethnic, racial, and national identities in the United States. Students will analyze various interdisciplinary texts which contain implicit and explicit expressions of gender, ethnic, racial, sexual, regional, and national identities. Various case studies will furnish material to train students in the methods and approaches used in American Studies.   More Info

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  • AMST 606  Studies in Popular Culture & Technology

    Description:
    This course focuses on changing definitions of culture and methods of cultural studies; the changing meanings of folk culture, mass culture, and popular culture; and the changing dynamics among technology, the media, and culture. Topics for readings and discussion may include: the relations between changing technologies and the activity of audiences in shaping commercial popular culture: the social and economic context of technological innovation; the cultural imperatives of technological change.   More Info

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  • AMST 688  Final Project

    Description:
    A substantial research paper, drawing on systematic original research. The project may address a research topic in American studies or may construct a curriculum unit using primary sources and including a pedagogical and intellectual justification. The project will be determined in consultation with the student's advisor and must be approved by the advisor. A written proposal signed by student and advisor must be submitted to and approved by the director of the graduate program. Depending on faculty availability, students enrolled in AmSt 688 during the spring semester can participate in a research and writing seminar to facilitate the completion of final projects.   More Info

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  • AMST 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    An advanced course of independent reading in some aspect of American history or culture with the approval of the instructor and the director of the graduate program.   More Info

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  • AMST 697  Topics in American Studies

    Description:
    An advanced course offering intensive study of selected topics in American studies, presented in conjunction with the John F Kennedy Library. Course content varies according to the topic and will be announced prior to registration. This course may be repeated. For more information, see "American Studies Summer Institute" on page xx of this publication.   More Info

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