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Fall 2008 American Studies Courses at Rose Hill

Rose Hill Fall 2008 Courses

Fall 2008 American Studies Courses Listed at Rose Hill

AMRU 3010: Approaches to American Studies
Hendler                                  R 2:30-4:30                                                             American Studies Majors and Minors Only
An introduction to the interdisciplinary perspectives and methods of American studies. Required of all American Studies majors and minors, and typically taken in the junior year. 
AMRU 3500:  The Senior Seminar
Rivera-Giusti/Contreras                      T 2:30-4:30                                             American Studies Seniors Only
A topical, interdisciplinary seminar with subject changing annually. The topic for Fall 2008 is “TransAmerican Movement: Culture and History.” Students will explore a topic in depth and produce a thesis based on original research. The seminar culminates in a public presentation of the thesis. Required of all American Studies majors.

Fall 2008 Crosslisted Courses at Rose Hill
Note: Not all these courses are yet officially crosslisted in the computer system. However, if they appear on this list, we are guaranteeing that we will count them toward the American Studies major or minor.
Also: The letters in bold following each course description indicate that the course fulfills one or more of the concentrations within the American Studies major. C=Cultural Products; D=Difference and Diversity; P=Politics and Power. See page one of this booklet for descriptions of the three concentrations. Always check the website and for the latest updates.
AARP 3120:  The Black Church
Chapman                               TF 11:30-12:45                                      
A study of the African American church and its influence on the lives of black and white Americans D, P.
AARP 3134: From Rock & Roll to Hip Hop
Naison                                   TF 1:00-2:15
A study of urban youth culture through an examination of musical forms and their evolution from the post WWII era to the present. Begins with Rock and Roll and ends with Rap and Hip Hop. C, D.
AARV 4100: Affirmative Action: American Dream
Purnell                                    MR 11:30-12:45
An examination of the political and legal history of affirmative action and an exploration of the moral and economic consequences of the policy as practiced in universities, businesses and government agencies. Fulfills senior values requirement D, P.
AHRG 4250: Seminar: Aztec Art
Mundy                                   T 2:30-5:00
This course will examine the art created by the Aztecs, one of the last of the two great pre-Columbian cultures. Holding sway over much of Mexico at the beginning of the 16th century, the Aztec empire was brought to collapse by the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. We will focus on the primary sources, both Aztec and Spanish, as keys to understanding the art. C, D.
AHRU 2550: 20th Century Art
Heleniak                 MR 2:30-3:45
A study of major trends in modern art from the late 19th century to the present day, with an emphasis upon developments before 1930. C.
CARU 3320The Writing Irish: The Celtic-Catholic Literary Imagination
O’Donnell                              MR 10-11:15
This course will explore the influence of Catholicism on the development of Irish and Irish-American Literature from the early 20th century to the present. Featuring Irish and American-born writers of Irish ancestry, the course will focus on the work of writers such as James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Mebh McGuckian, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Kennedy, Elizabeth Cullinan, Frank O’Hara, Alice McDermott, and Michael Donaghy. Through selected historical and critical readings, we will attempt to create a descriptive narrative of what happens when Irish writers wrestle with Catholic identity in the context of 20th-century political and economic struggle, both in Ireland and in America, and a growing culture of unbelief. C.
CMRP 3108: Movies and the American Experience
Ribalow                                  T 2:30-5:00 or T 6:00-8:30   
A study of the American character as portrayed in American feature films from the early 20th century to the present. Lab Fee. C.
CMRP 3601: Class, Taste and Mass Culture
Gray                                        TF 11:30-12:45                                      
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. Communications Majors or Minors only. D, P.
CMRU 2504: History & Culture of Advertising
Andersen                              MR 2:30-3:45
An examination of advertising practices. A review of the social and technological history of American advertising beginning with the print media. Social and interpersonal meanings imbedded within the publicity images of both print and television are examined as well as the continuing penetration of advertising and marketing strategies in media culture. D, P.
CMRU 2525: Digital Media and Cyberculture
Sternberg                               R 6:00-8:30            
A study of the technological, social, and cultural events that created digital media and its emerging cyberculture. An exploration of digital media environments and digital research techniques.  C, P.
CMRU 3103: Versions of Censorship/Freedom of Expression
Vanoostring                          TF 11:30-12:45                                      
The opposing historical trends of authoritarian centralism and libertarian pluralism are traced through a variety of political orders, philosophies, and communication systems. The interplay of technological forms of communication and predominant social values is examined and specific cases are subject to evaluative judgments. Juniors or Seniors Only. P.
CMRU 3322: Television News Innovators
Knobel                                   TF 1:00-2:15
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 Brinkley, Pauline Frederick, Richard S. Salant and Reuven Frank. C, P.
CMRU 3451: Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Shanahan                              M 6:00-8:30                                           
A critical examination of Hitchcock's cinema. Students explore Hitchcock's major films, including Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho, from a variety of perspectives, including psychoanalytic, narrative and feminist theory. Emphasis on Hitchcock's role in the British and American studio systems and his mastery of cinematic technique and language. Lab fee. C.
CMRU 4601: Television and Society
Gray                                        TF 11:30-12:45                                      
A problem-based and issue-oriented analysis of the medium as it affects basic social institutions and values. Prerequisites: Communications courses 1010/1011. C.
CMRV 4002: Values in the News
Capo                                       TF 1:00-2:15                                          
An examination of how news constructs and mediates personal and social values. This course considers how news frames discourse about reality, and then analyzes the framing of specific values, ethical issues and moral behaviors. FCRH Seniors Only. C, P.
CMRV 4003: Dissent and Disinformation
Phelan                                                    MR 2:30-3:45                        
An exploration of the moral and ethical conflict between conscience and convention, principle and group loyalty, received wisdom and freshly perceived evidence, from disparate disciplines which converge on the continuity of ancient religious and political dissent with modern formsof dissent and the social control measures they provoke in modern mass-mediated society.  FCRH Seniors Only. P.
ENRV 4129: Four Modern Catholic Writers
Giannone                               R 2:30-4:30
This seminar will consider the writings of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), and Walker Percy (1916-1990). These four authors, who arguably can be termed reformers as well as artists in their own right, are the principal critics of the modern Catholic predicament before and after World War II. Each in her or his way saw a church in drastic need of rebuilding and sought to restore what had collapsed and had been left unheeded by what was essentially an immigrant institution. C.
HSRP 3791:  African-American History I
Mangum                                W 11:30-2:00
An examination of the black experience in the U.S. from colonial times through Reconstruction. D, P.
HSRU 3752:  Coming of the Civil War
Cimbala                  MR 10:00-11:15                                    
A history of the sectional crisis in America, focusing on the questions: Why did the South secede? Why did the North decide to fight rather than allow it? P.
HSRU 3826: Modern US Women’s History
Staff                                        MR 8:30-9:45
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.). D, P.
HSRU 3990: North American Environmental History
Staff                                        MR 11:30-12:45
Description will be added to the web site when it becomes available. P.
MLRV 4002: Animal Rights in Literature & Film
Randall                                   T 2:30-4:20
The course will examine historical and current perspectives and practices concerning the treatment of animals (and, when germane, of the environment) in life and literature through a variety of interdisciplinary lenses: literature, art works, political thinking (religious Right "stewardship": is it, really?), theology (Christianity, Buddhism ... ), and social theory. C.
PHRP 3417: Race and Moral Recognition
Murphy                                                 TF 8:30-9:45
This course will examine the impact of perceived race differences on moral recognition both in thought and in historical fact. Narrative and historical materials will illustrate ways these affect the meaning of human dignity, equality, common humanity and moral worth. D.
PHRP 3720: African American Philosophy
Green                                                      MR 10:00-11:15
Using texts by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, James H. Cone, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Patricia Hill Collins, Howard McGary, William E Lawson, Leonard Harris, Lucius Outlaw and others, this course will focus on pillars, prophets and prospects for African American philosophy, a 'philosophy born of struggle' created by profound critical and transformative voices from times of chattel slavery to the present that plays an influential role in American philosophy and American society today. C, D.
PORU 2211: American Political Parties
Fleisher                                                  MR 10:00-11:15
Examines the workings of American political parties and their role in the political system. Analyzes the effect of parties on the campaigns of presidential and congressional candidates, the influence of parties on the electoral decisions of voters, andthe impact of parties on the workings of both the presidency and Congress as policymaking institutions. P.
PORU 2213: Constitutional Law
Hume                                                      TF 10:00-11:15
A casebook approach to an examination of selected problems in constitutional law and the federal system, such as jurisdiction, justiciability standing, collusive suits, mootness, judicial review, political questions doctrine, the executive branch and the Supreme Court, the legislative branch and the Supreme Court and the Commerce Clause. P.
PORP 2212: Interest Group Politics
Berg                                                        MR 11:30-12:45
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. P.
PORU 2310: Voting Behavior and Elections
Lawrence                                               MR 2:30-3:45
Why people vote the way they do; the role of issues in vote choice; the quality of the American electorate; party system and electoral change. P.
PORU 3121: New York City Politics
Berg                                                        MR 11:30-12:45    
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. P.
PORU 4100: Seminar: American Politics
Fleisher                                                  T 2:30-4:30
Discussion and analysis of selected problems in American politics, providing students with the opportunity to work on individually guided research projects. P.
PORU 4106: Seminar: Presidential Elections
Panagopoulos                                      R 2:30-4:30
This course will examine the contours of contemporary presidential elections in the United States. Students will discuss developments in the nomination process, general elections strategies, and voting behavior in presidential elections. P.
RSRP 3281: Religion in America
Shelley                                                   TWF 11:30-12:20 
A survey of religion in America from Colonial times through the present day. Prerequisite: Religious Studies courses level 1000/2000. P.
SORP 3140:  Old and New Minorities in the United States
Cullen                                                     MR 10:00-11:15
The situations of old minority groups, such as African Americans, Japanese and earlier European immigrants, as compared to those of more recent groups such as Puerto Ricans, Cubans, other Hispanics and recent Asian immigrants, including refugees. D.
SORP 3456: Modern American Social Movements
Bush                                                       TF 11:30-12:45
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 and theoretical assessment of social movements, this course introduces students to particular movements that have formed over such issues as alcohol consumption, racism, war, and abortion. P.
SORU 2701: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Sweet                                                     TF 8:30-9:45                                          
An overview of the criminal justice system: law, its sociology, and its social and political functions. The course includes a critical examination of law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and corrections. P.
SORU 3102: Contemporary Social Issues and Policies
Morett                                                    TF 1:00-2:15
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 and understanding of the social, political and economic dimensions of these issues, students will carefully consider underlying value principles and religious ethics. P.
SORU 3135: American Social Structure
Staff                                                        MR 10:00-11:15
In this course, students will examine 20th-century America as studied in the sociological literature on the status and lifestyle of groups in urban and suburban communities. Special attention is given to the culture and values of conflicting interest groups in these communities. D, P.
SORU 3500: Contemporary Family Issues
Weinshenker                                        MR 11:30-12:45
This class focuses on the sociology of the family by exploring issues relating to the status and functioning of families in contemporary United States society. The issues examined include sexuality, childbearing, divorce and remarriage, domestic violence, links between generations and the current state of social policy. P.
SORU 3711: American Criminal Justice Systems
Collins                                                    M 6:00-8:00                                           
This seminar course focuses on the administration of criminal justice and its relation to society, the police, prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, jury and correction agency. Observations at the courthouse allow for examination of constitutional rights, plea bargaining, jury selection, insanity defense and media coverage. If you are not a sociology major you must get approval to take this course. C.
SORV 4970: Community Service and Social Action
Rodriguez                                              MR 230-3:45
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. P.
SPRU 2640: Spanish and New York City
Kasten                                                   MR 4:00-5:15
This course works to achieve greater linguistic fluency and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. We will examine the Latin American and Latino experience in New York City through a variety of written and visual texts. Students will work in the immigrant community to improve their language skills and cultural understanding in a highly contextualized environment. Community Service Required. C, D.

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