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Fall 2008 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center

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Fall 2008 Crosslisted Courses at Lincoln Center
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.
AALG 3150: Caribbean Peoples and Culture
LaBennett                                              T 2:30-5:15P
An examination of the historical, cultural and contemporary characteristics of the various ethnic groups in the Caribbean. D, P.
AALP 3102: The Black Family
LaBennett                                              TF 1130AM-1245PM
An examination of the history of the black family from slavery to the present focusing on the social, political, and economic challenges facing this institution. D, P.
AHEU 4540: Seminar: Modern Art
Isaak                                                       W 0600PM-0845PM           
Readings in theory and criticism emphasizing modern critical approaches to the visual arts. Relevant journals and current exhibitions will be considered. C.Prerequisite: AH 1100
CMEU 3323: The Murrow Years: 1938-1965
Dembo                                                   W 6:00-8:45
This course will trace the career and contributions to broadcast journalism of Edward R. Murrow, one of America's foremost reporters, from his remarkable accounts of London under German bombing attacks to his documentary work on the "See It Now" and "CBS Reports" series. C, P.
CMLU 3103: Versions of Censorship/Freedom of Expression
Jackaway                                               MW 1:00-2:15
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.
CMLU 3309: Children and the Media
Jackaway                                               MW 11:30-12:45                                                  
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. C.  Prerequisite: CM1010/CM1011
CMLU 3322: Television News Innovators
Knoll                                                      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.
CMLU 3403: American Film Comedy
Tueth                                                     MR 2:30-3:45
Analytical study of the nature of film comedy. C. Lab Fee.
CMLU 3451: Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Rose                                                       T 2:30-5:15                                                            
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. CM2471/Permission/Lab fee. Lab fee. C.
CMLU 3978: On-line Journalism
Aronson                                                                TF 10:00-11:15
Recent shifts in media technologies, corporate structure, and the organization of public life have combined to change the role and the practice of journalism. Exploring these changes as a context, this course will introduce conceptual and practical techniques of reporting, writing, and packaging news for the on-line environment today. Students will learn about and actively participate in doing journalism on-line. C.
COLU 3450: City Literature & Art
Hoffman                                 T 2:30-5:15
The structures, spaces, people, and life patterns of cities in the imagination of writers and visual artists from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. We will focus on Berlin, Paris, and New York, using the work of Walter Benjamin as a stimulus to thinking about our own relationship to the urban environment. C.
COLU 3531: Unhappy Families: Trauma, Secrecy, and Testimony
Petit-Hall                                                TF 8:30-9:45
Secrets can hold families together or tear them apart. In recent years, American culture has become increasingly fixated on representations of secrecy in families, specifically those concealing psychological trauma. Contemporary literature, film, theatre, and the visual arts have become fearless in their exploration of the internicine warfare within the familial construct. Though alcoholism, adultery, and revolt against patriarchy have marked much of 20th century cultural output, these newer portrayals shatter the paradigm and reveal previously taboo fragments. Thus, things that were once off limits are now fair game, such as dysfunctional communication and alienation, inappropriate sexualization, longing and nihilism, suicide and murder. Reading texts on the literature of and about psychological trauma, various narrative strategies will be analyzed with an eye to identifying connections between theory, fiction, and memoir. The three major objectives will be to familiarize students with theories of trauma, apply these theories to the analysis of selected works both fictive and real, and finally, to consider the ways in which family trauma is repressed or concealed, remembered, revealed, dramatized, framed, and staged. C
ECEP 3580: Economics of Diversity
Barry-Figueroa                                     T 6:00-8:45
Many of the social interaction of an individual in American society are shaped by the ethnic, racial, and gender groups to which the individual belongs. In this course we will investigate several of the economic effects of social interactions in a diverse society including residential segregation, peer effects on neighborhood crime rates, inter-racial marriage patterns, diverse, social norms and cultural beliefs, the spread of diseases, income inequality, and affirmative action. While the specific topics covered are broad, many share properties that can be understood through the concepts of basic network theory. D, P.
ECLU 3971: Urban Economics
Buckley                                                  TF 11:30-12:45
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. P.
ENLU 3609: Feminism & American Poetry
Frost                                                       MW 11:30-12:45
This course addresses contemporary American womens' poetry and its relationship to recent feminist thought, specifically during and since "second-wave" feminism (roughly 1968 to the present). What role has poetry played in the arena of feminist politics? How do women writers construct varying identities through poetic language, exploring differences of race, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation? How might we apply recent feminist theories of language and identity to recent women poets? In response to such questions, we will read feminist theory in relation to poetry, and poetry in dialogue with feminist theory. C
HOLV 3970: Lincoln: Democratic Values
Davenport                                             T 2:30-5:15                                            
Honors and Seniors Only
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. P.
HSLU 3780: The Era of the Civil War
Goldberg                                                MW 11:30-12:45
Slavery and other contributory factors leading to the war for southern independence; the war; reconstruction of the southern states, 1865-1877. P.
HSLU 4820: Seminar: American Women & Reform
Staff                                                        T 2:30-5:15
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. P.
IRLU 3412: Irish America
Keating                                                  MR 10:00-11:15
This course traces the historical experience of Irish emigrants from the mid-17th century to the present day. P.
LLEU 3344: Law Literature and Latinos
Estela                                                     R 6:00-8:45
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. C, D.
POLU 2206: The American Presidency
Beck                                                       MR 2:30-3:45
An examination of presidential leadership, including the development, growth and exercise of presidential power. Includes analysis of republican foundations of the presidency, organization and operation of office, role in domestic and foreign policy, relations with Congress and the importance of character. P.
POLU 3121: New York City Politics
Toulouse                                               TF 1:00-2:15
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.
POLU 3202: Civil Rights
De Luca                                 MW 1:00-2:15
A casebook analysis of legal responses to public and private discrimination, with emphasis on race and gender. Examines Supreme Court decisions, laws and politics involving the 5th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments, equal protection and level of scrutiny, civil and voting rights, public accommodations, employment, private associations, schools, privacy, "natural" roles, the public/private dichotomy. Studies movements for equality. Evaluates busing, affirmative action, pay equity and other remedies. D, P.
RSLV 3500: Religion in Public Life
O’Connell                                              MW 11:30-12:45                                  
The course explores the role of religion in public life, focusing primarily on American democracy and its separation of church and state. The course will focus on religion's voice in public debate over issues such as health, poverty, and biomedical and economic issues, whether specifically religious arguments and language should have place in public discourse, and the role of discourse in a pluralistic society.Prerequisite: RS1000/2000SRS. P.
RSLV 4006: Feminism and Relationality
Kueny                                                    TF 11:30-12:45                                      
Seniors Only
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. D.
SOLP 3000: Latino Images in the Media
Rodriguez                                              MW 1:00-2:15
An analysis of changing Latino images in U.S. media. The emphasis will be on English language film and television productions. Gender, color, and class issues will be examined. C, D.
SOLP 3601: Urban Poverty
Staff                                                        MW 11:30-12:45
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available. P.
SPLG 3820: Hispanic Caribbean Literature
Cruz-Malavé                                         MR 10:00-11:15
A study of the major themes of Hispanic Caribbean literature in the work of some of its most representative authors:  the Caribbean as a transcultural zone, a zone of contacts and clashes; the legacy of slavery; race, culture, and the discourses of nationhood; Latin American and pan-Caribbean discourses; the roots of authoritarism; revolutionary utopias and contemporary disenchantment and post-utopia; the place of the intellectual in the revolution; migration, sexuality, gender, and genre; and the sea as a metaphor for a diasporic Caribbean culture.  To include authors such as Martí, Marqués, Palés, Bosch, García Márquez, Guillén, Arenas, García Ramis, Valdés, and Hernández.            Prerequisite: SP 2001 or placement in equivalent level or higher. C, D.
WSLP 3020: Histories and Texts
Fermon                                                   MW 11:30-12:45
A historical perspective on the political, socioeconomic and philosophical dimensions of women's lives and the construction of gender, including critical analysis of women's writings and women's political movements. The course will consider class, race, ethnicity, sexuality and age. The particular areas of emphasis will vary according to the instructor's specializatio

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