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Fall 2009 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center

Fall 2009 American Studies courses at Lincoln Center

AMST 2000-L01              Major Developments in American Culture     Fisher, J               MR 10:00-11:15
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. Fulfills the American Pluralism requirement in the Core


Fall 2009 courses at Lincoln Center cross listed 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 3030-L01               African American Women                   Watkins-Owens, I            T 3:30-4:20
A survey of African American women's history using documentary texts, fiction and social science literature. Examines the multiple jeopardies of race, sex and economic condition. Explores specific conditions of female slavery, resistance, work and political activism. Women studied include Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida Wells Barnett, Fannie Lou Hamer, Amy Jaques Garvey and bell hooks. [H] [D, P]

COMM 3309-L01              Children and Media                              Jackaway, G                      MW 10:00-11:15
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of Children and Media.  At least since Plato called for the banishment of the poets from the Republic to shield the young from ‘harmful’ ideas,  adults have been wondering and worrying about the impact of mediated communication on children.  In recent centuries, the emergence of new communication technologies has been consistently accompanied by calls for censorship and regulation as frightened parents worried about the impact of these new media on their children. What do we actually know about how the mass media impact the developing brain? Despite nearly a century of experimental research, methodological, ethical and philosophical challenges of studying children and media have left scholars with many questions and few clear answers. [A] [C, P]

COMM 3322-L01              TV News Innovators                            Knoll, S                               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 Brinkely, Pauline Frederick, Richard S. Salant and Reuven Frank. [A] [C, P]

ECON 3453-L01                Law and Economics                             Buckley, M                            TF 2:30-3:45
Prerequisites: EC 1200. The extensive overlaps between the disciplines of law and economics are increasingly recognized by both fields.  Most American law schools include the economic analysis of law in most substantive course areas.  This course will examine how economic analysis, especially the focus on the measurement of costs and benefits, and on legal penalties as the “price” of bad behavior whose purpose is in part to efficiently discourage such behavior.   We will also use economic ideas of opportunity costs, transaction and information costs, and efficiency to illuminate issues of law and regulation.  In addition, we will see how legal frameworks of property and contract rights are recognized by economists as fundamental to the functioning of the economy.  We will look at topics in property and contract law, and also at the legal process of litigation and tort liability.  We may also look at criminal law from an economic viewpoint.  This course should be useful to students who plan on careers in business or government where the legal framework is a critical part of the economic environment.  The course will also be useful to students planning on law school, where the concepts covered here are increasingly integrated into law school curricula.  Knowledge of basic microeconomic analysis principles will be important in the course, but the prerequisite can be waived for non-econ majors if they are willing to do some extra work early on. [H] [P]

ENGL 3021-L01                The Graphic Novel                                Kwitney, A                         T 2:30-5:15
Comic books and graphic novels are enjoying a new golden age. In this course, we will discuss the crucial differences between writing for film and comics, using graphic novels such as Swamp Thing, Sandman, Love and Rockets and Strangers in Paradise to examine various approaches to visual storytelling. We will also explore the various publishing  options open to a comic book writer and/or writer/artist. Most importantly, we will work on the craft of writing a full comic book script, with feedback and advice from guest comics writers and artists. [L, A] [C]

ENGL 3611-L01                    20th Century Essays and Memoirs  Stone, E                                 T 6:00-8:45
After an acknowledgment of earlier memoirists such as Twain, Fitzgerald, Orwell and Baldwin, this course focuses on contemporary practitioners such as Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Gerald Early, Kathryn Harrison, Mary Karr, Kate Simon, Alice Walker, Geoffrey Wolff, Tobias Wolff. Considerations include shifting notions of public and private, the construction of persona, and the impact of TV and radio on print, especially in regard to "voice," self-disclosure and pathology. After an acknowledgment of earlier memoirists such as Twain, Fitzgerald, Orwell and Baldwin, this course focuses on contemporary practitioners such as Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Gerald Early, Kathryn Harrison, Mary Karr, Kate Simon, Alice Walker, Geoffrey Wolff, Tobias Wolff. Considerations include shifting notions of public and private, the construction of persona, and the impact of TV and radio on print, especially in regard to "voice," self-disclosure and pathology. [L] [C]

HIST 3806-L01                US Immigration/Ethnicity                  Goldberg, B                        TF 2:30-3:45
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 3840-L01                The US Constitution                              Krukofsky, H                     MW 1:00-2:15
Role of constitutionalism in the development of American society. The concept of a higher law, federal-state controversies, economic growth, and the expansion of personal rights will be considered in the context of the American constitution. [H] [P]

POSC 2507-L01                Environmental Politics                         STAFF                                  TR 11:30-12:45
The course introduces students to the history and evolution of environmentalism and environmental policy. [H] [P]

SOCI 2969-L01               Sociology of Popular Culture             Robin R. Das                        MR 10-11:15am
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? [A, H] [C]
SOCI 3670-L01                Hispanic Women                                    Rodriguez, C                      MW 1:00-2:15

An examination of the changing roles of Hispanic women with regard to Hispanic men, motherhood, the labor force experience, sexual awareness, media myths, political and economic power, and women’s liberation. The structural position and changing conceptions of Hispanic women in the Americas will be examined through the lenses of analytical work and literature. The goal of this course is to develop a contemporary and historical understanding of Hispanic women, utilizing an interdisciplinary perspective.   Three themes will be given particular emphasis throughout the course.   These are: (1) historical acts of domination and acts of resistance and (2) the difference between images, identities, and realities and (3) images of "the other" in literature and how "the other" speaks from that position. Topics that we will focus on are: the influence of the media; "la familia;" women and work; health; and violence against women. [H] [D, P]

SOCI 3713-L01                Criminology                                             STAFF                                  MR 8:30-9:45
This course surveys the state of knowledge and theories explaining criminal behavior and attempts to control it by society. Although the sociological perspective on crime is emphasized, class discussion and the text attempt to examine the subject from a multidisciplinary point of view, especially with respect to legal, biological and psychological views of crime. [H] [P]

THEO 3993-L01                Wartime Religion in US History          Seitz, J                               MR 10:00-11:15
This course explores American religion during the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the War in Vietnam.   Using primary and secondary sources, we will investigate particular times of war as a way of getting inside religious lifeworlds of the past.  The anxieties and passions of wartime open up dialogue on the "justice" of particular conflicts, but they also prompt reflection on more basic questions of human meaning, suffering, loss, and death, and the sources of selfhood.   This means that we will deal not only with debates between religious supporters and resistors of particular wars, but also with the ways wars (and the social, political, and cultural conditions surrounding them) have been experienced and made sense of religiously. [H, R] [P]

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