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Fall 2010 American Studies Courses at Lincoln Center

Fall 2010 American Studies courses at Lincoln Center

AMST 2000-L01              Major Developments in American Culture     Fisher, J             MR 11:30-12:45
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.

Fall 2010 courses at Lincoln Center cross listed with American Studies

AFAM 2005-L01        AMERICAN PLURALISM                      Watkins-Owens, I            M 6:00-8:45pm
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.
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AFAM 3030-L01      AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN             Watkins-Owens, I            W 6:00-8:45pm

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.
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ANTH 3180-L01       CULTURES OF NEW YORK CITY              Fader, A                           TF 1:00-2:15pm
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COMM 3403-L01               AMERICAN FILM COMEDY            Tueth, M                         MW 1:00-2:15pm
This course takes both a theoretical and a historical approach to Hollywood film comedy from the silent classics of Sennett, Chaplin, and Keaton to the best of contemporary work in the genre.
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COMM 3111-L01       GENDER IMAGES IN MEDIA                Schwartz, M                     MR 2:30-3:45pm
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COMM 3309-L01          CHILDREN IN THE MEDIA                Jackaway, G
                     MR 2:30-3:45pm
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.
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COMM 4001-L01     FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE              Albert Auster                   
T 2:30-05:00 pm
From the clarities of the American Western to the ambiguities of film noir and the religious/philosophical intricacies of many European directors, the theme of good and evil has been a constant one in cinematic history. This course examines how the complexities of human morality are played out, puzzled over, made visually and narratively compelling by directors such as Ford, Kubrick, Reed, Welles, Scorsese, Fellini, Bergman and Rohmer.
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Lab fee.
ECON 3453-R01               LAW AND ECONOMICS                   Buckley                         MR 10:00-11:15am
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 to 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 3655-R01           THE ART OF CAPTIVITY                   Cassuto, L                          T 2:30-5:15pm
This new interdisciplinary course focuses on the art and literature of captivity as the term is broadly conceived. We will read about literal forms of captivity such as slavery, and figurative, social versions of captivity that arise from relationships, economics, sexuality, disability, and other situations. (Authors will include Frederick Douglass, Art Spiegelman, Sylvia Plath, and others.) This course combines literature with visual art, spotlighting the Fall 2010 exhibit in the Lincoln Center Art Gallery--curated by professor Cassuto--also called "The Art of Captivity." The exhibit will feature the work of Kara Walker, Alyssa Phoebus, Paul Karasik, and others. We will sometimes meet in the gallery in order to create interdisciplinary dialogue between paintings and readings. The course will also feature a number of guest appearances by artists whose work will be represented in the exhibit.
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HIST 3655-L01  AMERICA THE 1ST 200 YEARS: SALEM WITCH TRIALS  Panetta, R  MR 10:00-11:15am
Students will study the outbreak of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1691-1692 using trial manuscripts, diaries, religious tracts, contemporary accounts, maps, and town and village records. We will connect the witchcraft episode to the "Puritan errand into the wilderness," the Indian wars, the relationship between magic and religion, and the history of witchcraft practices in Europe. The course will evaluate the conflicting interpretations of modern historians, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers.
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POSC 2250-L01               THE US CONGRESS                           Greer, C                          MR 10:00-11:15am 
A study of the historical development and current operations of the U.S. Congress. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of elections, formal and informal rules and procedures, political parties and committees on the policies produced by Congress and/or the relations between the Congress and the executive branch.
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POSC 3202-L01                      CIVIL RIGHTS                              DeLuca, T                      MW 1:00-2:15pm
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 levels of scrutiny, civil and voting rights, public accommodations, employment, private associations, schools, privacy, "natural" roles, the public/private dichotomy. Studies movements for equality. Evaluating busing, affirmative action, pay equity and other remedies.
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POSC 3306-L01    DOMESTIC TERRORISM AND MODERN LIFE     Toulouse, C          TF 11:30am-12:45pm

This course is abotu the challenge posed by terrorism to liberal democracy and the whole project of "Modernity." Although we will be preoccupied with the presentcrisis--Iraq, the Middle East and world politics after 9/11--we will also be considering other terrorist movements, their relationship to globalization, and the role of the State in containing or exacerbating terrorist conflicts. This is a course that aims to raise and air difficult questions and to examine a range of options. There will also be no easy answers.
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SOCI 3427-L01             HISPANICS IN THE USA                     Rodriguez, C                   MW 1:00-2:15pm

This course explores the Hispanic mosaic in the U. S. Special emphasis is given to Hispanic education, culture and assimilation; the political significance of Hispanics; issues of gender, color, and race; and work in the changing economy.
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THEO 3430-L01            RELIGION AND FEMINISM                   Kueny, K                          T 2:30-5:00pm
This course explores the topic of feminism and religion in the context of religious practice and belief from a multicultural perspective. First, the course will examine early femist thought, which challenged dominant cultural assumptions that women should be defined in terms of "what men are not," and called for equality with men and liberation from oppressive structures. Second, the course will explore challenges to this traditional feminist thought, which came from marginal voices and postmodern critiques of liberal feminism that undermined the belief in a homogenous, "women's experience." Of particular interest will be the concept of "relationality," a contemporary critique of the belief that a human being posseses an essentialist, fixed nature taht then interacts with an external world. In contrast, a relational human identityis understood to be a reflexive, dynamic identity that is engaged in reciprocal contact and engagement with others and with the surrounding social, cultural, and historical milieu. Therefore, a woman's identity is uniquely her own as it is dynamically engaged with her culture, sexual orientation, social context, religion, and interpersonal relations, but also in contact and contrast with those distinct subjects aruond her (who are likewise formed by parallel engagements). Third, the course will probe the following questions: 1) is it possible, or even desireable, given the fragmented nature of identity formation, and the fact that there is no single, universal "women's experience," for a "global feminism" to emerge; and 2) if so, on what basis would it exist?
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THEO 3996-L01                RELIGION IN THE CITY                      Seitz, J                       MR 10:00-11:15am

This course introduces students to the history and contemporary experience of New York's religious people as they have lived within and tried to make sense of the urban environment. How have the various material, social, and cultural realities of life in the city influenced religious practice? How have religious people transformed the city and its spaces? In addition to reading texts that address these questions in a variety of religious traditions, students will conduct a semester-long research project--using both fieldwork and historical methods--about a single New York religious community of their choosing.

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WMST 3610-L01      TRANSATLANTIC WOMEN MODERNISTS        Fernald, A          TF 11:30am-12:45pm
This class looks at gender and modernism on both sides of the Atlantic. We will read a generous selection of women modernists, famous and little-known, representing fiction, film, and poetry from the first half of the twentieth century. Our transatlantic focus offers a special opportunity to examine multicultural and cosmopolitan modernisms: many women writers in this period were travelers and immigrants. We will also analyze the complex and often fraught relationships among feminist criticism, feminist theory, and theories of modernism, both in the early twentieth century and today. Authors include Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf.
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