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Fall 2011 American Studies Courses at Rose Hill

Fall 2011 American Studies courses at Rose Hill

AMST 3010-R01        APPROACHES TO AMERICAN STUDIES        Glenn Hendler  W 11:30 am-2:00 pm

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. In this course, students will gain:

  • Knowledge about the history of American studies as an interdisciplinary movement--its major schools of thought, some of its influential figures, recent and emergent developments, and the conflicts and controversies that have animated work in the field;
  • Understanding of several of the methodologies American studies scholars use to analyze American culture;
  • Awareness of some of the major theories that influence and underpin American studies scholarship.
In the end, students will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary both for informed, rigorous reading of current publications in the field and for the production of original research of their own in future classes, including (for majors) the senior thesis.
This year, the course is organized around a theme that has been central to American Studies since its inception: migration. From Perry Miller's 1956 account of the Puritans' "errand into the wilderness" to current cutting-edge scholarship on migration and transnationalism in a 2008 special issue of American Quarterly, scholars have used interdisciplinary methodologies to explore the ways the movements of peoples have formed American culture. Over the course of the semester we will trace the history of American studies scholars’ engagement with migration, explore the methodological and theoretical tools they have deployed in their analyses, assess the value of various keywords they have used to interpret nation and migration, and accumulate an archive of primary sources—texts, sites, events, figures, and objects—that help us ask new questions about American culture.

Tentative Book List (Subject to Change):
1) Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (Algonquin Books) ISBN-13: 978-1565129757
2) Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, editors. Keywords for American Cultural Studies (New York University Press). ISBN-13: 978-0814799482
3) David G Gutiérrez and Pierrette Hontagneu-Sotelo, editors. Nation and Migration: Past and Future (Johns Hopkins University Press).ISBN-13: 978-0801892813
4) Lucy Maddox, ed. Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline (Johns Hopkins University Press). ISBN-13: 978-0801860560
And a set of readings to be made available on e-res and Blackboard over the course of the semester.

AMST 3500-R01      THE SENIOR SEMINAR: Food and Globalization       Julie Kim and Oneka LaBennett        R 2:30-4:30          

This course will introduce students to some of the interdisciplinary theories and methods of American studies by focusing on issues of food and globalization.  Although theories of globalization have a long history, food has become a particularly fraught topic within recent debates over economy and culture. Addressing these debates, we will consider such questions as: Why is it important to study food?  What can tracing the global exchange of such products as sugar, pineapple, rice, and fast food teach us about colonialism, interactions between Old and New World ecosystems, American imperialism, localization, and the emergence of new consumer cultures?  How does the transnational flow of food shape lived realities surrounding race, gender, body image, and class identity? We will explore food in a variety of geographical contexts, including the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia, in order to engage with transnational and comparative currents in American Studies. Some theorists we will examine include Sidney Mintz, Alfred Crosby, Judith A. Carney, James L. Watson, and Gary Okihiro. The course work also will be aimed towards facilitating the design and completion of a successful senior thesis in American Studies.

Tentative Book List (Subject to Change):
1) Alfred Crosby, The Columbian Exchange (Greenwood Press, 978-0837172286—please get used copies of this edition, not the new editions that are over $30)
2) Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power (Penguin, 978-0140092332)
3) Judith Carney, Black Rice (Harvard UP, 978-0674008342)
4) Gary Okihiro, Pineapple Culture (U of California P, 978-0520265905)

Fall 2011 courses at Rose Hill cross listed with American Studies

AFAM 3115-R01      MARTIN LUTHER KING AND MALCOLM X          Chapman, M           T 2:30-5:30pm
An examination of the lives, philosophies, and historical influences of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The purpose of this course is to examine the life and thought of Martin L. King Jr. and Malcolm X. Our main goals are to trace the development in their thinking, and to examine the similarities and differences between them. Finally, we will seek to evaluate their contribution to the African-American freedom struggle, American society and the world. Our method of study will emphasize the VERY close reading of the primary and secondary material; the use of audio and videocassettes; lecture presentations and class discussions. But it is important to note that we are not simply interested in the academic study of these two men's political and religious commitment; we are also concerned with how they inform our own political and spiritual lives. Hopefully, we will learn from Martin and Malcolm and be motivated by their passion forjustice.
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AFAM 3134-R01     FROM ROCK AND ROLL TO HIP HOP                   Naison, M                  TF 1:00-2:15pm
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.
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AFAM 4000-R01          AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: AMERICAN DREAM          Naison, M           MR 8:30-9:45am
An examination of the political and legal historyof 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.
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AMCS 3333-R01        AMERICAN CATHOLIC FICTIONS              O'Donnell, A             MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course explores the narratives created by American Catholic artists and the variety of forms their stories take.  Emphasis will be on 20th-Century and contemporary American Catholic novelists and short story writers, such as William Kennedy, John O’Hara, Flannery O’Connor, Ron Hansen, Mary Gordon, David Plante, and Andre Dubus.  In addition, students will engage the work of American Catholic filmmakers (such as Coppola and Scorsese), visual artists (including Andy Warhol), and the music & lyrics of Catholic composers/songwriters (such as Bruce Springsteen).  We will consider the content of these visual, musical, and literary narratives—and the relationships among them--in light of their grounding in the specific American and Catholic cultures they portray, and we will explore the particular capability of each genre to convey the artist’s vision of the possibilities and limitations of the world he or she inhabits and (re)creates.
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AMCS 3340-R01         CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY                 Gould, W                     MR 4:00-5:15pm
This course will examine the relationship between Catholicism and democracy, placing particular stress on their relevance to contemporary American public life. In this context, Catholicism will be understood not only as a religious institution, but as the source of a tradition of communitarian social and political thought, while democracy will be understood not only institutionally, that is, as a form of government, but also as an ethos shaping American society. Authors and texts to be studied will include (among others) Alexis de Tocqueville, Orestes Brownsen, Dorothy Day, John Courtney Murray, and relevant documents from Vatican II and the American hierarchy. Areas of historic tension between Catholicism and democracy will be discussed, as will possibilities of greater harmony between them. In particular, the possibility that Catholicism's communitarian orientation might serve as a corrective to American individualism and consumerism, while democratic institutions and practices might have something to offer Catholicism, will be carefully explored.
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COMM 2301-R01       THE BROADCAST INDUSTRY                  Micewicz, J                      MR 8:30-9:45 am

The examination of the American broadcasting industry from a variety of perspectives, such as regulation, advertising, programming, technology, institutional structure and audience research. Lessons from broadcast history are used to shed light on contemporary concerns.
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COMM 3108-R01     MOVIES & AMERICAN EXPERIENCE             Ribalow, M                         T 2:30-5:15pm
A study of the American character as portrayed in American feature films from the early 20th century to the present. Lab fee.
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COMM 3108-R02     MOVIES & AMERICAN EXPERIENCE                Ribalow, M                       
T 6:00-8:30pm
A study of the American character as portrayed in American feature films from the early 20th century to the present. Lab fee.
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COMM 3110-R01       PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA                 TBA                                    TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course analyzes the ways in which the media represent the issues of peace and justice. Considering the relevance of peace and justice for democratic practicies, the variety of media depictions of such issues will be analyzed. Topics such as environmental and economic justice, poverty and the poor, race and gender, war and peace, and media values and ethics will be covered.
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COMM 3112-R01                  MEDIA LAW                               Hayes, Arthur S.                             
MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course is designed to introduce the communication and media studies major to the basic issues in the field of media law. Examined here are the Constitutional principles underlying the major Supreme Court cases that have established the parameters governing the use of communication technologies in the country. Special focus will be given to the various legal changes posed by new media. Juniors and Seniors only.
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COMM 3205-R01     JOURNALISTS & THE LAW                   Delio, Suzanne C.                             
W 6:00-8:30pm
Students should think of this course as a media law handbook for journalists. We will examine U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals court opinions and other materials with the aim of developing: (1) an understanding of the fundamentals of free speech-free press law, (2) and ability to spot when journalists' conduct may lead to lawsuits alleging libel, violations of national security, violations of the fair administration of justice and defendants fair trial rights and invasion of privacy, (3) an understanding of journalists’ rights and privileges under the law, (4) the skills to read and analyze court opinions and reason as lawyers do.
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COMM 3307-R01             SOCIAL MEDIA                                     TBA                                          TF 1:00-2:15pm
An introduction to computer-mediated communication, electronic networking, online Internet communication and emerging interactive social contexts, such as MUDS, Chat, Discussion Lists and the World Wide Web. This course includes computer-based observations and hands-on projects. Computer literacy not presumed.
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COMM 3310-R01           TV COMEDY AND AMERICAN VALUES     Tueth, Michael                    TF 1:00-2:15pm
An examination of the major genres of American television comedy and their relationship to American culture, this course observes examples of the most successful television comedies in the light of traditional comic theory and practice and American social and cultural history. The influence of social, artistic and commercial factors on comic patterns and techniques are considered.
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COMM 3451-R01             FILMS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK           Shanahan, M.                        M 6:00-8:30pm

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 system and his mastery of cinematic technique and language. Lab fee.
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COMM 3476-L01              ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA                  Sternberg, J.                      T 6:00-8:30pm

Review of ethical principles and examination of media-related issues such as freedom of expression, the right to privacy and the public's right to know.
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COMM 3566-L01          MEDIA EFFECTS                                         TBA                                  TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course explodes the age-old controversies surrounding children's media. At least since Plato called for the banishment of the poets from the Republic to shield children from "harmful" ideas, adults have been worrying about the impact of mediated communication on the youngest members of society. In recent centuries, the emergence of new communication technologies has been consistently accompanied by calls for censorship and regulation in the name of protecting young audience members. Examining the methodological, ethical, political and philosophical challenges of studying children and media, this course provides an overview of the existing research on the effects of media on the youngest viewers and considers the complex and multifaceted nature of the debates about how to protect children and teens without violating the First Amendment.
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COMM 4001-L01            FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE             Tueth, Michael                 
TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore the ethical aspects of each film's issues,while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the students' appreciation of the films' artistic achievements.
[A, R] [C] Lab fee.

COMM 4005-R01  DIGITAL MEDIA AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY   Capo, James A.     TF 1:00-2:15pm
An examination of the choices and responsibilities which shape the personal identity and common humanity for those who regularly employ the tools of digital media and computer technology. Regular use of digital media enables individuals to separate from their physical selves and from the community spaces in which they have traditionally lived. This course focuses on the resulting ethical tensions.
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COMM 4603-R01           MEDIA & POPULAR CULTURE                 TBA                               TF 8:30-9:45am
An exploration of various forms of contemporary popular culture and their meanings in modern life. Theoretical approaches are discussed and various media texts such as film, television, advertising images, popular icons, music and style are analyzed.
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ECON 3453-R01               LAW AND ECONOMICS                      TBA                             MR 11:30am-12:45pm
This course applies microeconomic analysis to traditional areas of legal study, such as contract, property, tort and criminal law. The approach applies the 'rational choice' framework used in economics to analyze the purpose, effect and genesis of laws. Attention is paid to the effect of legal structures on economic efficiency. Economic analysis of law is one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of both economic and legal scholarship. This course is of value to both the general economist and students planning to attend law school.
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ECON 3453-R02              LAW AND ECONOMICS                  Themeli, B                        MR 10:00-11:15pm
This course applies microeconomic analysis to traditional areas of legal study, such as contract, property, tort and criminal law. The approach applies the 'rational choice' framework used in economics to analyze the purpose, effect and genesis of laws. Attention is paid to the effect of legal structures on economic efficiency. Economic analysis of law is one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of both economic and legal scholarship. This course is of value to both the general economist and students planning to attend law school.
[H] [P]

ECON 3850-R01       ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS               TBA                             MR 4:00-5:15pm
Good economic analysis underlies many successful environmental policies, from reducing air and water pollution to the Montreal Accord limiting ozone-depleting gases. However, the environmental challenges of global warming, biodiversity and sustainable development are increasing global as well as politically and economically complex. This course reviews the key economic ideas underlying past successes and explores potential solutions for sustaining economic growth with environmental preservation in rich and poor countries alike.
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ECON 4110-R01            ETHICS AND ECONOMICS            Themeli, B                        MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course examines how ethical considerations enter into economic decisions. Readings include writings by moral philosophers and the founders of economicthought as well as recent research on ethical issues. Topics for discussion may include childcare, trade liberalization, welfare reform, healthcare, poverty, pollution, and economic sanction.
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ECON 4110-R02            ETHICS AND ECONOMICS              Themeli, B                       MR 4:00-5:15pm
This course examines how ethical considerations enter into economic decisions. Readings include writings by moral philosophers and the founders of economic thought as well as recent research on ethical issues. Topics for discussion may include childcare, trade liberalization, welfare reform, healthcare, poverty, pollution, and economic sanction.
[H] [P]

ENGL 3325-R01     SLAVERY & 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE     Kim, Julie              MR 11:30am-12:45pm

This course will examine the anti-slavery movement through literature and philosophy of the late 1700's.
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ENGL 3653-R01     MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS               TBA                                TR 5:30-6:45 pm
This course provides an introduction to major American authors.

ENGL 3665-R01          COMING OF AGE IN ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE      Kim, James       TF 4:00-5:15 pm
In this course we will examine a variety of ways in which contemporary Asian-American authors have responded to the difficulty of growing up as outsiders.

ENGL 4129-R01      FOUR MODERN CATHOLIC WRITERS          Giannone, Richard      M 2:30-4:59pm

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.
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HIST 3657-R01         AMERICAN CONSTITUTION                  Cornell, S.                 TF 1:00-2:15pm
The 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 American social history.

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HIST 3757-R01       THE AMERICAN SOUTH                          Cimbala, P                 MR 10:00-11:15
The American South is an enigma, a riddle that defies a solution, so some people claim. Indeed, the South's rich history, folk-life, and mythology prompt contradictory assessments of the region: it is a pathological deviation from the American success story and at the same time the quintessence of our national character. This course will explore the nature of the American South, concentrating on the 19th and 20th centuries, in an attempt to understand if not resolve the apparent paradox. In the process, we will discuss some of the major themes of southern history, including sectionalism, race, continuity and discontinuity, and the origins and persistence of regional poverty. We will examine specific topics dealing with slavery, the plantation system, the impact of the Civil War, the Lost Cause, the New South, segregation, Populism, demagogues, and the Depression. Students will become familiar with these themes and topics through the works of scholars, novelists, and essayists such as U.B. Phillips, William Faulkner, C. Vann Woodward, David Potter, Bertram Wyatt-Brown and Marshall Frady. In the end, we may learn more about ourselves and our nation through developing an understanding of what to many Northerners is an exotic region. Or we may discover that the words of the late historian Joseph J. Mathews bear universal significance: "The problem is not the Southerner's fascination with gazing at his own navel but his satisfaction with the restricted view."
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HIST 3857-R01          AMERICA SINCE 1945                         Swinith, Kristen                    TF 1:00-2:15pm
Integrating economic, political and social history, this course will explore the development of the American economy, paying particular attention to transformations in the nature of work and labor relations.

HIST 3904-R01     AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY          TBA                                MR 10:00-11:15am

HIST 3912-R01        FROM WILSON TO FDR                         TBA                        MR 11:30am-12:45pm

PHIL 3417-R01           RACE AND MORAL RECOGNITION          Ann Murphy           TF 8:30-9:45am
This course willexamine 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.
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POSC 2102-R01     INTRODUCTION TO URBAN POLITICS              TBA                     MR 11:30am-12:45pm
A study of politics and power within urban political systems, including an examination of their historical development, current political economy, and prospects for the future.
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POSC 2206-R01            THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY               Cohen, J                     TF 2:30-3:45pm
An examination of presidential leadership, including the development, growth and exercise of presidential power. Includes analysis of democratic foundations of the presidency, organization and operation of office, role in domestic and foreign policy, relations with Congress and the importance of character.
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POSC 2211-R01           AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES         Richard Fleisher             TF 1:00-2:15pm
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, and the impactof parties on the workings of both the presidency and Congress as policymaking institutions.
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POSC 2213-R01                  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW                Robert Hume              TF 10:00-11:15am
A casebook approach to an examination of the 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.
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POSC 2302-R01     MEDIA & PUBLIC OPINION        Monika L. McDermott           MR 4:0005:15 pm
A critical examination of the nature, formation, and distribution of public opinion and partisan attitudes in the United States. Emphasis on the importance of the media in the formation of public opinion and the connection between public opinion and democracy. 
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POSC 3121-R01                    NEW YORK CITY POLITICS             Berg, Freed           MR 10:00-11:15am
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 that system.
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PSYC 3600-R01                   MULTICULTURAL ISSUES                   TBA                           TF 2:30-3:45pm
Prerequisite: PSRU-1000. The focus of this course is the multicultural applicability of scientific and professional psychology. Traditional psychological theories, scientific psychology, psychological tests, and the practice of psychology will be examined and critiqued from cultural and socio-historical perspectives. Contemporary psychological theories and research specific to men, women, gay men, lesbians, and race/ethnicity will be reviewed.
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SOCI 2701-R01           INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE          Flavin, J         TR 10:00-11:15am
An overview of the criminal justice system: law, its sociology, and its social and political functions. A critical examination of law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and corrections.
[H] [P]

SOCI 2925-R01                       MEDIA CRIME SEX VIOLENCE            Sweet, K            
TF 8:30-09:45am
An analysis of mass media reporting, presentation and explanation.
[A, H] [P]

SOCI 3136-R01              INEQUALITY - WHY/EFFECTS          Fuentes-Mayorga, N.          TF 11:30am-12:45pm
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SOCI 3405-R01                GENDER, RACE, CLASS                             Kurti, Z                     MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course examines the relationship between gender, race, and class as overlapping dimensions of social experience in the U.S. Drawing on a variety of sources, including theoretical, ethnographic, and literary writings, each of these dimensions is considered as part of a complex approach to social problems.
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SOCI 3456-R01       MODERN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS         Bilous, A          MR 11:30am-12:45pm
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 andtheoretical assessment of social movements, this course introduces students to particular movements that have formed over such issues as alcohol consumption, racism, war, and abortion.
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SOCI 3675-R01     LATINA WOMEN: IMMIGRATION AND INEQUALITY    Fuentes-Mayorga, N.   TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course provides an introduction to feminist as well as gender theories which now explain the stratification of women in both US and Latino societies. In addition, students are introduced to US-based Latino as well as Latin American literatures and the different dimensions or tools through which gender, socialization, and power stratification are measured. The objective of the course are: a.) to examine the historical processes that have structured the identity of Latina women as part of a minority group; b.) to review and provide synthesis of existing feminine and gender paradigms on power inequality; and c.) to provide critical analysis of the applicability of these models in understanding the current integration of Latina and immigrant women in American society.
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THEO 3281-R01              RELIGION IN AMERICA                        Thomas J. Shelley     TWF 10:30-11:20am
A survey of religion in America from Colonial time through the present day. [R, H] [P]

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