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Spring 2009 American Studies Courses at Rose Hill

Rose Hill Spring 2009 Courses

Spring 2009 American Studies CourseS LISTED at Rose Hill
AMRU 2000: Major Developments in American Culture
Staff                                                        TF 1:00-2:15
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.

Spring 2009 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. Because we have not yet seen syllabi for every course to be offered in Spring 2009, not all of them have been categorized by concentration. Always check the website and for the latest updates.
AARP 3112: The Sixties
Naison                                                   TF 1:00-2:15
An examination of the political, cultural and economic changes that took place in the United States during the 1960s. Special attention will be given to the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War in shaping public discourse and in presenting Americans with important political and moral choices. P.
AARP 3132: The Black Prison Experience
Chapman                                               TF 11:30-12:45
This course examines the experience of African Americans in the prison system, with a special emphasis on religion as a transforming agent. P, D.
AHRU 4530: Gender and Modern Art
Heleniak                                 W 11:30-2:00
This seminar will examine the role of women as artists and subjects in the history of modern art. We will discuss the social and educational impediments that both inhibited and shaped women's careers. We will also investigate the cultural construction of gender difference in works of art by men and women artists, and read theoretical texts on the issues involved. C.
CARU 3359-001: American Catholic Women Writers
O’Donnell                                              TF  1130-1245
This course will explore American Catholic Women's imaginative writing and the ways in which it reflects the broad range of attitudes and the complexity of feelings towards the Church American women have given voice to in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will read poetry, fiction, and memoir written by writers such as Dorothy Day, Mary McCarthy, Denise Levertov, Josephine Jacobsen, Flannery O’Connor, Mary Karr, Alice McDermott, Louise Erdrich, and Mary Gordon. Despite the considerable differences among these writers in terms of their practice of faith and craft, we will examine the ways in which their art bears the stamp of their experience with the Church and what the nature of that stamp might be.C.
CMRP 3108: Movies and the American Experience
Ribalow                                  T 2:30-4:00
                                                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.
CMRU 2525:  Digital Broadcast & Cyberculture
Sternberg                                               W 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.
CMRU 3103: Versions of Censorship/Freedom of Expression
Vanoosting                                           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 predominant social values is examined and specific cases are subject to evaluative judgments. P.
CMRU 3111: Gender Images in Media
Andersen                                              MR 11:30-12:45
Analysis of the representation and social construction of gender in a variety of communication formats, from the differing narratives surrounding male and female characters in fictional discourse, to the nonfiction images of men and women in the news. Gender discourse in film, television, advertising, photography, and on the Internet is examined within the context of broader social and economic relationships.
CMRU 3407: Science Fiction Genre
Strate                                                      W 11:30-2:00
Sociological, cultural, and psychoanalytic analysis and criticism of the science fiction genre in cinema, television, radio, print and other media. Lab fee. C.
CMRU 4705: Special Topics in Communications and Media
Phelan/Vanoosting                              R 6:00-8:30
Shanahan                                              M 6:00-8:00
An examination of current issues, practices or trends in communication and media studies. Specific topics to be covered vary by semester.
CMRV 4001: Films of Moral Struggle
Tueth                                                     MR 4:00-5:15
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. Lab fee. C.

CORU 3912:  Literature of the Americas 
Contreras                                              MR 2:30-3:45
Spanning North, Central, and South America, this class will read novels across time and space. Whether this literature can produce a coherent vision of “America” in the 21st century will be considered alongside questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will alsoexamine the complexities of the aesthetic: not only what makes a novel “American” but also what makes an American novel valuable. Authors include Pynchon, Cisneros, Garcia Marquez, Burroughs, and Fuentes.
ENRU 3626: American Realism and Naturalism
Hendler                                  MR 4:00-5:15
This course will consider American fiction and nonfiction between the Civil War and World War I in relation to the literary movements known as realism and naturalism, asking questions about what distinguishes realism from naturalism and how race, gender, ethnicity and class affect the "reality" or "nature" represented in these writings.  C.
HSRP 3792: African American History II
Purnell                                                    MR 11:30-12:45
An examination of the black experience in the U.S. from Reconstruction to the present. Subjects covered will be the origins of segregation, the Civil Rights movement, African American nationalism, and African American contributions to American literature, music, sports, and scholarship. Special attention will be given to the role of economic forces in shaping African American life, and the importance of gender issues in the African American experience. D, P.
HSRU 3753: Civil War Era 1861-1877
Cimbala                                  MR 10:00-11:15
A history of the war years and America's racial and sectional readjustment after the war.
HSRU 3950: Latino History
Rivera-Giusti                                         TF 1:00-2:15
This course explores the development of the Latina/o population in the U.S. by focusing on the questions of migration, race, ethnicity, labor, family, sexuality, and citizenship. Specific topics include: United States colonial expansion and its effects on the population of Latin America; Mexican-Americans, and the making of the West; colonialism and the Puerto Rican Diaspora; Caribbean revolutions and the Cuban-American community; and globalization and recent Latina/o migrations (Dominicans, Colombians). D.
MURU 2022: Broadway Musicals
Stemple                                  MR 11:30-12:45
A history of musical entertainment on the Broadway stage from the post-Civil War era to the present. An analysis of the function of lyrics, music and libretto, and the problems involved in suiting these to character and dramatic situations drawing primarily on the work of Kern, the Gershwins, Porter, Rodgers and Hart/Hammerstein and Sondheim. C.
PHRP 3722: Native American Philosophy
Green                                                      MR 11:30-12:45
This seminar-style course will explore the philosophical contributions of Native Americans (also known as American Indians, and best known by the names these diverse people have given themselves), including insights about how to preserve our biotic community and to live with one another amidst our American pluralism in ways that are spiritually satisfying. D.
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 2205: The US Congress
Fleisher                                  MR 10:00-11:15
A study of the historical development and current operations of the U.S. Congress. Particularattention will be paid to the impact of elections, formal and informal rules and procedures, politicalparties and committees on the policies produced by the Congress and/or the relations between theCongress and the executive branch. P.
PORU 2315: Campaigns and Elections
Panogopolous                                      MR 2:30-3:45
This course undertakes an in-depth study of campaigns and voting, with an emphasis on the presidential and congressional elections. We will examine elections from the perspectives of candidates, political parties, interest groups, the media,political consultants, and voters. In addition, we will address some basic questions about elections in America: What are the rules? Who wins and why? What difference do elections make? P.
PORU 3130: Politics, Urban Planning & Development
Kantor                                                    MR 10:00-11;15
Analysis of the political dimensions of urban planning in cities and metropolitan areas. The political nature of planning in particular policy areas (e.g. urban renewal, housing, neighborhood preservation, etc.) is examined. P.
PORU 3321: American Public Policy
Kantor                                                    MR 2:30-3:45
Analysis of the process of policy making at the national level, including the politics of selected policy issues. Students will examine how some issues never make it to the public agenda and the forces that shape those that do. P.
PORU 3909: Vietnam, Cuba-JFK Assassination
Andrews                                                TF 1:00-2:15
This course will examine the dark underside to United States foreign policy and politics revealed by conspiracy and cover-up surrounding the Kennedy assassination.
RSRP 3281: Religion in America
Shelley                                                   TWF 11:30-12:20
A survey of religion in America from Colonial times through the present day.
SORP 2420: Social Problems and Race and Ethnicity
Cullen                                                     MR 4:00-5:15
This course explores the historical and contemporary issues surrounding the impact that race and ethnicity have in society. Students will examine how racial and ethnic criteria often guide important economic, political and social decisions that affect access to resources by various groups and which usually have major consequences for the individual. D, P.
SORP 3405: Gender Race and Class
Staff                                                        MR 8:30-9:45
This course examines the relationship between gender, race, and class as overlapping dimensions of social experience in the United States. 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. D, P.
SORP 3408: Diversity in American Society
Cullen                                                     MR 2:30-3:45
An examination of historical and contemporary diversity in the United States. Diversity is defined according to ethnic, race, religious, class and other relevant social groups. A comparison of thesituation of old and new ethnic and immigrant groups will be made with special attention to factors affecting integration into the society. D.
SORP 3506: Diversity in American Families
Weinshenker                                        MR 11:30-12:45
This course focuses on the forms and structures of the family with emphasis on practices and ideologies, and how they vary by race/ethnicity, immigrationstatus, gender, and sexuality. D.
SORU 2701: Intro to Criminal Justice
Sweet                                                     TF 8:30-9:45
A course description will be added to the website when it becomes available.
SORU 3602: Urban Sociology
Staff                                                        MR 11:30-12:45
One of the most significant developments in human history has been the development of cities. This course will examine the evolution and contemporary characteristics of cities in a sociological perspective. The course includes a descriptive overview of the growth and development of cities and a discussion of the current state of urban America. Particular attention will be paid to New York City. We will also analyze various theoretical approaches to understand urbanization, such as the human-ecological and Marxist theories. P.
SORU 3708: Law and Society
Cuneo                                                    TF 2:30-3:45
How and when did law originate? What functions does law serve to the society and to the individuals within that society? Students will examine theories of jurisprudence and alternative sociological perspectives dealing with selected legal and constitutional issues in the United States and Europe. Particular attention is focused on legal policy and social change. P.

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