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Spring 2011 American Studies Courses at Rose Hill

Spring 2011 American Studies courses at Rose Hill

AMST 2000-R01        MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN AMERICAN CULTURE       Gold, R   MR 11:30am-12:45pm
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 2011 courses at Rose Hill cross listed with American Studies

AFAM 3102-R01              THE BLACK FAMILY      Dozier, G                                 W 6:30-915pm
An examination of the history of the black family from slavery to the present facing on the social, political, and economic challenges facing this institution.
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AFAM 3112-R01                    THE SIXTIES              Naison
, M                              TF 1:00-2:15pm
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.
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AFAM 3115-R01               MARTIN LUTHER KING AND MALCOLM X          Chapman, M           MR 2:30-3:45pm
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 for justice.
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AFAM 3150-R01            CARIBBEAN PEOPLES & CULTURE             Mangum, C            T2:30-5:00pm
An examination of the historical, cultural and contemporary characteristics of various ethnic groups in the Caribbean. Special attention will be devoted to Afro-West Indians.
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AMCS 3150-R01            CATHOLICS AND POPULAR CULTURE          Mossa, M        TF 10:00-11:15am
An exploration of the intersection of poular devotion and popular culture in the experience of Amercian Catholics, examining the ways in which Catholics are portrayed and participate in popular media and consumer society and how this expresses and/or transforms what it means to be both American and Catholic.
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AMCS 3340-R01         CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY            Gould, W              MR 10:00-11:15am
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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ANTH 3354-R01         RACE IDENTITY & GLOBALIZATION            Benavides, O         TF 1:00-2:15pm
The course will explore the power of racial discourses in the production of global difference over the last five decades. Particular emphasis will be placed on the work of James Baldwin to understand the insights of the North American civil rights movement, and its global influence since the 1960's. The civil rights movement coalesced at an important moment of global historical questioning,and along with the African and Caribbean nationl liberation movements, anti-Vietmnam war protests, feminist and gay struggles and the student uprisings in Europe and Latin America, marked a particular manner in which to re-think global concepts such as democracy, citizenship, transnational identity, and political consciousness. The objective of the course is to make use of Baldwin's racial, national, and global reflections to understand the global effects of the progressive movements initiated five decades ago.
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ANTH 3373-R01        ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SURVIVAL        Gilbert, A                TF 8:30-9:45am
This course is an inquiry into the biological and cultural processes by which human populations have adapted to the world's diverse ecosystems. Particular attention is devoted to issues of group survival in difficult habitats and the environmental impact of preindustrial and recently Westernized cultures.
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ANTH 3490-R01            ANTHRO POLITIC VIOLENCE                Consroe, K            TF 2:30-3:45pm
Political violence happens everyday, whether we endure it personally or hear about it through the media. But seldom do we ask ourselves what it is. This course investigates the nature of political violence and articulate its many forms from the anthropological perspectives of gender, class, ethnicity, economics, and of course, politics. Specific areas of study include Northern Ireland, Germany, Sudan, Palestine, Mexico, Argentina, China, Australia, and the U.S.. The course will discusss the motivations for action (or inaction) by governments, elites, and insurgents, and students will get to know some of the organizations working against political violence. Field trips will include visits tothe United Nations, The United Holocust Museum, and Ground Zero. Podcasts, news broadcasts, movies and audio documention of events will provide further access to examples of global politcial violence.
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ANTH 3510-R01          MUSEUMS: CULTURES ON DISPLAY         Linn, M            W 11:30am-2:00pm
This course will explore the purposes museums serve and the meanings museums create in New York City and throughout the world. We will consider practices of collecting and displaying both objects and people, and we will cover both the historical development of museums and contemporary museums-related controversies. The course will frequently meet at New York City museums for in-situ learning experiences.
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SC 4650-R01          CYBERSPACE--ETHICS AND ISSUES               Chen, D                 T 2:30-5:00pm
We will explore issues of personal and social morality in the context of the new technological developments related to the use of computers. The first part of the course will be devoted to constructing a framework within which these issues can be analyzed: the basis of ethical theories, and their application to practical decisions in life. The remainder of the course will be organized around a seriesof seminar discussions of student-presented papers. In the papers, the students will be expected to analyze the ethical issues raised by the use of computers. The topics of the papers to be presented by students will be selected from areas such as the following: software ownership and intellectual property, software piracy, defective software, misuse of software, privacy and information access, computer crime, viruses and hacking, computer security, and computer communication and freedom of expression. This list is not intended to be definitive, and students are encouraged to find other relevant topics of interest.
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COMM 3108-R01     MOVIES & AMERICAN EXPERIENCE             Meir, R            
T 2:30-5:00pm
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             Meir, R              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           Brant, C            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 3110-E01       PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA           Callahan, T         W 6:30-9:15pm
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 3111-R01         GENDER IMAGES IN MEDIA               Aslama, M            TF 11:30am-12:45pm

COMM 3112-R01                  MEDIA LAW                                  Delio, S                      W 6:30-8:45pm

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 3307-R01            SOCIAL MEDIA                  Strate, L                     T 2:30-5pm
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     Freeman, L        MR 11:30am-12:45pm
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 3407-R01           THE SCIENCE FICTION GENRE                Strate, L            W 11:30am-2:00pm
Sociological, cultural, and psychoanalytic analysis and criticism of the science fiction genre in cinema, television, radio, print and other media. Lab fee.
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 COMM 3476-R01        ETHNICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA                    Capo, J                TF 11:30am-12:45pm

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 4001-R01              FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE                   TBA                     MR 4:00-5:15pm

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.
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COMM 4002-R01       VALUES IN THE NEWS                                  Capo, J                     TF 1:00-2:15pm
An examinationof how news constructs and mediates personal and socialvalues. This course considers how news frames discourse aboutreality, and then analyzes the framing of specific values, ethical issues and moral behaviors.
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COMM 4004-R01      SOCIAL ETHICS IN TELECOMMUNICATION        TBA           MR 2:30-3:45pm
This course deals with the policy decisions and ethical issues facing society in the telecommunications age. Of special concern are the ethical issues raised by the melding together of heretofore discrete media into vertically integrated, profit oriented, corporations.
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ECON 3453-R01               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.
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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 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.
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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.
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ENGL 3064-R01       THE AMERICAN VOICE                               Brandt, C                      TF 1:00-2:15pm

A writing course using iconic texts in the emergence/development/evolution of an American form of linguistic expression as prompts for student writing.  Reading: Emerson's "American Scholar" essay, a look back at some of the earlier American language as (mostly) an imitation of British English (culturally and linguistically, with some notable partial exceptions like Franklin), then the beginnings of a truly American language seen through Whitman's "Primer" in which he lists all the wonderful forms of American "democratic" speech.  Students will be asked to listen for and write contemporary versions of what Whitman heard.  Further reading: the rhetoric of Douglass, Lincoln, Anthony, Stanton, Sojourner Truth, etc., the prose of Twain, Harte, Melville, Bierce, and the poetry of Dickinson, Whitman, Frost.  Twentieth-century readings will include du Bois (Souls of Black Folk), Mencken, William Carlos Williams (Imaginations, In the American Grain), Faulkner, Hurston, Hughes, Stein (Geography for Americans), Bishop, etc.; and on the more "popular" plane, Studs Terkel, the detective novel, the public rhetoric of the civil rights and anti-war struggles.  Clearly, there is too much here for any one student to master in the course of only one semester, so students will be asked to choose, and wherever possible to work in teams.  The goal is for learning to become doing, by imitation or response.
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ENGL 3333-R01       CAPTIVES/CANNIBALS/REBELS               Kim, Julie                    TF 1:00-2:15pm

Cannibals, captives, andrebels are everywhere in early English writing about the Americas and the British Empire. In this course, we will think about why these figures fascinated authors and readers so much and what they can tell us about anxieties regarding colonization. We will read travel and captivity narratives, novels, plays, and poetry from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; authors may include Mary Rowlandson, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Unca Eliza Winkfield, George Colman, John Stedman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Earle.
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ENGL 3359-R01       ASIAN DIASPORIC LITERATURE             Kim, James                  TF 2:30-3:45pm
This course will introduce students so some key works of Asian diasporic literature, as well as to some crucial debates in Asian American studies. Some matters we may consider include the origins of the Asian American movement; the transnationalism debates; the intersections of race, gender, sexuality; and the emergence of an Asian American avante garde. Authors may include Maxine Hong Kingston, Chang-rae Lee, Li-Young Lee, Ha Jin, Young-Jean Lee, Jon Hau, Tan Lin, and others.
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ENGL 3653-R01         MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS               Thifault, P                MR 4:00-5:15pm
This course provides an introduction to major American authors, including Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman, James, Wharton, and others.
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ENGL 3681-R01       AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1890-1929     Cooper, J                MR 10:00-11:15am

The turn of the twentieth century saw enormous change in the US, marked by industrialization, social reform, and national economic prospertiy. At the same time, massive immigration, American imperialistic ventures, and questions about the place of African-Americans and Native Americans put pressure on the nationn's identity (or who an "American" was or should be). We will explore a range of literary responses to a nation in flux: possible authors include Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Jean Toomer, and Gertrude Stein.
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ENGL 3690-R01       LITERATURE OF THE WEST                     Contreras, D             TF 10:00-11:15am

This course will examine the literature produced in the US Southwest with attention to texts by Anglo Americans, Chicana/os, Native Americans and African-Americans. Authors may include: Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko. Besides a consideration of the rural and the metropolis, specific regional histories such as that of Texas and of Hollywood will be placed in the cultural history of this vast geographical area. Important concepts guiding the course are historical memory, migration, communal history and mobility of desire.
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HIST 3656-R01         THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION            Crane, E                 MR 11:30am-12:45pm
This course explores the American revolutionary era through social, economic, political, cultural and intellectual experiences.
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HIST 3753-R01           THE CIVIL WAR ERA, 1861-1877           Cimbala, P           MR 10:00-11:15am
A history of the war years and America's racial and sectional readjustment after the war.
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HIST 3792-R01         AFRICAN-AMERICAN HIST II                Chapman, M         MR 11:30am-12:45pm
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.
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HIST 3950-R01                LATINO HISTORY                    TBA                    MR 4:00-5:15pm
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).
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HIST 3990-R01        NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY         Stoll, S       
MR 10:00-11:15am
This course is about how the peoples of North America changed the landscape and struggled over the control of the environment over the last 500 years, from before Columbus to BP Oil Spill. Subjects include industrialism, capitalism, romantic poetry and painting, conservation, and a detailed examination of the environmental movement.
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HIST 3991-R01                   THE AMERICAN INDIAN             Stoll, S                  MR 11:30am-12:45pm
Not long ago, 15 million people lived in what is now the continental US, organized into roughly 500 broad groups, speaking thousands of languages, and living in hundreds of thousands of villages. They cultivated plants that became among the most important in the world by the 20th century, especially maize: now the most widely cultivated grain on earth. They confounded the medieval conception of the Creation and course of history, forcing Europeans to reexamine everything they thought they knew. And they helped to shape the US, by maintaining powerful military and political confederacies in the interior. They did not merely serve as guides; they did not walk in moccasins through time, leavingnot a mark on the landscape; they did not go quietly to their reservations. This course examines American Indians from their own points of view, from those of Whites,and from the ways that Indians changed American culture and environment. It is broadly chronological but mostly topical, covering the period from 13,000 years ago to after World War II through a series of issues and events. The course assumes no previous knowledge of American Indians and is offered as part of Fordham's Eloquentia Pefecta initiative. Accordingly, students will learn to write and speak.
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HIST 3992-R01                  CAPITALISM                  Stoll, S                     MR 2:30-3:45 pm
Political economy is the social science that treats the sources and methods of production for subsistence and wealth. It is the study of how political systems conceive of and organize economic life and of the ideas people hold as they set out to derive wealth from nature. Its founding authors are still read today, so convincingly did they establish the questions and the borders of the discipline. Yet these authors had a troubled relationship with the environments where commodities originate. They tended to deny that ecology and economy could possibly come into conflict. Instead, they proposed mechanistic models in which the market resolved all contradicitions. This seminar considers the various ways that capitalist societies have appointed resources and conceived of nature, progress, and wealth. IT IS A TOPICAL HISTORICAL SURVEY INTENDED TO TEACH THE ORIGINS, QUALITIES, AND HISTORICAL MANISFESTATIONS OF THIS POWERFUL SOCIAL SYSTEM. The course assumes no knowledge of economics and only a basic knowledge of American and European history.
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IRST  3412-R01                    IRISH AMERICA                    Stack, E                MR 11:30am-12:45pm
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the experiences of Irish emigrants and their descendants in the USA with an understanding of the gendered experiences of the labor market, the politics of the Irish-Americans, as well as cultural expressions of "Irish-ness" in America. We will examine various aspects of Irish emigration to the USA and the different settlement patterns there at different times. The role of the Irish in the establishment of the American Republic and their contributions in the labor force will be a major component of this course as will anti-Irish prejudice through the study of Nativism and the Draft Riots. We will study Irish participation in the Civil War and finally the progress of the Irish in the USA through education and social mobility. We will also investigate the role of religion in integrating and differentiating the Irish in the USA. Students should be able to trace the intersection of region, class, gender and ethnicity in structuring the experiences of the Irish in the USA.
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MLAL 3442-R01               ARAB CULTURE & NEWS MEDIA   Alsiadi, M            MR   10:00-11:14am
The American news media portrays the Arab world as one of endless political upheaval and repression, with a culture shaped strictly by Islam. This course broadens students' understanding of contemporary Arab societies through the study of Arab TV/radio/print/internet news, propaganda and cartoons - from those sanctioned by government-run outlets to those of national-resistance activists, democracy-promoting movements and even jihadists. The news is used in this course to investigate cultural issues, including political authority and decision-making, religion, gender and family dynamics, in Arab societies as well as to explore American-Arab relations. Through a study of the media, students compare Arab culture as portrayed by American media and American culture as portrayed by the media in Arab world. The class is conducted in English, with materials in English and Arabic with English subtitles.
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MUSC 2022-R01                  BROADWAY MUSICALS          Stempel, L                     MR 10:00-11:15am
A historical study of the Broadway musical stage from the Astor Place riot of 1849 to the present. The course examines both the shifting forms such musical-theater entertainments took--their books, lyrics, and music--and the social and cultural contexts that gave rise to such shows and the cultural meanings which they in turn helped shape. It looks especially into the work of Kern, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Sondheim
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MUSC 2031-R01             ROCK AND POP MUSIC SINCE WWII        Keenan, E           TF 1:00-2:15pm
Rock and pop music have played key roles in Western culture for over half a century. This couse considers the roots and musical features of rock and related styles, their changing status within "mainstream" culture, and the musical and ethical issues they raise. From the R&B music of the early 1950's to the British Invasion, punk, disco, rap, alternative and the spread of electronica, pop musicians have moved billions of people, while raising questions about race, gender, generation gaps, commercialism, and globalization.
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PHIL 3107-R01        GENDER, POWER, JUSTICE                            Murphy, A       TF 11:30am-12:45pm
This course examines the interplay between gender and various institutions of power in the US and beyond. Honing several philosophical accounts of gender, we will debate issues regarding ethics andpornography, sexual harassment, hate crimes against sexual minorities, and recent debates regarding Muslim women and the veil. Among the authors wediscuss will be Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Catharine MacKinnon, bell hooks.
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PHIL 3188-R01          ART, MORALITY, POLITICS            Gosetti, J                  MR 2:30-3:45pm
The seminar explores the inter-relationship among artistic, moral and political values.
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PHIL 3722-R01        NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHIES             Green, J      
MR 11:30 am-12:45pm
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 thatare spiritually satisfying.
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PHIL 3870-R01         CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY               Flynn, J                  MR 10:00-11:15am
This course traces the development of the "Frankfurt School" tradition of critical social theory, which combines Hegelian-Marxist social thought, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Max Weber's theory of rationalization. We will read Marx, Lukacs, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, and Habermas. Topics will include alienation and reification; the foundations of critical theory and ideology critique; critiques of the "culture industry", technology, and instrumental reason; and contemporary issues, such as the politics of public memory of the Holocaust in Germany and slavery in the U.S.
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POSC 2205-R01                  THE U.S. CONGRESS                 Fleisher, R              
MR 11:30am-12:45pm
A study of the historical development and current operation of the U.S. Congress. Particular attention is paid to the impact of elections, political parties, formal and informal rules and procedures, and congressional committees on the policies produced by Congress, and to Congress' relation to the executive branch.
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POSC 2214-R01              CIVIL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES            Hume, R            
TF 10:00 am-11:15 am
A casebook analysis of Supreme Court decisions on civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include freedom of speech and religion, the right to privacy, gender and racial equality, the death penalty, and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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POSC 2315-R01       CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS           Panagopoulos, C               MR 2:30-3:45pm
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?

POSC 2411-R01            POLITICS, NATURE, AND HISTORY      Baumgarth, W             MR 11:30am
Some thinkers have appealed to nature as a way of understanding the political community and its concerns. Others have claimed that history is far more important than human nature in understanding politics. We shall be looking at this debate as it unfolds in the writings fo political thinkers both in antiquity and in the modern era. We shall be discussing writings from such theorists as Aristotle, Augistine, Hobbes, Kant, Nietzsche, Freud, Skinner, and Heidegger.
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POSC 3909-R01          
VIETNAM, CUBA-JFK ASSASSINATION        Andrews, B       TF 1:00-02:15 pm
This course will examine the dark underside to United States foreignpolicy and politics revealed by conspiracy and cover-up surrounding the Kennedy assassination.
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This course will examine the causes and consequences of partisan polarization in American politics.  Topics tobecovered include polarization in Congress, the Presidency and the Courts; the polarization of ordinary citizens; the role of religion, class and race in fueling partisan polarization; the impact of polarization on politics in the ; and the assessment of polarization. Since this is a seminar, students are expected to be able to work independently by carrying out an extensive research project addressing some aspect of partisan polarization.
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POSC 4225-R01          SEMINAR: JUDICIAL  POLITICS             Hume, R              M 2:30-4:20pm
The course is and intensive examination fo methodological approaches to the study of judicial politics. Students will be introduced to major theories and literatures relating to judicial politics and become familiar with methods for conducting research or the courts. The culmination of the course will be a major research project on the subject of law and courts.
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PSYC 3600-R01                   MULTICULTURAL ISSUES                  Yip, T                           TF 1:00-2:15pm
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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PSYC 4340-R01                   LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY                  Wertz, J                       MR 4:00-5:15pm
An introduction to (a) the issues relevant to understanding human behavior from the perspective of law and psychology and (b) the contributions of psychology as a behavorial science to such legal issues as legal evidence, juries, and criminal and civil responsibility.
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SOCI 2410-R01      INEQUALITY: CLASS, RACE, ETHNICITY        Rosenbaum, E        TF 10:00-11:15am
The recent history of the U.S. as a nation of distinct socioeconomic classes and the persistence of racial and ethnic conflict as a factor affecting inequality.
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      TF  11:30am-12:45pm
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.
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SOCI 2701-R01           INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE            Flavin, J        
MR 4:00-05:15 pm
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.
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SOCI 2925-R01                       MEDIA CRIME SEX VIOLENCE                 Sweet, K            
TF 8:30-09:45am
An analysis of mass media reporting, presentation and explanation.
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SOCI 3140-R01          OLD/NEW MINORITIES IN THE US        Fuentes-Mayorga, N       TF 1:00-2:15pm
The situations of old minority groups, such as African Americans, Japanese and earlier European immigrants, as compared to those of more recent groups such as Puerto Ricans, Cubans, other Hispanics and recent Asian immigrants, including refugees.
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SOCI 3255-R01          SOCIOLOGY OF MEDIA                        Rhomberg, C                   MR 4:00-5:15 pm
This course examines the role of the media, particularly the news media, as a dominant institution in a contemporary democratic society. Students will examine news media content, the structure of news media organizations, and the relationship of news media organizations to other dominant institutions. The materials used for examination will be a variety of contemporary case studies.
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SOCI 3400-R01               GENDER, BODIES, SEXUALITY             Avishai, O                W 11:30am-2:00pm
This course explores how gender and sexuality shape ourlives and the world around us. Rather than simple biological differences, we will examine gender and sexuality as social constructions, as social relations, as contested sets of cultural meanings, as lived experiences, and as dimensions of social structure. Course materials include theoretical writings, empirical studies, autobiographical reflections, and films. These materials will inspire us to consider the social, economic, and cultural institutions and forces that shape our lives. Key to our discussions will be intersections between gender/sexuality and other lines of difference and inequality, such as class and race.
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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 3407-R01    IMMIGRATION CITIZEN RACE/ETHNICITY        Gilbertson, G         MR 11:30am-12:45pm
This course explores the meaning of race, ethnicity and citizenship in the incorporation of Black, White, Latino and Asian immigrants into the US, both historically and comparatively.
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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 3504-R01                 WORK AND FAMILY                        Rhomberg, C                 MR 10:00-11:15am
This course explores the relationship between people's work and family lives, and why work-family conflict has increased in recent years. We discuss the causes and consequences of work-family conflict, with consequences being workers' psychological and physical well-being, child development and well-being, workplace productivity, and issues related to employee recruitment and retention. We study how work-family issues are affected by current trends in societyand the economy and labor market, and we look at the role of work flexibility policies in reducing work-family conflict.
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SOCI 3602-R01                     URBAN SOCIOLOGY                     Rhomberg, C                 
MR 2:30-3:45 pm
One of the most significant developments in human history has been the development of cities. Thiscourse will examine the evolution and contemporary characteristics of cities in 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 understanding urbanization, such as the human-ecological and Marxist theories.

SOCI 3714-R01                 TERRORISM AND SOCIETY                  Sweet, K                  TF 10:00-11:15 am
This course examines the history and societal causes of terrorism in its many forms, and the state's and society's counter-terrorist response. Among issues to be examined are the nature of terrorist ideology and the source of support for, and opposition to, terrorism among the people that terrorists claim to represent. Other issues to be examined are prevention preparedness and emergency responses to terrorist attacks, and political, civil, and human rights challenges faced by countries dealing with terrorism in the 21stcentury.
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SOCI 3720                      U.S. PRISON COMMUNITY                    Flavin, J                     MR 2:30-3:45 pm
This course presents a critical look at the history, nature, and function of the United States corrections system, with an emphasis on the adult prison system. We will focus on how the prison community shapes the lives of staff, prisoners, and their families; how the prison community influences prisoners' readjustment to life on the outside; and, finally, what officials can do to make the prison a more civilized and civilizing instituion.
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SOCI 4961-R01             URBAN ISSUES & POLICIES               Rosenbaum               TF 2:30-5:00p
This course examines inequality in the urban housing market, with a focus on differential access to housing and the social and economic opportunities embedded in residential location. Among the key topics are segregation (its causes and consequences), affordability, and the policies that have been implemented to resolve residential inequalities and their correlates.
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SOCI 4970-R01     COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SOCIAL ACTION      Rodriguez, O       MR 4:00-5:15 pm
This course will deepen students’ understanding of the meaning of community service and social action in America and challenge them to confront the moral issues and social commitments necessary to be members of a just democratic society.
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THEO 4025-R01       MARRIAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY              Hinze, C                MR 10:00-11:15am

An ethical examination of Christian marriage with emphasis on contemporary American (U.S.) and Catholic contexts and debates.
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