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American Studies

Summer 2003




AMST 100  Ideas and Images in American Culture (AH)               3 credits
A broad introduction to the study of American culture, past and present. The course focuses upon primary ideas that have been most influential in the development of American culture and their expression in a variety of forms, written and visual. Special emphasis is placed upon tensions between the individual and society and upon the relationship of culture to sub-cultures. For more information contact bloom@pa.net.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0004] 6060 Meets 05/27/2003 - 07/03/2003             BLOOM, J
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (FA  530)


AMST 200  Multicultural America (AH)                              3 credits
An interdisciplinary introduction to the multiple cultures that constitute contemporary American society. Includes the history and development of various cultures in the United States, and examines how these intersect with other social distinctions, such as gender, class, religion and region. Examines the conflicts and challenges within a culturally diverse democratic society and how these traditions have, together, informed our concept of America. For more information contact loviglio@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0005] 7060 Meets 07/07/2003 - 08/15/2003             LOVIGLIO, J
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  006)


AMST 310  Gender and Inequality in America (AH)                   3 credits
An examination of the ways in which sex roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. Explores the development of a woman's "sphere," denoting women's position in the family and home; cultural definitions of femininity and masculinity through mass media, education, and other agencies of socialization; the relationship between wage-earning and household work; and feminist consciousness and politics. Special attention is paid to the ways in which gender-based experiences are divided by other social relations, particularly those of class, race, and age. Note: Also listed as WMST 310. For more information for section 7060 contact taylorAMST@comcast.net.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0006] 6060 Meets 05/27/2003 - 07/03/2003             MCCANN, C
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  530)
[0007] 7060 Meets 07/07/2003 - 08/15/2003             TAYLOR, D
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ECS 022)


AMST 320  Television in American Culture (AH)                     3 credits
An examination of the economic, social, and artistic implications of television in the United States. Elements considered include television as a corporate structure, with emphasis on rating systems, programming philosophies and strategies, and demographic considerations; particular genres portrayed within daytime and prime-time television; sociological and psychological impact of television on American society; and television as a popular art. For more information contact hummel@wam.umd.edu. NOTE: This course will meet in ACIV 150.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0008] 6060 Meets 05/27/2003 - 07/03/2003             HUMMEL, M
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm


AMST 322  American Society and Culture in Film (AH)               3 credits
An analytical examination through a selection of important films dealing with a variety of central problems and issues in American society and culture, including social and cultural change, regional and ethnic variations, political ideology, gender differences, labor history, and community continuity. Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing or instructor's permission. Highly recommended: AMST 100 or AMST 200. For more information contact taylorAMST@comcast.net.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0009] 6060 Meets 05/27/2003 - 07/03/2003             TAYLOR, D
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ECS 022)


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