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Summer 2006




AMST 310  Gender and Inequality in America (AH)                   3 credits
An examination of the ways in which gender roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. The course 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 see blackboard.umbc.edu/ or contact hagovsky@umd.edu for section 6040 or taylorAMST@comcast.net for section 7060.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0003] 6040 Meets 05/30/2006 - 06/23/2006             HAGOVSKY, E
            TuThF......1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  018)
[0004] 7060 Meets 07/10/2006 - 08/18/2006             TAYLOR, D
            TuTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (LH3 ...)


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.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0005] 6060 Meets 05/30/2006 - 07/07/2006             HUMMEL, M
            TuTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (FA  006)


AMST 325  Studies in Popular Culture (AH)                         3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - This course explores the historical and contemporary roles of popular culture in American society. Through lectures and discussions, students will learn the key debates, issues, and theoretical ideas surrounding the study of American Popular Culture, as well as how to apply this knowledge in order to critically "read" popular culture texts. In addition, the hybrid format of the course emphasizes on the World Wide Web as a new media technology that is partially transforming the way we produce, consume, regulate, and study popular culture in the world. Internet technology plays a major role, not only in providing the majority of readings and texts, but as a forum for discussing the issues and theories lectured in class, and as a platform for sharing student work through online assignments. In addition to time in class, students are expected to devote at least ten hours per week to reading online writings, participating in online discussions, completing online assignments, and peer review. For more information contact dsnyder@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0006] 7060 Meets 07/10/2006 - 08/18/2006             SNYDER, D
            MW.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 229)


AMST 357  Special Topics in Communications, Media,                3 credits
          and the Arts Fifty Years of Sitcom                
          Families                                          
How has the changing American family been reflected in that most traditional of television formats, the situation comedy? This course will chart the evolution of the sitcom family from its beginnings in the working class sitcoms of the 1950ís, to the dominance of the "classic" domestic situation comedies of the Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver mold, and on through to the challenges of diversity and feminism reflected in the 1970ís by All in the Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons. We will then consider the breakthroughs made by The Cosby Show and Roseanne, and finally the emergence of "new" non-nuclear families depicted by programs like Cheers and Friends. From I Love Lucy to Mary Tyler Moore to The George Lopez Show, we will connect programming patterns to the real-life social trends that they attempted to represent (or, in some cases, resist), and look for the messages they hold for us as time capsules of their respective eras. For more information contact hummel@wam.umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
[0007] 6060 Meets 05/30/2006 - 07/07/2006             HUMMEL, M
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 229)


AMST 400  Independent Projects in American Studies              1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


AMST 404  Internship                                            1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


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