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Summer 2007


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



AMST 100  Ideas and Images in American Culture (AH)               3 credits
A broad introduction to the study of American culture, past and present. This course focuses upon primary ideas that have been most influential in the development of American culture and their expression in various forms, written and visual. Special emphasis is placed upon tensions between the individual and society and upon the relationship of culture to subcultures. For more information contact dsnyder@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0008] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             SNYDER, D
            MW.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ACIV013)


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. The course explores the development of women'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, sexual orientation and age. Note: Also listed as GWST 310. For more information contact hagovsky@umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0009] 6040 Meets 05/29/2007 - 06/22/2007             HAGOVSKY, E
            TuThF......1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  018)


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 primetime 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
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0010] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             HUMMEL, M
            TuTh.......2:00pm- 5:10pm (ITE 229)


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 200.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0011] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             TAYLOR, D
            TuTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 239)


AMST 325  Studies in Popular Culture (AH)                         3 credits
Hybrid Course - The interplay of the popular arts and American society, using American studies interdisciplinary methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on the modern era from the 1890's to the present, with greatest weight placed upon mass and popular culture of the last quarter of this century. For more information contact dsnyder@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0012] 7050 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/17/2007             SNYDER, D
            MW.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 229)


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