American Studies

Winter 2006

AMST 100  Ideas and Images in American Culture (AH)               3 credits
This introductory course in American Studies examines the various themes and narratives that comprise American cultures. Class readings and assignments explore the diverse theories and methods used in the field of American Studies, an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing American cultures in context.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0002] 9101 MTuW.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  015)       SANDOSHARAJ, A

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. This 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 WMST 310. For more information contact hagovsky@umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0003] 9101 TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  018)       HAGOVSKY, E

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. The class meets twice a week, and 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
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0004] 9151 MTh........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 229)       SNYDER, D
            TBA                       (WEB ...) LAB

AMST 400  Independent Projects in American Studies              1-3 credits

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

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