American Studies

Winter 2007

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 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 dataylor@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0001] 9101 TuWTh......6:00pm- 9:10pm (SOND101)       TAYLOR, D

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 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, sexual orientation and age. Note: Also listed as GWST 310. For more information see http://blackboard.umbc.edu/ or contact hagovsky@umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0002] 9101 TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  018)       HAGOVSKY, E

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 1890s to the present, with greatest weight placed upon mass and popular culture of the last quarter of this century. 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 in this course, 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 abbreviated winter schedule creates a time intensive experience, and students will be expected to complete all reading assignments on the day noted in the syllabus. The class will physically meet twice a week for the three week course, but students will be 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.
[0003] 9151 MTh........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 229)       SNYDER, D

AMST 358  Special Topics in Education, Policy, and                3 credits
          Culture The Teacher in American Culture           
Stories of teaching – humorous accounts of raucous frontier schools, reverential tributes to fondly remembered school-mistresses, mocking caricatures of pompous incompetents, and triumphal accounts of mavericks who buck the system -- are a familiar commodity in American popular culture. What do these stories of teaching reveal about the place of teachers and schooling in American society? Why are certain representations of the teaching life foregrounded at particular points in time? What are our most enduring images and constructs of teaching, and what are the socio-cultural forces behind changes in these images? In this course we will look at popular representations of teachers and teaching in books, film, and television to understand how Americans have negotiated cultural understanding about teaching, school, and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more information contact kbryan@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
[0004] 9101 TuWTh......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  015)       BRYAN, K

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