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Winter 2008


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



AMST 310  Gender and Inequality in America                        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 GWST 310.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0002] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             TAYLOR, D
            TuWTh......9:00am-12:10pm (ITE 239)


AMST 320  Television in American Culture                          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. NOTE: Class will meet on Saturday, January 5th from 2:00 PM to 5:10 PM. For more information contact hummel1@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH.  CLASS WILL  BE HELD ON
          SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 2:00 PM - 5:10 PM.
[0003] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             HUMMEL, M
            MWTh.......2:00pm- 5:10pm (FA  006)


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