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Course Offerings Spring 2014

 

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Mid-semester 1.5 credit courses

Do you need to add another 1.5 credits to your schedule?  Are you interested in American studies but want to try it out in a mini course first?  Take a look at these 1.5 credit courses available in our department!  They're a great addition to any major!

Course Number Title Credits Time/Place/Instructor
283:01

pdf Arts Adventure (276 KB)

Visits to museums, galleries, and arts centers in New Brunswick, Princeton, and New York City, as well as Off-Broadway theatre, dance, music, and poetry readings to experience the arts of our time. How do the aesthetic values of one art discipline (for example, painting) influence the creation of works in another artistic field (such as music or theatre)? We will examine the way current events are depicted in the arts, how the arts shape social values, and how the arts are interpreted by different social groupings.

 

 1.5

Sunday

8:10-11:10

MU 212

Appels

 283:02

Arts Adventure

Visits to museums, galleries, and arts centers in New Brunswick, Princeton, and New York City, as well as Off-Broadway theatre, dance, music, and poetry readings to experience the arts of our time. How do the aesthetic values of one art discipline (for example, painting) influence the creation of works in another artistic field (such as music or theatre)? We will examine the way current events are depicted in the arts, how the arts shape social values, and how the arts are interpreted by different social groupings.

 

1.5 

Sunday

11:30-2:30 MU 212

Appels

 284:02

American Sexualities 

An historical survey of American sexualities and sexual cultures from the colonial era through the present, this course will focus on primary source documents and on classic texts that have helped to shape the emerging field of sexuality studies.

 

 1.5

Wednesday

2:15-5:15 RAB 018

Fishbein

284.03 


American Sexualities 
An historical survey of American sexualities and sexual cultures from the colonial era through the present, this course will focus on primary source documents and on classic texts that have helped to shape the emerging field of sexuality studies.

 1.5

Thursday

5:35-8:35

RAB 109B

Fishbein 

 

SPRING 2014 New Brunswick Campus

Click on Course titles for Syllabi; Syllabi are subject to change

 

Course Number  Title Credits

Time/Place

Instructor

101.01

Intro to American Studies

Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. Employing literature, essays, law, film, history, visual culture, philosophy, and politics, the class will examine the concept of “America” as a global, national, community, and an individual concept.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goals: o, p

3  

M/W

5:35-6:55

RAB 001

Ferguson

101.02  

Intro to American Studies

Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. Employing literature, essays, law, film, history, visual culture, philosophy, and politics, the class will examine the concept of “America” as a global, national, community, and an individual concept.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goals: o,p

 3  

T

10:20-1:20

TIL 258

Masur

102.01   

pdf Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in America (306 KB)

Examine the logics of race and racism within political, legal, and cultural contexts both in and beyond the United States.  Students will gain a critical vocabulary to discuss race and racism, and asks what it means to be "antiracist" in our contemporary moment. 

Eligible for CCRES minor

 

T/Th

2:15-3:35

RAB 207

Chan-Malik

201.01

pdf Pirates, Mutinies, and Shipwrecks (70 KB)

An interdisciplinary study of the art, literature, adventure, lore, poetry, film, and learning of the sea, with a focus on criminal violence at sea, conspiracies of crews on ships who rebel against their superior officers, and maritime disasters especially those involving large loss of life.

3

W

5:35-8:35

RAB 110B

Gillespie

 244.01  

  pdf American Land Patterns (71 KB)

America is famous for having large amounts of very diverse landscapes.  Learn more about the policies that govern the use of these vastly different environments and the impact they had on American culture.

 3

 

M

12:35-3:55

RAB 018

 Popper

 246.01  

The Black Experience in America

The course offers an inter-disciplinary examination of the Black experience in the United States focusing on the themes of acculturation, alienation, oppression and resistance. While the course surveys the Black experience from slavery to the present, the subject matter is not approached in a simple chronological manner.

 3  

M

5:00-6:20

LAH A143

Ramsamy

 267.01  

American Film Directors

Focus on the films of American Film Directors Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, John Frankenheimer, Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Val Lewton, and others. In-depth analyses of film structure and content, including: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Seconds, Chelsea Girls, Cat People, The Magnificent Ambersons, and others.

 3   

T/Th

5:35-6:55

RAB 001

Nigrin 

 281.01  

Architecture and Cultural Change on Old Queens Campus

CLASS BEGINS: T 3/11/14 --- CLASS ENDS: T 4/22/14

Introduces students to an aspect of architectural history little considered, the changing social, economic and political climates that create the character and memory of spaces. Every architectural element has a story, and that story revolves around the culture in which and by whom it is built.

 1.5  

T/F

12:35-1:55

RAB 206

Reeves

 281.02  

Asian American Studies Learning Community

Provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the role of West, South, Southeast, and East Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the sociopolitical landscape of the United States and the Americas. (Cr/No Cr)

 1.5  

F

1:40-3:00

AACC

Livingston 

Lee

 281.04  

Architecture and Cultural Change on Old Queens Campus

CLASS BEGINS: M 3/10/14 --- CLASS ENDS: W 4/23/14

Introduces students to an aspect of architectural history little considered, the changing social, economic and political climates that create the character and memory of spaces. Every architectural element has a story, and that story revolves around the culture in which and by whom it is built.

 1.5  

M/W

7:15-8:35

ARH 100 

Reeves

 282.01  

Popular Music and Political Performance

CLASS BEGINS: TH 3/13/14 --- CLASS ENDS: TH 4/24/14

This class brings the listening experience out of digital obscurity and asks students to critically examine music’s power to affect dynamic cultural and political change.  Music will be our entry point into a diverse set of social issues including censorship, protest, and more.

 1.5

Th

7:15-10:05

RAB 207 

Rzigalinski

  284:02  

pdf American Sexualities

CLASS BEGINS: W 3/12/14 --- CLASS ENDS: W 4/23/14

An historical survey of American sexualities and sexual cultures from the colonial era through the present, this course will focus on primary source documents and on classic texts that have helped to shape the emerging field of sexuality studies.

 1.5  

W

2:15-5:15

RAB 018

Fishbein

 284.03  

pdf American Sexualities

CLASS BEGINS: TH 3/13/14 --- CLASS ENDS: THU 4/24/14

An historical survey of American sexualities and sexual cultures from the colonial era through the present, this course will focus on primary source documents and on classic texts that have helped to shape the emerging field of sexuality studies.

1.5  

Th

5:35-8:35

RAB 109B

Fishbein 

 284.04  

American Studies Media Culture Project

Create digital humanities projects inspired by interdisciplinary research in American Studies. Learn how new media and digital technologies can generate knowledge and social spaces for learning and community.

 1.5

 By Arrangement

Rzigalinski 

 291:01  

pdf Jerseyana: New Jersey as a Culture (160 KB)

Investigates the history, culture, and politics of New Jersey, at the 350th anniversary of the state, and the origins of the Jersey joke and how, with the coming of Bruce Springsteen and the Sopranos, the joke became irrelevant and it is now cool to be from Jersey.

 3

T/Th

3:55-5:15

HCK 216

Rockland 

 
 300.01  

American Life during the Cold War

Examines American politics and culture during the Cold War (1945-1991) and considers how the geopolitical rivalry and ideological contest with the Soviet Union shaped US life with focus on communism, social conformity, civil rights, Vietnam, Afghanistan and more.

 3  

T/Th

3:55-5:15

RAB 001

Decker

 300:02  

pdf The Meaning of Home (337 KB)

What does it mean to be homesick, to come from a "broken" home, or to imagine one's country as a homeland that needs to be defended and made secure? Explore the competing cultural, political, and economic meanings of “home” in America and how it has forged American identities.

 3  

M/W

5:35-6:55

HCK 210

Urban

 300.04  

Tradition and Innovation in American Jewish Ritual

Introduces students to the unique cultures of Judaism and Jewish life in America. Examine a variety of texts and other media to explore the rich heritage of Jewish ritual in the US.

Eligible for CCRES minor

 3

T/Th

1:10-2:30

HH A3

 

Surowitz
301.01   

pdf Famous Trials in the Modern US: Race and Citizenship (557 KB)

Examines key legal cases around the relationship between race and citizenship.  Asks how can US citizenship be understood as a racial issue during different moments in American history?

Eligible for CCRES minor

 3

M/W

3:55-5:15

HCK 214

 

Urban 
 312.01  

pdf Sports in American Culture (129 KB)

Examines the place of sports in American life. We will consider the nature of the American sports "hero," sports as a multi-billion dollar industry, and sports as a metaphor for American ideas and values.  Guests from the world of Sports will be invited.

 3  

T/Th

2:15-3:35

HCK 202

Rockland

 377.01  

Violence in Asian American Literature and Film

Violence destroys but also creates identities. From the Philippine-American War and WWII to the Vietnam War and the War on Terror, conflicts in Asia have affected treatment of Asians in the US from internment to surveillance. Learn how violence is a recurrent theme in Asian American literature.

Eligible for CCRES minor

 3

T/Th

6:10-7:30

SC 216

 Isaac
 389.01  

pdf Junior Seminar: Race Matters

Examine the ways in which issues of race have shaped social and cultural developments with respect to ethnic and racial identity, social mobility, popular culture, and sexuality.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goal: WCd and eligible for CCRES minor

 3

Th

12:35-3:35

RAB 018

Fishbein

 390.01


Approaches: Textuality, Visuality, Virtuality

Familiarize yourself with key approaches and debates American Studies, and explore these approaches in your own research. Examine how cultural identities and objects are defined in and through the realms of textuality, visuality and virtuality. 

  3

By arrangement

Sifuentes

450.01

Folk Festival Management

Focus on the theoretical study of folk cultures while developing skills in planning, fieldwork, administration, funding, staffing, publicity, and production of the New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers.

3

M6:00-9:00

Gillespie 

RAB 018

490:03

Theories of Pop Culture

Examine diverse and compelling theories about the manufacture, uses, influences, and products of American popular culture.

3

By arrangement

Fleetwood

       

 

                                                                    

SPRING 2014 Satellite Campuses

Course Number Title Credits Time/Place/Instructor
300.80

Popular Expressive Music

Considers the joyful sensations of recent decades of music, and the expressive capacities of bodies.  Includes trips to artistic events that help to “move the beat.”

3

Th

6:00-8:40

WM

Appels

300.83

American Drug Culture: Law, Literature, and Media

Legal and illegal, as well as the grey area(s) in between, American Drug Culture spans the history of our country. This class will study the depiction and controversies surrounding drugs in American movies, fiction, non-fiction, the courts and public discourse. 

3

T

6:00-8:40

RVCC

McElhinney

300.84

Religion in America

Explores religion as a central component of American culture from the period of the American Revolution to the present and the relationship between religion and identities.

3

T

6:00-8:40

RVCC

Backes

300.86

Culture, Politics, and War

Surveys a vast array of writing, film and other media about war, as well as developing an emerging theory about the many facets of the depiction of war and politics.

3

Th

3-5.40 PM

ACCC

McElhinney

300.85

American Justice: What’s Race Got to Do With It?

What does American Justice mean?  How does race affect the policies and processes of justice in the United states?  Learn about the complex issues linking race and justice in American culture.

3

Th

6-8:40

ACCC

Furman

301.80

Silents to Sopranos: Organized Crime

As problematic as it is, crime holds a special place in American culture, especially organized crime.  Explore the history of organized crime in the United States as well as its place in popular culture.

3

M

3:00-5:40

RVCC

Chadwick

301.84

American Legal History and Culture in the 20th Century

Examine landmark cases and trends within American Law in the last century.  Learn what rulings changed the course of the 20th century and how these laws and their history shape your life today.

3

M

3-5:40

ACCC

Furman

342:80

Sex, STDS, and Your Daily Life

With no holding back the course analyses and debunks myths and realities of contemporary and historical sexual practices and ailments.  Includes trips to artistic events that open the subject. 

3

Th

3:00-6:00

WM

Appels


  

 

  

 

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