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Course Offerings Fall 2014

Number

Title

(Click Course Title for Syllabi. All Syllabi for reference only and subject to change)

 

Cr

Time/Place

Instructor

 

101:01

Introduction 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: AHo AHp

 

 3

M/W

4:30-5:50

MU 211

 

 

Ferguson

101:02

pdf Introduction 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: AHo AHp

 

 3

T/Th

5:00-6:20

TIL 257

(LIV)

Decker/

Chan-Malik

200:03

Latinos and Migration

Historical and contemporary experience of Latinos and Latin Americans with migration to/from the US and migration within the US. Development of regional, national, and transnational practices. Emphasis on causes and experience of migration. Not open to first year students.

Crosslisted with 595:289:01 & 590:299:01

 

3

M/Th

10:20-11:40

LSH A256

Berg

201:01

pdf Fashion, Style, and Bodies

Clothing, style, and fashion have long been important aspects of American culture.  Using interdisciplinary methods, we will examine the meanings behind various eras and types of American fashion, especially as they relate to gender and ethnicities.

 Eligible for CCRES Minor

 

3

M/W

2:15-3:35

RAB 206 

(C/D) 

 Sifuentes

203:01

pdf American West

Covers three areas: the classic Western film, Native American literature and issues, and American writers about the West. Students will encounter a variety of cultural materials on the American West, its diverse populations and cultures, and its often dramatic history.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goal: AHp

 

3

T/Th

2:15-3:35

RAB 207

(C/D)

 

Barnett

227:01

  document 19th Century American Literature and Culture

Examine the literature of the United States beginning in the late 18th Century and continuing through all of the 19th Century. We try to place the works within an historical framework to understand the culture that produced them.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goal: AHp

 

3

W

3:55-6:55

RAB 018

(C/D)

Barnett

228:01

pdf Contemporary American

Study of the importance of the Middle East to the United States. Insights into the people and their leaders; examine the endless cycle of hostility between political and religious factions as well as the problem of Western intervention.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goals: AHp SCL

Eligible for CCRES Minor

 

3

M/Th

10:55-12:15

RAB 001

(C/D)

Gillespie

245:01

pdf Asian American Experience

Through a variety of genres, including history, literature, film and popular culture, interrogate the fluid identity categories, the dynamic and diverse experiences, cultures, and politics of “Asian American”/ “Asian Pacific American”/ “Asian Pacific Islander American” peoples in the United States. 

Eligible for CCRES Minor

Crosslisted with Asian Languages and Cultures 098:262:01

3

M/W

1:10-2:30

SC 201

(CAC)

Isaac

246:01

Black Experience in America

Use interdisciplinary methods to examine the experience of African-Americans within the context of American political economy, special conditions of oppression, responses to exploitation, and resultant social changes.

Eligible for CCRES Minor

Crosslisted with Africana Studies 014:203:01

3

M/W

5:00-6:20

BE-AUD

(LIV)

Ramsamy

 

247:01

 

pdf History and Culture of Hip Hop

Since its emergence in the 1970s as a localized community formation in New York, hip hop has developed into a billion‐dollar, transnational industry with myriad cultural legacies and commercial products. This course examines the historical, social, political and aesthetic roots of hip hop culture and music.

Eligible for CCRES Minor

3

 

W

12:35-3:55

RAB 001

C/D

 

Fleetwood

 

 

 

263:01

 

pdf American Folklore: Weird Tales

Folklore is the traditional, unofficial, non-institutional form of culture. It encompasses knowledge and beliefs transmitted in traditional forms by word of mouth or by customary examples. In the first part of the course we deal with the major genres of folklore including myth, legend, folktale, ballad, and folksong.

 3

 

M/TH

12:35-1:55

RAB 208

 

Gillespie

 

265:01

 

American Experimental Film and Video

A survey course focusing on the history and development of the various American experimental cinema movements from its beginnings to the present. In-depth analyses of the structure and content of films by Andy Warhol, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Sidney Peterson, Kenneth Anger, and more.

 

 

3

 

T

5:35-6:55

Th

7:15-8:35

RAB 001

(C/D)

 

Nigrin

281:01

Asian American Studies Learning Community

Learn about the diverse array of peoples of Asian descent in the Americas, including West, South, Southeast, and East Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Throughout the semester, we will examine, reflect upon, and discuss representations of Asian Americans in literature, history, politics, film, scholarship, current events, and popular culture.

For more information contact Rick.Lee@rutgers.edu

 

1.5

F

1:40-3:00

Asian American Cultural

Center

(LIV)

Lee

282:01

Architecture on Cook Campus

The significance of historic buildings and environs includes not only the elements of design, structure, materials, technology, biography, but the social, intellectual and environmental conditions as well. 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.

Course runs Tue 10/21-Tue. 12/9

 

1.5

T/F

12:35-1:55

RAB 206

(C/D)

Reeves

282:02

Architecture on Cook Campus

The significance of historic buildings and environs includes not only the elements of design; structure, materials, technology, biography; but the social, intellectual and environmental conditions as well. This course 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.

Course runs Wed 10/22-Wed 12/10

 

1.5

M/W

7:15-8:35

RAB 206

(C/D)

Reeves

283:01

Contemporary Arts Adventure

Behind the scenes visits to museums, galleries, and architectural sites, as well as Off-Broadway theatre, dance, music performances, and literary events to experience the arts of our times.  Focus o how the expressive capacities of the artist transform society into a more imaginative and agile world. We will also consider the relationship between healing and the arts.   

Course runs Sunday 10/26-Sunday 12/7

1.5

Sun

11:30-2:30

SC 121

(CAC)

Appels

283:02

Contemporary Arts Adventure

Behind the scenes visits to museums, galleries, and architectural sites, as well as Off-Broadway theatre, dance, music performances, and literary events to experience the arts of our times.  Focus o how the expressive capacities of the artist transform society into a more imaginative and agile world. We will also consider the relationship between healing and the arts.

Course runs Sunday 10/26-Sunday 12/7

 

1.5

Sun

3:00-6:00

SC 121

(CAC)

Appels

284:03

 

21st Century Pop Culture

This course will investigate the particularities of American popular culture since the year 2000. Through texts that frame issues including race, gender, sexuality, and patriotism, we will engage new media, advertising, and pop music that frame American global identity in the 21st century.

Course runs Thursday 10/23-Thursday 12/4

 

1.5

Th

10:20-1:20

TIL 246

(LIV)

Rzigalinski

 

 

 

284:04

American Studies Media Culture Program

The American Studies Media Culture Program (ASMCP) teaches undergraduates to develop digital literacy through engagement with a variety of digital platforms.  The ASMCP holds workshops and discussions with several campus partners to evaluate new media’s influence on our personal and professional lives.  

 

1.5

By Arrangement

 

Rzigalinski

304:01

pdf The American City: Urban Ethnicities

Historical examination of the impact of the urban experience and modernization on ethnic minorities through the lens of gender, race, ethnicity, education, urban planning, social and economic mobility, and sexuality.

 

Eligible for CCRES Minor

 

3

T

10:55-1:55

RAB 018

(C/D)

Fishbein

305:01

Images of War

In recent history, America has fought two wars that have been extremely unpopular, Vietnam and Iraq. Why does our country continue to get involved in wars that accomplish nothing, destroy the lives of thousands of young Americans, wreak havoc and death in the nations where they are fought, and ruin our economy?

 

3

M/W

5:35-6:55

RAB 208

(C/D)

Rockland

 

307:01

 

Culture of the 1960s

 Examination of the culture of the 1960s, with emphasis      on the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam and        student radicalism, Woodstock, women's liberation, and      the sexual revolution, using social history, literature, music,  and film.

 

 

3

 

M

3:55-6:55

RAB 018

(C/D)

 

Fishbein

 

   

318:01

 

pdf Money and Modern America

This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of money in contemporary America. We will ask who has how much, and why? We will explore what it means to just “get by” and what it means to accumulate wealth. We will discuss cultures of materialism and ostentatious displays of consumption.

 

Crosslisted with Political Science 790:349:02

 

 

T/Th

3:20-4:40                    Decker

TIL 252

(LIV)

 

 

330:01

Cults and Communes

Examines of historic and fictional communal and religious experiments, illuminating their surprising similarities and what they tell us about American society and culture. From the Shakers and the Oneida community through Jonestown and the Hare Krishnas. Texts include novels and feature films.

 

3

M/W

2:15-3:35

HSB 204

(C/D)

Rockland

 

333:01

 

pdf Cultures of Consumption: Commodity Fetishism

This course examines the development of market economies, mass production, and the consumption of commodities on a global scale, from 1492 to the present. Areas considered may include industrialization and the changing nature of work, the relationship between consumer practices and the condition of laborers, and the development of the advertising industry, television, technology, and corresponding ideas and ideologies about mass consumption.

Crosslisted with History 512:391:02

Eligible for CCRES Minor

 

 

3

 

T

MU 111

Th

MU 114

4:30-5:50

(CAC)

 

Urban

389:01

pdf Junior Seminar: Digital Humanities

Explores the emergent field of the digital humanities, and how identities, ideas, and communication are mediated through digital technologies and mediums. Topics considered may include the meaning of community and civil society in a virtual or cyber age; how digital technologies contribute to the production and reproduction of information; and more  Following the Junior Seminar format, students will be required to write a 12-15 page paper due at end of the semester.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Goal WCD

 

3

Th

10:55-1:55

RAB 018

(C/D)

Urban

495:01

Honors Thesis Writers

Independent study for majors of an interdisciplinary nature, which may be expressed in a paper, audiovisual project, or other creative enterprise.  Prerequisites: Permission of department during preceding semester required.  

 3

 By

 Arrangement

 

 Gillespie

 

 

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