American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

AMST 1101

This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary considerations of American culture. Specific topics may change from year to year and may include questions of national consensus versus native, immigrant ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9785AMST 1101  LEC 001

AMST 1104

This course will examine race and ethnic relations between Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the history of race and ethnicity ... view course details

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  •   Choose one seminar and one discussion. Combined with: LSP 1105SOC 1104

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 10218AMST 1104  SEM 101

  • 17243AMST 1104  DIS 201

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    • Alvarado, S

  • 17244AMST 1104  DIS 202

    • F
    • Alvarado, S

AMST 1115

A policy-centered approach to the study of government in the American experience.  Considers the American Founding and how it influenced the structure of government;  how national institutions operate ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 1111

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8964AMST 1115  LEC 001

  •  8965AMST 1115  DIS 201

  •  8966AMST 1115  DIS 202

  •  8967AMST 1115  DIS 203

  •  8968AMST 1115  DIS 204

  •  8969AMST 1115  DIS 205

  •  8970AMST 1115  DIS 206

  •  8971AMST 1115  DIS 207

  •  8972AMST 1115  DIS 208

  •  9472AMST 1115  DIS 209

  • 10213AMST 1115  DIS 210

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    • Mettler, S

AMST 1144

Why do some regions thrive during a recession? What role can local governments play in an economic system that seems to exacerbate the divide between rich and poor?  Using cities as a lens, we'll examine ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

AMST 1500

This course offers an introduction to the study of Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and other diasporas.  This course will examine, through a range of disciplines, among them literature, history, politics, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8658AMST 1500  LEC 001

AMST 1540

This course studies the history of American capitalism. It helps you to answer these questions: What is capitalism? Is the U.S. more capitalist than other countries? How has capitalism shaped the history ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1540ILRLR 1845

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8904AMST 1540  LEC 001

  • A University Course.

  •  8905AMST 1540  DIS 201

  •  8906AMST 1540  DIS 202

  • 10233AMST 1540  DIS 203

  •  8907AMST 1540  DIS 204

  •  9002AMST 1540  DIS 205

  •  9003AMST 1540  DIS 206

  •  9004AMST 1540  DIS 207

  •  9005AMST 1540  DIS 208

  • 10234AMST 1540  DIS 210

AMST 1575

From the inception of the film industry, depictions of historical events have captured the attention of screen writers, directors and not the least audiences; often making deep impressions on a particular ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 1575

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 1600

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures, histories and contemporary situations of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Students will also be introduced to important ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AIIS 1100ANTHR 1700

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7498AMST 1600  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Nadasdy, P

  •  7499AMST 1600  DIS 201

  •  7500AMST 1600  DIS 202

  • 16861AMST 1600  DIS 203

AMST 2090

The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. Even though many books have been written about this endlessly fascinating episode in American history, numerous aspects of it remain unexplored. After reading some ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: FGSS 2090HIST 2090

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16568AMST 2090  SEM 101

AMST 2106

This course is an introduction to Latina/o Studies, a discipline that investigates the historical, socio-political and economic conditions and experiences of Latina/os in the United States, including but ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: LSP 2100

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15922AMST 2106  LEC 001

AMST 2225

In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with ... view course details

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  • 10012AMST 2225  LEC 001

  • 10037AMST 2225  DIS 201

  • 10038AMST 2225  DIS 202

  • 10039AMST 2225  DIS 203

  • 10040AMST 2225  DIS 204

  • 10041AMST 2225  DIS 205

  • 10042AMST 2225  DIS 206

  • 10043AMST 2225  DIS 207

  • 10044AMST 2225  DIS 208

  • 17819AMST 2225  DIS 209

    • F
    • Haskins, A

  • 17820AMST 2225  DIS 210

    • F
    • Haskins, A

AMST 2350

This introductory course surveys archaeology's contributions to the study of American Indian cultural diversity and change in North America north of Mexico. Lectures and readings will examine topics ranging ... view course details

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  • 16286AMST 2350  LEC 001

AMST 2600

The production of North American Indigenous literatures began long before European colonization, and persists in a variety of printed, sung, carved, painted, written, spoken, and digital media. From oral ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIIS 2600ENGL 2600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9465AMST 2600  SEM 101

AMST 2620

This course will introduce both a variety of writings by Asian North American authors and some critical issues concerning the production and reception of Asian American texts. Working primarily with novels, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AAS 2620ENGL 2620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9560AMST 2620  LEC 001

AMST 2664

Many Americans envision the colonial period as a relatively quaint and benign time dominated by Pocahontas, the Pilgrims, and provinciality.  Pairing the term "colonial" with "America" also tends to render ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2664

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16640AMST 2664  LEC 001

  • 16642AMST 2664  DIS 201

  • 16643AMST 2664  DIS 202

  • 16644AMST 2664  DIS 203

  • 16645AMST 2664  DIS 204

AMST 2710

This course is a blending of the Sociology of Education and Public Policy. Front and center in this course is the question of why consistent differential educational and economic outcomes exists in American ... view course details

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  •  6656AMST 2710  LEC 001

  •  6657AMST 2710  DIS 201

    • M
    • Sipple, J

  •  6658AMST 2710  DIS 202

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    • Sipple, J

  •  6659AMST 2710  DIS 203

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6660AMST 2710  DIS 204

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6661AMST 2710  DIS 205

    • W
    • Sipple, J

AMST 2726

The nineteenth century changed everything in the United States: it gave us what we think of as modern American culture.  The nation went from rural, agrarian, economically dependent, partially enslaved, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2726

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16650AMST 2726  LEC 001

  • 16651AMST 2726  DIS 201

  • 16652AMST 2726  DIS 202

  • 16653AMST 2726  DIS 203

AMST 2735

An historical study of children's literature from the 17th century to the present, principally in Europe and America, which will explore changing literary forms in relation to the social history of childhood. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2730

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16841AMST 2735  LEC 001

AMST 2770

This team-taught course uses literature and popular culture, alongside literary, social, and cultural theory to consider how people from different cultures encounter and experience each other. The course ... view course details

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  • 16844AMST 2770  LEC 001

AMST 2817

Donald Trump and Barack Obama give us two visions of America and of the world: xenophobic nationalism and pragmatic cosmopolitanism.  America and the world are thus constituted by great diversity. The ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2817

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17575AMST 2817  LEC 001

  • 17576AMST 2817  DIS 201

  • 17577AMST 2817  DIS 202

  • 17798AMST 2817  DIS 203

AMST 2980

Explores the history of information technology from the 1830s to the present by considering the technical and social history of telecommunications (telegraph and the telephone), radio, television, computers, ... view course details

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  • 16720AMST 2980  LEC 001

  • 16721AMST 2980  DIS 201

  • 16722AMST 2980  DIS 202

  • 16723AMST 2980  DIS 203

AMST 3032

This course will examine the "age of democratic revolutions" in the Americas from the perspective of the Black Atlantic. During this momentous era, when European monarchies were successfully challenged ... view course details

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  • 16658AMST 3032  LEC 001

AMST 3035

This class takes early literature produced in the geographical location that would become the United States, roughly from 1620 to 1865, as a way to ask about gender, race, and nationalism in the emerging ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3030

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16923AMST 3035  SEM 101

AMST 3082

This course focuses on political campaigns, a central feature of American democracy. We will examine how they work and the conditions under which they affect citizens' decisions. The course looks at campaign ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3082

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8890AMST 3082  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Levine, A

  •  8896AMST 3082  DIS 201

  •  8897AMST 3082  DIS 202

  •  8898AMST 3082  DIS 203

  •  8899AMST 3082  DIS 204

AMST 3141

The United States stands alone among Western, industrialized countries with its persistent, high rates of incarceration, long sentences, and continued use of the death penalty. This "American exceptionalism" ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3141

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15950AMST 3141  LEC 001

  • 16086AMST 3141  DIS 201

  • 16087AMST 3141  DIS 202

  • 16088AMST 3141  DIS 203

  • 16089AMST 3141  DIS 204

  • 16090AMST 3141  DIS 205

  • 16091AMST 3141  DIS 206

AMST 3142

This class is intended to provoke some hard thinking about the relationship of committed "outsiders" and advocates of change to the experience of crime, punishment, and incarceration and to the men we ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3142

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10148AMST 3142  SEM 101

    • M
    • Sawyer, P

  • Prerequisite: participation as a Teaching Assistant in the CPEP program in Auburn or Cayuga or work in a juvenile or other correctional facility.

AMST 3200

This course uses artifacts, spaces, and texts to examine the emergence of the "modern world" in the 500-plus years since Columbus.  This is a distinctive sub-field of archaeology, not least because modern ... view course details

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  • 16281AMST 3200  LEC 001

AMST 3230

Surveys problems in American economic history from the first settlements to early industrialization. view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Combined with: ECON 3310

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3281

This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3281LAW 3281

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17254AMST 3281  LEC 001

AMST 3331

In this course, we shall look at Russia's perception of America as reflected in the works of its writers for over a hundred-year period. What motivated these writers? Did they go to the United States with ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Combined with: COML 3330RUSSL 3330

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17146AMST 3331  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Shapiro, G

AMST 3355

Beyoncé's trajectory from Houston, Texas as a member of the group Destiny's Child to international fame and superstardom and a successful career as a solo singer, actress, clothing designer and entrepreneur ... view course details

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  • 17345AMST 3355  SEM 101

AMST 3461

This course explores the rich and diverse history of African American filmmaking.  Focusing on films written and/or directed by African Americans, this seminar traces the history of filmmaking from the ... view course details

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AMST 3463

This course considers issues, approaches, and complexities in the contemporary television landscape. As television has changed drastically over the past fifteen years, this course provides students with ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3463VISST 3463

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 3475

To what extent is New York City part of the Caribbean? This course explores the ways in which writers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic write New York, whether as tourists, residents, ... view course details

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  • 16979AMST 3475  SEM 101

AMST 3533

This course will consider the history, theory and craft of feature film screenwriting. We will examine the vital elements of effective motion picture narrative (protagonist, pathos, objective, action), ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3533

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 10228AMST 3533  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Bunn, A

AMST 3562

The Western nation-state has failed to solve the two most pressing, indeed catastrophic, global problems: poverty and climate change. This failure is due to the inability of national policy to imagine ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIIS 3560ENGL 3560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9565AMST 3562  SEM 101

AMST 3680

Testimonio is a type of writing known in Latin America and integral to U.S. Latina and Chicana traditions. The testimonio usually tells a story in a collective mode, or offers an individual's story as ... view course details

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  • 16411AMST 3680  SEM 101

AMST 3747

Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different ... view course details

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  • 16237AMST 3747  SEM 101

AMST 3754

In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, ... view course details

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AMST 3777

The anthropological inquiry into one's own culture is never a neutral exercise. This course will explore issues in the cultural construction of the United States as a "pluralistic" society. We will look ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 3777LSP 3777

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16297AMST 3777  LEC 001

AMST 3785

This course examines the political theory of civil disobedience. Do citizens have obligations to obey unjust laws? What makes disobedience civil rather than criminal? How do acts of protest influence public ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3785PHIL 2945

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9647AMST 3785  LEC 001

AMST 3812

Anchoring the east and west coasts, New York and Los Angeles have been celebrated and excoriated in films. On the edge literally and metaphorically, these cities seem to be about competing visions of urban ... view course details

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  • 16054AMST 3812  LEC 001

AMST 3854

This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of regional development and globalization. Topics vary each semester. view course details

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  •   Combined with: CRP 3854GOVT 3494

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Growth and Development

  •  8140AMST 3854  LEC 080

  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 3980

Affords opportunities for students to carry out independent research under appropriate supervision. Each student is expected to review pertinent literature, prepare a project outline, conduct the research, ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6438AMST 3980  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Rooks, N

AMST 3990

Individualized readings for junior and senior students. Topics, requirements, and credit hours will be determined in consultation between the student and the supervising faculty member. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6439AMST 3990  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

AMST 4021

American conservative thought rests on assumptions that are strikingly different from those made by mainstream American liberals.  However, conservative thinkers are themselves committed to principles ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4021

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9276AMST 4021  SEM 101

AMST 4102

This course examines the importance of government and political processes for improving urban environments, human health, and resilience in the face of climate change. view course details

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  • 15954AMST 4102  SEM 101

AMST 4212

Black women first began to shape the genre of autobiography during the antebellum era slavery.  They were prolific in developing the genre of autobiography throughout the twentieth century, to the point ... view course details

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  • 17206AMST 4212  SEM 101

  • In Fall 2017 this course will run as The Rabinor Seminar in American Studies.

AMST 4331

The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning in ... view course details

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  • 16175AMST 4331  SEM 101

  • Please contact Professor Judith Peraino (jap28@cornell.edu) for permission to enroll.

AMST 4393

In 1850 American politicians banded together cross-regionally, passed a Fugitive Slave Law and breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they had once again dodged the slavery issue that threatened disunion. ... view course details

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  • 16684AMST 4393  SEM 101

AMST 4627

Since the 1960s, American Indians have been producing a significant body of award-wining novels and short stories. In 1969, for example, N. Scott Momaday, from the Kiowa nation, won the Pulitzer Prize ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIIS 4625ENGL 4625

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16424AMST 4627  SEM 101

AMST 4740

The colonial expansion of Christian Europe continues to leave its mark on the world of the twenty-first century. Two of the peoples caught up in that colonial project, in very different ways, are Jews ... view course details

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  • 16349AMST 4740  SEM 101

AMST 4993

To graduate with honors, AMST majors must complete a senior thesis under the supervision of an AMST faculty member and defend that thesis orally before a committee. Students interested in the honors program ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5807AMST 4993  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Parmenter, J

AMST 5710

Examines the goals, roles, inputs, and outcomes of schooling in American society, and the policy environment in which schools operate. Analyzes controversies and tensions (e.g., equity, market forces, ... view course details

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  •  6662AMST 5710  LEC 001

  •  6663AMST 5710  DIS 201

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    • Sipple, J

  •  6664AMST 5710  DIS 202

    • T
    • Sipple, J

  •  6665AMST 5710  DIS 203

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6666AMST 5710  DIS 204

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6667AMST 5710  DIS 205

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    • Sipple, J

AMST 6104

This course examines the importance of government and political processes for improving urban environments, human health, and resilience in the face of climate change. view course details

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  • 15959AMST 6104  SEM 101

AMST 6210

This course uses artifacts, spaces, and texts to examine the emergence of the "modern world" in the 500-plus years since Columbus.  This is a distinctive sub-field of archaeology, not least because modern ... view course details

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  • 16284AMST 6210  LEC 001

AMST 6331

The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning in ... view course details

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  • 16187AMST 6331  SEM 101

AMST 6596

This seminar explores the politics of violence and nonviolence from a theoretical perspective. We will examine classic and contemporary theories of violence and nonviolence with attention to disputes concerning ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 6596

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15964AMST 6596  SEM 101

AMST 6650

This course sets out to explore a series of narratives produced in the 19th-century U.S. that imagine movement through and across water in both actual and metaphorical terms. These narratives will include ... view course details

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  • 17842AMST 6650  SEM 101