American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

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

  •  8836AMST 1104  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Alvarado, S

  •  9524AMST 1104  DIS 201

    • F
    • Alvarado, S

  •  9525AMST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 1111

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8393AMST 1115  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Leavitt, C

      Mettler, S

  •  8394AMST 1115  DIS 201

    • T
    • Staff

  •  8395AMST 1115  DIS 202

    • T
    • Staff

  •  8396AMST 1115  DIS 203

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  •  8397AMST 1115  DIS 204

    • W
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  •  8398AMST 1115  DIS 205

    • W
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  •  8399AMST 1115  DIS 206

    • W
    • Staff

  •  8400AMST 1115  DIS 207

    • R
    • Staff

  •  8401AMST 1115  DIS 208

    • R
    • Staff

  •  8607AMST 1115  DIS 209

    • R
    • Staff

  •  8833AMST 1115  DIS 210

    • R
    • Staff

  •  9923AMST 1115  DIS 211

  •  9924AMST 1115  DIS 212

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ASRC 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8140AMST 1500  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Farred, G

AMST 1595

Focusing on political and social history, this course surveys African-American history from Emancipation to the present. The class examines the post-Reconstruction "Nadir" of black life; the mass black ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1595HIST 1595

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16240AMST 1595  LEC 001

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AIIS 1100ANTHR 1700

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7155AMST 1600  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Staff

  •  7156AMST 1600  DIS 201

    • T
    • Staff

  •  7157AMST 1600  DIS 202

    • R
    • Staff

  •  9392AMST 1600  DIS 203

    • W
    • Staff

AMST 1802

This course seeks a fuller recounting of U.S. history by remapping what we understand as "America." We will examine traditional themes in the teaching of U.S. history—territorial expansion and empire, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available

AMST 1886

This course introduces students to the growing field of academic Food Studies, providing historical perspective into the development of American culinary culture. Discussions of American cuisine will lead ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1886

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16270AMST 1886  LEC 001

  • 16271AMST 1886  DIS 201

  • 16272AMST 1886  DIS 202

  • 16273AMST 1886  DIS 203

  • 16274AMST 1886  DIS 204

  • 16275AMST 1886  DIS 205

  • 16276AMST 1886  DIS 206

  • 16277AMST 1886  DIS 207

AMST 2006

Punk Culture--comprised of music, fashion, literature, and visual arts--represents a complex critical stance of resistance and refusal that coalesced at a particular historical moment in the mid-1970s, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 2006ENGL 2906MUSIC 2006

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16914AMST 2006  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Peraino, J

  • 16915AMST 2006  DIS 201

  • 16916AMST 2006  DIS 202

AMST 2042

This seminar examines America during the overlapping eras of segregation & immigration exclusion.  Beginning with contests over the weaning of freedom during reconstruction and running through the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: AAS 2042HIST 2042

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17317AMST 2042  SEM 101

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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  •  8742AMST 2225  LEC 001

  •  8767AMST 2225  DIS 201

  •  8768AMST 2225  DIS 202

  •  8769AMST 2225  DIS 203

  •  8770AMST 2225  DIS 204

  •  8771AMST 2225  DIS 205

  •  8772AMST 2225  DIS 206

  •  8773AMST 2225  DIS 207

  •  8774AMST 2225  DIS 208

  •  9691AMST 2225  DIS 209

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    • Haskins, A

  •  9692AMST 2225  DIS 210

    • F
    • Haskins, A

AMST 2251

Americans are conflicted about immigration.  We honor and celebrate (and commercialize) our immigrant heritage in museums, folklife festivals, parades, pageants, and historical monuments. We also build ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: HIST 2251LSP 2251

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16354AMST 2251  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Garcia, M

AMST 2255

This course attempts to reconcile the split between art and science through a pluralistic perspective of environmental artistic processes. What is the role of visual culture in sustainable development? ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ARTH 2255

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17837AMST 2255  LEC 001

AMST 2260

In this class, we will examine how musicians working in such genres as rock, jazz, folk, classical, soul, and experimental music responded and contributed to the major themes of the 1960s in the US: the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2260MUSIC 2260

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16450AMST 2260  LEC 001

AMST 2274

On August 9-10, 1969, ex-convict, aspiring rock star, and charismatic leader Charles Manson ordered his so-called Family to brutally murder a few of LA's rich, white, "beautiful people" and leave clues ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2274

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17280AMST 2274  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Verhoeven, C

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •  9110AMST 2350  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Jordan, K

AMST 2354

This seminar examines some of the political and cultural visions of Africa and Africans held by African-American intellectuals and activists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is placed ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ASRC 2354HIST 2354

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16368AMST 2354  SEM 101

AMST 2505

The importance of sports to American society and popular culture cannot be denied, and this seminar will study sports films' vital significance in representing the intersection of sports, history, and ... view course details

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AMST 2511

This course explores the social, cultural and communal lives of black women in North America, beginning with the transatlantic slave trade, and ending in 1900. Topics include Northern and Southern enslavement, ... view course details

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  • 16316AMST 2511  LEC 001

AMST 2535

Introduces students to the history of African American and African diaspora social movements during the twentieth century focusing on social and cultural origins of various genres of popular music. Lectures ... view course details

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  • 16703AMST 2535  SEM 101

AMST 2640

An introductory history of Chinese, Japanese, Asian Indians, Filipinos, and Koreans in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1990s. Major themes include racism and resistance, labor ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AAS 2130HIST 2640

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2665

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, this course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the origins, character, and results of the American ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2665

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16343AMST 2665  LEC 001

  • 16346AMST 2665  DIS 201

  • 16347AMST 2665  DIS 202

AMST 2682

This lecture course explores the dramatic cultural, economic, and social upheavals in U.S. society during the 1960s and 1970s. It will primarily focus on the dynamic interactions between formal politics, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2680

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16345AMST 2682  LEC 001

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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  •  6355AMST 2710  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Sipple, J

  •  6356AMST 2710  DIS 201

    • M
    • Sipple, J

  •  6357AMST 2710  DIS 202

    • T
    • Sipple, J

  •  6358AMST 2710  DIS 203

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6359AMST 2710  DIS 204

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6360AMST 2710  DIS 205

    • W
    • Sipple, J

AMST 2721

Representation is basic to anthropology. In the process of translating societies and cultures, anthropologists produce authoritative accounts about other people, their lives, and their communities. We ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 2721LSP 2721

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16502AMST 2721  LEC 001

AMST 2770

Designed for the general student population, this course specifically appeals to students traveling abroad, or who in the future will work with diverse communities (for example, students with interests ... view course details

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  •  9381AMST 2770  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Diaz, E

      Ngugi, M

AMST 3012

Poverty is a phenomenon of enduring importance with significant implications for democratic governance. This course explores contemporary poverty in America, with a particular emphasis on its political ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3012

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16798AMST 3012  LEC 001

  • 16799AMST 3012  DIS 201

  • 16800AMST 3012  DIS 202

  • 16801AMST 3012  DIS 203

  • 16802AMST 3012  DIS 204

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3082

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8344AMST 3082  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Levine, A

  •  8349AMST 3082  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  •  8350AMST 3082  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

  •  8351AMST 3082  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  •  8352AMST 3082  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

AMST 3161

This course will explore and seek explanations for the performance of the 20-21st century presidency, focusing on its institutional and political development, recruitment process (nominations and elections), ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3161

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16686AMST 3161  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Sanders, M

  • 16987AMST 3161  DIS 201

  • 16988AMST 3161  DIS 202

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

  • 17027AMST 3281  LEC 001

AMST 3330

Based on indigenous and place-based "ways of knowing," this course (1) presents a theoretical and humanistic framework from which to understand generation of ecological knowledge; (2) examines processes ... view course details

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  • 16658AMST 3330  LEC 001

AMST 3380

This is a seminar course on urban inequality in the United States.  The first half of the semester will be dedicated to understanding the political, historical, and social determinants of inequality in ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 3380

  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 17330AMST 3380  SEM 101

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

  •  9653AMST 3463  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Sheppard, S

AMST 3475

This course explores Caribbean literary, sonic, and visual cultures in New York City from the late 19th century to the present, and examines the ways in which Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican diasporic ... view course details

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  •  9414AMST 3475  SEM 101

    • TR
    • McDaniel, S

AMST 3515

Blaxploitation films of the 1970s are remembered for their gigantic Afros, enormous guns, slammin' soundtracks, sex, drugs, nudity, and violence. Never before or since have so many African American performers ... view course details

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  • 16839AMST 3515  LEC 001

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

  •  8640AMST 3562  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Warrior, C

AMST 3650

Powerful voices emerged in the United States' first hundred years that continue to reverberate and to shape the ways in which we understand ourselves as Americans.  We will give special attention in this ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3650

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16740AMST 3650  SEM 101

AMST 3670

In the twentieth century, American fiction had an outsize impact on world literature as well as popular culture in the United States. This course will explore particularly important moments in its development, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3670

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: 20th C. American Fiction

  • 16768AMST 3670  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 Graded

  • Topic: Growth and Development

  •  7718AMST 3854  LEC 080

  • Taught in Washington, DC. This is part of the Cornell in Washington program.

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

  •  6144AMST 3980  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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

  •  6145AMST 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

  •  8583AMST 4021  SEM 101

AMST 4039

This course focuses on the American South in the nineteenth century as it made the transition from Reconstruction to new forms of social organization and patterns of race relations. Reconstruction will ... view course details

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  • 16359AMST 4039  SEM 101

AMST 4203

This advanced seminar traces transformations in citizenship and the franchise throughout U.S. history. Through readings, frequent short writings, discussion, and a final paper, the class examines the struggles ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4203

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 16357AMST 4203  SEM 101

AMST 4272

This seminar uses archaeology to examine engagements between settlers and indigenous peoples throughout world history. Archaeology provides a perspective on settler-indigenous encounters that both supplements ... view course details

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  • 16457AMST 4272  SEM 101

AMST 4402

Hip hop has been dependent on women's contributions, yet female artists have had to work hard to contest their marginalization and objectification in the music and culture. Some of the most heated debates ... view course details

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  • 16723AMST 4402  SEM 101

AMST 4521

This seminar will investigate the narrative uses of history and memory in US fiction, focusing particularly on the impact of gender on these representations. How do US writers use history in their fiction, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4521FGSS 4521

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17752AMST 4521  SEM 101

AMST 4565

The movement of things like narcotics and of people like laborers has been a profoundly compelling subject for artists of every form. This course will study television series such as Weeds and The Wire ... view course details

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  • 16762AMST 4565  SEM 101

AMST 4626

This seminar surveys contemporary political theories of disobedience and resistance. We will examine liberal, republican, and radical perspectives on the logic of political protest, its functions, ... view course details

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  • 16381AMST 4626  SEM 101

    • M
    • Livingston, A

AMST 4733

How should anti-racist people respond to the new racialized white identities that have emerged recently in Europe and the United States?  What alternative conceptions of whiteness are available? How can ... view course details

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  •  9916AMST 4733  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

  •  5535AMST 4993  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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  •  6361AMST 5710  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Sipple, J

  •  6362AMST 5710  DIS 201

    • M
    • Sipple, J

  •  6363AMST 5710  DIS 202

    • T
    • Sipple, J

  •  6364AMST 5710  DIS 203

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6365AMST 5710  DIS 204

    • F
    • Sipple, J

  •  6366AMST 5710  DIS 205

    • W
    • Sipple, J

AMST 6272

This seminar uses archaeology to examine engagements between settlers and indigenous peoples throughout world history. Archaeology provides a perspective on settler-indigenous encounters that both supplements ... view course details

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  • 16462AMST 6272  SEM 101

AMST 6531

This course takes a theoretical (what are some of the key understandings of capitalism?), methodological (how should we study it?), and case study approach to the history of capitalism in the United States ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 6531

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17429AMST 6531  SEM 101

AMST 6627

This seminar surveys contemporary political theories of disobedience and resistance. We will examine liberal, republican, and radical perspectives on the logic of political protest, its functions, ... view course details

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  • 16385AMST 6627  SEM 101

    • M
    • Livingston, A

AMST 6733

How should anti-racist people respond to the new racialized white identities that have emerged recently in Europe and the United States?  What alternative conceptions of whiteness are available? How can ... view course details

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  •  9917AMST 6733  SEM 101