American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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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

  •  5150AMST 1101  LEC 001

AMST 1140

This course offers you a chance to become a more engaged member of the Ithaca community as part of your first-year writing experience. For two afternoons a week, Cornell students will engage with Ithaca ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session.  Combined with: ENGL 1140WRIT 1400

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18403AMST 1140  SEM 101

  • Student schedules must accommodate TR trips (3-5 PM) to Boynton Middle School. For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute.

AMST 1312

This course examines the development and cultural significance of rock music from its origins in blues, gospel, and Tin Pan Alley up to alternative rock and hip hop. The course concludes with the year ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: MUSIC 1312

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16439AMST 1312  LEC 001

  • 16441AMST 1312  DIS 201

  • 16442AMST 1312  DIS 202

  • 16443AMST 1312  DIS 203

  • 16444AMST 1312  DIS 204

  • 16445AMST 1312  DIS 205

  • 16446AMST 1312  DIS 206

  • 16447AMST 1312  DIS 207

  • 16448AMST 1312  DIS 208

  • 16449AMST 1312  DIS 209

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

  • 17098AMST 1500  LEC 001

  • This course will not fulfill the introductory course requirement for Government.

AMST 1601

This course attends to the contemporary issues, contexts and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Students will develop a substantive understanding of colonialism and engage in the parallels and differences ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AIS 1110

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5018AMST 1601  LEC 001

  •  5019AMST 1601  DIS 201

  •  5020AMST 1601  DIS 202

AMST 2000

This course will introduce you to the field of Visual Studies.  Visual Studies seeks to define and improve our visual relationship to nature and culture after the modern surge in technology and knowledge.  ... view course details

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AMST 2001

Educational historian Frederick Rudolph called Cornell University "the first American university," referring to its unique role as a coeducational, nonsectarian, land-grant institution with a broad curriculum ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2999HIST 2005

  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  •  7228AMST 2001  LEC 001

  • Waitlist is closed.

AMST 2020

This course treats the period from 1950 to the present as we examine best-sellers, films, sports and television, radio, ads, newspapers, magazines, and music. We try to better understand the ways in which ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16574AMST 2020  LEC 001

  • 16868AMST 2020  DIS 201

  • 16869AMST 2020  DIS 202

  • 16870AMST 2020  DIS 203

  • 16872AMST 2020  DIS 204

AMST 2040

This course will introduce students to American literature from the Civil War to the present. We will consider a wide range of authors and literary movements while paying close attention to radical shifts ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2040

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5071AMST 2040  LEC 001

AMST 2108

This course explores Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) knowledge and its application across the disciplines and through time. In particular, it offers a glimpse into Cornell's local indigenous culture ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 2100ARTH 2101

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9091AMST 2108  LEC 001

AMST 2230

Drugs can heal you or poison you, set you free or land you in prison, depending on who you are and your place in the world. The course sheds light on structural inequalities that result from the production, ... view course details

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  • 18507AMST 2230  LEC 001

AMST 2353

This course explores the changing meaning of American freedom and citizenship in the context of the long struggle for black liberation. Relying on social and political history, it confronts the promise, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2353HIST 2353

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17074AMST 2353  SEM 101

AMST 2411

In this course, we will read and analyze select texts (both oral and written) that were composed between the late 18th century and 2005 by individuals who were enslaved in Africa, and in the United States.  ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2411HIST 2411

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17809AMST 2411  SEM 101

AMST 2422

Examines how the United States came to rely primarily on the prison to address crime and social disorder, and ultimately arrived at a scale of incarceration without international or historic precedent. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2422

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17082AMST 2422  SEM 101

AMST 2504

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency has raised new questions in the American debate on race, politics, and social science. Has America entered a post-racial society in which racism and inequality ... view course details

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  • 18273AMST 2504  LEC 001

AMST 2512

This course focuses on African American women in the 20th century. The experiences of black women will be examined from a social, practical, communal, and gendered perspective. Topics include the Club ... view course details

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  • 17087AMST 2512  LEC 001

AMST 2535

The course introduces students to the history of African American and African diaspora social movements during much of the twentieth century through a focus on the social and cultural origins of various ... view course details

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  • 17852AMST 2535  SEM 101

AMST 2560

This course examines the widespread perception and the varied responses to the notion that the American K-12 education system is failing to adequately prepare its students. We review the structure of the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PAM 2550

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  8924AMST 2560  LEC 001

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

  •  7029AMST 2620  LEC 001

AMST 2650

This course will introduce students to the African American literary tradition. Through aesthetic and contextual approaches, we will consider how African American life and culture has defined and constituted ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2650ENGL 2650

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16076AMST 2650  SEM 101

AMST 2655

Exploration and analysis of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Examines the sociohistorical background and economic, psychological, and political factors that converge to shape a Latino group ... view course details

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AMST 2660

One thing many Americans think they know is their Indians: Pocahontas, the First Thanksgiving, fighting cowboys, reservation poverty, and casino riches. Under our very noses, however, Native American history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 2660HIST 2660

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6874AMST 2660  LEC 001

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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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2680

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17293AMST 2682  LEC 001

  • 17294AMST 2682  DIS 201

  • 17295AMST 2682  DIS 202

  • 17556AMST 2682  DIS 203

  • 17557AMST 2682  DIS 204

AMST 3010

Who are 'the poor' in the United States? Who are the largest recipients of federal welfare and entitlement spending? Why is there an unprecedented simultaneous increase in wealth and poverty in the United ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3010VISST 3010

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  8905AMST 3010  SEM 101

AMST 3021

Analyzing a variety of movements from the late 19th century to the present, this course seeks answers to the following questions: What social and political conditions gave rise to these movements? What ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3021

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16224AMST 3021  LEC 001

  • 16234AMST 3021  DIS 201

  • 16235AMST 3021  DIS 202

AMST 3022

This course explores the changing relationship between democratic practice and the evolving corporate form of capitalism during the late 19th and 20th centuries. The economic strength of the corporate ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3022ILRLR 3022

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17568AMST 3022  LEC 001

AMST 3065

Immigration discourse and policy has played a central role in shaping the modern American nation-state, including its composition, values, and institutions. This course begins in the late nineteenth century, ... view course details

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  •  8649AMST 3065  LEC 001

AMST 3131

A general-education course to acquaint students with how our legal system pursues the goals of society. The course introduces students to various perspectives on the nature of law, what functions it ought ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3131LAW 4131

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17287AMST 3131  LEC 001

AMST 3140

Students examine the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the domestic sources of foreign policy and the assumptions of the major policy makers ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CAPS 3140HIST 3140

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17349AMST 3140  LEC 001

  • 17350AMST 3140  DIS 201

  • 17351AMST 3140  DIS 202

  • 17352AMST 3140  DIS 203

  • 17353AMST 3140  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

  • 17626AMST 3141  LEC 001

  • 17629AMST 3141  DIS 201

  • 17630AMST 3141  DIS 202

  • 17845AMST 3141  DIS 203

  • 17846AMST 3141  DIS 204

  • 18491AMST 3141  DIS 205

  • 18492AMST 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

  • 17934AMST 3142  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Katzenstein, M

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

AMST 3360

Explores major American playwrights from 1900 to 1960, introducing students to American theatre as a significant part of modern American cultural history. We will consider the ways in which theatre has ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3360PMA 3757

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 3401

At the conclusion of World War II, the US ushered in a new international order based on the principles of the Atlantic Charter, which became the basis for the United Nations Charter: including but not ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3401GOVT 3211

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17853AMST 3401  SEM 101

AMST 3402

This course is about being Black throughout the Atlantic world. What constitutes Blackness? What experiences, cultural understandings and social problems shape the identities of people of African descent? ... view course details

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  •  8806AMST 3402  SEM 101

AMST 3405

This course explores research on race, ethnicity and language in American education. It examines historical and current patterns of school achievement for minoritized youths. It also examines the cultural ... view course details

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  •  7826AMST 3405  LEC 001

AMST 3512

Since its establishment during the antebellum era in the slave narrative, autobiography has been a foundational genre in African American literary and cultural history.  Fifty years after the 1966 founding ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3512ENGL 3912

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17854AMST 3512  LEC 001

AMST 3520

The Asian American middle class is defined by having a certain level of education, bourgeoisie sets of manners, investment in home ownership, professional qualifications such as a doctor or an engineer, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AAS 3515HIST 3515

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9175AMST 3520  SEM 101

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: AIS 3560ENGL 3560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16081AMST 3562  SEM 101

AMST 3590

This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what Black Marxism author Cedric Robinson called "the Black Radical Tradition." It will introduce students to some of the major currents in the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3590HIST 3590

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8661AMST 3590  LEC 001

AMST 3670

An introduction to recent American fiction through close reading of novels and short fiction since 1970. Some consistent themes will be resistance and revolt, ideas of gender, race and identity, power ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ENGL 3670

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16406AMST 3670  LEC 001

  • 16408AMST 3670  DIS 201

  • 16409AMST 3670  DIS 202

AMST 3685

Spy Kids, Dora the Explorer, Jane the Virgin give us Hollywood visions of what it is like to grow up Latin@ in this country. Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Sonia Sotomayor and DREAMers provide another set ... view course details

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  • 16085AMST 3685  SEM 101

AMST 3720

In addition to nourishing the body, food operates as a cultural system that produces and reflects group and individual identities. In this class we will examine foodways-the behaviors and beliefs attached ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3721FGSS 3720

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17314AMST 3720  SEM 101

AMST 3809

The 10 years from 1967 to 1976 were an extraordinary time both in the history of American politics and in the history of American film. In the same period that the country was rocked by the Vietnam War, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3809

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16227AMST 3809  LEC 001

  • 16230AMST 3809  DIS 201

  • 16231AMST 3809  DIS 202

AMST 3820

As globalization draws the Americas ever closer together, reshaping our sense of a common and uncommon American culture, what claims might be made for a distinctive, diverse poetry and poetics of the America? ... view course details

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  • 17406AMST 3820  SEM 101

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: Social Justice& Urban Issues:Case of Washington,DC

  •  6959AMST 3854  LEC 080

  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 3980

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5151AMST 3980  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

AMST 3990

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5152AMST 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 Stdnt Opt

  •  8136AMST 4021  SEM 101

  • Government Seniors/Juniors given preference.

AMST 4032

Latinos are a greater presence in American society and political life than ever before.   Students in this course will explore themes such as immigration, political incorporation, inter-ethnic relations ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4032LSP 4032

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17000AMST 4032  SEM 101

  • Government Seniors/Juniors given preference.

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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  • 17804AMST 4039  SEM 101

AMST 4105

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  • 17855AMST 4105  SEM 101

AMST 4194

What is distinctive about American Shakespeare? Is it merely a less confident cousin of its more prestigious UK relative; or does it have a character of its own? What is currently happening with 'American ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4291PMA 4190

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7720AMST 4194  LEC 080

  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 4215

This course will read the historical archive as literature alongside contemporary and canonical theoretical texts that attempt to negotiate ideas of being and blackness. We will interrogate the position ... view course details

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  • 18621AMST 4215  SEM 101

AMST 4301

The Rabinor Seminar explores the role of diversity in the formation of a distinct American tapestry. The specific topic varies each year, but the general subject is the promise and experience ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4662

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Treaties & Indigenous Rights in N American History

  • 16581AMST 4301  SEM 101

AMST 4306

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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  •  8526AMST 4306  SEM 101

AMST 4402

This course will explore how women are portrayed in hip hop music and culture, addressing women both as consumers and producers. We will draw on texts that analyze misogyny in hip hop music and music videos, ... view course details

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  •  8888AMST 4402  SEM 101

AMST 4516

We will undertake an in-depth study of racial inequality and its relationship to schooling. The course content is centered primarily on the schooling challenges facing Black, Latino, Asian, and Native ... view course details

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  • 18276AMST 4516  SEM 101

AMST 4519

Toni Morrison is best known for her body of novels that began with publication of The Bluest Eye in 1970. We will focus on reading novels by Morrison, including The Bluest Eye, Sula (1973), Song of Solomon ... view course details

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  • 17856AMST 4519  SEM 101

AMST 4533

American Jews have frequently been touted as a "model minority." This course will take a more critical look at the historical interactions between Jewish immigration, United States industrialization, and ... view course details

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  • 17509AMST 4533  SEM 101

AMST 4655

Advanced discussion of topics in social and political philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Inequalities: Economic, Political, Social, &Racial

  • 16684AMST 4655  LEC 001

  • An investigation of the nature and moral significance of some major U.S. inequalities and proposals to reduce them: unequal political influence, unequal opportunity, the extreme concentration of income and wealth at the top, the persistence of stark racial inequalities, inequalities in education, and the interaction of disadvantages in sustaining poverty. Six meetings of the seminar will be led by eminent figures in the study of these inequalities: Benjamin Page (Political Science, Northwestern), Miles Corak (Economics, Ottawa), David Grusky (Sociology, Stanford), Prudence Carter (Education, Stanford), Cecilia Rouse (Economics, Princeton), Karl Alexander (Sociology, Johns Hopkins). In other weeks, the seminar will investigate controversies over social justice, democratic values, hierarchy, domination and freedom that shape the proper response to these inequalities, as well as studying further social inquiries.

AMST 4994

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5154AMST 4994  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

AMST 6202

This course will explore the relationship between popular belief, political action, and the institutional deployment of social power. The class will be roughly divided in three parts, opening with a discussion ... view course details

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  • 16618AMST 6202  SEM 101

AMST 6215

This course will read the historical archive as literature alongside contemporary and canonical theoretical texts that attempt to negotiate ideas of being and blackness. We will interrogate the position ... view course details

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  • 18623AMST 6215  SEM 101

AMST 6656

Advanced discussion of a topic in social and political philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Inequalities: Economic, Political, Social,& Racial

  • 16688AMST 6656  LEC 001

AMST 6670

This course analyzes the historical development of U.S. federal Indian law and its relation to American Indian literatures as a critical commentary on that law. As such, the course is generative for an ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 6670ENGL 6670

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16061AMST 6670  SEM 101

AMST 6761

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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  • Topic: Mass Culture in the Great Depression

  • 16900AMST 6761  SEM 101