AMST 4337

AMST 4337

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

This seminar will examine U.S. culture and politics in the 1980s as a pivotal decade in shaping our contemporary cultural, social, and political landscape. We will consider how U.S. culture and politics shifted with the "Reagan Revolution" and the end of the Cold War, and their connections to and ramifications for social activism, social welfare, media, foreign policy, and everyday life. At the same time, we will consider the methodological opportunities and challenges in researching, writing, reading, and presenting recent history. Students will complete a research paper, and work together to design and launch a digital exhibition on the 1980s. We will also explore how 1980s culture and politics was shaped by nostalgia for the 1950s, and how the 1980s and remembered and misremembered today. Topics include the rise of neoliberalism, privatization of civil and social services, the emergence of digital technologies, activism in response to HIV/AIDS, transnational feminisms, the consolidation of the Christian right, and the "Culture Wars." Readings will include historical scholarship, as well as creative non-fiction, films, TV, and music from the 1980s.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 6337HIST 4337HIST 6337

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 19225 AMST 4337   SEM 101

    • W Online Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Vider, S

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Previous course work in History or American Studies recommended.