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BISAMS 363 Conflict and Connection in the Americas (5) I&S
Examines the Americas as a geographical and historical region. Applies a variety of approaches to specific topics and events, with particular attention to the interplay of politics and culture. Stresses interaction of local, regional, and global dynamics such as colonialism, migration, and slavery. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Julie Shayne Loren K. Redwood
BISAMS 364 Public Memory and Dissent in American Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines in detail one (or more) case of social, political, legal, and/or cultural conflict, focusing on how it has been remembered, reconstructed, and reimagined, both textually and institutionally. Stresses diverse interpretive and methodological approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel Berger
BISAMS 365 Exploring American Culture: Popular and Consumer Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the interaction between consumer culture and popular culture emphasizing literature, history, and theory. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
BISAMS 366 Exploring American Culture: Americans at the Margins (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines a range of American folklore and folklife, including folk speech, worldview, and folk medicine and religion. Focuses on the relationship between the ideologies of official/institutional cultures and folk cultures. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
BISAMS 367 Exploring American Culture: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines how contested discourses of racial, ethnic, and national difference have shaped ideas about citizenship and "American" identities. Focuses on the relationship between these discourses and social, economic, and political practices and policies. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Loren K. Redwood
BISAMS 368 Sex, Love, Romance (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines how ideologies and practices of sex, love, and romance have structured American political relations and everyday life. Focuses on the relationship between public and private life, social and gender roles, race and reproduction, among other topics. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches and methodologies within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Emily L. Thuma
BISAMS 369 American Culture and Mass Media (5) I&S Goldberg
Combines an introduction to analytical methods for understanding mass media with the critical study of American cultural practices and structures. Applies analytical tools to a multimedia production.