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|80036||AMST 101D.00||United States Hist, 1100-1865|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to United States history from the 12th century to the mid-19th century. Students will gain a more developed understanding of American history by examining the interactions among diverse cultures and people; the formation and use of power structures and institutions throughout the colonial, Revolutionary and antebellum eras; and the processes behind the "Americanization" of the North American continent. Central to this course is a comparison between two interpretations of American history; a Whiggish, or great American history, and the more conflict-centered Progressive interpretation. Not only will students gain a general knowledge of this time period, but they also will understand the ways in which the past can be contextualized. Students are expected to understand both the factual basis of American history as well as the general interpretive frameworks underlying historical arguments. This course fulfills the premodern requirement for the major and minor. This course is the same as HIST 101D. No prerequisite.
|MWF||9:10 am-10:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 6/5|
|80032||AMST 110.00||August Wilson&Black Pittsburgh|
The great African American playwright August Wilson set his cycle of plays in Pittsburgh's once-dynamic neighborhood, the Hill. Students will read a series of Wilson's plays, including Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Fences, and locate them in time and place in African American history. This course is for first-year students with AP or KAP credit in American history or American studies and a critical aspect of the course will be a three-day fieldwork experience in the Hill district of Pittsburgh. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
|M||7:00 pm-10:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 1/12||Permission of Instructor Required|
|80002||AMST 191.00||Special Topic: Life Along the Kokosing|
This first-year seminar examines the meaning and significance of connection to place through an intensive investigation of Knox County. We will spend much of our time in the surrounding locale, exploring the landscape and interacting with individuals knowledgeable about community life. Complementing these field experiences, scholarship in the arts, humanities, and sciences will address how natural, economic, social, and cultural conditions inform rural character and personal identity. We will conclude our studies by creating a public project designed to share what we have learned. Taken together, these activities will illustrate the distinctive perspective and power of a liberal education. Prerequisite: open only to first-year students.
|W||1:10 pm-4:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 0/12|
|80035||AMST 200D.00||Liberal Democracy in America|
The course explores the guiding principles, major institutions and national politics of the American political order. The Founders' view of liberal democracy and of the three branches of our government (presented in the Federalist Papers) will provide the basis for consideration of the modern Supreme Court, presidency, bureaucracy, Congress, news media, and political parties and elections. The course concludes with Tocqueville's broad overview of American democracy and its efforts to reconcile liberty and equality. The themes of the course will be illustrated by references to current political issues, events and personalities. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Offered every year. This course is the same as PSCI 220D.
|MWF||10:10 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 5/5|
|80033||AMST 330.00||Sankofa Project: Urban Ed.|
This course will introduce students to the major theoretical writings about education--Dewey, Kozol, Ravitch and Freire. We will inquire about the "global achievement gap" and "cultural literacy" and interview teachers from a broad range of educational backgrounds--public, private, parochial, charter. The seminar will meet weekly, and students will engage during the week in Moodle discussions about issues raised in the reading. Students also will have a high school experience in Cleveland, with an introductory day during October break and a 10-day residency in early January. Credit only for attending all components of the course. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor.
|W||7:00 pm-10:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 15/12||Permission of Instructor Required|
|80031||AMST 331.00||Visions of America from Abroad|
America is the great, ongoing experiment of modernity, a nation thoroughly structured by all that is considered new in the Western world: liberal democracy, science, technology, industry and capitalism. The colonization of America by Europe led to our nation's status as a laboratory for political, social, and artistic theories which otherwise may never have been attempted. More and more nations are looking at the U.S. with ambivalence. As recent history has shown, America is not just an European obsession. U.S. ties to Europe have weakened in the last few decades, and the U.S. now finds itself in a more multilateral geopolitical environment. The Sept. 11 attacks were a brutal awakening for many Americans to the hostility that exists in parts of the world, not only against U.S. foreign policy but against the identity of the American people. Is such hostility related to the European ambivalence toward America, or is it a new phenomenon, with separate historical and intellectual roots? This course will be conducted as a seminar. Each week, we will examine texts and films that center on a particular theme of European-American intellectual relations, the emerging complicated relationship between Islam and America, and the longstanding tension with Latin America. Among the texts of European writers included in the seminar are works by Alexis de Tocqueville, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, and Bernard-Henri Lévy. The texts of Middle Eastern writers include works by Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Sayyid Qutb; among the Latin American authors are Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. We also will view and discuss several films by directors such as Wim Wenders, Aki Kaurismäki, Jean-Luc Godard and Charlie Chaplin. This course can count toward the major in French (modern languages or area studies) under certain conditions to be arranged with Professor Guiney. No prerequisite.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 9/15|
|80034||AMST 497Y.00||Senior Honors|
The Honors Program in American studies entails a two-semester sequence of independent work integral to the elective-study program in the major, taken during the senior year. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
|Seats filled/limit: 5/8|
|80731||ENVS 112.00||Intro to Environmental Studies|
This course examines contemporary environmental problems, introducing the major concepts pertaining to human interactions with the biosphere. We will explore this interaction at both local and global scales. Course topics include basic principles of ecology (flows of energy, cycling of matter and the role of feedback), the impacts of human technology, the roots of our perceptions about and reactions to nature, the social and legal framework for responding to problems, and economic issues surrounding environmental issues. We will discuss methods for answering questions regarding the consequences of our actions and, using a systems approach, focus on methods for organizing information to evaluate complex issues. The format of the course will be three-quarters discussion and lecture and one-quarter workshop. The workshops will include field trips, experience with collecting data, and application of computer modeling. This course counts as a biology course for the purpose of diversification. No prerequisite. Offered every spring.
|TR||2:40 pm-4:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 0/30|
|80355||HIST 101D.00||United States Hist, 1100-1865|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to United States history from the 12th century to the mid-19th century. Students will gain a more developed understanding of American history by examining the interactions among diverse cultures and people; the formation and use of power structures and institutions throughout the colonial, Revolutionary and antebellum eras; and the processes behind the "Americanization" of the North American continent. Central to this course is a comparison between two interpretations of American history; a Whiggish, or great American history, and the more conflict-centered Progressive interpretation. Not only will students gain a general knowledge of this time period, but they also will understand the ways in which the past can be contextualized. Students are expected to understand both the factual basis of American history as well as the general interpretive frameworks underlying historical arguments. This course fulfills the premodern requirement for the major and minor. This course is the same as AMST 101D. No prerequisite.
|MWF||9:10 am-10:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 13/27|
|80369||HIST 275.00||World War II|
This course will examine the circumstances and factors leading to World War II and to the U.S. entry into the war. The course will focus on the disruption of the world order through the rise of German, Japanese and Italian imperialism. The course will analyze the effect of the worldwide economic depression of the 1930s. Other topics include the military strategies and conduct of the war, its impact on the home front, and its long-term effects on U.S. foreign policy.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 24/30|
|80370||HIST 313.00||Black Intellectuals|
This course will examine the emergence of black intellectual life in the United States from the early 19th century to the present. The course will focus on the changing role of black intellectuals as individual figures and political and social leaders. The course also will focus on how slavery, racism and gender discrimination have affected black thought. Works of fiction and films will be used extensively.
|W||1:10 pm-4:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 15/15|
|80376||HIST 391.01||Special Topic: American Indian Activism and Red Power|
This course is a study of American Indian activism from the later 19th century to the present in order to understand the broader historical context of Red Power. It is designed to look beyond the myth that American Indian activism rode in on the coattails of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to show that Native and non-Native activists had been fighting and campaigning on behalf of Indian rights and sovereignty through the 20th century. The course will highlight the varying methods, intentions, successes and failures of the many Indian and first nations activists and organizations that fought for Indian sovereignty. We will look deeply into the relationship between state centered definitions of soverignty and the ways in which Native people define and defend their own concepts of sovereignty. Some of the central questions we will discuss are: What is the difference between civil rights and sovereignty? On what level should we interpret and frame Indian activism? What does it mean to be Native? Were there any intersections betweeen efforts by other minority groups to ascertain their civil rights and Indians as they fought for sovereignty?
|R||7:00 pm-10:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 14/13|
|80691||HIST 391.02||Special Topic: Slavery in the Atlantic World|
This course will focus on the movement of African descended peoples through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade from the 15th century through the early 19th century in what is called the 'Atlantic World'. This Atlantic World encompasses the West and West Central Coasts of Africa, Western Europe, the Caribbean Islands, as well as both North and South America. Hence, we will focus primarily on the various spaces that enslaved Africans were taken from, as well as where they were forcefully taken to--South America, the Caribbean, and North America. Understanding the history of racial slavery throughout the Americas is fundamental to the understanding of the interconnectedness of the Atlantic world. We will examine emerging economies, the types of labor utilized by various colonial powers, varying methods of punishment and the laws that were written to enforce slavery, various forms of resistance, as well as the cultural elements that emerged in the African communities as well as identities that were shifting in many of these spaces. No prerequisites.
|W||7:00 pm-10:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 12/12|
|80058||PSCI 200D.00||Liberal Democracy in America|
The course explores the guiding principles, major institutions and national politics of the American political system. The Founders' view of liberal democracy and of the three branches of our government (presented in the Federalist Papers) will provide the basis for consideration of the modern Supreme Court, presidency, bureaucracy, Congress, news media, and political parties and elections. The course concludes with Tocqueville's broad overview of American democracy and its efforts to reconcile liberty and equality. The themes of the course will be illustrated by references to current political issues, events and personalities. This course is the same as AMST 200D.Prerequisite: sophomore standing or PSCI 101Y. Offered every year.
|MWF||10:10 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 26/25|
|80063||PSCI 310.00||Public Policy|
This course studies various views of the policymaking process in our national government and considers the different stages of policymaking, including how problems are defined, how new proposals emerge and how certain solutions make it onto the national agenda and are debated before adoption, altered during implementation and subsequently evaluated. We also will consider the role of politicians, experts and bureaucrats in policymaking, study why specific policies were adopted and debate whether these were the best possible policies. This course will analyze the policymaking process through case studies such as welfare reform, education and national health insurance. This course is one of the required foundation courses for the Public Policy Concentration and also is open to other upperclass students. This course can be used to complete the requirement in American politics for political science majors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered every year.
|MWF||1:10 pm-2:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 26/25|
|80064||PSCI 312.00||American Constitutional Law|
The course explores basic issues in constitutional law relevant to the principles and problems of our liberal democracy. We begin with cases of the Marshall Court, which lay the foundations of our constitutional order and define the role of the judiciary. But most of the course is devoted to controversial themes in our 20th-century jurisprudence. Emphasis will be placed on recent Supreme Court decisions in the areas of equal protection of the laws, due process, the right to privacy, freedom of speech and press, religious freedom and the separation of powers. This course can be used to complete the requirement in American politics for political science majors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered every two years.
|MWF||11:10 am-12:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 28/25|
|80118||SOCY 422.00||Topics in Soc Stratification|
The primary objective of this advanced seminar is to pursue a comprehensive examination of contemporary issues which determine social stratification in the United States and, thereby, impact public policy and societal values. Some of the topics which may be addressed during the course of a semester are race relations in the United States, gender, work, family, sexuality, poverty and religion. The topics covered from one semester to the next may change radically or not at all, though they will be of importance to any discussion of the institutional forces that govern our society. Enrollment is strictly limited to 14 students. Prerequisite: foundation course in sociology and one mid-level course in sociology or permission of the instructor.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 5/14|
|80266||SPAN 380.00||Intro Chicana/o Cltrl Studies|
Chicana/o culture produced in the U.S. is a vast field often underrepresented in undergraduate curricula. Even so, Chicana/os' contributions to literature, visual and public art, music, film, cultural theory and political activism are among the richest in this nation. This absence is symptomatic of a larger societal reality, namely, a history of cultural and economic oppression, which results in a silencing of this "other" America. This course is an introduction to Chicana/o cultural studies through an examination of Chicana/o history, art, literature, film, music and cultural theory as sites of opposition to sexist, racist, classist, and homophobic ideologies. A primary goal of the course is to expose students to Chicana/os' identities and critiques, from the Mexican American civil rights movements to the present. Chicana/os' debates about immigration, custodial labor, border issues, feminism, race issues, human rights, the environment, queer studies, spirituality and the occult will be seminal to our discussion. The Mesoamerican concept of nepantla, a Nahuatl word referring to "the land in the middle," will serve as an anchor since it is fundamental to the notion of "crossing borders" that is at the root of Chicana/o cultural theory and practice. Border crossing, which emerges from the state of being in nepantla, represents Chicana/os' alternative epistemological approach to dominant ideologies. Readings and class discussion will be in English. Students may choose to read and write in Spanish when primary and secondary sources are available. This course will offer students valuable opportunities to learn through civic engagement and to link key issues from class discussion and readings to their community activities. This course fulfills .5 units of the core course requirement for the Latina/o Studies Concentration. It also will count toward the majors in American studies, international studies, women's and gender studies, religious studies and Spanish area studies.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 13/12|