AMST 327
Feeling the Present Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 327 / SOC 327
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Feelings, moods, and affects are typically understood as bound to individual persons. However, this course examines not only how feelings and moods are profoundly collective but also why and how these collective moods have come to matter in contemporary culture, politics, and economy. Focusing on current and classic scholarship in critical political economy, neoliberalism, and affect studies – as well as film and popular culture – we will attend to the ways in which anxiety, depression, hope, rage, and other moods figure into everyday life, work, social movements, and other key sites. Topics considered include: mental health and the pharmaceutical industry; the social implications of financialization; the Tea Party and its political influence; the rise of social media; and the recent housing crisis.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 2051
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be required to write 4 informal (2-3 page) response papers and a final paper (10-15 pages) on a topic to be developed with the professor; from time to time, students will be asked to bring a substantive question to class on the reading
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: AMST majors, but all qualified students welcomed
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 327 Division II SOC 327 Division II

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