AMST 301
Theories and Methods in American Studies (Junior Seminar) Fall 2022
Division II

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This seminar serves as an introduction to theories, methods, sources, and approaches for interdisciplinary research and creativity in and through the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. We will study diverse ways of “doing” American Studies work (including but not limited to visual studies, ethnography, literary studies, theory, or museum studies) and how this work speaks to various intellectual and political priorities within the field. Through readings, discussions, and unit assignments, students will not only deepen their knowledge of American Studies but will also have concrete opportunities to research, explore, experiment, construct arguments, and play. In the process, students will gain a working competence in all four tracks of the major (Space and Place; Comparative Studies in Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora; Arts in Context; and Critical and Cultural Theory). Topics in the course may include environmental justice, racial formation, social movements, the prison industrial complex, infrastructure, or the aesthetics and form of minority literature.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1029
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation; four unit assignments (media projects, 7-10-min oral presentations, or 3-5 page papers); a final project building on an earlier assignment
Prerequisites: AMST 101/201 Intro to American Studies, junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors majoring in American Studies; Senior American Studies majors needing the course to graduate
Unit Notes: Required of junior majors in American Studies
Distributions: Division II

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