AMST 203
Militarism and American Culture
Last Offered Spring 2024
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This course examines the impact of warfare on the history of the United States. Considering a range of conflicts, from the violence of European colonialism to the ongoing War on Terror, the course pays particular attention to the ways in which military violence has shaped (and been shaped by) American culture. In particular, students will engage with texts that interrogate the relationship between race and violence in US history. Students will analyze shifting representations of war through engagement with cultural texts such as film, television, literature, and comics. The scope will be broad, with attention paid to larger conflicts such as the World Wars and the Cold War, as well the lesser-known wars and occupations that have continually occupied the US military.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3554
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Assignments will include daily discussion, short papers, and essay exams for the midterm and final.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors and students that have taken introductory AMST or History courses.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: Readings, assignments, and discussions in the course will focus on the relationship between race, class, gender, sexuality, and expansion of US power. In particular, students will engage with texts that interrogate the relationship between race and violence in US history, a relationship implicated in many of the topics we will focus on, including the "Indian Wars" of US continental expansion, the seizure of overseas territories such as the Philippines, and encounters with the Middle East.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST pre-1900 Requirement

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  • AMST 203 - SEM Militarism
    AMST 203 SEM Militarism
    Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
    Not offered

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