Lower Division Courses of Interest

American Studies 5 Keywords in American Studies: CONSUMERISM

  • day and time TTh 3-5:30pm
  • location 170 Barrows
  • instructor Kathleen Moran
  • 1 Units
  • Class # 11002

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nspired by Raymond Williams classic text, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, and the recent Keywords of American Cultural Studies (Burgett and Hendler), this course will provide a short and focused introduction to central terms and debates in American Studies. The goal of this course is to:
Enable each student to develop a critical understanding of the keyword (i.e. consumerism)
Familiarize students with some of the major scholarly works on the keyword.
Introduce students to the kind of interdisciplinary inquiry that characterizes our American Studies program.
This course will introduce students to the history and meaning of consumerism as practice, ritual and experience in the United States. We will think about the role of advertising, the rise of consumer spaces like department stores and theme parks, and the environmental challenges of global consumerism.

American Studies 5 Keywords in American Studies: DEMOCRACY

  • day and time MW 12-2:30
  • location 9 Lewis
  • instructor Michael Cohen
  • 1 Units
  • Class # 11024

Inspired by Raymond Williams classic text, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, and the recent Keywords of American Cultural Studies (Burgett and Hendler), this course will provide a short and focused introduction to central terms and debates in American Studies. The goal of this course is to:
Enable each student to develop a critical understanding of the keyword (i.e. democracy).
Familiarize students with some of the major scholarly works on the keyword.
Introduce students to the kind of interdisciplinary inquiry that characterizes our American Studies program.
This course is designed to introduce students to the origins, history, challenges to and current meanings of the keyword Democracy in American Studies. We will be reading many of the founding documents of American politics, exploring the possibilities and limitations of Democracy in America before considering what is rapidly becoming the most important political question of our time: Is the United States of America still a Democracy?
Students will be expected to attend every class meeting, write a short paper of five pages, and take a final exam on the last day of class.