ASCP. 81000 - Introduction to American Studies GC: W, 6:30-8:30p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Humphries,  Cross listed with MALS 73100.
Drawing on the interdisciplinary methodologies of American Studies, this course will look at diverse groupings of texts that enact, represent, and interrogate American cultures and values and how they are formulated, understood, and contested.
Among the authors that enact or address these issues directly, we will consider Crèvecoeur, Jefferson, de Tocqueville, Emerson, Douglass, Adams, and other more recent commentators, such as Janice Radway; among authors that represent American culture and values, we will look at works by Hawthorne, Cather, Hurston, Mailer, and Alice Walker; among texts that reflect on how culture and values are assessed, we will look at seminal works, such as those by Charles Beard, Leo Marx, and F.O Matthiessen, as well as more recent studies, such as Susan Hegeman’s Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture and The Cultural Return and Siobhan B. Somerville’s Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture.
In defining culture and how the term is “valued” in American studies today, we also consider its appeal and limits. One way to do this – and to incorporate more popular culture and multimedia texts – is to focus on the idea of “an American Icon,” an individual who is said to encapsulate a certain era or set of values, and we will have short units on such figures as Billy the Kid, Annie Oakley, Lucille Ball, and Jimi Hendrix.
ASCP. 81500 - Encountering Cuba GC: T, 11:45a.m.-1:45p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Profs. Chuh & Fernandes,  Cross listed with SOC 84501.
Cuba has long loomed large in the U.S. imagination, whether by virtue of its refusal to embrace capitalism, the richness of its literary and musical traditions, the persistence of Fidel Castro's leadership, its proximity to the US coastal state of Florida and the migrants, exiles, and refugees who crossed the Florida Straits, and, now, because of the changing relations between the two countries.
This team-taught, interdisciplinary course offers the opportunity to consider how ideas of Cuba and "Cubanness" take shape through literary and other aesthetic modes of expression, and to examine the ways in which such ideas are grounded in or depart from the everyday lives and political and cultural practices characterizing life in Cuba.
What understandings of Cuba emerge by understanding it as a key site in the long histories of capital-driven migrations? How might racial formation be theorized through this space characterized by multiple forms of racialization, colonial histories, and ex-colonial nationalism? In what ways does Cuba exemplify and generate Caribbean and Latin American epistemologies, and what remains distinctive "about" Cuba and Cubanness?
We will address such questions by studying the literature, film, history, sociology, and political theory, that help us encounter Cuba from multiple points of entry. Students should expect to contribute regularly to this discussion-based seminar, and to submit several writing assignments as the formal requirements of the course.
ASCP. 82000 - Practical Criticism GC: M, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Marcus,  Cross listed with MALS 78500 & IDS 81650
With a grounding in critical classics (Herman Melville, D. H. Lawrence, Constance Rourke), this seminar focuses on criticism actually practiced by people writing regularly about popular or everyday culture—movies, music, restaurants, books, political speech, the media (including Pauline Kael, Manny Farber, Dave Hickey, A. O. Scott, Sarah Vowell, Edmund Wilson, Lester Bangs)—and moves into imaginative, even fictional criticism, where the limits of what criticism might be are tested if not torn up altogether (Geoff Dyer, David Thomson).
The course will take up criticism as a vocation—with the premise that intellectual engagement with culture constitutes a form of discourse that leads people to achieve both a sense of history and a sense of the peculiarity of their own time and place. At the same time, practical criticism—most often addressing cultural artifacts or events that people actually care about, but which are presumed even by their enthusiasts to be of transitory significance at best and, much of the time, no significance at all—raises questions of inventing a language, creating a career, identifying an audience, and discovering the possibilities and limits of a shared sensibility as intensely as anything else in the domain of contemporary writing.
“Criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply—just because you must use everything you are and everything you know,” Pauline Kael wrote in 1963. That is a manifesto about democratic speech, and it can contain both Melville’s 1850 call for a national literature in “Hawthorne and His Mosses” and serial killer Patrick Bateman’s schizophrenic but pitch-perfect critical monologues on the most banal varieties of 1980s rock in the 2000 film version of American Psycho.
Extensive reading with short papers at least every other class. With class visits by writers whose work is part of the course.
The following courses are equivalent to ASCP 81500 - Themes in American Culture (Course descriptions available on the individual programs’ websites)
ANTH 77900 African American English [ 28926] W, 4:15-6:15p. Spears, Arthur
ANTH 71800 Anthropology of Religion  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Elisha, Omri
ANTH 81000 Life Histories Self and Other  W, 2:00-4:00p. Crapanzano, Vincent
ANTH 71500 Politics of Reproduction  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Davis, Dana
ART 89600 Documentary/Non-Fiction Film  M, 4:15-8:15p. Tsika, Noah
ART 76010 The Big Picture  W, 4:15-6:15p. Sund, Judy
ART 87300 Wall to Wall NY: Muralism  Tu,11:45a-1:45p. Manthorne, Katherine
EES 79903 Critical Child & Youth Studies  W, 4:15-6:15p. Hart, Roger
EES 79903 Critical Soc & Enviro Policy  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Seley, John
EES 79903 Emerging Issue Envir Occup Hlth  W, 4:15-6:15p. Grassman, Jean
EES 79903 Environmental Health & GISc  Tu, 6:00-9:20p. Maroko, Andrew
EES 79903 Field Ecology of Central Park  Tu, 11:10a-2:00p. Ni-Meister, Wenge
EES 79903 Geography NYC Metro Area  M, 5:25-8:15p. Eichenbaum, Jack
EES 79903 International Pollution  F, 11:10a-2:00p. Szekielda, Karl-Heinz
EES 79903 Participatory Democracy  W, 2:00-4:00p. Su, Celina
EES 79903 Participatory Planning & GIS Th,10:10-1:00p Ramasubramanian, Laxmi
EES 79903 Research with Children & Youth  Tu, 4:25-6:15p. Hart, Roger
ENGL 75100 Amer Aesthetics:A Feel of If  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Richardson, Joan ENGL 85500 Black Lives  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Reid-Pharr, Robert
ENGL 87500 Experimtal Selves Graphic Subj  W, 4:15-6:15p. Miller, Nancy
ENGL 80600 Humanities & Idea of Culture  M, 6:30-8:30p. Watts, Jerry
ENGL 79010 Literacy Transnational Contxt  Th, 4:15-6:15p. Wan, Amy
ENGL 85410 Occupied America:Hist Mthd Poetic  Th, 6:30-8:30p.Alcalay, Ammiel
ENGL 85800 The Digital Caribbean  W, 2:00-4:00p. Josephs, Kelly
ENGL 86600 Theortical Postings from Present  W, 4:15-6:15p. Hitchcock, Peter
ENGL 85700 Toni Morrison  Tu, 6:30-8:30p. Wallace, Michele
ENGL 80200 Trance  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Koestenbaum, Wayne
HIST 76910 Comparative Carribbean Hist  M, 6:30-8:30p. Levy, Teresita
HIST 84900 Seminar in American History I  W, 2:00-4:00p. Kessner, Thomas
HIST 75400 Seminar on Public History  W, 2:00-4:00p. Robertson, Andrew
HIST 77300 Soc Sci & Politics of Knowledg  Th, 2:00-4:00p.Bennett, Herman
HIST 75500 The History of Capitalism  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Oakes, James
IDS 81660 National Security Strategy  W, 4:15-6:15p. Renshon, Stanley
MALS 71300 Bus of Fashion:Cltr/Tech/Dsgn  Th, 6:30-8:30p.Paulicelli, Eugenia
MALS 77400 International Migration  Th, 6:30-8:30p. Min, Pyong
MALS 75400 Intro to Digital Humanities  M, 4:15-6:15p.Gold, Matthew/Waltzer, Lucas
MALS 78100 Issues in Urban Education  W, 4:15-6:15p. Semel, Susan
MALS 78500 Music & Democratic Speech  W, 4:15-6:15p. Marcus, Greil
MALS 71700 Psychology of Work & Family  M, 6:30-8:30p.Shockley, Kristen
MUS 83500 (Ethno)musicology & Soc Theory  W, 2:00-4:00p. Sugarman, Jane
P SC 72100 American Political Thought  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Fontana, Benedetto
P SC 82001 American Politics  M, 2:00-4:00p. Lipsitz, Keena
P SC 82001 Childhood/Pornogrphy/Death Tu,11:45-3:45p.Rollins, Joe/Herzog, Amy
P SC 77901 Comparative Politics I  M. 4:15-6:15p. Woodward, Susan
P SC 72300 Constitutional Law  Tu, 6:30-8:30p. Halper, Thomas
P SC 71901 Critical Reason: The Basics Tu, 2:00-4:00p.Buck-Morss, Susan
P SC 77903 Democratization  Tu, 6:30-8:30p. Ungar, Mark
P SC 82503 Failures National Urban Policy  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Goering, John
P SC 72500 Global Inequ:Mt An Pol Implic  W, 6:30-8:30p Milanovic, Branko P SC 71902 Social Contract Theory  W, 4:15-6:15p.
P SC 87801 State and Society  W, 6:30-8:30p. Erickson, Kenneth
P SC 71903 Trans Theories Pract Politics  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Currah, Paisley
PHIL 77500 Academic Ethics  M, 11:45a-1:45p Cahn, Steven
PHIL 77800 Contemp Problems in Phil Art  Tu, 9:30-11:30a. Carroll, Noël
PHIL 76900 History of the Mind  M, 4:15-6:15p. Godfrey-Smith, Peter
PHIL 77200 Social Construction  Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Prinz, Jesse
PHIL 77700 The Morality of Inequality  Th, 6:30-8:30p. Baumrin, Bernard
SOC 82901 Black Freedom Struggle & White  Tu, 11:45-1:45p.Bonastia, Christopher
SOC 84600 Citizenship & Human Rights  Tu, 11:45a-1:45p. Turner, Bryan
SOC 80000 Digital Sociology  W, 4:15-6:15p. Daniels, Jessie
SOC 82303 Global Climate Crisis:Soc&Pol  Th, 4:15-6:15p. Aronowitz, Stanley
SOC 84600 Labor & Soc. Movements  Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Jasper, James/ Milkman, Ruth
SOC 85000 Migration and Crime  M, 4:15-6:15p. Garot, Robert
SOC 82301 People of New York City  W, 2:00-4:00p. Helmreich, William
SOC 85800 Race and Ethnicity  Th, 2:00-4:00p. Kasinitz, Philip
SOC 80000 Soc Theory & Non-Human Environ  Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Clough, Patricia
SOC 86800 Sociology of Culture  M, 2:00-4:00p. Halle, David
SOC 84503 Sociology of Education Th, 11:45-1:45p. Attewell, Paul/Dumais, Susan
SOC 73200 Sociology of Gender  Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Eisenstein, Hester
THEA 81500 Huston, Scorsese, Jarmusch  W, 11:45a-3:15p. Boddy, William
U ED 75100 Educating Educators  M, 4:15-6:15p. Michelli, Nicholas
U ED 71200 Global Perspect on Lang & Educ  Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Garcia, Ofelia U ED 75100 Intersect of Human Develp & Ed  W, 4:15-6:15p. Stetsenko, Anna
U ED 70600 Intro Research Mtd in Urban Ed  W, 4:15-6:15p. Picciano, Anthony
U ED 75100 Paradoxes of Inclusive Education  M, 4:15-6:15p.Connor, David
U ED 70400 Pedagogy and Urban Classroom  Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Spring, Joel
WSCP 81000 Diversity Issues/Clincial Psyc  W, 5:00-7:50p. Borod, Joan
The following courses are equivalent to ASCP 82000 - American Culture: Major Periods (Course descriptions available on the individual programs’ websites)
ART 76040 Global Contemporary Art  W, 2:00-4:00p. Joselit, David
ART 77400 Postwar Art in Latin America  W, 11:45a-1:45p. Indych-Lopez, Anna
ART 79500 History of Cinema I:1895-1930  Th, 11:45a-2:45p. Dolan, Marc
ART 86020 Revisiting the Bauhaus  W, 2:00-4:00p. Maciuika, J/ Long, Rose-Carol
ENGL 75000 Death & Life in Antebellum America  M, 4:15p-6:15p. Kelly, William
ENGL 76000 Modernity and Consciousness  W, 11:45a-1:45p. Pease, Allison
ENGL 80200 American Renaissance  W 11:45a-1:45p. Reynolds, David
HIST 72110 Hist of Madness in Modern Era  W, 4:15p-6:15p. Killen, Adreas
HIST 75700 World War, Postwar, Cold War  M, 2:00-4:00p. Nasaw, David
HIST 75900 20th Cent African American Hist  Tu, 6:30-830p Muhamad, Khalil
HIST 80010 Literature of American Hist I  Th, 4:15p-6:15p. Waldstreicher, David
MALS 70700 The Shaping of Modernity  M, 6:30-830p. Gordon, David
THEA 72500 20th & 21st Century Dance  Tu, 4:15p-6:15p. Tenneriello, Susan
THEA 80300 History of the NY Theatre  M, 2:00-4:00p. Carlson, Marvin
THEA 80400 Theory & Perform 1990-Now  W, 2:00-4:00p. Edgecomb, Sean
THEA 81500 History of Cinema I: 1895-1930  Th, 11:45a-2:45p. Dolan, Marc