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Lily Laux

Doctoral Student

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Biography

M.A.T. The University of Memphis
B.A. Columbia University

Interests

public education, political theory, sociology of race and racism, and neoliberalism

AMS 310 • Intro To American Studies

30645 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 330pm-500pm CLA 0.126
(also listed as HIS 315G )
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This introductory course in American Studies presents an interdisciplinary survey of American culture and society with a particular emphasis on understanding United States citizenship.

Primarily a lecture course, we will pay attention to the constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class that occur in and around practices of citizenship both normative and legal. Throughout we will analyze historical moments and social institutions using a variety of primary—including but not limited to literature, film, art and music—and secondary sources. Given that notions of citizenship are continually contested and reshaped, our goal will be to understand how the intersection of various political and cultural discourses around citizenship has shifted from the colonial era to the present day.

Course Objectives:

1.  Grasp the broad history of the United States and key theoretical concepts of importance to the field of American Studies

2.  Understand the ways in which intersecting with political, legal, economic and cultural concerns constructs and contextualizes practices of American citizenship

3.  Examine the creation, reproduction, and contestation of American citizenship with particular emphasis on race, class, and gender.

4.  Think critically about the above topics and consider ways to analyze these interaction    

                 

Requirements

Attendance and participation        15%

       Students are expected to complete the assigned reading before class and come prepared to engage with the text

Midterm #1           25%

Midterm #2           25%

Final Exam            35%

 

Possible Texts

Burgett and Hendler, eds., Keywords in American Cultural Studies

Course Reader

 

Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History. 

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

AMS 310 • Intro To American Studies

30570 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am PHR 2.108
(also listed as HIS 315G )
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This introductory course in American Studies presents an interdisciplinary survey of American culture and society with a particular emphasis on understanding United States citizenship.

Primarily a lecture course, we will pay attention to the constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class that occur in and around practices of citizenship both normative and legal. Throughout we will analyze historical moments and social institutions using a variety of primary—including but not limited to literature, film, art and music—and secondary sources. Given that notions of citizenship are continually contested and reshaped, our goal will be to understand how the intersection of various political and cultural discourses around citizenship has shifted from the colonial era to the present day.

Course Objectives:

1.  Grasp the broad history of the United States and key theoretical concepts of importance to the field of American Studies

2.  Understand the ways in which intersecting with political, legal, economic and cultural concerns constructs and contextualizes practices of American citizenship

3.  Examine the creation, reproduction, and contestation of American citizenship with particular emphasis on race, class, and gender.

4.  Think critically about the above topics and consider ways to analyze these interaction                 

 

Requirements

Attendance and participation                  15%

Midterm #1                 25%

Midterm #2                 25%

Final Exam                  35%

Students are expected to complete the assigned reading before class and come prepared to engage with the text

 

Possible Texts

Burgett and Hendler, eds., Keywords in American Cultural Studies

Course Reader

 

Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History. 

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

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