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Courses in LSA American Culture
American Culture (AMCULT)
AMCULT 411 / WOMENSTD 411. Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
One course in Women's Studies or American Culture. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Queer identity is associated with urban, bourgeois, coastal lifestyles. Country music is linked to heterosexual white, rural, working-class, Southern, and Midwestern cultures and often to "redneck" bigotry. How has music that many people perceive as homophobic and racist become a medium for multicultural queer social and sexual exchange?

AMCULT 420 / LATINOAM 420 / SPANISH 420. Latin American & Latino/a Film Studies
Nine credits chosen from: SPANISH 279 and 399 or two RCLANG 324; and six credits chosen from SPANISH 279 and 399. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Comparative survey of historical and theoretical development in Latin American and Latino/a audio visual media, with an emphasis on the cinema.

AMCULT 425 / WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History
One course in WOMENSTD or AMCULT. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of collecting oral histories of women. We examine various theories and methods of conducting interviews, with a concentration on the feminist perspective. We also explore issues such as "insider-outsider" perspectives, relationships between the interviewer and interviewee, our role as "narrator," legal and ethical issues, the reliability of memory, and how the complex intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality are reflected in women's life stories.

AMCULT 433 / HISTART 431. Made in Detroit: A History of Art and Culture in the Motor City
Upperclass standing; prior coursework in Art History, U.S. History, American Culture, or Urban studies, and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines modern art, architecture, music, and culture in the local context of Detroit's urban, social, and racial history in the twentieth century. Students undertake challenging readings in theories of modernity then apply them in Detroit through original research.

AMCULT 437 / JUDAIC 437. Yiddish in New York: The First 150 Years
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Course examines the rich and diverse creativity of immigrants from Eastern Europe which made New York the world center of Yiddish culture. It explores prose, poetry, theater, film, photography and visual arts, as well as politics and journalism, focusing on the ways of representing modernity through urban space.

AMCULT 440 / HISTORY 440. American Thought and Culture Since 1940
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course explores some of the most significant trends of intellectual life in the United States (and to an extent, trends in the "high" and "popular" arts as well) from around 1940 to the present. We begin as the Second World War had commenced in Europe and debate within the U.S. dwelled on whether this nation would enter that struggle. Two key sets of ideas accompanied that political debate: the meaning of democracy in relation to the newly "discovered" phenomenon of "totalitarianism," and the nature of U.S. power in the world at large in the context and anticipated aftermath of war (or, the character of an "American Century").

AMCULT 461 / ANTHRCUL 461 / LING 461 / NATIVEAM 461. Language, Culture, and Society in Native North America
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will explore how Native North American languages are used in relation to the historical circumstances, cultural practices and social settings of their speakers. Of particular concern is the interrelationship between linguistic practice and ideologies that can either promote or discourage the use (and maintenance) of these languages.

AMCULT 462 / HISTORY 461. The American Revolution
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

An analysis of the causes, consequences and nature of the American Revolution.

AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture
(3 - 4; 3 in the half-term). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics in the social sciences focusing on American Culture studies primarily for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

AMCULT 498. Capstone Seminar in American Culture
(3 - 4; 3 in the half-term). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

AMCULT 504 / LATINOAM 504 / SOC 504. American Immigration: Sociological Perspectives
Graduate standing; seniors with permission of instructor. May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 510. Topics in Ethnic Studies
Graduate standing/undergrads with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 519 / WOMENSTD 519. Queer Women in the 20th Century
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines the 20th century roots of these contemporary identities, from the sexological concepts of inversion and homosexuality through the bifurcation of homosexual and heterosexual identities and social worlds in the 1920s and the splitting of transsexual and homosexual identities in the 1950s.

AMCULT 601. Topics in American Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 611. The Literature of American History
Consent of department required. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Course provides an introduction to the literature of American history, with an emphasis on chronological breadth, thematic diversity, important foundational texts, and key methodological and theoretical innovations in recent scholarship. The course is not designed to cover every important debate in U.S. historiography, nor is it possible to present a comprehensive portrait of 5 centuries of history on the North American continent. Rather it is organized around a series of critical historical episodes and historiographical debates, each session devoted to a major book/accompanying articles.

AMCULT 616 / HISTORY 612. Native American History
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Students in this course will explore major themes in American Indian historiography including policy, gender, economy, and culture in an effort to understand past themes and future directions of American Indian history. Some questions which may be addressed include: How does the study of Native Americans challenge historians to rethink issues of race, class, and gender? What have Native American historians leaned from interdisciplinary approaches? How have literary theory and cultural studies influenced recent and current work? What is the future direction of the field?

AMCULT 618 / LATINOAM 618. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latina/o Studies
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Diverse methodologies in Latina/o Studies.

AMCULT 620. Knowledge/Power/Practice in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This graduate readings seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to the major themes and issues in the field o Science and Technology Studs (STS, or S&STS). Drawing on scholarship in history, sociology, anthropology, American studies, and information studies, we will mix theoretical material with more empirically oriented studies.

AMCULT 697. Approaches to American Culture
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing; Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 698. Methodologies in American Culture
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing; Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary
Graduate standing; upperclass standing with permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

AMCULT 850. Advanced Graduate Seminar in Primary Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 899. Special Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AMCULT 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
GSI award. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AMCULT 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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