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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2022

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AMS 107LEC - Intro American Studies
Intro American Studies A Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   20980   Enrollment Capacity:   21
Section:   A   Enrollment Total:   21
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   M W F , 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Room:   Clemen 204 view map
Location:   North Campus      
What is American Studies? In order to answer this question, we must attend to a few others, such as what and where is America? Who is American and why? The construction of ¿America¿ has been a social, cultural, political, economic, and geographic process fraught in both past and present with complications, contradictions, and contestations. We will consider how such experiences continue to shape present thinking and future possibilities. This semester we will center these questions in an examination of perceptions of nature and culture in America. Together, we will navigate the stories of the ¿American¿ land by considering and analyzing the many ways in which landscape and identity converge and intersect. In this class, we will explore the intersection of environmental, social, historical, and cultural issues through an analysis of literary fiction, poetry, visual art, music, films, and other media. We will study how environmental issues are deeply connected to issues of race, socioeconomic class, gender, ethnicity, disability, and the legacies of slavery and colonialism. Topics of the course may include but are not limited to: environmentalism(s); climate change; environmental justice; environmental racism; food justice; risk and sustainability; disaster and extinction; technology; conservation and preservation; extraction and energy; human and nonhuman relations; nostalgia and resilience; waste and toxicity; community expertise and traditional beliefs; environmental literature, cli-fi, and ecomedia; among various others.
  Course Description
Introduces students to a variety of approaches that have been developed in American studies to assist understandings of how different people participate in this society and in the world. Also considers how experiences continue to shape present thinking and future possibilities.
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