AMS-601 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (COMPULSORY)
The main purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the nature of social scientific inquiry. The course is divided into two distinct sections. In the first section, we will examine epistemological foundations of social sciences. In the second second section, we will focus on research procedures and techniques that are used in the search for social scientific knowledge.
AMS-602 HISTORY OF THE U.S.: 1606 TO 1876
This course will review the historical developments in the US from the establishment of the first colony in 1606 to the end of Re-construction (1876). The focus will be on the political and constitutional issues, economic development, and Westward expansion.
AMS-603 HISTORY OF THE U.S.: 1876 TO THE PRESENT
This course will review the historical developments in the US from the end of Re-construction to the present. The focus will be on economic and political developments, social issues, and reform movements.
AMS-604 AMERICAN SOCIETY
This course takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of American society, focusing particularly on the economy, politics, and culture. Issues that will be examined include the changing distribution of wealth in American; class and race, and demographic changes over time; political ideas of federalism, expansionism, and individualisms; and the impact of films and TV on culture. The course examines the great essays and definitive works that shape our understanding of American society.
AMS-605 AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE
This course takes an interdisciplinary look at popular American culture in order to gain insights about America. How does TV shape American perceptions about race, gender, and America’s role in the world? More than half of Hollywood’s receipts are generated abroad—what effect does that have on movie direction? American popular culture, including music, movies, and sports will be studied and their impact on other cultures will be examined.
AMS-606 U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
A course in US foreign policy can be organized in many ways. It can be designed to engage students in chronological study of US foreign relations since its birth; enduring themes of US foreign policy can be taught in it; or it can seek to understand the complex US foreign policy making process. The diplomatic history of the United States spreading over two hundred years and the spectacular growth of rich literature on it make it quite difficult to offer a fair and adequate account of these dimensions of US foreign policy in one semester.
This course seeks to tackle this problem by restricting itself to important substantive, thematic, and procedural issues of US foreign policy. In other words, the purpose of this course is to provide students a general understanding of these dimensions of US foreign policy. In this course, we will study the historical setting of US foreign policy; however, special attention will be paid to the pot-World War II period. In this regard, we will focus on sources, goals, and instruments of US foreign policy during this period. In addition, we will study substantive US policies toward different issues, countries, and regions and seek to understand processes involved in making such policies. The end of the Cold War and its implications for US foreign policy will also be paid due attention in the course.
AMS-607 U.S. ECONOMY AND ECONOMIC POLICY
This is intended to be a comprehensive survey course in US economy, its economic policy and American economic history. The United States provides a unique case of development of a social formation from pre-capitalist to post-industrial capitalist stage. The dynamics of this evolution will be examined in detail. The course will have a dual focus: first, the historical development of America’s economy as such and second, the interrelationship of the economy with political development.
AMS-608 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE U.S.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the students with the principles of American government and the political process. The formal and informal aspects of the American political system will be critically examined in the light of the recent political developments.
Central focus of the discussions will be on the American political culture, democratic philosophy and tradition and their impact on the functioning of various institutions. Relative power and influence of Presidency, Congress, and groups outside the formal political structure will be assessed in comparative perspective.
AMS-609 AMERICAN LITERATURTE
This course is a survey of American Literature which reflects changing society. Besides the novel, students will be studying poetry, drama, and short stories. Special attention will be paid to regional literatures and literature involved with major themes in American life, such as independence, expansion, war, cities, race, wealth and poverty, and gender.
AMS-610 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
Many people allege that being “men of action,” Americans have had little interest in theory. The role of theory, they say, has been subservient to the actual practice of statesmanship. Study will reveal that this is a rather one-sided assessment of the impact of doctrinal or ideological persuasions on the course of American politics. Men everywhere are moved to action partly by there vice of right and wrong, by their images of the “good society.” There is no valid goring for asserting that in making policy choices actors on the American political scent—citizens, leaders, representatives, statesman—have not been influenced by their ideological preferences. Indeed, commitment to ideological positions forms a vital part of the American political culture.
Throughout American history competing political values, norms, theories and ideologies have South the allegiance of the American people. This continues to be the case, an understanding American political behavior, past and present. This course is addressed to the attaining of such an understandings.
AMS-611 SEMINAR ON A SPECIAL TOPIC
The instructor can design this course to meet specific needs of students. In this course, a specific topic or theme will be studied in detail. The topic or theme can relate to any aspect of American Studies. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to read scholarly works and produce a well-researched paper on a specific topic.
AMS-625 INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
The main themes to be covered include: pre-Hispanic empires such as Aztec, Maya, and Inca and communities such as the Tarahumara, Brazilians, Amerindians, and Eskimos, and Nomads such as (Apaches) and settled communities (Pueblo Indians). The course will examine economic and ecological systems. Particular attention will be paid to the following topics during the study of each of the three groups mentioned above: political structures, inter-nation rivalries, religion and belief systems, kinship and gender, technology, culture: art, music, architecture, festivals, and economic systems.
AMS-626 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES
In popular movies, in short stories and novels, there is a growing interest in different cultures and different voices. In this course, students will read some of the best writings of women and men who draw from experiences and vernaculars outside of the “mainstream,” including African-American writers and poets, Chicanos short stories, Native American stories and novels, and South Asian immigrant writings.
AMS-627 ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES IN THE AMERICAS
Although it is as a parody, Reagan-Bush created a link of environment with economy in the paradigmatic case of the spotted owl and loggers’ pay-checks. What are the Consequent parameters of the debate? Is there a viable cost-benefit relationship to issues of environment and economy/The Clinton administration has been unable (or unwilling) to challenge the dimensions of that link. What is in the store/ This course examines a full range of environmental views and strategies, from “deep ecology” and “small is beautiful” to administration stances on NAFTA and the issues arising from that.
AMS-628 MIGRATION AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAS
This course examines indigenous populations, including, African-Americans, mestizos, “mulattos”, Amerindians, and other refugees, economic and political. The consequences of immigration policies will be studied. The emergence of a multi-ethnic society and demographic trends will be assessed historically.
AMS-629 LITERARY TRENDS IN AMERICAS
The course will cover broad literary trends in both North and South America. Such trends are represented by “magical realism” of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Borges, the “realist” styles of Carpentier, the definitive US “individualist” style of Hemingway, the “liberty” themes of Walt Whitman and the contemporary post-modern and feminist style of writers such as Toni Morrison.