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Fall 2021
Sep 29,2022
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AMER 237 - AMERICAN EMPIRE
This course evaluates definitions and expressions of American empire from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We will discuss U.S. foreign relations history and changing global politics by analyzing key cultural developments related to events like the Spanish American War, World War II, Vietnam War, and our current post-9/ll era using a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. This journey will confront us with contrasting ideas about political purpose and ethical responsibility around America’s place in the world as envisioned by policy makers, activists, intellectuals, and cultural producers. Underlying our conversations will be how categories like race, gender, class, and religion relate to visions of democracy, modernity, and intervention, as well as aesthetic qualities concerning cultural value. Also important will be diverse perspectives on global events, and comparing and contrasting views on, for example, the Iranian Revolution as yielded by U.S. spokespeople and their Iranian counterparts, or measuring how Vietnamese people remember the Vietnam War in contrast to Americans. Ultimately we will explore how everyday cultural forms such as film, music, literature, and protest movements have both contributed to and resisted American empire in the modern era. We will also discuss in detail the foreign contexts in which Americans intervened militarily, culturally, and economically, and the ways the United States changed internally as a result of these engagements (via refugees, immigrants, or migrants, for example).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

American Studies Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Amer in the World, Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Global Awareness, OLD GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

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