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AMS 1A: American Cultures (86, 88, 90) Fall 2021 Page 1 of 12 San José State University College of Humanities and Arts American Studies 1A: American Cultures to 1877, Fall 2021, Section 86, 88 & 90 Course and Contact Information Instructors: Ari Cushner, Valerie Lo, Gregory Smay Office Location: Online Telephone: N/A Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Office Hours: Online by appointment Class Days/Time: M/W 12:30-1:45 (Lecture); see your seminar syllabus for seminar meeting times. Classroom: Online Course Description American culture examined through political, literary, artistic, economic and social development. American values, ideas and institutions from popular culture as well as traditional sources. GE Area: C1 and D2, meets additional GE Areas when taken as sequence. Note: Entire sequence satisfies GE Areas C1,2; D2,3; U.S. History, U.S. Constitution and California Government US 1,2,3. Misc./Lab: Lecture 3 hours/lecture 3 hours. American Cultures 1A is an interdisciplinary course that traces the development of multiple American cultures from pre-European contact through the Civil War. Drawing upon the premises and methodologies of multiple academic disciplines, we examine individuals and communities to evaluate and understand the rich complexity of American social, political, and cultural experiences. Cutting across boundaries of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and region, we consider the ways in which life in the United States is continually transformed to meet society s changing needs and the conflicts that accompany them. This semester we focus on the dynamics and development of the United States as a pluralist, multicultural society, a conversation that will continue through American Studies 1B. Viewed through a multicultural framework, we examine both conflict and consensus perspectives that impact the experiences of American individuals and groups (past and present) in the contexts of their social, economic, political, and cultural interactions and relationships. Course Format Technology Intensive, Hybrid, and Online Courses The course will be conducted mainly online, although the instructors reserve the right to hold occasional mandatory in-person meetings (with appropriate prior notification to students). The class will also be run partly on a “hybrid” basis, meaning that seminars will meet only once per week (some seminars will meet only on