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AMS 2030 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES: AMERICAN CULTURE, 1945-1963 Professor Daniel Belgrad Fall 2009 Office: Cooper 365 Email: [email protected] Office hours: W 12-1 and by appointment Phone: 974-9388 Teaching Assistants: Sheila Tagliarini, Walter Danielak, Scott Hussey This course explores patterns in American culture between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Sixties. We look at how cultural life developed in response to the changing conditions of American society. Literature, music, the visual arts and movies are analyzed to understand how they have reflected and shaped cultural values. These are the basic concerns and methods of the field known as “American Studies.” Students completing this course will understand the historical dynamics that shaped the development of American culture in the decade of the “long fifties”; how literature, music, film, and other arts have embodied and constructed cultural values; and how social, political, and economic factors have combined in the production of national and regional cultures. This course is part of the University of South Florida’s Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum. It is certified for Humanities and for the following dimensions: Critical Thinking, Inquiry-based Learning, Creative and Interpretive Processes and Experiences, and Historical Context and Process. This class meets three times weekly: twice as a lecture, and once as a discussion group.
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