Fall 2012 Courses

This schedule is subject to change. For the most accurate information concerning other programs and departments, consult the University Class Schedule online: www.bu.edu/studentlink, as well as each department’s own website. Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

American Studies

CAS AM 301 Perspectives on the American Experience. This course examines themes in American politics through the lens of fiction. Moreover, it seeks to assess the role of the novelist as political commentator/historian.  The six major works selected for the course will expose students to three types of political novel: satire (Democracy, Supreme Courtship), roman-a-clef (The Last Hurrah, Primary Colors), and alternate history (It Can’t Happen Here, The Plot Against America). These books cover the full spectrum of American politics, from local to national, and they span 130 years of American history, from Reconstruction to the present day. Additional readings include excerpts from political biographies, political histories, and primary source texts. These supplementary documents will compel students to consider the novels in their political- and social-historical contexts. Students will develop a critical method that treats each novel both as a work fiction and as an historical text. Sirman, TR 9:30 – 11:00.

CAS AM 367 Material Culture. Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Also offered as CAS AH 367. Moore, MWF 11:00 – 12:00.

CAS AM 501 Special Topics in American Studies: Suburban Nation – Explorations in America’s Middle Landscape. This undergraduate seminar will explore the central but highly contested landscape of suburban development and architecture in the United States, allowing students from multiple disciplines to question the validity and impact of one of the most basic elements of modern life. Common readings and discussion will be mixed with examinations of suburban contexts in history, literature, film, design, and planning. All students will conduct independent research that they will present to their colleagues and submit as a scholarly essay.  There are no pre-requisites for this course. Morgan, W 9:00 – 12:00.

CAS AM 546 Historic Preservation. An introduction to the American preservation movement, including current issues and modern practice. Considers key aspects of the history, theory, and philosophy of historic preservation, and introduces students to key figures in preservation agencies and organizations in this region. Also offered as MET UA 546. Dempsey, T 5:30 – 8:30.