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Entertaining the Masses: An Introduction to American Studies
AMST 180
Spring 2023
Section: 01  

This course will explore the ways in which people living in the United States entertained themselves from colonial times to the present. From the circus to movie theaters, from pubs to video games, from hunting expeditions to football matches, from church choirs to hip hop battles, we will use mass entertainment as a window into American culture. We will question what American society has considered fun, how leisure became separate from labor, how capitalists have commodified and authorities have disciplined entertainment, how different groups created and/or appropriated different forms of entertainment. Through these questions, we will study classic and new topics of and approaches to American Studies.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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