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CST 1010 - Romanticism and Revolutions (LE CAT9)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Exploration of the changes in the arts and humanities produced by political, scientific, social, and revolutions that spring from the industrial revolution and the Romantic response to that revolution.

CST 1020 - Landscapes, Environments, and U.S. Culture (LE CAT7)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Credit will not be granted if already received for AmS 1031; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Interdisciplinary study of U.S. landscapes and environments as an index to the diverse cultures of the United States. Readings from travelers, naturalists, ecologists, geographers, poets, and fiction writers; slides of paintings and photographs; films.

CST 1050 - Freshman Seminar: Bodies and Culture Through Film (LE CAT8)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Freshman, fewer than 30 credits.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Explores the ways in which our bodies are culturally constructed through gender, race, and sexual orientation. Using documentary film as a primary pedagogical tool, attention will focus on how marginalization is embodied in everyday life.

CST 1101 - Introduction to Cultural Studies (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY, LE CAT8)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Examines how cultural practices relate to everyday life by introducing students to each of the four core areas of the Cultural Studies minor: Identity Politics, Media Cultures, Cultures of Space & Place, and Cultures of Science, Technology, & Medicine.

CST 2001 - Introduction to Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Studies (CDIVERSITY, LE CAT8, LECD CAT08)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Examines identity politics, GLBT popular media images and analysis, birth and history of GLBT social movement and intersections with other social movements, HIV/AIDS, policy/legislative issues especially immigration, marriage, adoption, and U.S. military policy; all with international comparative analysis.

CST 3010 - Popular Culture in the 1960s
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Interrelationships among the arts, popular culture, politics, and social change as found in literature, theatre, film, photography, painting, and music in the United States during the 1960s.

CST 3030 - Science Fiction
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Selected science fiction short stories, novels, films, videos, and music that explore impact of physical, biological, and social sciences in producing changing views of human nature, values, institutions, and societies.

CST 3040 - The Music and Lives of the Beatles
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Impact on our culture of music and lives of the Beatles. Their music; influence on music, fashion, and attitudes; Beatles' movies; interrelationship with political and social movements; later careers; their legacy.

CST 3050 - Utopian and Dystopian Images
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
How images and narratives of utopia engage with social problems, including divisions of labor and wealth, gender, race, environmental degradation, crime, violence, war, and human interfaces with technology. Emphasis is on film, fiction, and other cultural representations of utopia and dystopia. Course concepts explore human visions of equality, perfection, power, and freedom.

CST 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Contemporary cultural constructions of the human body. How biology and culture intersect in body building, menstruation, childbirth, and tattooing. Students gain skills in reading the body as social text and learn core theoretical approaches to cultural studies of the body.

CST 3095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Special Topics courses will be offered in order to increase possible course offerings in the Cultural Studies minor and give students the opportunity to work with a wide range of interdisciplinary faculty and topics.

CST 3715 - Popular Culture (SOC SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
What qualifies as American popular culture, methodologies used to study popular culture, and sociological significance of such study.

CST 4500 - The New Commons: Activism, Culture, History (SUSTAIN)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, summer, every year)
Recent literature and activism concerning the commons-global and local ways of managing shared resources such as water, seeds, the internet, and wisdom. Includes history of the commons as a concept in anthropology, political theory, and law where the framework of "commons" and "enclosure" are being used to articulate a new paradigm for democracy, economic justice, and cross-cultural communication at a local and global scale. Help create radio segments on the current state of the commons for broadcast and podcast by UMD's radio station.

CST 4653 - Cultural Studies Senior Seminar/Capstone
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, CSt minor, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
As the capstone for the cultural studies minor, this course asks students to engage with current work produced in the field of cultural studies, including (but not limited to) texts, documentary videos, and experimental films produced for both popular and academic audiences.

CST 4691 - Independent Study in Cultural Studies
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading, research, or involvement in an issue leading to the preparation of a paper or other product.

CST 4910 - Teaching Assistant in Cultural Studies
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit; maximum 3 credits between CST 4910 and CST 4997; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Practical experience in teaching-related activities in cultural studies courses.

CST 4985 - Critical Animal Studies
(4.0 cr; =[SOC 4985]; Prereq-minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
This course explores the ways in which animal lives intersect with human lives, including the evolution of social, cultural, scientific, and religious attitudes toward animals. We will examine the dynamics of power and visualization in the ways animals are culturally framed and constructed. Students will also learn to critically analyze a variety of ethical debates about animals in society, such as the eating of animals, animal experimentation, zoos, hunting, ownership, and legal status.


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