Comparative American Studies
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Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

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Phone: (440) 775-5290
Fax: (440) 775-8644

Location:
King 141
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Meredith Raimondo's courses

Meredith Raimondo's courses
 

100.  Introduction to Comparative American Studies - 3 hours
1.5 HU, 1.5 SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS Semester
The course will introduce students to the complexity of American social and cultural formations, with particular emphases on sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and to various methodologies of comparative analysis. Enrollment Limit: 30.

211.  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Identities - 3 hours
1.5 HU, 1.5 SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
This course examines the production of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities in the United States as they intersect with important social markers such as race, class, gender, and nation. Situating specific case studies in historical, social, and comparative context, we explore issues such as the intersection of racial and sexual sciences, processes of community formation, the politics of embodiment, social justice movements and queer cultural productions.
Enrollment Limit: 30. 

272.  Disease, Democracy, and Difference - 3 hours
3SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
From yellow fever to H1N1 flu, disease has been central to the construction of the nation, revealing important differences in race, class, gender, and sexuality. This interdisciplinary course investigates the politics of health and illness in the United States through several historical and contemporary case studies. We pay particular attention to the contestations and collaborations between policy makers, health professionals, and community activists seeking to define and promote wellness. Enrollment Limit: 30.

321.  Transnational Sexualities: National Borders, Global Desires - 4 hours

2 HU, 2 SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
How does the globalization of sexuality shape the study of sex in national contexts? This interdisciplinary course uses the United States as a starting point to consider sexual identities and practices in a transnational perspective, addressing topics such as reproduction, migration, AIDS, sex work, tourism, and militarization. We will examine the production of gendered, raced, and classed bodies and explore the significance of transnational analysis of sexuality to social justice work. Enrollment Limit: 20.

337.  Global Health Emergencies - 4 hours
4SS, CD
Health emergencies represent some of the most challenging transnational crises of the twenty-first century. This course situates biomedical approaches in social, political, and economic context in order to consider the role of health in the production of and the challenge to deeply entrenched global inequalities. It explores the relationship between states, international health organizations, non-governmental organizations, human rights advocates, community health practitioners and activists, and those affected by a range of health conditions.
Enrollment Limit: 20.

412.  Identity and Difference in American Popular Culture - 4 hours
2 HU, 2 SS, CD, WR
This course analyzes the production and reception of popular cultural forms in order to study issues of identity, power, agency, and social change. Students will examine particular case studies in media such as television, film, comics, music, and performance in historical, social, economic and political context, with particular attention to issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. This course provides theoretical and methodological tools to consider the relationship of cultural production, consumer culture, and marginalization. Consent of instructor required.
Enrollment Limit: 12.

447.  Queer Positions - 4 hours
4HU, CD, WR
When queer is a verb, what does it mean? This course explores key issues in the field of queer theory, including the relationship of sex, gender, race, class, and ability; critiques of liberalism and multiculturalism; normativity and resistance; representation and cultural production; and the politics of time and space. We will pay particular attention to the relationship between theory and practice in order to explore different approaches to social change. Consent of the Instructor Required.  Enrollment Limit: 12