SUMMER SESSION I: Mon. May 22 - Wed. July 5 - SCA Faculty Electives
SCA-UA 280.001: Topics: Climate Crisis: Life at the End of the World, Prof. Whitenack
In-Person: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 09:30am-11:30am
Is climate change bringing about the end of the world? What or whose world(s) are ending? Examines literature on climate change, focusing on those in the margins who are improvising and imagining ways of being other than those of colonial capitalism that have brought us here. Special attention will be paid to representations of climate crisis and the politics of knowledge production. Develops a greater understanding of climate change as a potential reordering of human and more-than-human relations. Analyzes and evaluates feminist and anticolonial approaches to living in and with climate catastrophe, and encourages explorations of individual responses to climate change. SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors: American, Asian/Pacific/American, Gender & Sexuality, & SCA.
SCA-UA 624.001: Cinema and Urbanism, Prof. Sandhu
In-Person: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 10:00am–12:00pm
What are the diverse ways in which New York City has been imagined on the silver screen? How does a cinematic perspective shape our understanding of urban spaces? This course analyzes films that portray New York as a site of local encounter and global exchange in both commercial and documentary films since the 1960s. We will investigate the dramatic mapping and remapping of urban space through works that articulate questions of gentrification, immigrant labor, organized crime, and sexual subcultures. In turn, we will examine how these stories have helped shape and contest the city's image of itself--as a space of struggle, belonging, illegality, emancipation, and transformation. The goal is to see how each particular film captures a distinct moment both in the city's history over the past fifty years as well as in the history of filmmaking. In so doing, we will blend the perspectives of urban studies, ethnic studies, and visual culture, placing films within their aesthetic, political, and historical context.
SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors: American, Asian/Pacific/American, Metropolitan, & SCA.
SCA-UA 541.001/060: Topics in Latino Studies: Migration, Latinos, & NYC: Central American NY, Prof. Aiello
In-Person: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 3:00pm-05:00pm
SAME AS SCA-UA 541.001/060 SUMMER 2022. SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors Africana, American, Latino, Metropolitan, and SCA. Looks at the literature produced on the Central American Diaspora in the US, focusing on research attending to the growing Central American community in New York. Special attention is paid to issues of culture, politics, the creation of solidarity and diasporic communities, and migration. Develops a greater understanding of the transnational Central American community’s experience, and its relevance to contemporary US politics. Analyzes and evaluates the larger systems of exclusion within the US immigration system and the urban space of New York that remain relevant to the Central American community. SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors Africana, American, Latino, Metropolitan, & SCA.
SUMMER SESSION II: Thurs. July 6 - Wed. August 16 - SCA Faculty Electives
SCA-UA 280.002/060: Topics: Not That Innocent: Race, Sex & Politics of Purity, Prof. Reaven
In-Person: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 09:30am-11:30am
Uses the frame of the “innocent, “pure,” and “good” to consider a wide range of topics: carceral studies and prison abolition, liberalism and the “good immigrant,” food studies, race-making and bloodlines, popular culture (trad wives, true crime, the right’s invocation of the “woke mob”), settler colonialism and settler innocence, and foundational texts in cultural studies. How do cultural objects circulate and do political work? Who—and what—gets to be pure, and who benefits? And finally, how do certain ideas around purity and innocence come to appear natural? Readings prepare for a final project to select an object (a piece of music, a person, a tangible object or artifact, etc.) that has been deemed or seeks to be perceived as innocent and do a reading of the object in a short paper and presentation. SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors: American, Gender & Sexuality, & SCA.
SCA-UA 401.001/060: Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies, Prof. Truong-Jones
In-Person: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 12:00pm-02:00pm
Explores the construction of sex, gender, and sexuality; gender asymmetry in society; sexual normativity and violations of norms; and the interactions of sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation. Engages materials and methodologies from a range of media and disciplines, such as literature, the visual arts, history, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Examines both feminist and nonfeminist arguments from a variety of critical perspectives.
CORE Social Science, intro for Gender & Sexuality Major/Minor and SCA Major NOT Minor, by request, can count as an SCA Faculty elective for the American and SCA majors & minors – email SCA@nyu.edu.
SCA-UA 608.001/060: Urban Cultural Life, Prof. Jackson
In-Person: Tue, Thu 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Few cities enjoy as rich a cultural life as New York City, with its plethora of neighborhoods, museums, galleries, theaters, concert halls, and alternative spaces. Through walking tours, attendance at cultural events, and visits to local cultural institutions, students explore the definition of urban culture. Sites include the familiar and the unfamiliar, the Village and the outer boroughs. Students examine the attributes that constitute culture and community from an interdisciplinary perspective. SCA Faculty Elective for these majors/minors: American, Metropolitan, & SCA. $60 Activities fee required.