Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Summer/Fall 2016 Course Offerings

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LS604.401 Modern Hispanic-American Fiction

In the great melting pot of the Americas, Hispanics are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups. The writing they produce is diverse, highly creative and passionate. This course examines three types of Latino authors: those who have emigrated to the United States, those who were born in the United States, and those who live in Latin America but are influential in the United States. Representative of the three groups are Isabel Allende (Chile), Rudolfo Anaya (New Mexico) and Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia). Other traditions will also be represented. All works will be read in English translation. (Historical)
Monday/Wednesday, Baltimore campus

LS657.501: Democracy and Democratization [Hybrid Course]

An ambitious introduction to modern democracy and democratization. We draw from academic scholarship, political rhetoric, historical documents, analytical video, and current events. We rely in part on Larry Diamond's The Spirit of Democracy to explore the surge, and partial retreat, of democratization in the last 40 years. We consider two, partially intertwined, issues of particular interest in the last few years: nation-building and the Arab Spring. We look at today's challenges to American democracy. Finally, we look ahead at the uncertain future for democracy in the U.S. and the world. (Thematic)
Tuesday/Thursday, Columbia campus 

LS 742.601: Shades of Black: Film Noir and Post-War America

The darkest genre in American cinema, with tales of crime, corruption, and anti-heroism. Film noir has its origins in German expressionist film, but as it developed it reflected and shaped post-World War II cultural anxieties about gender, race, power, and violence. Students will view films, read source novels, and consider important critical writings about the genre. (Thematic)
Tuesday/Thursday, Timonium campus 


LS744: American Manhood in the Making [Hybrid Course]

With the dawn of the American democratic experiment came new opportunities for identity and gender construction. Men and women from all over the world poured into America and brought with them their own notions of what it meant to be men and women. Although manhood is often viewed as stable and fixed, rooted in biological truths, history and literature tell a story of gendered contingency and uncertainty, often paired with intense anxiety. This course looks at the way manhood has changed in America by reading the historical and literary documents that influenced Americans’ perceptions of themselves and their individual and collective manhood. (Thematic)
Tuesday/Thursday, Timonium campus


LS689.601: American Film Classics [Hybrid Course]

This course encourages students to examine and reflect upon traditional American values as reflected in a set of vintage films. The group will view and discuss the films with the intent of looking at them in depth to see how they’re made, why they were made, and what they tell us about America and Americans’ image of themselves. The central focus of the films chosen will vary, but could include foundational myths like the self-made man, the cowboy and the Wild West, the pioneer spirit, or individual freedom. (Creative)
Tuesdays, Timonium campus

LS617.501: Voters, Campaigns, and Elections in the United States—Elections 2016 [Hybrid Course]

Focus on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and its context. We use academic scholarship, political rhetoric, historical documents, and current news analysis. We consider U.S. politics and elections in historical context, the evolution of the 2016 elections, and the American electorate itself. Finally, we look ahead to possible implications of the new President, his or her policies, and the political environment in which he or she will govern. (Historical)
Mondays, Columbia campus

LS 732: An Analysis of the Terrorist Mind

This course offers an analysis of key intellectual traditions behind contemporary terrorism in the ideas and writings of great Romantic writers including Blake, Percy and Mary Shelly, Paine, Emerson, Thoreau, Bakunin, and Nietzsche. Special emphasis will be placed on Romanticism’s effect on Twentieth Century American culture and the challenges terrorism poses for the current century. (Historical)
Wednesdays, Baltimore campus

LS697.601: Reading Television

This course contends that, while television is primarily a visual and oral medium, anything like an adequate appreciation of its pervasive contributions to American culture requires something much more akin to mastering a unique and comprehensive literacy. So, together we'll learn how to "read" television by viewing a handful of exceptional seasons of highly successful TV series and placing them in social, historical, generic, aesthetic, and theoretical contexts. Possible series include: All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Dallas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, 24, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons, The Sopranos, and Deadwood. The four or five series to make the cut will be determined by student votes during the preceding semester. (Creative)
Mondays, Timonium campus