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College of Arts & Sciences
Institute for Southern Studies


Southern Studies Courses

Spring 2019

 

 

SOST 101.001 – TTh 1:15-2:30PM

The Literary South

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Simmons

CAROLINA CORE AIU CREDIT

This course will introduce students to important literary texts of the American South, ranging from European contact through the 21st century. We will also emphasize the interplay of Southern literary output with and in reaction to important historical and political trends. Within the Carolina Core, this course meets the Aesthetic and Interpretative Understanding learning outcome in that students will be able to interpret the literature of the American South, which will help them understand the human condition as it is expressed through literary output.

SOST 101.002 – TTh 10:05-11:20AM

The Literary South

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Simmons

CAROLINA CORE AIU CREDIT

This course will introduce students to important literary texts of the American South, ranging from European contact through the 21st century. We will also emphasize the interplay of Southern literary output with and in reaction to important historical and political trends. Within the Carolina Core, this course meets the Aesthetic and Interpretative Understanding learning outcome in that students will be able to interpret the literature of the American South, which will help them understand the human condition as it is expressed through literary output.

SOST 301– TTh 10:05-11:20AM

Intro to Southern Studies: 1580-1900

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Gunter

This course explores the history and culture of the American South from the colonial period to the advent of the Jim Crow racial hierarchy. Using studies that focus on the American South produced by scholars representing a variety of academic disciplines, this course seeks to unpack the fundamental phenomena that shaped the region and facilitated its “uniqueness.” In particular, this course raises questions about the intellectual, cultural, social, political, and economic forces that distinguished the region from other parts of the nation. Paying close attention to overlapping and interrelated social constructs, this course looks to art, religion, folklore, literature, and historical narratives and events in order to uncover the origins of “the South” that dominates the American imagination.

SOST 302 – MW 2:20-3:35PM

Intro to Southern Studies: The 20th Century

Instructor: Courtney Lewis

The 20th-century South possesses a unique culture and complex history that has formed the foundation of the idea of Southern distinctiveness today. The purpose of this course is to investigate topics from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement through lecture, visual media, and guided readings. Each interdisciplinary lecture will explore historical, literary, and popular culture representations of the region. Course themes will include past and present perspectives on topics such as industrialism, race, class, music, sports, and religion, among others.

SOST 405 (Cross listed as AFAM397 and HIST493) – MW 5:30-8:15PM

SECOND HALF OF SPRING SEMESTER ONLY

Topics in Southern Studies/Civil Rights on Film

Instructors: Dr. Ramon Jackson and Dr. Cleveland Sellers

This course will use documentary films, critical readings, and guest speakers to examine the history of the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina and the nation more broadly. Featured documentary films include Eyes on the Prize, Four Little Girls, February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four, The Murder of Emmit Till, and Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights.

SOST 500 – TTh 2:50-4:05PM

Southern Discomfort: Public Health and the American South

Instructor: Dr. Mindy Spencer

The American South possesses a unique health and disease profile that has contributed to the idea of Southern distinctiveness. Throughout history, the South has experienced regional disparities that have largely gone unresolved, even with the public health revolution. The purpose of this 3-credit course is to investigate these topics through lecture, film, and guided readings. Each interdisciplinary lecture will cover a different aspect of health in the South, ranging from an examination of the endemic diseases of the antebellum period to the current HIV/AIDS crisis. We will also spend time discussing the ethical implications of the pellagra and
Tuskegee experiments and the lasting impact these experiments had on health-related research.