BIS 321 Descriptions

Fall 2018

1950s American Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course examines American life and culture in the 1950s from various disciplinary perspectives – accenting the cultural trends of the decade. Rather than a purely chronological survey, the course will focus on major themes of the decade: Cold War concerns, popular fads, iconographic figures, generational/family relations, societal issues, and other challenges posed by the new “Affluent Society.”

Baseball: Business and Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys baseball and its convergence between business and popular culture. Taken topically, the emphasis will be on baseball’s varied economics and the sport’s reflecting major social needs. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see baseball beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how the sport has been shaped and influenced by both business and a changing society; 3) reflect on some of the methods and contexts different scholarly communities have employed in their study of baseball; and 4) articulate an understanding of the sport as the “national pastime” by strengthening your reading, writing skills, and critical thinking skills.

Prohibition and the Jazz Age

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys prohibition and the intersection of social control, crime, and popular culture during the 1920s. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see prohibition and 1920s life beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how prohibition shaped and influenced American society then and now; and 3) articulate an understanding of the Jazz Era by strengthening your reading and writing skills.

Spring 2018

1950s American Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course examines American life and culture in the 1950s from various disciplinary perspectives – accenting the cultural trends of the decade. Rather than a purely chronological survey, the course will focus on major themes of the decade: Cold War concerns, popular fads, iconographic figures, generational/family relations, societal issues, and other challenges posed by the new “Affluent Society.”

Baseball: Business and Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys baseball and its convergence between business and popular culture.  Taken topically, the emphasis will be on baseball’s varied economics and the sport’s reflecting major social needs. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see baseball beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how the sport has been shaped and influenced by both business and a changing society; 3) reflect on some of the methods and contexts different scholarly communities have employed in their study of baseball; and 4) articulate an understanding of the sport as the “national pastime” by strengthening your reading, writing skills, and critical thinking skills. 

Prohibition and the Jazz Age

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys prohibition and the intersection of social control, crime, and popular culture during the 1920s. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see prohibition and 1920s life beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how prohibition shaped and influenced American society then and now; and 3) articulate an understanding of the Jazz Era by strengthening your reading and writing skills.

Summer 2018

Baseball: Business and Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys baseball and its convergence between business and popular culture.  Taken topically, the emphasis will be on baseball’s varied economics and the sport’s reflecting major social needs. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see baseball beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how the sport has been shaped and influenced by both business and a changing society; 3) reflect on some of the methods and contexts different scholarly communities have employed in their study of baseball; and 4) articulate an understanding of the sport as the “national pastime” by strengthening your reading, writing skills, and critical thinking skills. 

Millennials and Politics 

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff 

This course surveys the Millennial generation and its engagement with American politics. As the largest generation in history, Millennials by their many millions are and will be impacting the nation for future decades. The emphasis will be on Millennials, their relationship with previous generations and their role deep into the 21st century.  

Prohibition and the Jazz Age

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff 

This course surveys prohibition and the intersection of social control, crime, and popular culture during the 1920s. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see prohibition and 1920s life beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how prohibition shaped and influenced American society then and now; and 3) articulate an understanding of the Jazz Era by strengthening your reading and writing skills.