AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 002 Understanding Everyday Life
Term: WN 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Does what you study in school connect with your everyday life?

Each day of our lives, we move through a web of immensely complex systems. (For that matter, just being “you” or “me,” let alone “we,” is not simple.) There are academic disciplines that study every aspect of our world — from the biological processes that enable us to digest breakfast to the cultural meanings of late-night television; from the economic implications of attending (or not attending) college to the environmental consequences of walking or driving to campus. But they don’t study them all at the same time. Disciplines can be rigorous exactly because they politely decline to deal with everything. College students and college professors work hard at our studies, but we are human beings and we still have to deal with everything else too. So we tend to make a distinction between “book-learning” and “real life.”

This course is designed to be “general education” in the strongest possible sense. We will not try to gain deep knowledge of — or even get a thorough introduction to—any academic discipline (although we will take a fairly long look at the tradition of writing about everyday life in the field of cultural studies). Rather, we will move through big, varied topics--such as the brain, money, and the meaning of life — exploring the surprising things that scholars can show us about them. The course will suggest not only that school is connected with the rest of what we do, but that academic knowledge can help us to achieve a critical awareness of everyday life and thus to become more fully alive.

Students will write several short papers, take a mid-term exam, do a collaborative research project to be presented in class, and create a final term project in multiple media.

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11148
Open
Wolv. Access
5Y1
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with ENGLISH 140.001
002 (SEM)
P
20261
Open
1
2CSP Y1
4Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
P
23521
Open
1
5Y1
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
28365
Open
Wolv. Access
6Y1
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (SEM)
P
29239
Closed
0
4Y1
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (SEM)
P
29431
Closed
0
2Y1
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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