AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 003 Sex and Sexuality in US Popular Culture
Term: FA 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

We will explore how changing ideas about sex, sexuality, and gender appeared in certain types of twentieth-century popular culture. As a group, we will learn to interpret media, such as movies or television, as historical texts that provide insight into past notions about sex in the United States. To this end, we will start with the assumption that media functions as mechanisms of socialization and as a venue for expressing popular concerns or beliefs about gender roles, same-sex desire, race and so forth. We will uncover how the media represented historical issues such as courtship among heterosexuals, pornography, gay liberation, and birth control. At the same time, we will seek to uncover the voices of groups that the mainstream media have often omitted (or actively sought to silence) in discussions about sex. To that end, much of our course reading will draw from academics engaged in an assortment of overlapping fields. Students will be introduced to scholarship in race and ethnic studies, queer studies, feminist studies, and so forth.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
38605
Open
18
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
P
45354
Open
6
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with CAAS 358.005, WS 343.001
003 (LEC)
P
37853
Open
40
 
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M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
004 (LAB)
 
37855
Open
40
 
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W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Laboratory section 004 is for film screenings.
007 (LEC)
P
45902
Open
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with WS 253-001.
012 (LEC)
P
48369
Open
9
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
CTOOLS
ISBN: 0226041395
Manliness & civilization : a cultural history of gender and race in the United States, 1880 - 1917, Author: Gail Bederman., Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press 4. Dr. 2000
Required
ISBN: 0812925300
Where the girls are : growing up female with the mass media, Author: Susan J. Douglas., Publisher: Times Books [Nachdr.] 1995
Required
ISBN: 0743284283
Female chauvinist pigs women and the rise of raunch culture, Author: Ariel Levy, Publisher: Free Press 1st Free P 2006
Required
ISBN: 0465026214
Gay New York : gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890-1940, Author: George Chauncey., Publisher: BasicBooks 2003
Required
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