AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 002 Everyday Life
Term: WN 2012
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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 yourself, let alone figuring out who “we” might be, is not simple.) There are academic disciplines that study every aspect of ourselves and 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 going or not going to college, to the environmental consequences of what we choose for dinner. 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 achieve a thorough knowledge of any academic discipline, although we will take a good look at the tradition of writing about everyday life in the field of cultural studies. Mostly, we will move through big, varied topics — such as the brain, money, and the meaning of life — exploring the surprising things that experts can show us about them. The course will suggest not only that school is connected with the rest of what we do, but that scholarly knowledge can help us to achieve a critical awareness of everyday life and thus to become more fully alive.

Course Requirements:

Students will write several papers, take an exam, and make an oral presentation to the class.

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AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780060859503
The happiness myth : why what we think is right is wrong, Author: Jennifer Hecht., Publisher: HarperOne 1st ed. 2008
ISBN: 9780142003138
Astonish yourself! : 101 experiments in the philosophy of everyday life, Author: Roger-Pol Droit, translated by Stephen Romer., Publisher: Penguin Compass 2002
ISBN: 9780226893969
Boggs : a comedy of values, Author: Lawrence Weschler., Publisher: University of Chicago Press Paperback 2000
ISBN: 1596915234
Welcome to your brain : why you lose your car keys but never forget how to drive and other puzzles of everyday life, Author: Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang., Publisher: Bloomsbury Pbk. ed. 2009
ISBN: 0805088385
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Author: Barbara Ehrenreich., Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. 1st Holt P 2008
ISBN: 0961392169
The cognitive style of PowerPoint : pitching out corrupts within, Author: Edward R. Tufte., Publisher: Graphics Press 2nd ed. 2006
ISBN: 0321733002
344 questions : the creative person's do-it-yourself guide to insight, survival, and artistic fulfillment, Author: written & designed by Stefan G. Bucher ., Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0312583885
Easy writer : a pocket reference, Author: Andrea A. Lunsford ; with a section for multilingual writers by Paul Kei Matsuda and Christine M. Tardy., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 4th ed. [u 2010
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