AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 001 Media and Identity
Term: FA 2012
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Course Note:
This course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and issues in American Studies in a seminar format from a Humanities perspective. It enables students to have contact with regular faculty in a small-class experience and to elicit their active participation in the topics under discussion.
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:

In the 90’s pundits and scholars alike asserted that the Internet would create a newly democratic society, leveling barriers to communication and allowing more users to “broadcast themselves.” This course will examine social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogging as well as networked video and virtual world games in order to see how race, class, gender, and difference operate within them. These “new media” will be examined in light of their earlier histories and their technological affordances as signifying systems. What can the Internet accomplish to encourage diversity and difference that analog media can’t? What are the limits to equal participation online and how can we tell when they have been reached?

No prior knowledge of these platforms is required though students will need to engage deeply with a few of them in order to complete the assignments.

Course Requirements:

Students will write several papers, spend time producing social media or engaging in a virtual world, take an exam, and make an oral presentation to the class.

Intended Audience:

Enrollment restricted to first-year students

Class Format:

First-Year Seminar

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23134
Closed
0
2Y1
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
24307
Closed
0
1Y1
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
27531
Open
Wolv. Access
1LHSP Y1
3Y1
-
Th 10:00AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
29675
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
2Y1
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
29886
Open
Wolv. Access
6Y1
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 1442202181
Racism without racists : color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in the United States, Author: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 3rd ed. 2010
Required
ISBN: 0415469147
The new media and technocultures reader, Author: ed. by Seth Giddings ..., Publisher: Routledge 1. publ. 2010
Required
ISBN: 0465010210
Alone together : why we expect more from technology and less from each other, Author: Turkle, Sherry., Publisher: Basic Books 2011
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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