AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 006 From Origins to Internet
Term: FA 2018
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:

This course is designed to be an introduction to the critical study of culture and communication. Any course focusing on culture requires an understanding of the communication technologies, environment, and specific processes that transmit and shape our culture. And any study of communication needs an analysis of the culture that makes and continues to influence the communication practices of our society. As an examination of cultural institutions, ideologies, artifacts, and productions, work in cultural studies and communication is concerned with the integral relationship of cultural practices to relationships of power. Therefore we will focus on some of the key methodologies of cultural analysis and some of the primary themes of cultural study, with an emphasis on how they intersect with central issues in the field of communication. The first half of the seminar will be devoted to general approaches, key concepts, and over-arching questions, with a particular emphasis on the study of media, popular culture, and communication. The second half will focus more specifically on distinct units of study—gender, pop music, television, race, the Internet, and others—as individual case studies of cultural analysis. We will pay particular attention to how notions of both culture and cultural study have shifted over time, and how those legacies influence contemporary debates around cultural production, cultural identity, and global cultural change.

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
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006 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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