AMCULT 201 - American Values
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What are “American Values?” Struggles over values such as freedom, equality, rights, and America’s place in the world have come to feel particularly urgent in contemporary culture. These struggles have transformed campus cultures, national protests, and international politics, and have played out in debates over whether sports should be political, or what kinds of expression are protected by the First Amendment. Because values are more than ideas — they touch deeply held sensibilities, means of engaging the world, and bases of communal identity — studying culture offers a way of thinking rigorously and critically about the many senses of “Americanness.”

This course will seek to explore contemporary debates over “American values” in historical cultural perspective. This means that we will use both scholarly readings and cultural products (including film, music, literature, art, and sporting events) to think about the long history of American values such as freedom, and about the ways those values change as they shape contemporary cultures.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include assignments in section (e.g., quizzes, blog posts, etc.); a five-page interpretive paper; and blue-book midterm and final exams. Students must complete all assignments to obtain a final grade.

Intended Audience:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

AMCULT 201 - American Values
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
31129
Open
4
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
31130
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
31131
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
31132
Open
3
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
31133
Open
2
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
31134
Closed
0
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
31135
Closed
0
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 1603093001
March. 01, Author: Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, Publisher: Top Shelf Productions 2013
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1603094008
March. Book 2, Author: Lewis, John, 1940-, Publisher: Top Shelf Productions 2015
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781603094023
March. bk. 3, Author: Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, Publisher: Top Shelf Productions 2016
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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