AMCULT 342 - History of the Family in the U.S.
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ID, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

How do our family histories help us tell stories about who we are and where we have come from? Companies such as Ancestry.com promise to unlock personal pasts and make sense of our future through the use of genealogy and DNA testing. Television shows like Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? use DNA testing and historical research to show how family history also “shapes our national identity.” This course critically engages with Ancestry.com and family history TV shows by telling the story of the science of DNA testing and the history of the idea of “family” in America. We will weave together histories of America’s past with ideas about identity, home, belonging, and intimacy. Major themes of the semester include racial identity, ethnicity, migration, sexuality, queer kinship, non-traditional and chosen families, and science & technology.

Class Format:

Project-Based Course

Schedule

AMCULT 342 - History of the Family in the U.S.
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
30210
Open
6
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Lectures and sections are remote and will have a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times.
002 (DIS)
 Online
30212
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 Online
30214
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
 Online
30216
Open
6
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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