AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Fall 2022, Section 007
Instruction Mode: Section 007 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.

Description

Calls to end mass incarceration and reform the criminal-legal system are often premised on the introduction of technologies imagined to improve the accuracy, transparency, and accountability of carceral state agencies and enhance public safety. But do public surveillance systems make our communities safer? Are electronic ankle monitors the solution to cash bail? Can body cameras end police violence and prevent misconduct? This course will explore these and other questions by interrogating how carceral technologies—from CCTV and biometric technologies to risk assessment programs and predictive policing—are being deployed to classify, confine, and coerce specific populations. We will discuss the cultural and political-/economic stakes of carceral technology, as well as the question of reform vs. abolition. Together, we will develop an expansive view of “the carceral” by considering how a range of digital technologies extend spaces and logics of confinement into the public sphere, and how these innovations can be resisted and/or reimagined for more liberatory ends.

Course Requirements:

This course is structured around in-class discussions and activities, short written assignments, a midterm essay, and a final project.

Intended Audience:

This course is open and accessible for students across departments and programs—no prior knowledge or experience required! Students interested in critical studies of race, culture, digital media, surveillance, and carcerality are especially encouraged to take this course.

Schedule

AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
26470
Open
1
 
38
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
26471
Closed
0
 
13
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
26472
Closed
0
 
15
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
26473
Closed
0
 
10
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
34938
Closed
0
 
12
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with English 216 sec 001.
006 (LEC)
 In Person
34940
Closed
0
 
3
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This is a meet-together with English 201 sec 001
007 (DIS)
 In Person
37365
Open
10
 
2
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: This is a meet-together with Digital 258.003

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