Courses in American Culture (Division 315)

Unless otherwise stated, the permission required for the repetition for credit of specifically designated courses is that of the student's concentration or BGS advisor.

215. Introduction to Asian American Studies Humanities. (3). (HU). (This course fulfills the Race or Ethnicity Requirement).

Have you ever wondered how and why mainstream criticism of "The Might Morphin Power Rangers" focuses primarily on television violence while eliding issues of race and gender? Does the work of martial arts/action stars like Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and David Carradine remind you of Bruce Lee, John Wayne or Maxine Hong Kingston's "Woman Warrior"? Did Michael Fay get caned by an oriental "martial arts expert" like many newspaper reporters claimed? Is there something weird about the use of the word "oriental"? Is "exotic" a good term to describe Asian food? What distinguishes Charlie Chan from Amy Tan? Have you thought about reading the "Korematsu" cases (the federal court decisions regarding the internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II) in the context of contemporary fiction that "remembers" the internment? Are you interested in discussing civil liberties and civil rights? We will study history, jurisprudence, literature, film and television in this humanities oriented introduction to many of the texts and ideas currently challenging scholars, especially those in the field of Asian American studies. There will be two 6-8 page papers, weekly "reaction responses," and a final exam (oral or written). With a book cost of $60, think of this course as an investment that offers a high rate of interest with flexible terms. Cost:2 WL:2 (Won)

240/WS 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (3). (HU). (This course fulfills the Race or Ethnicity Requirement).

See Women's Studies 240.

311. Topics in Ethnic Studies. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor.
Section 201 Anishinabe: A Survey of the Great Lakes Tribes.
This course will focus on the cultural politics of colonization and the resurgence of national identity among the Anishinabe living in the Great Lakes area. By examining the history and present status of only one tribal group, students will learn the sociological implications of viewing others generally versus as more specific communities. After comparing various political and philosophical perspectives students will be encouraged to reinterpret the history and suggest possible directions for the Anishinabe. A written mid-term exam will review readings. Students may perform optional community service work at the Detroit American Indian Center or Medicine Bear Academy. The final will consist of a 15 to 20 page review and analysis of a recent historical event (i.e., a proposed casino, the arrest of people possessing eagle feathers, the opening of an Anishinabe magnet school, etc.). WL:2 (Aerol)

342/Hist. 368/Women's Studies 360. History of the Family in the U.S. (3). (SS).

See History 368. (Morantz-Sanchez)

421/Soc. 423. Social Stratification. (2). (Excl).

See Sociology 423. (Wellin)


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