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.

201. American Values. (3). (HU).

What is America and who shall define it? How does a diverse group of people with different histories, beliefs, and interest come to understand itself as a nation? Over the course of the term, we will focus our attention on those stories that have constructed U.S. history and shaped our understanding of what it means to be an American. Such stories have been historically organized around the themes of the frontier, empire, immigration, the free market, the family, the color line, consumerism, and individualism. Using current films, magazines, newspapers and music as well historical narratives, autobiographies and novels, we will critically investigate how these stories developed, how they relate to economic, political, and social realities, how they are changed over time, and how they continue to be meaningful today. (Marchevsky, Theoharis)

301. Topics in American Culture. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission.
Section 101 Detroit in Crisis?: Rethinking Local Communities and Shaping the Future. (3 credits).
Following tremendous economic and social changes since the 1960s, Detroit has become a prominent example of what many scholars have labeled the "urban crisis of global capitalism." In this course, students will analyze and challenge this portrait of Detroit both through academic readings on the social and historical changes that have occurred and through interactive work with community-based organizations in the metro Detroit area. We will also examine the real effects of local and global changes on Detroit's municipal and community politics, economic development, and community organization. The central goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge from experienced activists, business developers, and community practitioners while they develop a deeper and more complex understanding of the academic debates and concerns that inform different models of business development and community empowerment in Detroit. Students will become acquainted with issues that are crucial to community development through interdisciplinary readings, guest lectures, forum discussions, and hands-on involvement in development projects in Detroit. (Elias)

304/Soc. 304. American Immigration. (3). (SS).

See Sociology 304. (Honeycutt)

324/Engl. 381. Asian-American Literature. (2). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

See English 381. (Sumida)

340/CAAS 340. A History of Blacks in American Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required.

See CAAS 340. (Boyd)

342/Hist. 368/WS 360. History of the Family in the U.S. (3). (SS).
Section 101 Searching for Ozzie and Harriet: The American Family in Historical Perspective.
We hear a great deal of discussion today about family values and the nostalgic longing to return to the golden age of the family presumably the 1950s. This class will examine the fifties family and attempt to understand how myths of the fifties family were created, why they endure, and how they were/are used to set policy, political agendas, and images which remain in popular culture. We will use historical and sociological texts as well as film and television to help us analyze the family. Students will be evaluated on the basis of several short papers and a final exam. Classes will focus primarily on discussion of assigned texts. An optional community service component for additional credit available to interested students. See instructor first day of class for details. Cost:2 WL:1 (Bass)

374/Hist. 374. The Politics and Culture of the "Sixties." (3). (SS).
Section 101 Working Towards the Revolution: The Politics of Coalition-Building in the 1960s.
During the 1960s the specter of revolution seemed imminent. Political assassinations, urban uprisings, militant protest, resistance to an imperialistic foreign war, government scandals, and rebellious youth subcultures manifested disillusionment with American society. Elements of the vanguard surfaced in the respective sociopolitical and cultural movements launched by ethnic and sexual minorities, women, and youth. These groups realized, however, that revolution could not be waged in isolation. Coalitions and political alliances therefore surfaced as auspicious indicators of the revolution at hand. Using diverse sources, this course will examine historical moments when these groups articulated cultural self-awareness while embracing political affinities with other marginalized groups. Topics will include: the formation of the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Brown Berets, the Stonewall Rebellion, the San Francisco State Strike, the Attica Prison Revolt, the occupation of Alcatraz, and Roe v. Wade. Class meets three times per week for lecture, film, and discussion sections. WL:1 (Macias, Rangel)

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

See Sociology 423. (Wellin)

Courses in Ojibwa

A full sequence of Ojibwa cannot be guaranteed. Students must consult with the American Culture Program Office before undertaking Ojibwa to satisfy the College language requirement.

323. Intermediate Ojibwa. Amer. Cult. 322 and permission of the American Culture Program Director. (2). (LR).

This course is designed to improve the basic conversational skills of the student who knows some Ojibwa. The emphasis in class is on increasing the range of situations in which the student can use Ojibwa in real life. Some emphasis is placed on teaching the students to be able to learn more Ojibwa outside of the classroom, by talking and using the language with native speakers. Cost:2 WL:1 (McCue)


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