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Spring/Summer Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in American Culture

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Spring Half-Term Courses

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AMCULT 201. American Values.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Kristin Haas

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee required. May not be repeated for credit.

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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AMCULT 204. Themes in American Culture.

Section 101 — Sexual Storytelling in American Society.

Instructor(s): Robert S Hill (rshill@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee required. May be elected more than once for credit. Repetition requires permission of the concentration advisor.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A culture is bounded, defined, and constituted by stories of truth and being. Sexual stories — stories of desire, the body, and intimate life– pervade the American cultural landscape. In this course, we will examine representations of sex and sexualities throughout American history, in two novels, and in the media. Each week, you will listen to mini-lectures about the history of sexuality, discuss contemporary issues and assigned readings, and participate in group projects and class activities. We will view several historical documentaries, popular films (i.e., Chasing Amy, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Basic Instinct), and television shows (i.e., Sex and the City and Queer as Folk). You can expect between 50 and 100 pages of reading per week. There will be three required books and one course packet of readings.

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AMCULT 211. Introduction to Ethnic Studies.

Section 101 — Representations of "Passing" in American Culture.

Instructor(s): Grace Wang (wangg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (HU). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What does it mean to pass? When, and for what reasons, do people choose to pass as an identity that is somehow not their own? Through an interdisciplinary engagement with literature, film, music, performance and visual art, this course explores the proliferation of ways that identities are performed, inhabited, and transgressed in contemporary American culture. We begin the course by reflecting on what moments of passing reveal about concepts of race in the U.S., before exploring the ways that passing can involve a wider range of identities intersected by gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and religion. Throughout the course, we will consider how instances of passing are structured by desire, stereotypes, politics, and power. How does passing challenge notions of cultural and racial authenticity? In what ways does passing serve to destabilize or further reinforce different social identities? To what extent are individuals allowed to choose their own identities? What are some real and often painful ways that the borders separating identities are closely regulated? Some texts we will read include Kate Bornstein's My Gender Workbook, David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, Forrest Carter's The Education of Little Tree, Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land, and Nella Larsen's Passing. Film viewings include Paris is Burning and Six Degrees of Separation; artists we will discuss include Adrian Piper, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Anna Deveare Smith, Madonna, Wu-Tang Clan, among others.

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AMCULT 309. Learning through Community Practice.

Section 101 — PRACTICUM IN THE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY. [3 credits]. MEETS W/PSYCH 305.101.

Instructor(s): Lorraine M Gutierrez (lorraing@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325. Practicum in the Multicultural Community.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Lorraine Gutierrez (lorraing@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory psychology. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Psychology 325.101.

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AMCULT 340 / CAAS 340. A History of Blacks in American Film.

Section 101 — THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE.

Instructor(s): Melba J Boyd

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($15) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See CAAS 340.101.

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AMCULT 342 / HISTORY 368 / WOMENSTD 360. History of the Family in the U.S.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Regina Morantz-Sanchez (reginann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 368.101.

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AMCULT 388. Field Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Field experience in organizations, institutions, and service agencies under such University of Michigan programs as the Washington and New York Internship Program and Project Community. Students must make individual arrangements with these programs.

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AMCULT 389. Reading Course in American Culture.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An independent study course available to undergraduates who are interested in designing a reading list for the purpose of exploring new areas in the field of American Studies. Each student makes individual arrangements with a faculty member in the student's area of interest.

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AMCULT 493. Honors Readings and Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in Honors concentration. Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of AMCULT 493, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent interdisciplinary study supervised by two or more tutors leading to an original paper. A grade is not posted until the end of the second term.

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AMCULT 383. Junior Honors Reading and Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing and grade point average of at least 3.0. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Reading of selected works on American Culture. Conferences, written reports, and term papers.

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AMCULT 388. Field Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Field experience in organizations, institutions, and service agencies under such University of Michigan programs as the Washington and New York Internship Program and Project Community. Students must make individual arrangements with these programs.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

AMCULT 389. Reading Course in American Culture.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An independent study course available to undergraduates who are interested in designing a reading list for the purpose of exploring new areas in the field of American Studies. Each student makes individual arrangements with a faculty member in the student's area of interest.

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AMCULT 489. Senior Essay.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrators and AMCULT 350. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed for concentrators who desire a more directed research experience with individual faculty at the end of their undergraduate career. It allows a senior concentrator in American Culture the opportunity to write a research paper under the direction of a particular faculty member.

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AMCULT 493. Honors Readings and Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in Honors concentration. Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of AMCULT 493, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent interdisciplinary study supervised by two or more tutors leading to an original paper. A grade is not posted until the end of the second term.

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AMCULT 204. Themes in American Culture.

Section 201 — Melodrama and American Culture.

Instructor(s): Charles Gentry (cgentry@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee required. May be elected more than once for credit. Repetition requires permission of the concentration advisor.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/summer/amcult/204/201.nsf

This course examines the emergence and evolution of the melodramatic form in American culture by considering representative texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and related scholarship. The approach to this material will be interdisciplinary, analyzing melodramatic elements in the two centuries in which this form was established as a genre and transformed across the popular formats of theater, literature, and narrative film. Readings will help provide the historical context for the periods in question, and offer a variety of perspectives on the methods employed by cultural producers and interpretations of their melodramatic works. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which these texts reflect or influence American discourses on broader social issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. The second half of the course will focus on the revival and revision of the melodramatic tradition in Hollywood films with respect to these issues.

Grading: Response papers (15%); Quizzes (40%); Exam (35%); Participation (10%).

Required Texts:

American Melodrama — edited by Daniel C. Gerould (New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1983).

Washington Square — by Henry James (Modern Library Classics edition, 2002).

Melodrama And Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema And Its Contexts — by Ben Singer (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001).

All That Hollywood Allows: Re-Reading Gender In 1950s Melodrama — by Jackie Byars (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

The above texts are available at Shaman Drum Bookstore, 311 South State Street. The AMCULT 204 COURSEPACK is available in campus bookstores. All are available in University Reserves in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

Tentative Schedule:

Week 1: Melodrama On The 19th Century Stage
TEXTS: George Aiken/Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853), Augustin Daly - Under the Gaslight (1867)

Week 2: Melodrama & 19th Century Literature
TEXT: Henry James - Washington Square (1880)

Week 3: Melodrama & The Birth Of American Narrative Film
SCREENINGS: D.W. Griffith - Way Down East (1920), King Vidor - Stella Dallas (1937)

Week 4: The Racial Melodrama
SCREENING: Uncle Tom's Cabin (Porter, 1903), Within Our Gates (Micheaux, 1920)

Week 5/6: 1950s Culture & The Family Melodrama
SCREENINGS: Nicholas Ray - Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Douglas Sirk - Imitation of Life (1959)

Week 7: The Contemporary Melodramatic Form
SCREENINGS: TBA.

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AMCULT 206. Themes in American Culture.

Section 201 — Postwar American History & Film.

Instructor(s): Katrina L Mann (klmann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). Laboratory fee required. May be elected more than once for credit. Repetition requires permission of the concentration advisor.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/summer/amcult/206/201.nsf

This course is a survey of the history and culture of the era following World War II (1945-1964), especially as expressed through film. Through lectures, discussion, and screenings, we will look at a variety of topics, including veteran adjustment, suburbanization, film noir, racial turmoil, juvenile delinquency, the arms race and atomic paranoia, the baby boom, the Cold War, beatniks, Playboy, and conformity. Screenings will include Lost Boundaries, Pickup on South Street, Blackboard Jungle, North by Northwest, Dr. Strangelove, and Pleasantville, with clips from dozens more. Requirements: two short (300 words) response papers, one midterm and one take-home exam (5-7 pages), and one short group presentation.

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AMCULT 309. Learning through Community Practice.

Section 201 — PRACTICUM IN THE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY. [3 CREDITS]. MEETS WITH PSYCH. 305.201.

Instructor(s): Lorraine M Gutierrez (lorraing@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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AMCULT 321 / PSYCH 325. Practicum in the Multicultural Community.

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Lorraine Gutierrez (lorraing@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory psychology. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Psychology 325.201.

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AMCULT 383. Junior Honors Reading and Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing and grade point average of at least 3.0. Permission of instructor required. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Reading of selected works on American Culture. Conferences, written reports, and term papers.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

AMCULT 388. Field Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Field experience in organizations, institutions, and service agencies under such University of Michigan programs as the Washington and New York Internship Program and Project Community. Students must make individual arrangements with these programs.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

AMCULT 389. Reading Course in American Culture.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An independent study course available to undergraduates who are interested in designing a reading list for the purpose of exploring new areas in the field of American Studies. Each student makes individual arrangements with a faculty member in the student's area of interest.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

AMCULT 493. Honors Readings and Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in Honors concentration. Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of AMCULT 493, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent interdisciplinary study supervised by two or more tutors leading to an original paper. A grade is not posted until the end of the second term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department


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