AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Race, Religion, and Representation
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

#RepresentationMatters has become a popular hashtag and saying but why? What is the impact of what we see in the media on how we view others and ourselves? This course explores that question by looking at two stigmatized groups, Black Americans and American Muslims, and how they are represented in US popular culture. We will examine and compare stereotypical representations of these groups on TV and in film and the roles these stereotypes play in shaping what the American public “knows” about Black people and about Muslims. In this course, students are introduced to important concepts of popular culture and the skills to interpret music, film, and television so they learn to look critically at the relationship between race, religion, and popular culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and analyze popular culture’s explicit and implicit uses of race and religion, have a solid knowledge of theories on media and representation and be capable of making their own cultural critique.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular and active participation in class discussions, sections and timely completion of assignments. Students will write three short reading response papers (2-3 pages) and one longer critical review (5-7 pages). They will also lead one class discussion and create a media mashup that will be viewed during a course screening at the end of the semester. There is no mid-term or final exam.

Schedule

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
27012
Closed
0
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 001: Monuments Matter
002 (SEM)
  Hybrid
27013
Closed
0
1Y1
2Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
26310
Closed
0
1Y1
2Enrollment Management
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
27728
Closed
0
3Enrollment Management
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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