AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 003 - Stereotypes in American Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 003 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:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

What exactly is a stereotype? How and why are stereotypes formed? What social, political, and economic function do stereotypes serve in the context of American culture? This class provides a historical overview of the development of various racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socio-economic stereotypes in the United States. Together, we will interrogate how and why stereotypes are inscribed through mass media and used as a technology of social and political power. We will examine a wide range of media texts, including cinema, advertising, television, print, and televisual news media, and other forms of visual culture and media, in conjunction with interdisciplinary readings in media studies, race and ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies. The goal of this class is not simply to identify if a stereotype is negative or positive or debate whether or not stereotypes are harmful. Rather, the goal is to understand what role stereotypes have historically played in American culture and the impact stereotypes have on politics, social relations, and the material reality of daily life in the United States.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular participation in lectures and discussion sections, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in-class discussion. Students are responsible for writing weekly blog posts (1 page each) and will develop a longer final paper consisting of an analytical essay (10 pages). There will be a synchronous midterm exam consisting of identifying key terms/concepts, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and short answer questions.

Intended Audience:

The course is intended for first and second-year students. It is open to undergraduates across all departments and programs, including LSA, the Honors Program, the Residential College, as well as students in music, theater, dance, art and design, architecture, engineering, etc. Students who are interested in studying race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, mass media, and issues of representation are encouraged to take this class.

Schedule

AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
29111
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0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: 001: Early American Cultural History
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27291
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Authenticity and Representation
003 (LEC)
 In Person
29112
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 003: Stereotypes in American Culture
004 (LEC)
 In Person
30655
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: 004: Games, Narratives, Cultures
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30671
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 005: Screen Jewish Cultures Lecture
006 (LAB)
 In Person
30973
Open
2
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: 006: Screening Jewish Cultures Lab
008 (LEC)
 In Person
25890
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
009 (LEC)
  Hybrid
27771
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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