AMCULT 300 - Practices of American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AMCULT 275.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
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What do we mean by American culture? Is it a form of national culture shared by everyone within the country’s borders? Is it a crude catch-all term that describes a variety of diverse cultural practices? What is so unique and distinctive about “American” culture? And while we’re asking questions, we ought to consider this one: what exactly is meant by “culture”?

In this course we will be pursuing all of these questions, and examine how scholars study American culture. The title of the course – Practices of American Culture – is a deliberate attempt to think about practices in multiple contexts. In one context, we are interested in the cultural practices of the individuals and groups who make, consume, and interact with American culture. In another context, we also want to consider the interdisciplinary practices that scholars and intellectuals use to analyze culture. Along the way, we will regularly be thinking and talking about broader concepts, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, empire, and nationalism. By the end of the semester, you will know how an American Studies approach is both distinct from and related to, other forms of inquiry.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular, active participation in synchronous discussions and timely completion of reading and writing assignments. Students will write a series of short response papers (2-3 pages) and develop a more substantial final project merging various methods explored in the course. No mid-term, no final exam.

Class Format:

This course will be offered in a blended design. This course will meet mostly in-person but online activities/learning will make up at most 1/3 of the course content.


AMCULT 300 - Practices of American Culture
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001 (LEC)
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