AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Winter 2022, Section 004 - Fan Fiction, Theorycrafting, and Online Communities
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores various online producer/consumer communities including fan fiction writers, chiptune music producers, game modders, glitch artists, zinesters, theorycrafters, and more! Together we will discover communities of practice, inquire as to what motivates their participants, and hopefully find a little space online where you too can contribute to the thriving body of human creativity and knowledge found in these communities.

Course Requirements:

This course requires regular participation in lectures, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in class discussion. Students will write a series of small response papers (1-2 pages) or similar small-investment media projects like leading class discussion. Students will also complete four large assignments such as a podcast episode, analytical essay, or video essay over the course of the semester. 

Intended Audience:

This course is accessible to all undergraduate students at all levels, including Digital Studies minors and non-DS minors who have an abiding interest in the weird world of internet prosumer communities.

Class Format:

Fully in-person


AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (REC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with English 201.001

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