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Fall 2017

Introductory Courses

African American Studies 27 AC Lives of Struggle: Minorities in Majority Culture
  • TTh 12:30-2
  • M. Cohen
  • 145 Dwinelle
  • 3 Units
  • Class Number: 12321
Sections -TO BE DETERMINED

IN FALL 2017, THIS COURSE SATISFIES THE AMERICAN STUDIES 10 REQUIREMENT. The purpose of this course is to examine the many forms that the struggle of minorities can assume. The focus is on individual struggle and its outcome as reported and perceived by the individuals themselves. Members of three minority aggregates are considered: African Americans, Asian Americans (so called), and Chicano/Latino Americans. The choice of these three has to do with the different histories of members of these aggregrates. Such differences have produced somewhat different approaches to struggle.

American Studies 10 Food Culture in America
  • TTh 11-12:30
  • K. Moran, M. Lovell
  • 3 LeConte
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 22204
Section 201 M 3-4, 115 Kroeber
Section 202 M 12-1, 238 Kroeber
Section 203 M 2-3, 238 Kroeber
Section 204 M 1-2, 106 Wheeler

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, taking “Food” as its central theme. We will explore the social history, political economy and "aesthetics" of eating and cooking in America.  Specific topics will include the development and importance of New World agriculture, the design of shopping and eating spaces, eco history, the objects we use in the kitchen, the use of food as a metaphor in literature and in popular culture, food service workers, ethnic foods, food advertising, food photography, fast food, the “slow” food movement, and food biographies. We will also consider the specific food culture of Berkeley, and explore the rise of the so-called Berkeley "gourmet ghetto."

Course Goals:  This course is meant to enable you to think and do research as an interdisciplinary scholar, specifically to give you the tools to do readings of a literary text, a painting, a common object, a film, a space.  You will also learn the basics of conducting an interview, drawing a floorplan, recording and analyzing behaviors.  You will practice historical research—gathering and evaluating evidence--as well as practice the skills involved in finding a thesis and arguing it persuasively.  

Letters and Science 40 C Hollywood: The Place, the Fantasy, and the Industry
  • MW 12-2
  • K. Moran
  • 141 McCone
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 44495
Section 101 - M 9-10, 110 Barker
Section 102 - Th 9-10, 115 Kroeber
Section 103 - Th 2-3, 106 Dwinelle
Section 104 - M 10-11, 115 Kroeber

IN FALL 2017, THIS COURSE SATISFIES THE AMERICAN STUDIES 10 REQUIREMENT. This course is about the history of the Hollywood "Dream Factory," focusing on both parts of that phrase. We will examine the historical and geographical development of the motion picture industry from the rise of the studio system to the "new" entertainment economy of the 1980's, as we think about the way films have constructed powerful and productive fantasies about the boundaries between public and private, work and play, commerce and art, fantasy and reality.  Our topics will include the history of labor in the culture industry, the implications of shifts in the spatial organization of film production, and the effects of Hollywood on the larger politics of southern California.  We will also discuss the way Hollywood has framed its own history by viewing a number of "movies about movies," including Sullivan's Travels, Singin' in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, and The Player