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Fall 2018

Introductory Courses

African American Studies 10 Lives of Struggle: Minorities in a Majority Culture
  • TTh 12:30-2
  • L. Raiford
  • Hearst Field Annex A1
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 20432
Section 101 Class #: 25871 – Th 11-2, 385 LeConte
Section 102 Class #: 25890 – Th 3-4, 30 Wheeler
Section 103 Class #: 25891 – Th 4-5, 104 Wheeler
Section 104 Class #: 25892 - Th 4-5, 104 Barrows
Section 105 Class #: 25893 - W 11-2, 175 Barrows
Section 106 Class #: 25894 – W 12-1, 185 Barrows
Section 107 Class #: 25895 - W 3-4, Dwinelle 235
Section 108 Class #: 25896 - W 3-4, 118 Barrows

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 Introduction to American Studies: Everyday America
  • TTh 12:30-2
  • C. Palmer
  • 2 LeConte
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 24244
Section 1 - M 2-3, 245 Hearst Gym
Section 2 - T 11-12, 245 Hearst Gym
Section 3 - Th 11-12, 245 Hearst Gym
Section 1 - W 4-5, 245 Hearst Gym

This course will examine significant aspects of the everyday and the ordinary in American life. Through the analysis of multiple forms--from front porches to closets, from board games to playgrounds, from the remembered South to the end of the world, from the mixtape to the music video--this course provides an introduction to and a “toolkit” for the interdisciplinary study of American Culture.

Building on concepts and methods of inquiry which “define” American Studies, this course will emphasize analyzing cultural meaning, knowledge, and values through the examination of a variety of cultural situations and productions--including the values, patterns of behavior, and even objects that most of us take for granted--in order to explore how individuals, groups, and institutions interact through the different ways they give “meaning” to experience. Through close reading of diverse texts, we will work towards developing an approach that enables us to analyze critically the process involved in the ongoing creation, maintenance and transmission of cultural meaning in American society. A student’s goal in this course is to learn close reading, critical thinking, and writing skills that will enable them to be self-conscious and thoughtful investigator of American culture.