Introduction to Cultural Analysis

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro. to Cultural Analysis

Spring 2018

Taught By: Chiu, Frances

Section: A

CRN: 5534

Credits: 3

Muslims. Birthright citizenship. Cis- and transgender. Black Lives Matter. Neoliberalism. Tiger Moms. Post-feminism. Drag-kings. Punk. Hip-hop. We encounter these terms and memes on a daily basis, if not by the minute. But how do we read and interpret them? Why do we do so--and why should we? Ultimately, what is culture, and how does one go about analyzing it? This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary thought and cultural studies as a field, helping us understand everyday life and the tensions within the field of "American" culture as a hemispheric and transnational phenomenon, from cultural geography to cultural criminology. We will study the cultural as a site of transnational struggle in a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, especially as globalization generates new contact zones and conflicts between local and global cultural norms. Focusing in particular on what Raymond Williams has called "keywords" (1976), or vocabulary that structures intellectual work, our goal is to learn to read cultural theory and use it to develop aesthetic, media, and political literacy. We will also address the conditions under which cultural fields are transformed by different technologies such as print, sound, film, analog and digital media. How do such developments affect producers, consumers and intellectual workers?

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:15pm 4/19/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2018 - 5/14/2018