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|Discipline and Nbr:
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||6 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
An interdisciplinary exploration of American identity and the invention of what it means to be an American. The course will explore the cultural contributions of at least three racial or ethnic groups, focusing on the visual arts, music, drama, film, literature and philosophical/religious thought within a cultural context of the United States. Course materials may be presented either chronologically or thematically.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
An interdisciplinary exploration of American identity, focusing on the visual arts, music, drama, film, literature, and philosophical/religious thought in the United States.
(Grade or P/NP)
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Spring 1984||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
In this course the student will:
1 Analyze representative works of the visual arts, film, drama, music,
literature, and/or philosophy/religion from culturally diverse
groups within the United States.
2. Relate works to their historical and/or cultural context.
3. Compare and contrast the cultural experiences and cultural
expressions of three or more racial or ethnic groups within the
4. Participate in cultural activities outside of class by attendance at
museum visits, lectures, forums, performances, films, poetry
readings, etc. as well as scheduled
5 Examine their own ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences in
with the ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences of other cultural
or racial groups within the United States.
6. Demonstrate in writing the ability to analyze, compare and contrast,
to weigh arguments, to examine values, and to integrate materials
from several disciplines.
Topics and Scope
1. The course will focus on representative primary works of visual art,
music, film, drama, literature and philosophy/religion which
represent a variety of cultural expressions in the United States
from the earliest indigenous cultures to the present day.
2. The course will address major theoretical or analytical issues
relevant to understanding the meaning of and dynamic interactions
between race, ethnicity and gender in the United States.
3. The course will explore the experiences and cultural expressions of
at least three of the following six ethnic/racial groups: African
Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latino
Americans, European Americans, and Americans of Middle Eastern
4. In addition, the course may examine how issues of class, sexual
orientation, age, religion, or disability impact cultural expression
or cultural participation in the United States.
5. Works which are chosen will be studied within their historical
and/or cultural context.
6. The course may be structured either thematically or chronologically.
7. The course may be team taught or supplemented by lectures or
presentations from a variety of disciplines related to the study of
1. Careful reading and analysis of assigned primary texts.
2. Reading assignments related to establishing historical or cultural
3. Examinations, including quizzes, mid-term, final, and/or take-home
4. Written essays requiring students to analyze representative works of
literature, visual art, music, drama, film, or philosophy/religion.
5. Written essays requiring students to compare and contrast; examine
ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences; and/or to integrate two or
6. Participation in cultural activities, including museum visits,
concerts, poetry readings, lectures, and field trips (optional field
7. Creative projects (optional, depending on instructor).
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
50 - 80%
|Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers, Fml. Lec. When Comb. Classes||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 30%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short answer||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 30%
|Field trips, cultural activities, and/or creative projects||
American literature anthologies such those published by Norton (1995).
Literary texts by authors of varied ethnic/racial backgrounds, such
as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Richard Wright's Native Son, Ralph Ellis
on's Invisible Man, Tony Morrison's Beloved, Greg Sarris's Grand Avenue,
Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Sandra Cisnero's House on Mango Street or
Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men.
Autobiographical texts, such as Benjamin Franklin Autobiography, Frederick
Douglass Narrative, John Neihardt Black Elk Speaks, Alex Haley The
Autobiography of Malcolm X, Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior, Richard
Rodriguez Hunger of Memory.
Texts reflecting immigrant experiences, such as Upton Sinclair's The
Jungle, Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine or Carlos Bulosan America is in the
Anthologies or textbooks such as:
Lucy Lippard: Mixed Blessings (art multicultural focus) (Pantheon, 1990)
Orvile Miles: Inventing America. (St. Martins 1996)
Dale Steiner: Of Thee We Sing (HBJ 1987)