SRJC Course Outlines

12/4/2023 8:31:41 PMHUMAN 6 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 6Title:  AMERICAN CULTURES  
Full Title:  American Cultures
Last Reviewed:10/12/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HUMAN 31

Catalog Description:
Untitled document
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.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
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:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1984
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
Untitled document
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
     United States.
4.    Participate in cultural activities outside of class by attendance at
     museum visits, lectures, forums, performances, films, poetry
     readings, etc. as well as scheduled
     field trips.
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
Untitled document
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
     American cultures.

Untitled document
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
   more disciplines.
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.
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

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
Untitled document
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)

Print PDF