SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2023 9:03:24 AMINTDIS 2 Course Outline as of Spring 1999

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  INTDIS 2Title:  POPULAR CULTURE, USA  
Full Title:  Popular Culture in the United States
Last Reviewed:2/24/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled08 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
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Catalog Description:
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Focusing on the twentieth century, this class examines the ways in which ethnicity, gender and personal identity become sites for expressions of cultural difference, actively contesting and transforming the aesthetics of the dominant culture in the United States.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Focusing on the twentieth century, this class examines the ways in which ethnicity, gender and personal identity become sites for expressions of cultural difference, actively contesting and transforming the aesthetics of the dominant culture in the United States.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1999
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1999
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1999
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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By the end of this course the Student will be able to:
1.  Critique representative elements of popular culture.
2.  Relate works to the historical or cultural context of the United
3.  Address theoretical or analytical issues relevant to the understanding
the meaning of and dynamic interactions between race, ethnicity and gender
in the United States.
4.  Participate in multicultural activities outside of class by attendance
at museums, lectures, forums, performances, films, poetry readings etc.,
as well as scheduled field trips.
5.  Demonstrate in writing the ability to critique, analyze, compare and
contrast, to weigh arguments, to examine values, and to integrate
materials from several disciplines.
6.  Demonstrate the ability to access information regarding popular
culture on the Internet or in computerized formats.

Topics and Scope
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1.  The course will focus on works of popular culture (popular is defined
as "appealing to or intended for the public at large" or "adapted to
the tastes, means, etc. of ordinary persons").  These might include
such things as film, television, comic books, popular fiction,
celebrations or rituals (such as Mardi Gras), theme parks, public
murals, illustrations, graffiti art, sporting events, advertising, and
objects for popular consumption.
2. The course will provide a theoretical framework for students to
enable them to critique the works selected.  This framework may be
constructed through the use of written texts or other materials which
offer approaches to understanding popular culture.
3.  The course will focus on the 20th century, but may use materials
from earlier times to establish historical background or continuity.
4.  The course will explore the experiences and cultural expressions of
at least three of the following six racial or ethnic groups in the United
States:  African American, American Indian, Asian American,
Chicano/Latino, European American, and Americans of Middle Eastern
5.  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.
6.  Works will be studied within the cultural context of the United
States; however, influences and developments may be traced into other
7.  The course may be structured either thematically or chronologically.
8.  The course may be team taught or supplemented by lectures or
presentations from a variety of disciplines related to the study of
American cultures.

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1.  Careful reading and analysis of assigned texts, including
non-literary texts.
2.  Examinations, including quizzes, mid-term, final, and/or
take-home exam.
3.  Written essays requiring the student to analyze
representative works of popular culture.
4.  Written essays requiring the students to compare and
contrast; examine ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences;
question assumptions (their own and others); and integrate
two or more disciplines.
5.  Participation in cultural activities, including museum
visits, concerts, poetry readings, lectures, and (optional)
field trips.
6.  Creative projects (optional depending on instructor).
7.  Internet research and on-line

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
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
5 - 10%
Internet Research Skills
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 30%
Cultural activities, creative projects (optional),& field trip (optional).

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Patricia Y. Murray and Scott F. Covell:  LIVING IN AMERICA:  A
POPULAR CULTURE READER.  Mayfield Publishing,1998.
Henry Giroux.  FUGITIVE CULTURES.  Routledge Press,1996.
Bell Hooks.  REEL TO REAL.  Routledge Press.  1996.
Coco Fusco.  ENGLISH IS BROKEN HERE.  New Press, 1995.
Texts on specific topics:
Scott McCloud.  UNDERSTANDING COMICS.  Harper Collins, 1994.
Karal Ann Marling.  AS SEEN ON TV.  Harvard University Press, 1994.
Kobena Mercer.  WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.  Routledge Press, 1994.
Dorothy Allison.  SKIN.  Firebrand Books, 1994.
Celeste Olalquiaga.  MEGALOPOLIS.  University of Minnesota Press, 1992.
Trinnh Minh Ha.  WHEN THE MOON WAXES RED.  Routledge, 1991.
Bell Hooks.  ART  ON MY MIND.  New Press, 1995.
Dyer, Richard.  WHITE.  Routledge, 1997.
Journal Articles:
South Atlantic Quarterly
Cultural Critique
Maurizia Boscagli.  EYE ON THE FLESH.

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