SRJC Course Outlines

6/14/2024 12:20:14 PMHUMAN 6 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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:
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An interdisciplinary pluralistic exploration of American identity. The course will explore the cultural contributions of at least three ethnic groups, focusing on the visual arts, music, drama, film, literature and philosophical/religious thought in the United States.  Course materials may be presented either chronologically or thematically.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An interdisciplinary pluralistic  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)

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: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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course the students will be able to:
1. Relate works to their historical and/or cultural context.
2. Compare and contrast the cultural experiences and cultural expressions of three or more ethnic groups within the United  States.
3. Examine their own ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences in comparison with the ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences of other cultural groups within the United States.
4. Demonstrate in writing the ability to analyze, compare and contrast, weigh arguments, examine values, and integrate materials from several disciplines.

Topics and Scope
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1.   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.   Major theoretical or analytical issues relevant to understanding the
     meaning of and dynamic interactions between race, ethnicity and
     gender in the United States as it pertains to the Humanities.
3.   The experiences and diversity of cultural expressions of at least
     three of the following six ethnic groups:
     African Americans, Native Indigenous Americans, Asian Americans,
     Chicano/Latino Americans, European Americans, and Americans of
     Middle Eastern origin as they pertain to the Humanities.
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 as they pertain to
     the Humanities.
5.   Works which are chosen will be studied within their historical
     and/or cultural context, and may be structured thematically or

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1.  Reading and analysis of assigned primary texts (30-50 pgs. per week).
2.  Reading assignments related to establishing historical or cultural
3.  Examinations, including quizzes, mid-term, final, and/or take-home
4.  3-5 written essays (1000 words) requiring students to analyze
   representative works of literature, visual art, music, drama, film,
   or philosophy/religion.  Students will compare and contrast; examine
   ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences; and/or to integrate two or
   more disciplines pertaining to the study of the Humanities.
5.  Participation in cultural activities, including museum visits,
   concerts, poetry readings, lectures, and field trips (optional).
6.  Creative projects (optional).

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 - 90%
Written homework, Essays
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 essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 30%
Field trips, activities, creative projects (debates. visual journals)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Beloved.  Morrison, Toni.  Vintage International:  2004
Ceremony.  Silko, Leslie Marmon.  Penguin Contemporary American Fiction  Series:  1988
China Men.   Kingston, Maxine Hong.  Vintage International: 1989
Grand Avenue:  A Novel in Stories, 1995. Sarris, Greg.  Penguin: 1995
The House on Mango Street.   Cisneros, Sandra.  Vintage Contemporaries:  1991
Invisible Man, 2nd edition.  Ellison, Ralph.  Vintage:  1995
Autobiographical texts such as:
The Autogiography of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin, Benjamin.  Dover Thrift Editions:  1996
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As Told to Alex Haley).  Haley, Alex and Malcolm X.  Bantam:  1992
Black Elk Speaks:  Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux.  Neihardt, John G.  University of Nebraska Press:  1971
Hunger of Memory, The Education of Richard Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, Richard.  Bantam:  1983
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  Douglass, Frederick.  Dover Thrift Editions:  1995
The Woman Warrior:  Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts.    Hong, Maxine.  Vintage International:  1989
Texts reflecting immigrant experience such as:
America is in the Heart:  A Personal History.   Bulosan, Carlos and McWilliams, Carey.  University of Washington Press:  1974
Jasmine.  Mukherjee, Bharati.  Grove Press:  1999
The Jungle:  The Uncensored Original Edition.   Sinclair, Upton.  Sharp  Press:  2003
The Kite Runner.    Hosseini,  Khaled.  Riverhead Trade:  Reprint, 2004
Visual-arts related texts such as:
American Visions:  The Epic History of Art in America.  Hughes, Robert.  Knopf:  1999
Mixed Blessings:  New Art in a Multicultural America.   Lippard, Lucy.  Pantheon:  1990

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