SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2023 6:38:41 AMINTDIS 2 Course Outline as of Summer 2017

Changed Course

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 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
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Catalog Description:
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This class examines the relationship between individual identity and large-scale historical forces for the creation of popular culture.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This class examines the relationship between individual identity and large-scale historical forces for the creation of popular culture.
(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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Critique the representative elements of popular culture as it relates, interacts and changes the contemporary
2.  Analyze theoretical issues relevant to understanding the dynamic interactions between social class, ethnicity and
    gender in United States culture.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Relate contemporary cultural expressions to the historical or cultural context of the United States.
2. Critique, analyze, compare and contrast contemporary works in order to weigh arguments, examine values, and  
    integrate materials from several disciplines.
3. Access information on popular culture through a variety of multimedia sources.

Topics and Scope
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I. The course may be arranged chronologically or thematically.
II. The course will look at particular periods in American culture including, but not limited to:
    A.  The Gilded Age
    B.  The Progressive Era
    C.  The Depression and the New Deal
    D.  American militarism (such as the World Wars, the Cold War and American involvement in the Middle East and other geographic theaters)
    E.  The Internet Age
III. The course will include examining popular culture through a variety of theoretical and ideological frameworks including, but not limited to:
   A.   Eco/cultural/socialist feminism
    B.  Environmentalism (such as conservation and preservation, evangelical)
   C.  Media, advertising, semiotics, branding
   D.  Economic, cultural globalization
    E.  Colonialism
   F.  Religion and spirituality
   G. Literature and the performing arts from music to dance to theater
IV. Examines contemporary expressions of popular culture as it relates to historical contexts.
V. The experiences and forms of cultural expressions of a variety of ethnic groups in the U.S.
VI. Issues of how class, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity affect cultural expression or cultural participation in the U.S.

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1.  Weekly reading and analysis of assigned texts and sources of information including blogs, videos, websites and other electronic media.
2.  Visual projects including a final culminating project such as photography, drawing or graffiti.
3.  2-6 written essays of 1000-1500 words each, requiring the student to analyze representative works of popular culture.
4.  At least four quizzes and a final.
5.  Participation in cultural activities, including museum visits, concerts, poetry readings, lectures, and (optional) field trips.

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
25 - 50%
Written Essays (that may include assigned and in-class exercises)
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
25 - 50%
Quizzes, tests, mid-terms and finals (that may include multiple choice and/or essay type questions)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 25%
Activities and assignments may include group projects, participation in cultural activities, field trips.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials consisting of primary and secondary sources.
Potential texts such as, but not limited to:
Black Popular Culture (Discussions in Contemporary Culture).  Dent, Gina.  New York:  New Press.  1998. (Classic)
The Cultural Front:  The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century.  Denning, Michael.  New York:  Verso. 1998.   (Classic)
The Sociology of Culture.  Williams, Raymond.   Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.  1995. (Classic)
Understanding Popular Culture.  Fiske,  John.  London: Routledge. 1999. (Classic)
What is Popular Culture?  Storey, John.  Athens: University of Georgia Press.  2008. (Classic)

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