Summer IAH Syllabus - IAH201 SECTION 705 U.S. AND THE WORLD...

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U.S. AND THE WORLD SUMMER 2008 Tony Kolenic kolenica@msu.edu 517.862.1093 Office Hours: TBA Goals of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities: Integrative Studies at MSU seeks to assist students to become more familiar with ways of knowing in the arts and humanities and to be more knowledgeable and capable in a range of intellectual and expressive abilities. IAH courses encourage students to engage critically with their own society, history, and cultures or to learn more about the history and culture of other societies. They focus on key ideas and issues in human experience; encourage appreciation of the roles of knowledge and of values in shaping and understanding human behavior; emphasize the responsibilities and opportunities of democratic citizenship, highlight the importance of language, and the value of the creative arts, and alert us to important issues that occur and re-occur among peoples in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world. Course description: This particular course, the United States and the World, offers students opportunities to explore both the unities and diversities of the national experience through study of media texts. A primary purpose of the disciplines in the humanities is to gain a greater understanding of how human beings experience the world in which they live, including encounters with others. The course draws on primary source readings, video texts, musical selections, and student writing to broaden understanding of the processes by which the citizens of the United States establish local, regional, national, and global identities and participate in a global cultural commons. A particular focus of this course is on the export and impact of American popular culture around the world. We will examine how popular culture represents national identity to Americans as well as to people of other nations; how that culture is distributed and consumed globally; and how the culture that Americans take for granted as their own is shaped by these circuits of global exchange. In order to understand how popular culture does its work at home and abroad, we will be developing skills of interpretation, paying attention to reading images, analyzing music, and deciphering film and video. Course objectives: To increase student knowledge about the unity and diversities of American life; to deepen student appreciation for the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender and class in American experience; to expand student awareness of the ways history, literature and the arts illuminate the American national experience; and to strengthen student understanding of America’s relation to the world in its complexity and diversity. As you express and examine your views on course issues and materials through discussion and in
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2008 for the course IAH 201 taught by Professor Dontknow during the Spring '05 term at Michigan State University.

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Summer IAH Syllabus - IAH201 SECTION 705 U.S. AND THE WORLD...

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