IAH 207, Section 9
Literatures, Cultures, Identities
529 S. Kedzie
Wednesday 10 – Noon and by appointment
305 Linton, 353-3560 (for telephone messages only)
Class Days and Times
M, Tu, Th
10:20 – 11:10 126 IM Circle
Weekly Online Session
The online module will be available from 12 midnight on
Friday night until 12 midnight on Wednesday night.
must complete the weekly module within this time frame.
This course will explore concepts of culture and identity through an array of predominantly 20
century texts and films.
In particular, we will study the ways in which literature, film, and
philosophy express the complex ways in which identity is defined and re-defined in the
competing pressures of cultural systems.
As an introduction to interdisciplinary and integrative
study, the course will provide a fundamental approach to conceiving of art, ideology, and history
as cultural systems through which meanings and identities are generated, contested, rejected and
The idea behind the course is that the relations between literature and culture can be best
understood through instances of cultural encounter, transition, and rejection.
Some texts for this
course involve the tension between medicine and cultures, others social experiments in class
mobility, and still others in the formation of subcultures.
In this way, we endeavor to deepen our
appreciation of the relations between art and cultures.
This course also includes an online
module equivalent to a class session for students to analyze and reflect on the relationship
between texts and course concepts, as well as the formation of their own identities in relation to
the themes of the course.
Goals of Integrative Studies in 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 culture(s); they also encourage students 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 values in shaping and understanding
human behavior; emphasize the responsibilities and opportunities of democratic citizenship;
highlight the value of the creative arts of literature, theater, music, and arts; and alert us to
important issues that occur among peoples in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent