IAH207 Syllabus - IAH 207, Section 9 Literatures, Cultures,...

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IAH 207, Section 9 Literatures, Cultures, Identities Spring 2008 Instructor: John Wallace Office: 529 S. Kedzie Office Hours: Wednesday 10 – Noon and by appointment IAH Office: 305 Linton, 353-3560 (for telephone messages only) E-mail: walla237@msu.edu 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. You must complete the weekly module within this time frame. Course Description This course will explore concepts of culture and identity through an array of predominantly 20 th 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 valued. 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 world.
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Texts Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts Danzy Senna, Caucasia George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion Films Anthony Asquith, Pygmalion
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IAH207 Syllabus - IAH 207, Section 9 Literatures, Cultures,...

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