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This is an introductory course on modern American culture. The course focuses on the interactions between social forces such as advertising, media, and lifestyle and cultural trends in modern American society. Students are asked to cast a critical eye on current trends and changes in our culture.
Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:
University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.
University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.
Petracca, M., & Sorapure, M. (2007). Common culture: Reading and writing about American popular culture (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Week One: Overview of Culture|
| Details| Due| Points|
Objectives| 1.1 Describe the different types of culture. 1.2 Describe the influence that popular culture has on personal decision making. 1.3 Identify major trends in popular American culture.| 10/25| | Reading| Read Ch. 1 of Common Culture.| 10/25| |
Reading| Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.| 10/25| | Participation| Participate in class discussion.| 10/25| 4| Discussion Questions| Respond to weekly discussion questions.| 10/25| | Learning Team InstructionsLearning Team Charter| Resource: Learning Team ToolkitComplete the Learning Team Charter.| 10/29| | IndividualPopular American Culture Paper| Record your interactions with popular culture by documenting different ways that you consume popular culture. Examples might include, but are not limited to, what television shows you watch and why, the types of clothes you like to wear and what they say about you, or what magazines you buy and why. Prepare a 350- to 700-word paper in which you examine popular American culture. In your essay, answer the following questions: What is culture? What is popular culture?What are three major trends in popular American culture?How does popular American culture affect personal decision making? * Include the journaling activity with your essay submission.Format your papers consistent with APA guidelines.| 10/25| 10|
Week Two: Consumption and Advertising|
| Details| Due| Points|
Objectives| 1 2.4 Identify the concepts of consumption and conspicuous consumption in popular culture and mass media. 2.5 Describe the influence of globalization on popular consumption and advertising. 2.6 Explain the relationship between media messages and the formation of cultural values.| 11/1| | Reading| Read Ch. 2 of Common Culture.| 11/1| |
Reading| Read Ch. 3 of Common Culture.| 11/1| |
Reading| Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.| 11/1| | Participation| Participate in class discussion.| 11/1| 4| Discussion Questions| Respond to weekly discussion questions.| 11/1| | IndividualConsumption and Mass Media Worksheet| Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Consumption and Mass Media Worksheet, available on the student website. | 11/1| 10| -------------------------------------------------