FOLK 639 401: Issues in Cultural
Seminar: Monday 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cross-listed with: COMM
This course tracks the different theoretical
appropriations of "culture" and examines how the meanings we attach to
it depend on the perspectives through which we define it. The course
first addresses perspectives on culture suggested by anthropology,
sociology, communication, and aesthetics, and then considers the
tensions across academic disciplines that have produced what is
commonly known as "cultural studies." The course is predicated on the
importance of becoming cultural critics versed in alternative ways of
naming cultural problems, issues, and texts. The course aims not to
lend closure to competing notions of culture but to illustrate the
diversity suggested by different approaches.
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