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Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren
BIS 365
Bothell Campus

Exploring American Culture: Popular and Consumer Culture

Explores the interaction between consumer culture and popular culture emphasizing literature, history, and theory. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.

Class description

WINTER 2006 In this course, we will explore the many meanings of money in American culture, especially in the 19th-21st centuries, with the rise of industrialization, the globalization of capital, the emergence of alternative economies, and the electronic revolution that is currently changing the nature of exchange at a pace faster than we can follow. From a number of different perspectives, we will examine the significance of "money" in our own symbolic world. How, for example, does it create meaning and lack of meaning? Is money an object or something like a metaphor, a myth? How are the economy, ecology, and entertainment related? What is the relationship between money's circulation, at the speed of computer circuitry, and the circulation of ethical value?

Selected Learning Outcomes:

To become more accomplished critical and creative readers, writers, researchers, and producers of knowledge

To become more aware of the presence and function of money as it has changed historically and as it exists in 21st century society

To develop a collaborative research project around the riddle of money that deepens our understanding and can make an intervention, however modest, in the social fabric

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class discussion, film, a variety of writing, individual and group research (with attention to different methodologies).

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Think as much as you can about money before the first class! You will also need to be a disciplined and imaginative reader, writer, participant, and researcher in order to succeed at the highest level.

Class assignments and grading

In and out of class writing Reading on a consistent basis Research methods and a research project

Participation Writing Exams Research Project


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Pamela A. De Priest
Date: 10/18/2005