Michael L. Goldberg
Explores the development of various youth cultures in post-World War II America. Examines the relationship between youth cultures, mass culture, and adult mainstream society, and the way each shapes and is shaped by the other.
Winter 2006 Learning outcomes include: *Ability to analyze interdisciplinary sources to solve specific problems relating to mainstream white middle-class youth culture in modern America. *Understanding of the relationship between white middle-class youth culture and marginalized cultural producers, including the working class, Southerners, African Americans, and queer culture. *Understanding of the role of gender relations in shaping modern mainstream youth culture. *Understanding of the role of consumer culture and the media in the shaping of mainstream youth culture and differing perceptions of that culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Short introductory lectures with small and large group discussions.
As an interdisciplinary course, some preparation in media, film, music, literature or cultural studies would be helpful, as would a course that covers the time period. This course assumes that students have the ability to perform basic textual interpretation of some kind.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm and final exam. Essay. Group or individual multimedia project.