Anthropological view of the contemporary United States with emphasis on social class. Through ethnographic readings examines education, work, political economy, working class experience and the ideology of the middle class, and relations between class and race, gender, ethnicity, language, place, sexuality, and culture.
In this course we will confront the issues of class in the United States. Together, we will look at how class differences have been built, maintained, and challenged throughout US history. I agree with the wide critique that issues of class cannot be separated from issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability. Thus, through our class discussions, we seek to understand how these dynamics work together in current US culture(s).
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Through readings, films, in-class exercises, and group projects, we explore the meanings and power of class in contemporary US society.
Class assignments and grading
Journal Responses, Midterm Exam, Group Project, Final Report
Standard UW Grading Scale