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Robert Crawford
TIBCIN 450
Tacoma Campus

Contemporary Theories of Culture

Studies recent anthropological theory and contemporary cultural theory. Includes topics such as cultural theory, British cultural studies, critical theory, and post-modernism; or ideology, culture, and cultural resistance; ethnocentrism, relativism; class and race; the social body; self and other; gender and sexuality. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.

Class description

This Winter (2008), the subtitle of the course is "Post-9/11." Key themes: An examination of culture, ideology and politics in relation to the war on terrorism, particularly detainee policies and rationales, the question of torture, warrantless surveillance on Americans, the concentration of power in the presidency and implications for human and civil rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion focused on the readings.

Recommended preparation

Advanced analytical reading and writing skills

Class assignments and grading

Reading--approximately 100 pages/week.

Essay exams on the readings and class participation


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 Robert Crawford
Date: 10/23/2007