Selected themes in American and occasionally other modern and contemporary cultures. Themes and readings may include: advertising and consumer culture; class and culture, gender and sexuality, identity, and post-9/11 culture.
Winter Quarter, 2008: critique of advertising and consumer culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
lecture/discusion/student presentations and discussion
Willingness to engage in critical reflection on advertising and other aspects of consumer society
Class assignments and grading
Reading, analysis of advertisements and presentation in class; other possible assignments exploring dimensions of consumer culture.
TBA. I generally assign essay exams or critical analyses of the reading. In this class, there will also be a project that will be either a collection of ads and their analysis; or another project interpreting a prominent feature of consumer culture.