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Sydney F Lewis
BIS 351
Bothell Campus

Topics in American Culture

Explores a particular topic in American culture that highlights the methodological tools needed to integrate the interpretation of cultural texts, including literature, film, music, and art, with their historical contexts.

Class description

Winter 2013 The course will explore the Harlem Renaissance as a time of prolific black cultural production which strove for political liberation. We will consider the political contexts that led to the rise of the Harlem renaissance and debate whether the Renaissance died or morphed into something else. Race, gender, and sexual politics will be considered in looking at the Harlem Renaissance as a pivotal moment in black civil rights. Texts will include literature, film, history, and some theory.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class functions through a student-centered pedagogy. Active in-class participation is required and will comprise a substantial portion of your final grade. Lectures will be rare occurrences, and class time will mostly be comprised of focused discussions and classroom community activities. Expect hearty, and sometimes dense, reading and brief response papers.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Your in-class participation, written responses, midterm exam and a final project or exam will comprise your grade.


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 Sydney F Lewis
Date: 10/11/2012