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Courses in LSA American Culture
American Culture (AMCULT)
AMCULT 411 / WOMENSTD 411. Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
One course in Women's Studies or American Culture. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Queer identity is associated with urban, bourgeois, coastal lifestyles. Country music is linked to heterosexual white, rural, working-class, Southern, and Midwestern cultures and often to "redneck" bigotry. How has music that many people perceive as homophobic and racist become a medium for multicultural queer social and sexual exchange?

AMCULT 422 / NATIVEAM 422. Advanced Ojibwe I
AMCULT 323 with a minimum grade of C-; or Graduate Standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. F.

The course will foster Ojibwe language use at all levels. Students in this course will be exposed to longer written and oral narratives as well as have the opportunity to design projects to foster language revitalization. Students will work with one another, the Ojibwe community, and affiliated institutions to produce texts and analysis that support Ojibwe language. Students of AMCULT 422 will use Ojibwe to: -- Sustain limited and/or longer two-way conversation with fluent speakers. -- Understand or make logical assumptions about the meaning of new or unfamiliar words. -- Correctly use idiomatic phrases in speech and writing. -- Describe actions, people, places and things using compound sentences and paragraphs. -- Be able to create short oral and written narratives. -- Understand the importance and significance of language revitalization including preservation of dialectal and aesthetic variation.

AMCULT 423 / NATIVEAM 423. Advanced Ojibwe II
AMCULT 422 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); OR Graduate Standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. W.

Designed to advance understanding of connected discourse. Grammatical structures are studied in more detail. Some emphasis on recognition of forms from different dialects. Concentration on expanding vocabulary and recognizing the patterns of word formation of informants. Thrust is on study of actual text material.

AMCULT 425 / WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History
One course in WOMENSTD or AMCULT. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of collecting oral histories of women. We examine various theories and methods of conducting interviews, with a concentration on the feminist perspective. We also explore issues such as "insider-outsider" perspectives, relationships between the interviewer and interviewee, our role as "narrator," legal and ethical issues, the reliability of memory, and how the complex intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality are reflected in women's life stories.

AMCULT 461 / ANTHRCUL 461 / LING 461 / NATIVEAM 461. Language, Culture, and Society in Native North America
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will explore how Native North American languages are used in relation to the historical circumstances, cultural practices and social settings of their speakers. Of particular concern is the interrelationship between linguistic practice and ideologies that can either promote or discourage the use (and maintenance) of these languages.

AMCULT 462 / HISTORY 461. The American Revolution
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

An analysis of the causes, consequences and nature of the American Revolution.

AMCULT 479 / HISTART 479. The Arts in American Life
Prior coursework in History of Art or American Culture or American History; and permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

A focused, critical examination of the relation of art, architecture, and material objects to specific problems in American culture and history. (Topics and subtitles vary).

AMCULT 490 / SAC 451. American Film Genres
Junior standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit. W.

The development of American film genres as a popular art form, considered within the broad context of American cultural development since the late nineteenth century.

AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture
(3 - 4; 3 in the half-term). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics in the social sciences focusing on American Culture studies primarily for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

AMCULT 498. Capstone Seminar in American Culture
(3 - 4; 3 in the half-term). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

AMCULT 504 / SOC 504. American Immigration: Sociological Perspectives
Graduate standing; seniors with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 510. Topics in Ethnic Studies
Graduate standing/undergrads with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 536 / MUSICOL 556. Music of Asian Americans
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 601. Topics in American Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 606 / WOMENSTD 606. Refugees of a World on Fire: Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course brings "women of color" and "transnational" feminisms into dialogue by charting the development of U.S./third world feminist thought and action. Course content will focus on modes of theorizing and organizing around questions of subjectivity (race, gender, sexuality, nation, class) and resistance (anti-colonial, nationalist, queer, feminist, anti-globalization).

AMCULT 616 / HISTORY 612. Native American History
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Students in this course will explore major themes in American Indian historiography including policy, gender, economy, and culture in an effort to understand past themes and future directions of American Indian history. Some questions which may be addressed include: How does the study of Native Americans challenge historians to rethink issues of race, class, and gender? What have Native American historians leaned from interdisciplinary approaches? How have literary theory and cultural studies influenced recent and current work? What is the future direction of the field?

AMCULT 618 / LATINOAM 618. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latina/o Studies
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Diverse methodologies in Latina/o Studies.

AMCULT 619 / WOMENSTD 619. Lesbian Worlds: Subject, Object, and Representation
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course is about the representation of lesbians and lesbian subcultures in 20th century works of history and ethnography, with some attention given to literature and to media, primarily film, in three periods: 1913-1945 (to the end of World War II); 1946-1969 (Cold War and the '60s) and 1969-1990 (Stonewall through the "Sex Wars").

AMCULT 620. Knowledge/Power/Practice in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This graduate readings seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to the major themes and issues in the field o Science and Technology Studs (STS, or S&STS). Drawing on scholarship in history, sociology, anthropology, American studies, and information studies, we will mix theoretical material with more empirically oriented studies.

AMCULT 697. Approaches to American Culture
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing; Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 698. Methodologies in American Culture
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing; Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary
Graduate standing; upperclass standing with permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

AMCULT 801. Advanced Research Seminar in American Culture Studies
Doctoral students in American Culture. Permission of instructor. (2 - 3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course is designed to be a topics course for various 800-level advanced research seminar topics to be offered by a variety of faculty primarily for American Culture doctoral students.

AMCULT 850. Advanced Graduate Seminar in Primary Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 899. Special Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

AMCULT 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AMCULT 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
GSI award. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AMCULT 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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