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CSTU 101, Week 1 Notes

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These notes cover the first section of notes that will be on the First Exam for Western Culture. Cul
Western Culture
Ms. Caitlin Elliott
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Date Created: 09/02/16
WESTERN CULTURE: CSTU 101: Week 1 What is Cultural Studies?  The study of culture: The study of how a culture expresses it’s values through the  creation, preservation, and transmission of ideas and works of art  Modes of Expression o Visual o Literary  o Performance Art  Modes of Reflection o Philosophy  o History o Religion American Values American Expressions or Cultural Representations  Safety Hunger Games:   Protection  Freedom  Freedom  Competition  Celebrations  Democracy  Freedom of expression Kardashians:  Work ethic  Wealth  Individualism   Judgement  Excess  Vanity  Privacy Remember the Titans:  Competition  Equality  Democracy  Victory  Capitalism  Strength American Idol:  Wealth  “American Dream”  “American Dream  Patriotism National Anthem  Patriotism Civil Rights Movement  Equality  A culture seeks to maintain the things that it views as important  We’re hypnotized by Culture:   Social Media: Culture Critics  Bias: One sides opinion Ways we’re hypnotized:  Perception: How we see things  Language: How we describe things  Habit: What we’re used to  Ignorance: What we don’t/do know o Sharing memes or articles that you have not fact checked o Continuing to express an opinion or engage in an argument without properly  examining it o Ultimately ignorance is a choice o SNOPES.COM –site that will fact check news reports for you­recommended by  my Professor and I thought I’d pass it along! Moving away from Cultural Bias:  What are the underlying causes of cultural bias? (What causes them/inspires them?) o Media  o Desire for comfort o Grown up with o Taught o Negativism o Age  How do we overcome them? o Education o Striving to be more open minded o Willingness to be uncomfortable o New perspective o Willingness to question Dominate vs. Sub­dominate Cultures:  Dominate Cultures: Cultural expressions that hold the majority of positions of social  power in a society, often seen as superior by those in their own camp  Sub­Dominate Culture: Cultural expressions that hold the minority of positions of social  power in a society, often seen as inferior by the dominate culture, but not always st Cultural artifacts of 21  Century  Values  Socail Media  Self­Expression  Selfies  Entertainment  Memes  Self­image  Netflix  Connection (global)  Spotify  Self­absorbed  Blogs  Viral videos  Not all of the values expressed by artifacts are true about all people of a culture  Looking at historical cultures it’s like looking at the “Las Vegas” of a culture  Culture and Nostalgia:   Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or  place with happy personal associations o Why is pop culture addicted to its own past?  o Is pervasive nostalgia normal? o Is there something wrong with being fixated on the past? Culture, Civilization, and the First Humans  Culture: The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation,  people or other social group  Civilization: A society or place with an advanced stage of social development and  organization o The Stone Age: (30,000 BCE­2,300 BCE)  Considered Pre­Historic or Pre­History  Dwellings: Caves, trees, under rock ledges, already standing habitats not  requiring much effort or time  Hunter­gatherers and nomadic society o Paleolithic Age: (~40,000 BCE­10,000 BCE)  Man­made tools  Discovery of fire  Art Forms: cave paintings, relief sculptures, carvings, stone figurines,  musical instruments   Values: Survival, community o Neolithic Revolution: (10,000 BCE­4,000 BCE/ 2,000 BCE [dates vary])  Agriculture/ domestication of plants and animals  Settles communities  Walls created for protection  Pottery for storage


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