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This 7 page Class Notes was uploaded by Melyssa Gaylord on Saturday September 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 3010 at University of Georgia taught by Lewin in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see /class/202042/soci-3010-university-of-georgia in Sociology at University of Georgia.


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Date Created: 09/12/15
SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE SOCI 3010 SPRING 2011 LOCATION Classroom 307 Baldwin Hall Time TR 800 915 CONTACT Instructor Philip Lewin Office 307 Baldwin Hall Phone 706 542 3208 Email lewinphilipgmailcom Website httpelcugaedu Office Hours TR 215 to 315 or by appointment PREREQUISITES SOC1101 or POD COURSE OVERVIEW and OBJECTIVES This upper level seminar will provide students with a working knowledge of some of the prevailing approaches to the analysis and interpretation of culture By the course s end you will be acquainted with a range of key theories issues and arguments in cultural studies It is my hope that the course will have both intellectual and practical value for you In terms of organization the course will serve as something in between a survey and seminar It will resemble a survey in its attempt to familiarize you with a range of issues in the area while it will resemble a seminar in that you will not be expected to master any ofthose areas The goal will be to provide you with a base so that you can pursue topics of interest on your own at a later time Given that we have only one semester of class time we will not exhaust the gamut of the literature Rather we will cover areas of paramount importance and give sustained attention to a select few in order to provide our survey with some depth For this seminar we will emphasize the politics of culture rather than cultural aesthetics and the production of culture That is will spend the bqu of our effort exploring the complex interrelations among culture domination resistance social reproduction and social transformation Though I will periodically lecture in order to introduce and contextualize course material I will not do so often We will devote the majority of our time to discussion and reflection You should come to class prepared to engage with the readings via critical discussion not to absorb information that I will pour into you In other words do not expect for me to tell you what to think or what the readings mean Expect instead for me to supply you with questions and to Sociology of Culture 2 help you inform them through your own thought process We will struggle through the material collectively all of us teaching and learning from one another The course will require a substantial amount of reading which will oftentimes be difficult It will thus demand considerable effort and dedication If you prefer lecture oriented courses dislike challenging readingideas or are not a serious student you should not enroll in this class Please see me if you have concerns REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS Storey John 2009 Cultural Theory and Popular Culture An Introduction 5quot Edition Harlow UK Longman Press Additional readings will be available to download on our E Learning Commons ELC page CLASS POLICIES 1 You should prepare for attend and participate in class 2 YOU MAY NOT USE LAPTOP COMPUTERS IN THIS CLASS 3 Arrive to class on time We will begin promptly 4 Plan to remain in class until the period ends If you must leave early tell me in advance 5 Be respectful to your peers during class discussions 6 DO NOT read newspapers doing crossword puzzles sending text messages or engaging in anything else unrelated to the sociology of culture during class time Doing so will result in an AUTOMATIC FIVE POINT DEDUCTION from your final grade EXCEPTIONS STUDENT ASSESSMENT Assessment C I Point Value Discussion facilitation 100 points Analysis paper 150 points Response papers 200 points Total 450 points DISCUSSIONFACILITATION Each student will join a group of fellow classmates to facilitate discussion on M course reading The role of the group will not be to give expert testimony on the reading or to provide a point by point summation of it Rather it will be to introduce the reading to us and guide us through a critical discussion of its arguments and ambiguities While the format for so doing is open the group might wish to contextualize the piece and its author facilitate a discussion with respect to how it fits into the larger body of course material direct us to key passages and quotations and most importantly ask pointed questions about its contentions and implications Sociology of Culture 3 Each group should plan to lead class discussion for 20 30 minutes But fear not We will all be there to help if you reach an impasse You are free to use powerpoint or other forms of multimedia but are neither expected to nor necessarily encouraged to You are however encouraged to consult with me about your presentation beforehand I am here to help and supply you with suggestions Additionally each group must prepare a 1 2 page synopsis of the reading to be distributed to the class The synopsis should summarize the reading s major arguments andor findings discuss its intellectual significance and contribution to cultural studies and explain its approach to the interpretation and analysis of culture Your presentation will count 100 points toward your final grade RESPONSE PAPERS These 2 page doublspaced papers written in response to questions provided by the instructor are meant to help you engage topics or issues relevant to the literature that we will cover throughout the course Papers should consist of a unified analytic statement and possess a key point that is developed clearly and supported through argument and examples They should not consist of a simple summary restatement or paraphrasing of the readings and nor should they consist of an opinion that displays little engagement with the readings Instead they should express your own original analysis while clearly demonstrating knowledge of the relevant readings I will post each writing topic on ELC one week prior to its due date I am happy to discuss the essays with you beforehand but cannot comment on rough drafts Each paper should be submitted through ELC s assignment module by the date and time at which it is due There will be four response papers each counts 50 points toward your final grade Paper One Mass culture symbolic Friday 211 interaction dramatism and dramaturgy 8pm via ELC Paper Two Marxisms psychoanalysis and Friday 34 structuralism 8pm via ELC Paper Three Popular culture as resistance Friday 325 and post structuralism 8pm via ELC Paper Four Feminism post colonialism and Friday 422 postmodernism 8pm via ELC CULTURAL ANALYSIS PAPER This 5 page paper should draw from cultural theory in order to analyze a cultural text of your choosing It should not simply summarize but rather analyze interpret and explore The text that your essay addresses is left to you it could analyze a film a band a subculture a stylistic trend a television show or something else The content so long as it relates to cultural studies is open to me The point is for you to write a paper that is interesting and compelling and that provides you with personal intellectual benefit While you are welcome to draw from Sociology of Culture 4 outside material I encourage you to draw primarily from material covered in class in order to develop your idea and analyze your concern I will provide further detail with respect to the paper s structure content and requirements later on in the semester The cultural analysis paper will count 150 points toward your final grade It will be due on Sunday May 8 at 800pm via ELC FINAL GRADE I will base final grades for the course on the following scale Letter Grade Points A 94 100 A 90 93 B 87 89 B 84 86 B 80 83 C 77 79 C 74 76 C 70 79 D 67 69 D 64 66 D 60 63 F O 59 LATE WORK Late work will be penalized 10 per day late The syllabus clearly denotes the times at which assignments are due f assignments are submitted after the time at which they are due even by a few minutes they will be counted late ACADEMIC HONESTY Do not cheat It will not be tolerated in any form Cheating includes but is not limited to looking at other students papers during quizzes and exams and submitting plagiarized assignments All students should understand University policies regarding cheating and its consequences and all academic work must meet the standards contained in quotA Culture of Honesty www mm quot ovpi 39 39 honestyculture honesty htm Please note that ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for dishonesty DISABILITY and HEALTHRELATED ISSUES If you have a disability or health related issue and need special accommodations for class please see me as soon as possible and we ll take care of it HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT All students should know that the department of Sociology has a Human Rights Committee for the resolution of student grievances Any student registered for a sociology course at the University of Sociology of Culture 5 Georgia who feels that he or she has not been treated in a fair or professional manner by an instructor is advised to follow these procedures 1 The student should discuss his or her problems with the instructor of the course unless extenuating circumstances prohibit this 2 If that discussion does not resolve the grievance the student should then discuss the problem with the Head ofthe Sociology Department 3 If that discussion does not resolve the grievance to the student s satisfaction the student may request the activation of the Human Rights Committee by submitting a letter to the Chair ofthe Human Rights Committee Department of Sociology University of Georgia The Human Rights Committee will have the responsibility of investigating all charges in accordance with the procedures on file in the Sociology office copies of which are available to students The Committee will also have the responsibility of making recommendations in writing to the Head copies of which will be made available to the student complainant and the instructor involved The Department Head will review the recommendations and make a decision in writing with copies to the student complainant and the instructor of staff member involved Any appeal of that decision must be to the Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences TIMETABLE Depending on how the course develops modifications to the syllabus might be needed I will announce any deviations in class andor through email You should complete the reading listed in each box BEFORE that particular meeting 111 Snow day 113 Snow day INTRODUCING CULTURE POPULAR CULTURE AND IDEOLOGY 118 Storey p 1 14 Williams Culture MASS CULTURE DEBATES 120 Storey pp 17 35 Arnold quotCulture and Anarchy 125 MacDonald quotA Theory of Mass Culturequot Mills llThe Mass Society SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM 127 Becker quotCulture A Sociological Approachquot Carey quotThe Chicago School 21 Becker quotThe Professional Dance Musicianquot Haas quotLearning Real Feelings DRAMATISM AND DRAMATURGY 23 Burke quotDefinition of Manquot Goffman quotThe Presentation of Selfin Everyday Lifequot 28 Geertz quotThick Descriptionquot Wedeen quotPolitics as Performative MARXISMS 210 Storey pp 59 61 Marx quotRuling Class and Ruling deasquot Base and Sociology of Culture 6 Superstructurequot Engels quotLetter to Joseph Bloch 215 Storey pp 62 70 Horkheimer amp Adorno quotThe Culture Industry PSYCHOANALYSIS 217 Storey pp 91 101 107 109 222 Zizek quotFirst as Tragedy Then as Farcequot pp 9 51 STRUCTURALISM 224 Storey pp 111 126 Barthes quotMyth Today 31 Storey pp 70 79 Althusser quotIdeology and the Ideological State Apparatusesquot POPULAR CULTURE AS RESISTANCE 33 Storey pp 79 88 37 58 38 Hebdige quotThe Meaning of Stylequot Lewin amp Gill quotThe Politics of Subcultural Resistance 310 Fernandez quotCulture Identity and Urban Movementsquot SPRING BREAK 315 No class 317 No class POSTSTRUCTURALISM 322 Storey pp 126 128 Lye quotSome Post structuralist Assumptionsquot Slack quotThe Theory and Method of Articulation in Cultural Studies 324 Storey pp 126 133 Foucault quotThe Body of the Condemnedquot quotDocile Bodies FEMINISM AND QUEER THEORY 329 Storey pp 135 147 Radway quotInterpretive Communities and Variable Literacies 331 Taft quotWe are not Girlsquot 45 Storey pp 160 164 Valentine quotCreating Transgressive Spacequot POSTMODERNISM 47 Storey pp 181 191 Baudrillard quotThe Precession of Simulacra 412 Storey pp 191 197 Jameson quotPostmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalismquot 414 Storey pp 201 211 Gergen quotThe Dissolution of the Selfquot Gubrium and Holsein The Self in a World of Growing Concerns POSTCOLONIALISM 419 Storey pp 167 171 197 180 Fanon quotThe Wretched of the Earth 421 Storey pp 171 179 Said quotOrientalismquot THE POLITICS OF THE POPULAR 426 Storey pp 213 231 Bourdieu quotDistinction and the Aristocracy of Culture 428 Storey pp 82 88 232 235 Williams quotBase and Superstructurequot Sociology of Culture 7 Discussion Facilitation Signup Sheet SOCI 3010 Sign up for slot quotcquot only ifall days already have two discussants 1 Haas quotLearning Real Feelings Tuesday 21 a b c 2 Goffman quotThe Presentation of Self in Everyday Lifequot Thursday 23 a b c 3 Wedeen quotPolitics as Performativequot Tuesday 28 a b c 4 Marx and Engels readings Thursday 210 a b c 5 Horkheimer and Adorno quotThe Culture Industryquot difficult Tuesday 215 a b 6 Zizek quotFirst Tragedy Then as Farcequot pp 2751 Tuesday 222 a b c 7 Barthes quotMyth Todayquot Thursday 224 a b c 8 Hebdige quotThe Meaning of Style Tuesday 38 a b c 9 Foucault quotDocile Bodiesquot Thursday 324 a b c 10 Valentine quotCreating Transgressive Spacequot Tuesday 45 a


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