Summer 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Reese Venus
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6390 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
Storytelling as Cultural Studies

Description of Course:

Course Description
This course is an investigation of how culture manifests itself, circulates, and re-inscribes identity, personally and communally, through the stories we tell. The student will learn and practice how to distill cultural norms, practices, expectations, and behaviors through listening and telling stories. The student will also learn and use anthropology and creativity to examine, explore, and theorize culture through storytelling as both the listener and the speaker.

Learning Outcomes
Using anthropology, theory, and creativity, the students will creatively demonstrate comprehension and application of the theories covered. Students do not need experience in anthropology or the creative process in order to participate fully.

Required Texts:

Required Texts & Materials
1. How to do Things with Words by J. L Austin
2. Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice by Chris Barker
3. The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection by Judith Butler
4. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
5. Doing Research in Cultural Studies: An Introduction to Classical and New Methodological Approaches (Introducing Qualitative Methods series) by Paula Saukko
6. Hand-outs

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

An open and receptive mind to process driven/student-generated pedagogy as well as a proclivity for having fun.

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