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Social Sciences 172AW
Winter 2018
American Culture
Social Sciences 172AW: American Culture
University of California, Irvine
Winter 2018
Instructor:
Teaching Assistants:
Christine Tomlinson
Email: ctomlins@uci.edu
Office Hours: TBD
Office Location: TBD
Michelle Gardner
Email: mkgard@uci.edu
Office Hours: TBA
Office Location: TBA
Course Information:
Day/Time: MW 7:00-8:20pm
Room: SSTR 103
Dylan Gray
Email: dylang1@uci.edu
Office Hours: TBA
Office Location: TBA
Course Description:
In this course, you will learn about a variety of topics related to American culture, as well as social
scientific inquiry and academic writing. The ultimate goal will be for you to choose a topic to research
and create a paper explaining your topic within American culture.
By the end of this course, students should be able to do the following:
1) Compare and contrast different methodological approaches, noting each method’s main focus and
possible strengths and weaknesses.
2) Apply your understanding of methods and previous research to a specific topic within American
culture.
3) Express ideas, synthesize information, and assess research clearly.
Because this is an upper division writing course, you will be required to produce a piece of writing that is
4,000 words. As such, you will turn in a 15- to 20-page research proposal focused mostly on a literature
review. Please note that the 15- to 20-page requirement comes second to the 4,000-word requirement. If
you have a 15-page paper that is under 4,000 words, you will need to add to your paper.
Course Expectations and Policies:
Grades for this course will be based on attendance and participation, four major assignments, and a final
paper. Point allocation will follow this guide:
Attendance/Participation:
Assignment 1:
Assignment 2:
Assignment 3:
Assignment 4:
Final Paper:
Total Points:
15
5
10
15
25
50
120
Please note that, unless otherwise specified, assignments are due on Wednesdays.
Grading Scale
A
A94
93-90
B+
89-87
B
86-83
B82-80
C+
79-77
C
76-73
1
C72-70
D+
69-67
D
66-63
D62-60
F
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Concerns About Grades
Any concerns about a grade must be discussed within one week of the grade being received.
Readings
There is no physical textbook for this course. You will have access to a free-to-use textbooks linked both
here and on the course website. You will also have access to various academic articles on a variety of
topics. Please note that reading will be assigned from the following, open source texts:
Social Science Research:
http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=oa_textbooks
Sociology: https://cnx.org/contents/r-QzKsl_@7.23:_97x1rAv@2/Introduction-to-Sociology
Required Writing Guide: The Informed Writer https://writing.colostate.edu/textbooks/informedwriter/
This guide is provided in an open source format and is free-to-use. Please use it for reference and note
that there will be specifically assigned portions in the class schedule below.
APA Formatting Help: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Tips for Writing a Research Proposal: http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/researchproposal
Excused Absences and Extensions
Unless you have extenuating circumstances and an official record or note confirming an issue that
prevented you from turning in an assignment on time, there will be not extensions. In terms of attendance
points, you will be able to have one excused absence with an official record or note.
In the event of an absence, you are responsible for catching up with any lecture notes that you may have
missed.
Academic Dishonesty
Academic misconduct or dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Students who engage in these
behaviors, as outlined by the university, will be reported and receive a failing grade for the course. It is
your responsibility to familiarize yourself with university policy, which can be found at:
http://www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue/appx/appx.2.htm
Course Schedule:
Week 1:
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Introduction to the Course and Studying Culture
o Course Expectations and Requirements
o What is Culture? An Introduction to Different Kinds of Culture
Readings: Social Science Research Chapter 2; Sociology Chapter 3
Week 2:
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Methods for Understanding Culture
Notes on Writing
Ideology and the American Dream
Readings: Social Science Research Chapters 3 and 4
HOLIDAY – NO CLASS – Monday, January 15th
Assignment 1 DUE: Cultural Topics
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Week 3:
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Inequality
Reading Articles and Writing a Literature Review
Writing Practice/Workshop
Readings: The Informed Writer Chapter 14; Sociology Chapter 9
Assignment 2 DUE: Methods
Week 4:
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Citing and Attributing Work
Self-Expression and Personality
Culture and Social Support
Readings: The Informed Writer Chapters 3 and 9; Matsumoto (1993)
Week 5:
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Gender
Writing the Introduction
Readings: Social Science Research Chapter 16; Collins (2011)
Assignment 3 DUE: Basics of the Literature Review
Week 6:
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Race and Ethnicity
Questions About the Paper?
APA Formatting; Writing the Conclusion
Readings: Pyke & Johnson (2003)
Week 7:
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Immigration and Culture
Writing Practice/Workshop
Readings: The Informed Writer Chapter 10; Markus & Kitayama (2003)
Week 8:
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Media
Writing the Conclusion
Readings: Grainge (2000); Stephens & Few (2007)
Assignment 4 DUE: Rough Draft
Week 9:
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Popular Culture
APA Formatting
Writing Practice/Workshop
Readings: Mukerji & Schudson (1986); Kozinets (2001)
Week 10:
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Popular Culture Continued
The Bibliography
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Final Questions
Writing Practice/Workshop
Readings: Brown (1997); Shaw (2010)
Final Paper DUE: Monday, March 19th, 7:00pm
Assignment Guidelines:
All assignments should use 1-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Assignments should be
doubled-spaced. For instances where you need to cite, use APA formatting for your citations.
For the final paper, your paper must be at least 15 pages AND 4,000 words. The page and word counts do
not include the following sections: title page and bibliography.
Note that all assignments should be submitted both to the Dropbox on EEE and to Turnitin.com.
Information for Turnitin.com will be provided in class.
Assignment 1
For this assignment, you will need to turn in a one-page description of a topic that you would like to write
about for your final paper. This should be a brief overview of a topic in American Culture that seems
relevant, interesting, or important. Briefly describe the topic, why it would make a good subject to study
in a research paper, and what drew you to the idea.
Assignment 2
For this assignment, you should write two pages on methods that you would use to study your cultural
topic. Discuss and compare different methods, their benefits and drawbacks, and why your chosen
method is best suited for your topic. If you were to conduct a study using this method, what would your
approach look like? Discuss possible sample sizes and techniques. Describe possible problems that you
might encounter. This will serve as a foundation for your proposed methods section in your final paper.
You should cite relevant course readings on methods. You do not need a bibliography for this
assignment.
Assignment 3
For this assignment, you will begin thinking about your major themes and your literature review. This
should be a three- to five-page review of some of the literature that is relevant to your topic. Base your
writing around three themes relevant to your topic. For instance, if you want to study education as a
major topic, you might be interested in family dynamics, gender, and immigration. You will center your
writing around these themes, using academic research to build a case and make points about the state of
your topic in American Culture. You should include a bibliography with this assignment.
Please note that you can take a comparative approach to your work – what might be applicable from other
cultures in American Culture? What might not be applicable and why?
Assignment 4
Your rough draft should be a close-to-complete version of your final paper. The more you have done for
your rough draft, the better your feedback will be for the final product. Keep this in mind when you work
on and submit this assignment.
This assignment should be ten- to fifteen-pages in length. For the rough draft, you should include (at
least) an introduction, literature review, proposed methods, and a conclusion. You may also provide draft
sections of your expected findings and the bibliography. As with the final paper, the introduction should
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set up a history/background of the topic, why it is important to study, and what your proposed study
would look like in terms of methods. You should also introduce the three major themes that you will be
discussing in the literature review. For your conclusion, recap the things that you discussed and the major
points of the literature review. What does this tell us about what to expect from your proposed study?
Reestablish why studying your topic and the three themes is important. Why should this be investigated?
Also cover any potential limitations to your study (e.g., sampling issues, biases, methodological or time
limitations).
Avoid using first person. Do not say, “I want to study,” or similar things. Focus on the topic and the
themes, not you or your experiences.
Final Paper
For your final paper, you should have the following sections included: title page, introduction, proposed
methods, literature review, expected findings, conclusion, and reference list (bibliography).
For your expected findings, draw on the literature that you discuss. What would previous research lead
you to expect to find? Keep in mind your proposed methods and what is or is not possible to see or learn
while using them.
Possible lengths for each section should be around:
Introduction and Background: 2-3 pages
Literature Review: 6-11 pages
Proposed Methods: 2-3 pages
Expected Findings: 3-6 pages
Conclusion: 1-2 pages
Remember: the lengths of each section can vary and these are just general ideas of where they should
fall. With every section on the low end, you will not be able to make the lower-limit of the page
requirements. Remember also that you must be both at least 15 pages AND 4,000 words in your final
draft. If your paper is 15 pages, but under 4,000 words, you will need to add.
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