History 101.016

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
201 Giannini
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11

This research seminar will focus on the intersections between popular and consumer culture in America from 1920 to 1970. The goal of this course is for students to conduct primary source research in this broad theme and produce a thoughtful, well-written thesis based on that research. Approaches involving gender and race are welcome, and students may consider literature, advertisements, film, etc., as some potential sources. Projects may range outside of the set timeframe as long as they still overlap with it. We will meet in the first few weeks to discuss selected readings and our understandings of popular and consumer culture as well as their significance in history. Our class will then break for students to pursue their research, and during this time, students will have frequent one-on-one meetings to discuss their findings and any questions they might have. We will then begin meeting again to discuss drafts and polishing the papers.

This course will also concentrate on writing and revision. Regular writing exercises will be assigned, and students will be expected to read and discuss each other's work. Students will turn in a prospectus early in the semester, a rough draft (20 pages), a complete draft (30-40 pages), and a final paper.