Community and Culture
An interdisciplinary examination of the nature and varieties of community in American culture, past and present, focusing upon the analytical conceptions of community as place, social structure and culture. The course will consider classic and contemporary literature of community studies, including perspectives from sociology and anthropology, social and cultural history, social psychology, creative writing and related interdisciplinary fields. Students will apply concepts from the course to the study of a particular local community, developing specific research skills through the investigation of its historical and contemporary character. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.