Students (re)writing culture ppt


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Students (re)writing culture ppt

  1. 1. Course One: Codes and Critiques
  2. 2. CODES AND CRITIQUES <ul><li>“ The course is organized around an examination of cultural codes-the social semiotics-that work themselves out in shaping consciousness in our students and ourselves” (Berlin, 1996). </li></ul>
  3. 3. CODES AND CRITIQUES <ul><li>“ The effort is to make students aware of cultural codes, the competing discourses that influence their positioning as subjects of experience” (Berlin, 1996). </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sexual Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ethnic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender Formation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. OBJECTIVE <ul><li>The purpose of the course is to encourage students to negotiate and resist cultural codes to bring about more democratic and personally humane, economic, social, and political arrangements. </li></ul>
  5. 5. CODES AND CRITIQUES <ul><li>Students are guided to reflect on their experiences with cultural codes they encounter on a daily basis. They examine cultural codes embedded in texts drawn from six thematic units: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>2. Work </li></ul><ul><li>3. Play </li></ul><ul><li>4. Education </li></ul><ul><li>5. Gender </li></ul><ul><li>6. Individuality </li></ul><ul><li>Does anyone teach any of the following thematic units? What literature do you use within that unit? </li></ul>
  6. 6. QUESTIONS <ul><li>How do you make your students aware of cultural codes in your classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways do you allow your students to reflect and share their personal experiences? </li></ul>
  7. 7. CODES AND CRITIQUES <ul><li>Within the six units students examine a variety of: </li></ul><ul><li>Texts </li></ul><ul><li>Films </li></ul><ul><li>Television Programs </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The important consideration here is not only the texts in themselves, but the texts in relation to certain methods of interpreting them&quot; (Berlin, 1996). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples in Article <ul><li>“ The Days of a Cowboy Are Marked by Danger, Drudgery, and Low Pay” by William Blundell (Essay from Wall Street Journal) </li></ul><ul><li>Family Ties and Roseanne (Television Sitcoms) </li></ul><ul><li>Other People’s Money & Roger and Me (Films) </li></ul>
  11. 11. WRITING ACTIVITY <ul><li>In essay form, students will write the effect of an important cultural code on their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Students select the topic and content of the essay, but they do so within the context of the larger theme of each unit” (Berlin, 1996). </li></ul>