Catalog 2013-2014

Topics in Humanities: We Are What We Tell: Family Stories and Cultural Identity

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: HM272A
  • Instructors: Carol Dickson
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

This course explores how families (as well as communities) serve as sites for cultural transmission by gathering and studying family and community stories.  Focusing on various traditions or a “tradition bearer” in students’ families (or in the local community), we will collect oral histories and consider how these traditions contribute to our sense of individual, regional, and cultural identity.  Students will also be introduced to methods of folklore and ethnography, including interviewing, collecting, and other forms of documentation.  This course satisfies two credits of a student’s writing-intensive requirement.