Course: ACR 150/ Literacy in American Society – 0501/ Spring 2022

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ACR 150/ Literacy in American Society - 0501/ Spring 2022
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Department
Academic Literacy and Linguistics
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Course Code
ACR 150
Section Code
0501
Term
Spring 2022
Category
Course
Course Description

What is your definition of literacy? Literacy in American Society asks students to investigate the varieties of literacy behaviors in American society as sociocultural phenomena. Students will be exposed to the research of major scholars in the interdisciplinary field of literacy research (e.g., New Literacy Studies) as a means of considering the role literacy and literacy behavior plays, both historically and in a contemporary context, in a diverse American society. Students will analyze the various definitions of literacy and track the development of multiple literacies in American society, specifically studying the transmission of literacy as a cultural value, particularly in oppressed communities. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to analyze and reflect on their personal relationship with literacy and opportunities for upward mobility in a stratified United States.