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Folklore & Public Culture (FLR)
118 Prince Lucien Campbell, 541-346-3911
Folklore & Public Culture, College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  FLR 320   Car Cultures >1 4.00 cr.
Examines car customizing and tuning as forms of vernacular art; studies the environmental impacts of automobiles, the history of the industry, and the peculiarities of drivers' behavior. Offered alternate years.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Sayre GE-mailHomepage Office:   472 PLC
Phone:   (541) 346-1313
Office Hours: 1300 - 1400 M Fall term 2020
  1300 - 1500 W Fall term 2020
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  32380 0 40 - mtwrfsu 00 REMOTE Sayre G  
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
March 29:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 4:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 4:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 5:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
April 5:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
April 6:   Add this course
April 8:   Last day to change to or from audit
April 12:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
April 12:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
April 19:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
April 19:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
April 26:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
April 26:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 17:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
June 3:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
In this course we will learn about the history of the automotive industry and U.S. public policy toward the industry, examine environmental issues surrounding cars, and study car design and customizing as vernacular art. Car Cultures draws upon several disciplines that contribute to folklore studies, including sociology, art history, media studies and history, all to focus on one of the most pressing social issues of our time: how can the world’s people meet their transportation needs without depleting energy supplies, polluting the air and water, or ending up hopelessly jammed in traffic? These questions have no easy answers, not least because Americans’ habits and desires, and the infrastructure of our society, have made us resistant to change, and are spreading to other parts of the world. Like many social issues in the U.S., automobiles arouse zealous critics and stubborn defenders. Our course cannot promise breakthrough solutions, but it begins from the premise that motorists’ creativity and love of their cars can be part of a solution. The major assignment for the course will be an interdisciplinary project involving folklore or ethnographic fieldwork as well as textual research. Each student, or team of students, will select and research some aspect of car enthusiasm or automotive behavior, whether monster trucks or tuners or rat rods, muscle cars or microbuses, advertisements or repairmen, parking lots or critical masses of cyclists.
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