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Course Description

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These variable-content courses provide opportunities for topics in cross-period studies, inter- and transdisciplinary studies and cultural studies, among others that are not available in regular offerings. Consult the School for specific offerings in a given semester. Reading-intensive course. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Utilize theoretical concepts and analytical methods to interpret and contextualize works of and tendencies in contemporary culture, such as in literature, film, television/digital media, music, food, clothing, visual cultures, medicine, technology, video gaming, comics, animation, etc.
  • Assess challenging or contradictory social and ethical implications of currents and issues in contemporary cultural production and critical theory.
  • Synthesize methodological approaches in a recursive process of reflecting and re-reflecting, application and re-application.
  • Create an innovative and compelling critical and/or creative project, based on the topic(s), motivating questions, and theoretical apparatus studied in and for course activities and assignments over the term.
  • Gain and refine new proficiencies with online research and networking tools and software through online content generation.
  • Evaluate diverse cultural works as an active, informed, and critically aware reader, viewer, and listener.

Course Topics

  • Historical Groundwork: Taking Art off the Pedestal
  • Historical Groundwork—What is Mass Culture?
  • Cultural Reproductions—Contemporary Sightings
  • Reproductive Technologies—Viewing the Womb
  • Reproduction and Consumption—Are We What We Eat?
  • Androids, Cyborgs...and Animals?
  • Cyborgs, Animals....and Women?
  • On Longing; and Gender as Impersonation—Are We What We Wear?
  • Race and Mimicry—Repeating, “Racing,” and “Erasing” Cultures 
  • “Reel Realities”?
  • Reinventing the Real (and/or Realism)

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1.00 credits in English 


Assessment Item Weight
Blog Entries 30%
Discussions – First Impressions 12%
Discussions – Synthetic Readings 18%
Final Project: Detailed Creative and/or Critical Proposal 25%
Final Project: Five-entry Annotated Bibliography 15%
Total 100%


Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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