CHID 250C: Utopias Gone Awry: Conflict & Paradise in the Black Sea Region- 10 spaces left!
SLN 12222 (I&S)
Many of the countries surrounding the Black Sea have seen themselves as utopias, but these seeming havens have all been caught in the turbulent geo-political history of the region. Beginning with a historical overview for background, we will then focus on literature and films from Bulgaria, Romania, the Crimea, the Republic of Georgia, and Turkey, to explore the dynamics of power and history that have affected the area.
CHID 250D: “Machines to Think With: Novel, Hypertext, Computer Game” – lots of space left!
SLN 12223 (I&S, VLPA)
We will consider how these media organize language and the aesthetic experience of audio-visual information to express stories and, more importantly, enable complex reasoning about and criticism of ideas, such as empathy, justice, selfhood, monstrosity and humanity. We will also attend to how different forms of expressive media challenge us to do different kinds of imaginative work, to think with them and critically model our understanding of their particular organization. supported by selected readings in literary criticism and theory, narratology, media and game studies.
CHID 480A: “Adaptation” – 16 spaces left!
SLN 12231 (I&S, VLPA)
We are very excited about this class—watch this scene to find out why: [youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=okGV3jf9qRc]
1. We’re partnering with SIFF on their Meta Movies Film Series! The course fee covers the cost of attending three movies/lectures at their film center at the Seattle Center.
2. Other classes at schools around Seattle will be built around this film series, too!
3. The first film we will watch in that series is Adaptation—Charlie Kaufman’s (of Being John Malkovitch and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame) mind-bending effort at adapting the nonfiction book by Susan Orleans, The Orchid Thief.
4. We are only doing readings for the first 6 weeks of the quarter. We will be reading King’s The Truth about Stories, Hutcheon’s A Theory of Adaptation, Barthes’ “The Death of the Author,” Foucault’s “What is an Author?”, and Jameson’s “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.”
5. The final four weeks of the quarter will be devoted to creating our own adaptation projects. These can take a wide variety of forms—film, theme park, website, video game, dance, play, poem, song, and so on….
CHID 480C: The Wire: Race, Crime, and Social Justice – 3 spaces left!
SLN 12233 (I&S)
The class will involve watching the film and using our readings to illuminate important themes in the series. Courses will involve faculty and student led discussions.
· Students will engage diverse academic discourses interested in race, crime, education, poverty, sexuality, and masculinity
· Students will compare and contrast diverse disciplinary approaches to issues concerning the black urban experience
· Students will appropriate the vocabulary from diverse discourses to describe, analyze, and articulate issues related to (black) urban inequality
· Students will use theoretical texts to illuminate narratives in the television series
· Students will conduct discourse analysis to generate new theories about the urban black male experience
· Students will summarize key concepts, terms, and arguments in our readings in weekly reflections (2 pages).
CHID 496: Focus Groups
CHID Focus groups are usually run by an undergraduate student (advised by a UW faculty member), or occasionally a graduate student. They are on a range of subjects. Focus Groups are worth 2-credits and are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Email chid for add codes. Open to all majors.
CHID 496A: “Hellhound on my Trail – Imagery of Evil in American Roots Music”
CHID 496E: “There and Back Again: Re-Integrating Back into the Real. Life Post-Study Abroad”
CHID 496F: “The History of White Supremacy in America”
CHID 496G: “Behind the Veils of Industry: Mail-Order Brides”
CHID 496I: “Loose Lips & Printed Quips: Historic Celebrity Gossip”
CHID 496L: “Queer 101: Critical Queer Centered Discussions”