Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Below are the proposed Cultural Studies graduate courses for 2017 - 2018. This schedule is subject to change. Consult the time schedule for the most up-to-date information.

2017 - 2018 Schedule

Spring Quarter 2018

Required Courses

BCULST 501 Cultural Studies as Collaboration (Year 1) -- 5 credits
Lauren Berliner, T 5:45-10:00 PM

BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics (Year 2) -- 10 credits
Amoshaun Toft, T 5:45-10:00 PM

Elective Courses 

BCULST 589 Comparative Border Studies (5 credits)
Yolanda Padilla
W 5:45-10:00 pm

This class will take a historically-grounded approach to studying the cultures and politics of three border zones in the Americas: the Mexico-US, Canada-US, and Mexico-Guatemala borderlands. We will study the transnational nature of these national borders, explore how they have been shaped by historical and contemporary expressions of US empire, and consider the promise and limitations of comparative models that focus on more than one national border. Our approach will situate the Mexico-US border and approaches to nationalism and imperialism that have been associated with this location in a wider hemispheric context. Students will write a collaborative or individual final paper.

BCULST 595 Grantwriting and Grantsmanship (2 credits)
Andrea John-Smith
Saturdays 4/7, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Do you wonder what it takes to fund a great idea or program? This course orients students to the sometimes opaque world and power dynamics of nonprofit philanthropy - focused in particular on grant seeking. Students learn the language of grant seeking, and the practice of translating an idea to a compelling case for support, and then articulating that idea to a funder. Students also have the opportunity to learn about public prospect databases for researching funders who interests match with their programs.

BCULST 591 Research Colloquium (2 credits)
Christian Anderson
Tuesdays April 3 and 17; May 1, 15, and 22, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Border Formations: The talks this quarter each explore questions emerging from different contexts of mobility and movement within and across borders. How do the classifications, categorizations, and context shifts entailed in border encounters or crossings throw processes such as state-juridical, territorial, and racial formation into into relief? How might new subjectivities, relationalities, or solidarities take form in such situations, and with what possible implications for policy, critical thought, or anti-colonial struggle? With IAS faculty José Fuste, Maryam Griffin, and Lee Ann Wang.

Winter Quarter 2018

Required Courses

BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices (Year 1)
Christian Anderson, T 5:45-10:00 PM

BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development
Susan Harewood, T  5:45-10:00 PM

Elective Courses 

BCULST 587 Performance and Belonging: Citizenship, Culture and Identity (5 credits)
Jade Power-Sotomayor
Th 5:45-10:00 pm

In this course we will look at examples of how performance has been mobilized to both produce and contest hegemonic norms of belonging in relationship to different vectors of identity (nation, culture, gender, sexuality, race, class etc). In doing so, we will ask questions about the particular power of performance (actions, movement, dancing, singing, acting, storytelling, filmmaking) to enact belonging in various sites and across different historical moments (from the state, to the queer nightclub, to the border, to social media, to fashion trends, national anthems etc). 

BCULST 589A Culture and Resistance in the Americas (5 credits)
Julie Shayne
MW 5:45-7:45 pm

This course will center on the questions, how is culture used to articulate and document resistance? We will look at some of the rich history of political cultural production in Latin America, the Caribbean, and diaspora used by social movement actors as voices of resistance and opposition. We will focus on film, murals, graffiti art, music, popular theater, testimonies and oral histories, fictional writing, and independent libraries.

BCULST 589B Cultural Studies of Global Sport (5 credits)
Ron Krabill
W 5:45-10:00 pm

This course will examine sports in much the same way that cultural studies examines other forms of (especially popular) culture.  We will approach sports as a political and cultural phenomenon, examining the ways in which sports function as sites of contestation on local, regional, national, and international scales. Topics examined through the lens of sport might include colonialism and resistance; fandom and identity; gender and sexuality; racialized bodies and physical exploitation; the political economy of youth sports; human rights and sports mega-events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup; American exceptionalism; and human trafficking in semi-professional sports. While the instructor is most familiar with soccer, we will have opportunities to explore many different sports through a cultural studies lens.

Autumn Quarter 2017

Required Courses

BCULST 500 Formations in Cultural Studies (Year 1)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Harewood

BCULST 510 Engaging Cultural Studies (Year 2)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Gardner

Elective Courses

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BCULST 570 Prisons, Politics, and Activism
Th 5:45 - 10 pm, Seattle Campus, Berger

This class will examine what scholars call "the carceral state" through history, critical theory, memoirs, and community-based learning. We will examine the politics and culture of imprisonment around the country but focus class research projects on Washington State and the north Puget Sound area. Students will complete projects about the history and lived reality of the carceral state in Washington, with the goal of contributing to a public scholarship on the topic. 

BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas
W 5:45 - 10 pm, Dowling

"Writing the Americas" draws upon the insights of two related fields of study, Indigenous studies and settler colonial studies, in order to consider two foundational and related cultural inventions: the invention of "America" and the invention of the "Indian." Considering a variety of theoretical, filmix, fictional, poetic, and artistic texts, we will examine the role that writing plays and has played in developing, normalizing, and disrupting the concepts of "America" and of the "Indian."

BCULST 593B Topics in Cultural Studies: Black Arts West
M 5:45 - 10 pm, Murr

"Black Arts West" explores what theorist and poet Fred Moten calls the "autonomous aesthetic thrust of Black radicalism" as it has taken shape in multiple formations on the West Coast from the 1960s to the present. We will work to interrogate the narrative of Seattle as an exception to the fraught racial and racist dynamics of the United States as a whole and to situate Seattle-specific Black art and politics in relation to the rest of the West Coast. 

BCULST 598 Directed Research
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

BCULST 520 Internship
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

BCULST 596 Study Abroad
To be arranged

BCULST 599 Capstone Research
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

* Students are also encouraged to seek interdisciplinary elective courses from Policy Studies.

** This schedule is subject to change.

  

 

Outside Courses

Students wishing to receive elective credit for courses taken in other departments (either at UW Bothell or UW Seattle) must fill out a Request for Outside Coursework form and obtain faculty approval.