Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Please see the proposed schedule of Cultural Studies graduate courses. This schedule is subject to change.

Consult the time schedule for the most up-to-date information.

For information on how to register, visit the Registration page.

2021 - 2022 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 500 Formations in Cultural Studies (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, S.Charusheela (SLN#11361) UW2-040

Year 2: BCULST 510 Engaging Cultural Studies  (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Ben Gardner (SLN#11362) UW1-060

Elective Courses

BCULST  592 Topics in Cultural Research: Black Arts North/West  (5 credits)
W 5:45 - 10 pm,  Jed Murr (SLN#22898) UW1-261

This course 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 of the U.S. and in the Pacific Northwest from the 1960s to the present. Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship that resituates African American and Black diasporic life and politics on the West Coast in comparative and transnational frames, the course seeks to (1) collectively investigate this new body of scholarship with a specific focus on the Pacific Northwest; (2) provide students opportunities to do place-based research and critical and creative writing about local political and aesthetic movements; and (3) explore together recent Black Digital Humanities projects as examples of public-facing, accountable, participatory, and accessible scholarship.

BCULST 593 Topics in Cultural Studies: Urban Planning and Geography (5 credits)
W 5:45 - 10 pm, Jin-Kyu Jung (SLN #22961) UW1-120

The ‘urban’ is always dynamic and contested, as people struggle to understand what is so distinctive and fundamentally urban about the important social, cultural, political, economic transformations of our time and place. However, there is no doubt that the urban is at the heart of many fields of inquiry. The class will provide anyone interested in studying cities with knowledge that they can use and build upon as active citizens in their communities. We will take the social-spatial dialectic approach—that is, the idea that society and space mutually condition/constitute each other—as a lens through which to view the inner workings of urban areas:  how and where people work, play, raise families, engage in economic and political exchange, grow communities, and ‘shape’ cities. Students will explore ‘urban things’ from an interdisciplinary perspective.  View syllabus

Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Christian Anderson (SLN#11234) Remote synchronous

Year 2: BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development (1 credit)
T  5:45-10:00 pm, Dan Berger (SLN#11235) UW1-261
Meets Tues, Jan 11; Tues, Feb 8; Tues, Mar 8 only

Elective Courses 

BCULST 582 Approaches to Performance-Based Research: Performing Community (5 credits)
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Naomi Macalalad Bragin (SLN#)
50% Hybrid:

  • In-person meetings (UW1-103): 1/13; 1/20; 2/3; 2/17; & 3/3
  • Virtual synchronous meetings: 1/6; 1/27; 2/10; 2/24; & 3/10    

This course presents keywords and theoretical concepts for the study of performance—defined not only by formal works that take place on conventional theater stages but also by events of everyday life through which sensory embodied knowledges emerge. We will especially focus on ways performance shapes communities, considering how people and social groups perform identities to cohere, shift and contest community formations. Students will experiment with using performance as both lens of analysis and document produced, that can incite compelling new lines of inquiry for their research projects.

BCULST 593 Topics in Cultural Studies: Gender and the Politics of Numbers (5 credits)
W 5:45-10:00 pm, S.Charusheela (SLN#11237)

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

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

Year 2: BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics (10 credits)
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Amoshaun Toft (SLN#) 

Elective Courses 

BCULST 589 Topics in Global Cultural Studies: Politics of Global Sport

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. 

Electives, by arrangement

Please see the appropriate petition forms for the following elective requests. 

Outside Courses: Students wishing to receive elective credit for courses taken in other departments (either at UW Bothell or UW Seattle) must submit for approval a Petition for Outside Coursework.

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