Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Below are the proposed Cultural Studies graduate courses for 2020 - 2021. This schedule is subject to change.

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

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2020 - 2021 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 500 Formations in Cultural Studies (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Susan Harewood (SLN #11314) Via remote learning

Year 2: BCULST 510 Engaging Cultural Studies  (5 credits)
T 5:45 - 10 pm, Ben Gardner (SLN #11315) Via remote learning

Elective Courses

BCULST  570 Prisons, Politics, and Activism (5 credits)
W 5:45 - 10 pm, Dan Berger (SLN#11317) Via remote learning

This class examines the history, geography, and lived reality of incarceration as a constitutive form of governing inequality. This class will examine what scholars call “the carceral state” through an interdisciplinary set of readings and research. Our readings and discussion will be national in scope, but class research projects will focus on the history of incarceration and its discontents in Washington state. Students will complete projects about the history and lived reality of the carceral state in Washington, with the goal of contributing to public scholarship on the topic.

BCULST 584 Topics in Media and Culture: Media, Power, and Practice (5 credits)
Th 5:45 - 10 pm, Lauren Berliner (SLN #11318) Via remote learning

This course will introduce students to media theory as it pertains to the ways in which they and others utilize media in the construction of meaning in everyday life. Students will become familiar with textual analysis, core theories from communication and cultural studies, and forms of media praxis. There will be an element of practice/production in the course: no prior experience is necessary.

Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Christian Anderson (SLN#11211) Via remote instruction

Year 2: BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development (1 credit)
T  5:45-10:00 pm, Dan Berger (SLN#11212) Via remote instruction

Elective Courses 

BCULST 593A Regulating Sexuality: Activism, Policy, and Everyday Life (5 credits)
MW 5:45-7:45 pm, Kari Lerum (SLN#11214) Via remote instruction

How and why are sexual practices and identities regulated through policies, cultural discourses, geo-political power relations, and individual practices? When activists resist and attempt to reframe such regulations, what sort of new (or old) relations of power emerge? This course examines the ways that activists and institutions organize around “sexuality” for various purposes, including: the orchestration of moral panics; efforts to (re)align sexual practices and ideologies with “conservative,” “liberal,” or “progressive” principles; efforts to shift policies toward more inclusive definitions of who counts as a moral sexual citizen; and shifting cultural and institutional definitions and interventions related to “perversion,” sexual violence, sexual health, sexual rights, and sexual justice. We will use foundational theoretical framings to examine the discourses and social movements around three broad topics: 1) the “sexualization of girls”; 2) LGBTQ issues; and 3) sex work and human trafficking. 

BCULST 593B Discourse and Resistance (5 credits)
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Amoshaun Toft (SLN#11215) Via remote instruction

This course focuses on “critical discourse analysis” as a method for inquiry, analysis and action. Looking at language in a range of forms (words, images and embodied interaction), the course provides participants with materials that ground them in contemporary conversations in the field of discourse studies, with a particular interest in power and resistance. We will then use these tools to take collective action as critical discourse analysts on an issue of mutual concern. Students will have the opportunity to publish their course work on the class blog, and/or develop support networks to bring their work to completion after the course concludes. In terms of learning goals, students will...

  • Gain a critical understanding of the role of dominant discourses in maintaining inequality
  • Grasp the multi-methodological tools used by discourse analysts for data production, analysis, and action
  • Apply methods for corpus construction, data analysis, and data display

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

Year 1: BCULST 501 Cultural Studies as Collaboration (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Ron Krabill 

Year 2: BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics (10 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Naomi Macalalad Bragin

Elective Courses 

BCULST 587 Topics in Cultural and Arts Practice  (5 credits) 
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Ching-In Chen

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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