Cultural Studies Course Archive


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
**Meets Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 2 only.

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

This course examines how, under what conditions, and for whose benefit “sexuality” is regulated. Sexuality is a capacious category, encompassing thoughts, feelings, identities, and actions; its meanings are both personal and socially produced. As such, the regulation of sexuality always intersects with existing social inequalities including those based on race, gender, and class, as well as across interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Starting with foundational theoretical framings, the course will investigate the ways that activists and institutions name “sexuality” as a concern in relationship to heteropatriarchy, White supremacy, reproductive justice, and sexual health & rights. 

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 (SLN#11144) Via remote instruction--Synchronous

Year 2: BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics (10 credits)
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Naomi Macalalad Bragin (SLN#11145) Via remote instruction--Synchronous

Elective Courses 

BCULST 587 Topics in Cultural and Arts Practice: Labor Stories During Pandemic Times (5 credits) 
Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Ching-In Chen (SLN#11147) Via remote instruction--Synchronous

This course will use creative writing and other arts practices to investigate and explore the exacerbated, economic fault lines for working-class lives in times of crisis. Students will have the opportunity to organize and participate in a community storytelling project, and will use speculative and community storytelling methods, to re-imagine the carceral and unresponsive state as well as alternate and solidarity economies. The project and class will culminate in a chapbook that showcases these voices.  The class will intersect and interact with guest scholars and artists from the UW Bothell Labor Studies Colloquium on Labor in Times of Crises.