Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Below are the proposed Cultural Studies graduate courses for 2018 - 2019. This schedule is subject to change. Consult the time schedule for the most up-to-date information.

2018 - 2019 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

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

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

Elective Courses

BCULST 584 Topics in Media and Culture: Media, Power and Practice (5 credits)
Th 5:45 - 10 pm, Lauren Berliner

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.

BCULST 593 Topics in Cultural Studies: Expedition Seattle (5 credits)
M 5:45 - 10 pm, Christian Anderson

Expedition Seattle is an intellectual exploration of urban place, space, and practice—an exploration of urban dynamics that we are already a part of, rather than an exploration of others that are distant from us. The class runs like a workshop. Participants collectively research topics and “sites,” and do analysis through creative projects. This year the class will contribute to a larger collaborative project called "The People's Geography of Seattle," examining issues of (dis)placement, inequity, and environmental justice amidst the changes that are rapidly transforming Seattle and the region. The “Peoples Geography” involves collaborators engaged in place-based oral histories, arts activism, geo-visualization and mapping, and the curation of alt tours and tour books. The class will be a space to catalyze and reflect upon such efforts.

Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices (Year 1) (5 credits)
T 5:45-10:00 pm, Thea Quiray Tagle

BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development (Year 2) (1 credit)
T  5:45-10:00 pm, Susan Harewood

Elective Courses 

BCULST 584 Topics in Media and Culture: Media, Class, and Gender (5 credits)        Th 5:45-10:00 pm, Susan Harewood

It has become more important than ever to carefully think about the relationship between media and our lived experiences as raced, classed, and gendered subjects. The ubiquity of media and our daily participation in it, not just as spectators, but also more and more often as producers of content, mean that we need to be attentive to how media production practices and media representations are embedded in and produce particular hierarchies of difference. This course, therefore, examines the production and representation of race, class, and gender in contemporary media practices. Students will carefully explore methods for analyzing media content. They will also closely examine the practices of production and think about how production is raced, classed and gendered. The class will explicitly investigate tactics and strategies for challenging media content and production practices that reaffirm racial, class, and gender inequalities. This course draws on insights from scholars in media studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, and the political economy of communication.

BCULST 589 Topics in Global Cultural Studies: Comparative Border Studies (5 credits) W  5:45-10:00 pm,Yolanda Padilla

The US-Mexico border has been shaped by legacies of colonial dominance and expansion, globalization, and decolonial projects. Moreover, borderlands are places, processes, and metaphors that can be experienced in social, political, and spiritual ways. In this class, our examination of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands will take us from an analysis of the region’s emergence amid contexts of empire-building and the related processes of racialization, violence, and the production of difference, to a consideration of how contact, conflict, adaptation and negotiation between cultures and nations produce new ideologies, identities, and social formations. Our analyses will be grounded in a central question: how have the borderlands been mobilized to both produce and contest hegemonic norms of belonging in relationship to different vectors of identity (nation, culture, gender, sexuality, race, class)? This course draws from a variety of cultural expressions (fiction and non-fiction writings, film, visual culture, and music) and borderlands scholarship. Topics we address might include borderlands subjectivities, migration and death at the border, militarization, globalization, indigenous agency, femicide on the border, creative border expressions and social movements. Furthermore, we will explore the ways in which boundary maintenance reinforces the power of the nation-state and the global political economy, as well as the contradictions that emerge from these processes.

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

BCULST 501 Cultural Studies as Collaboration (Year 1) (5 credits)
Ron Krabill, 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 588 Topics in Culture and Diversity: Performing Community (5 credits) Naomi Macalalad Bragin

This course studies embodied practices of community trans/formation: how can performance help us think more expansively about how people enact, improvise, choreograph, view, make/do community? How do performance theories of repetition and difference, embodiment and affect, permanence and ephemerality, articulate tensions of diversity and inclusion inherent in the ways people understand and perform community?

BCULST 595 Grantwriting and Grantsmanship (2 credits)
Andrea John-Smith

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.

Electives, by arrangement

Please see the appropriate petition forms for these elective requests. 

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

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.

*** This schedule is subject to change.

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

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Directed Research, Internships, & Study Abroad


Petitions & Forms

If you are interested in signing up for an outside elective course, undergoing a directed reading, or changing credit load for a course, please fill out the appropriate petition. The IAS Graduate Office will review your petition and respond to you about the next steps.


Summer Quarter

NOTE: Students in summer quarter have the option of pursuing directed research, enrolling in Cultural Studies electives in other UW departments, engaging in an internship or a field research project, or studying abroad.

Prior Course Offerings