Time Traveling Through Experiential Learning

a Discovery Core Experience

B CORE 104 (Arts & Humanities)

About This Course

This course explores stories told about the world and us. Students become time travelers in this course as we explore the ways people have documented and recorded. We will examine history and the making of history. We’ll use the concept of an “archive” to explore.

What Will Students Study?

Just like Instagram or Tik Tok organizes and archives our visual and performance experiences, students in this class will ask: What records do we keep (and who is “we”)? How do we explain something absent in a record or story about a place, a person, a land, or an experience? How do these absences marginalize ourselves and/or others? Why does community matter to us and others in how archives are created and kept? How might artistic expression address gaps in a story?

What Will Students Learn?

Our class centers student knowledge as we explore, create, and curate archives critical to our discovery process. Through course readings, video, and activities, students see how people across the academic disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences creatively describe gaps in archives.

Who Should Take this Course?

This Discovery Core course is perfect for students who learn best through innovative, in-depth, online, and engaged learning moments.

Why You Should You Take This Course

  • You are interested in history and curious about how stories of our past are made.
  • You like learning actively with interesting and creative student scholars such as yourself.
  • You are open to deepening your learning through reflective practices.
  • You want to try out creative strategies, such as video making, to address inequities in record keeping and gaps in history.

Dr. Kristin Gustafson (she/her/hers)

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Washington
  • M.A. Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. English and Women’s Studies, St. Olaf College

Teaching Professor

About Dr. Gustafson

Want to learn more about me? Visit my faculty bio here.


Email: gustaf13@uw.edu

I encourage students to ask questions, seek evidence, explore complexity, engage with communities, evaluate and create media, and contribute to the world as responsible citizens.

Dr. Gustafson