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Ronald Stanley Krabill
BCULST 500
Bothell Campus

Formations in Cultural Studies

Focuses on historical and contemporary forms of cultural studies inquiry, with an emphasis on the local and global questions and problems that shape that inquiry. Offered: A.

Class description

This course provides an integrated understanding of culture, its role in public life, and an analysis of the implications of knowledge production in and across various institutional and community settings. Students will be prepared not only to understand the history and theory of cultural studies as a field, but also to locate and work with those theoretical frames in relation to their own research and community-based emphases. The significance of text, performance, media, visual, and community-based documents for research will be explored.

This course is an opportunity to gain a grounding in existing theories, traditions, and practices of cultural studies, while simultaneously critiquing previous understandings. This will be a thoughtful and gradual immersion in the enterprise as we explore multiple imaginaries. It is an opportunity to envision your own cultural research work along multiple potential paths.

Student learning goals

Learn about the history of Cultural Studies

Explore multiple models and examples of Cultural Studies research

Build comfort and competence with the initial formulation of individual and collaborative research projects

Move beyond critiques of what has been done to visions of how it can be done more effectively within Cultural Studies

Gain awareness of the scope and span of the program, its faculty, staff, resources, and ongoing projects

Identify and assess various forms of cultural research, and begin the process of generating your own cultural research project

General method of instruction

The format of this course, and the MACS program in general, emphasizes collaboration -- among students, faculty, staff, and (eventually) community partners. This course will call upon you to imagine and propose your own research in the context of examining existing models of cultural studies research.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

You will produce several short written assignments critiquing and extending the work of cultural studies theorists, along with some lengthier pieces and a couple of self-reflective essays regarding your own cultural work and how it is positioned within the field.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ronald Stanley Krabill
Date: 04/16/2012