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Kanta A Kochhar
BCULST 501
Bothell Campus

Cultural Studies as Collaboration

Focuses on interactions of ethnographic, textual, and performance-based research methods, with special emphasis on participatory action research strategies. Combines theoretical considerations and experimental learning. Prerequisite: BCLST 500. Offered: Sp.

Class description

In this course we will investigate the significance and practice of collaboration in relation to Cultural Studies, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary design and artistic research and related work in Performance Studies. The course is divided in four sections: 1) a broad introduction to “what is Cultural Studies as Collaboration” 2) a themed collaborative section on “water,” 3) a themed collaborative section on “home,” and 4) an application section. Each section will culminate in a student “design” assignment that combines interdisciplinary collaborative processes, research, and project development and completion into one process.

This course will be of particular interest for a wide range of Cultural Studies students, including, but not limited to, those interested in learning more about arts, cultures, contexts, and collaboration; those interested in learning about the research and problem solving approaches of arts-based and collaborative work; and those interested in the applications of the arts to media technology, engineering, urban design, and social change. The course will overlap in focus with the 2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design. As part of that overlap, students will be asked to display part of their designs for sections 1 and 2 at the 2013 Innovation Forum.

Please contact Prof Kochhar for further detail. KKochhar@uwb.edu

Student learning goals

An understanding of collaboration in the context of Cultural Studies

The development of a range of skill sets related to collaboration

General method of instruction

40% theory, history, context. 60% workshop.

Recommended preparation

BCULST 500

Class assignments and grading

General nature: Participation, Reading--Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussions. The creation and completion of 4 “design” assignments. Final Exam: A Manifesto on Collaboration with both theory and practice sections.

20%--Participation. 20% Reading--Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussions. 40% (10% each)The creation and completion of 4 “design” assignments. 20% Final Exam: A Manifesto on Collaboration with both theory and practice sections.


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 Katelyn D Osmond
Date: 11/06/2012