Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren
B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
This course will build a learning community through looking at how we imagine the natural world from a variety of philosophical, scientific, and artistic perspectives. Focusing on animals, places (from paleolithic caves to Main Street in Bothell), and stories and images, we will use a variety of learning tools to deepen our participatory understanding of ourselves, of “nature,” and of the ways in which the university poses such questions. We will open up the classroom into a common space for exploration, design, debate, dreaming, fantasy, media, and creative production. We will also engage with visitors from the writing and quantitative skills center, the Library and Media Center, the facilities staff, and artists, thinkers, and practitioners from the region. And, from time to time, we will all become mobile and step outside to learn something different about dreaming the earth.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Reading, discussion, film, music, theater and movement, outdoor explorations, observation, web research and production, orientation lectures, art making, and writing.
Willingness to work, play, and participate.
Class assignments and grading
Participation, essays of various lengths and forms, other types of writing, final projects.