Robin R Oppenheimer
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 look at coffee, and its expanding global culture, as a commodity connected to cultural histories, systems of media representations (e.g., news stories, advertising, and documentaries), and socioeconomic activism. Seattle is known internationally as a center of coffee culture. We will explore some of our city’s most interesting coffee-centric issues, people, and places through guest lecturers, field trips, and student research culminating in a final paper.
Student learning goals
To learn and practice communication skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including critical reading and written/online/visual/oral presentation.
To learn and practice successful collaboration skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including team building, active listening, communication, peer review, and organization.
To learn and practice information literacy skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including how to identify, access, interpret, evaluate, and create information.
To learn and practice media literacy skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including how media are constructed, interpreted, and critiqued.
To acquire a basic understanding of coffee’s global media representations, multiple histories, and socioeconomic activism found within academic, commercial, and media texts.
General method of instruction
Lecture, group work, class discussion
Class assignments and grading
Collaborative Wiki group project; quizzes; oral presentation; written research project