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Heyang Julie Kae
B CUSP 118
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Individuals and Society

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course will be a philosophical, historical and cultural inquiry into the 'document,' a simultaneously mundane and political object of knowledge. We will begin with a discussion of the document in relation to establishment of disciplinary society. We will examine different examples of the document: N-400, application for naturalization, the U.S. citizenship application, photographs of the 1930's Dust Bowl by the Farm Security Administration, recorded oral histories by 1960's civil rights activists, and a documentary film, to ask: what makes these text 'documents'? How does reading these texts as 'documents' affect our attitudes towards their social currency? In what ways do these text support, challenge or transform how we understand official and unofficial forms of knowledge? As we explore these examples of documentation and read supporting texts, we will discuss how we attribute truth and value to these forms of knowledge. We will consider how our lives are structured by documents and how these questions apply to the production of the CUSP portfolio, a document of your intellectual history as a first year student at UW-Bothell.

Student learning goals

Develop a critical definition of the 'Document' that elaborates and challenges a common sense understanding of documentary material

Strengthen writing skills in assignments that connect the role of documents to power and knowledge with an awareness of historical contexts

Devise an independent research agenda that draws from the course materials and discussions to reflect on the connections between documentation and the production of knowledge in an academic context

Apply course readings and discussions towards the production of their e-portfolios

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to read some challenging material and engage in regular class discussion.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be assessed based on their classroom engagement, the timely completion of short reflective and critical writing assignments, group presentations and a final project.


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 Heyang Julie Kae
Date: 02/12/2013