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Kristy A. Leissle
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

We live in a world driven by consumerism and (over)consumption. At the same time, we typically know very little about where consumer goods come from, and even less about what happens after we finish using them. In this class, we will explore theories of consumption, consumerism, and taste; engage with films, texts, and lectures on sustainable, local production and waste management; examine influential advertising campaigns; and become experts in the life history of a luxury good of your choosing, from origins to discard. In small groups, you will present your findings in two multimedia productions: an image-based presentation and an original television commercial. You will also learn effective public speaking strategies through a series of in-class exercises and presentations. Throughout the quarter, you will chart your mastery of UWB learning goals and personal history of the first year of college as you curate your CUSP portfolio.

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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 Kristy A. Leissle
Date: 01/24/2012