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Gavin Doyle
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

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

SONNETS, SEX, & POWER: SHAKESPEARE ON CAMPUS -------------------------------------------- This class asks students to explore the themes of Shakespeare and to connect them to their own lives on campus. We begin with an exploration of the Bard’s sonnets and conclude with the creation of a book of Shakespearian-styled sonnets written by and about our class. Our creative efforts are balanced by analysis, discussion, and reading of two of his works—Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth. Students can expect to write creatively, engage in class discussions and readings, perform a Shakespearian monologue or scene, and produce reflective papers on their work and studies.

Student learning goals

The course will help students develop: an understanding of the Shakespeare’s language and themes,

creative and literary skills used in writing sonnets,

and performance skills used in presenting a monologue or scene.

General method of instruction

The class will mix lecture, discussion, readings, and creative work.

Recommended preparation

No experience in creative writing or background knowledge of Shakespeare is required.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments range from quizzes on readings, to creative writing, to reflective papers. Active participation in class discussions is also factored into grading.

Students will be assessed based on their participation in class discussions, reflective papers on their readings and creative work, creation of sonnets, and performance of a monologue or scene.


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 Gavin Doyle
Date: 01/21/2014