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Georgia M. Roberts
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

This course is an inquiry into the relationship between hip hop culture, rap music and the genre of autobiography. We will explore a variety of autobiographies including written texts, albums and documentary films. The overall goal of the course will be to complicate ideas about literary and musical genre, artistic invention and preoccupations with realism in hip hop discourse.

Student learning goals

Increase student's understanding of the interactions between the historical, material and aesthetic conditions that gave rise to hip hop culture.

Develop student's awareness of the relationship between culture, power and the construction of knowledge.

General method of instruction

General methods of instruction include short lecture, large and small group discussions, films, etc.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will create and present audio/autobiographies as part of the completion of DC III portfolios.

Grades are based on class preparedness, participation and completion of assignments.


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 Georgia M. Roberts
Date: 02/05/2012