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Kanta A Kochhar
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Global Performance: Kung Fu, Tango, and Others

We will investigate the ways in which the globalized flows of capital, people, knowledge, and culture across national boundaries has impacted a number of performance genres. In particular, performance has often provided a viable and powerful arena for articulating concerns about identity, power, cultural and political membership, and citizenship. Case studies will include (but not be limited to): Kung Fu, Tango, and Hip Hop.

This course includes a combination of lecture, film, discussion, and group activities. Each section will culminate in a writing assignment that demonstrates a synthesis of the relevant topic.

Course Objectives:

1. To gain a broad-based understanding of global flows and performance

2. To contextualize contemporary interest in global performance phenomenon within a historical and theoretical frame, including seminal figures and important socio-historical moments

3. To explore how global performance phenomenon engages in cultural and social critique

4. To apply the course findings to individual areas of interest

For further information, please contact: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren at

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

see above

Recommended preparation

ethusiasm and interest in the topic

Class assignments and grading

Reading, writing, interactive exercises, workshops, final project showing synthesis of course material

Grades based on participation, homework and readings, section writing, 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 Kanta A Kochhar
Date: 08/08/2010