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Instructor Class Description

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Rahul Krishna Gairola
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

Re-Thinking Home: Literature and Film on Identity and Culture

We shall examine the novels of Michelle Cliff, Jessica Hagedorn, and view two films by Hanif Kureishi. In engaging these texts, we will ask ourselves how they compel us to re-think "home" and the many ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, language, and culture shape the ways we think about belonging and exclusion.

Student learning goals

Fine tune critical thinking skills

Practice speaking and presenting ideas

Original interpretation cultivation

Conducting research

Idea development

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Begin reading Michelle Cliff's novel "Abeng" and/ or Jessica Hagedorn's novel "Dogeaters"

Class assignments and grading

Short written responses that culminate into a Final Paper that will be peer-reviewed and workshopped at the Writing and Communication Center *before* it is submitted to me.

Engaged participation and written work with the focus on Process over Final Product.


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 Rahul Krishna Gairola
Date: 02/05/2013