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Georgia M. Roberts
BIS 490
Bothell Campus

Senior Seminar

Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

Race, Sex and the State of HBO

This course uses the first season of HBO's popular series "The Wire" as a way into a larger discussion about theories of sovereignty, surveillance, sexuality, race, gender and democracy. The main focus of our class will be to pay critical attention to the ways in which "The Wire" draws on historically-derived, common-sense notions of *reality* in order to create a fictional show. In other words, we will concern ourselves with the technical aspects and representational practices that lend themselves to producing this kind of television show. Through a shared set of theoretical/historical readings, including much Foucault, students will develop critical media literacy and researching/writing skills.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

We will watch an episode of "The Wire" each week, smaller lectures and class discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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: 02/11/2011