Kanta A Kochhar
Focuses on interactions of ethnographic, textual, and performance-based research methods, with special emphasis on participatory action research strategies. Combines theoretical considerations and experimental learning. Prerequisite: BCLST 500. Offered: Sp.
In this course we will investigate the significance and practice of collaboration in relation to Cultural Studies, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary design and artistic research and related work in Performance Studies. The course is divided in four sections: 1) a broad introduction to “what is Cultural Studies as Collaboration” 2) a themed collaborative section on “water,” 3) a themed collaborative section on “home,” and 4) an application section. Each section will culminate in a student “design” assignment that combines interdisciplinary collaborative processes, research, and project development and completion into one process.
This course will be of particular interest for a wide range of Cultural Studies students, including, but not limited to, those interested in learning more about arts, cultures, contexts, and collaboration; those interested in learning about the research and problem solving approaches of arts-based and collaborative work; and those interested in the applications of the arts to media technology, engineering, urban design, and social change. The course will overlap in focus with the 2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design. As part of that overlap, students will be asked to display part of their designs for sections 1 and 2 at the 2013 Innovation Forum.
Please contact Prof Kochhar for further detail. KKochhar@uwb.edu
Student learning goals
An understanding of collaboration in the context of Cultural Studies
The development of a range of skill sets related to collaboration
General method of instruction
40% theory, history, context. 60% workshop.
Class assignments and grading
General nature: Participation, Reading--Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussions. The creation and completion of 4 “design” assignments. Final Exam: A Manifesto on Collaboration with both theory and practice sections.
20%--Participation. 20% Reading--Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussions. 40% (10% each)The creation and completion of 4 “design” assignments. 20% Final Exam: A Manifesto on Collaboration with both theory and practice sections.