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Robin R Oppenheimer
B CUSP 117
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.

Class description

This course explores digital participatory media (Web 2.0) as socioeconomic and cultural phenomena that are being shaped by (mostly young) people and subcultures. Case studies of social media convergences in diverse cultural communities such as YouTube, Facebook, videogames, and Arab revolutionaries will be researched and critiqued. Students will learn to collaboratively and individually analyze, discuss, critique, and write about new interactive media forms, networks, and systems, and gain an understanding of the potential future trajectories of the expanding media environment.

Student learning goals

Learn and practice communication skills, including critical reading and written/online/visual/oral presentation.

Learn and practice successful collaboration skills, including team building, active listening, communication, peer review, time management, and organization.

Learn and practice information literacy skills, including how to identify, access, interpret, evaluate, and create information.

Learn and practice media literacy skills, including how media are constructed, interpreted, and critiqued.

Learn and practice participatory media concepts, including the analysis and critique of the histories and larger supporting systems of digital culture and social media technologies.

Learn and practice case study research skills.

General method of instruction

Lecture/presentation; small group wiki production and presentations; view and discuss films and media clips in-class

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Readings, group wiki production and presentations, quizzes, short essays

Quizzes, papers, wiki production and presentations


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 Robin R Oppenheimer
Date: 10/12/2012