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Sharleen Mondal
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

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FOR SPRING 2011: "Dangerous" Bodies in Media, Art, and Literature

In this course we will complete the Discovery Core end-of-year portfolio in which you will reflect on your first year of work at UW Bothell and, more generally, on how you see your emerging research and your broader experiences navigating social and cultural norms. As a context for the portfolio, we will examine our society's ever-multiplying technologies of surveillance meant to detect "dangerous" bodies. From airport full-body scanners to workplace immigration raids, and from the so-called obesity epidemic to racial profiling, the stakes of discerning which bodies are "abnormal" and thus "dangerous" seem enormous-even tantamount to our fundamental sense of safety and well-being. But what are the standards for determining what counts as a "dangerous" body? How are these standards established, and by whom? In addition to a range of readings, films, discussions, short papers, and lectures, you will have the opportunity to craft an independent project, culminating in a final paper and presentation, in which you will explore a specific construction of the "dangerous body."

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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 Sharleen Mondal
Date: 01/31/2011