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Wei Zhi Gao
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.

Class description

B CUSP 120F on Forms of Education invites you to recall, reflect on, and reconstruct your educational experience as a freshman in the form of a portfolio required by the CUSP program. Students are encouraged to explore multi-genre and multimedia formats combined with critical and creative writing. Partial content of your portfolio could come from your revised writings of the previous quarters. To produce a portfolio you are proud of, it is crucial to understand what makes a strong portfolio. Does it simply mean you collect all the pieces of the previous quarters and bind them together in a random manner? This class is designed to help you to put together a coherent collection of your best work. To accomplish this, we’ll spend half the class time in sampling some examples. The critical focus will be on forms of education. The assigned readings provide a variety of ways to think about the forms that education can take. The first book, by the noted philosopher and educator, Alfred North Whitehead, offers a way to think about how education goes beyond just providing information, and the last book, an integrated collection of short stories by the Irish writer James Joyce shows how an incident, big or small, can become a portal of revelation or self-discovery, Our main attention throughout will be on writing, and we will use Robert DiYanni’s excellent book, Writing about the Humanities as a practical and informative guide for developing your skill and confidence as a writer. At the end of the quarter, we will assemble a casebook or a class portfolio which documents participants’ most revealing moment of life-changing experience at college. More important, out of our own experience, we’ll infer some larger patterns as critical thinkers and creative writers about our time and our world.

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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 Wei Zhi Gao
Date: 01/28/2011