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Julie Shayne
BIS 490
Bothell Campus

Senior Seminar

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

Class description

This course will center on the question, how is culture used to articulate resistance? We will look at some of the rich history of political cultural production in Latin America, the Caribbean, and diaspora used by social movement actors as voices of resistance and opposition. Specifically, we will focus on music, murals, graffiti art, popular theater, testimonies, magazines, memory activism, and fictional writing as means of conveying revolutionary activism and committing marginalized voices to the historical archives. We will look at examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the diaspora.

Student learning goals

You should be a strong and capable writer

You should be a confident and competent researcher

You should be able to make connections between historical and contemporary events

You should understand the place of culture in articulating political messages

You should understand the place of politics in reshaping cultures

You should produce a thoughtful and reflective senior portfolio

General method of instruction

This class is set up as a seminar. We will discuss the readings as a group with little formal lecturing. The class will be reading and writing intensive.This class is set up as a seminar. We will have no more than fifteen students and we will discuss the readings as a group with little formal lecturing. The class will be reading and writing intensive. We will use a variety of different types of text including: films, fiction, social science, history, and testimonies. Required reading: Partnoy, Alicia. 1998. The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival. SF, Calif.: Midnight Editions. Shayne, Julie. 2009. They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. And a collection of articles available through online e-reserves and canvas

Recommended preparation

IAS students must have taken BIS300; non-IAS students must contact me for permission to add the class. Anyone may contact me in advance for a syllabus and there will be a canvas page for you to browse. You are not expected to do any reading before the first day of class.

Class assignments and grading

This a writing intensive course. Assignments include: 1) Section write ups 2) Research papers and related sub-assignments

Grades will be based on sound analysis, clear writing, informed class participation, and attention to detail.


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 Julie Shayne
Date: 10/29/2013