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Naraelle Kristin Hohensee
CHID 250
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Media technologies today are continually transforming the globe, connecting people across vast physical spaces in ways never before possible. At the same time, there is a growing awareness of the need for local, emplaced communities that give people a sense of belonging and sustainability within our media-saturated, globalized and commodified world. The goal of this course is to use media practice (photography, video and/or audio, and writing) as a way to critically and self-reflexively examine the physical and social construction of the local spaces we inhabit. Students will choose a familiar, local space as the target of a continuing weekly site study, and they will track their experience of this space through regularly posted blog entries, culminating in a final media-based project. Linked with our class readings, this process is meant to help students explore how the transformative and persuasive capacities of media might provide us with an analog to the built environment that can deepen our understanding of the potential for our everyday spaces to affect human interaction.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be based around seminar-style discussions of readings, in addition to short lectures.

Recommended preparation

Students do not need a media background or special technical skills to participate in the class. Short workshops will be given on the basics of blogging and media use.

Class assignments and grading


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 Naraelle Kristin Hohensee
Date: 10/29/2011