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Stacey C. Moran
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

CHID 250 "Theory Schmeory: Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory"

Instructor: Stacey Moran Winter, 2014

The word “Theory” sends many students into a panic. Maybe you think theory is too boring or too hard, maybe you think it is irrelevant to the realities of life, or maybe it makes you feel like you don’t belong.

This class treats theory as a way to help you think about your life, and possibly how to change the conditions of your existence; it presents a series of theoretical frameworks, each one offering a different set of tools for analyzing and understanding the world around you. We will study liberal humanism, materialism, hermeneutics, structuralism, poststructuralism, postmodernism and more. You will learn how to develop your own interpretations of the things around you, and leave the class with a new set of tools for thinking and acting in the world.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and sections

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

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 Stacey C. Moran
Date: 10/22/2013