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Angelica S. Macklin
GWSS 590
Seattle Campus

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Offered by visitors or resident faculty as a one-time in-depth study of special interest.

Class description

Women Who Rock Digital Scholarship: Part II

This project-based course will utilize a feminist studies framework to explore the politics of representation through the production of digital narratives and oral histories of women (of all genders, transgenders, and sexualities) and their allies who are making social change, breaking rules, making scenes, building community and rocking all kinds of musics from hip hop to punk, salsa, son jaracho, and Afro-Peruvian.

Part II of this two-part series is aligned with the Women Who Rock Research Project and will facilitate workshops around editing digital stories and oral histories with people who have made significant contributions toward cultural practice through music scenes, public scholarship, and social justice work. Students will gain hands-on editing skills, learn about various post-production techniques, and work through ethical considerations of producing oral histories and short-form digital media genres.

Student learning goals

To understand the process and complexities of creating community-based digital media stories.

To understand ethical, political, and practical considerations of working with community-based media.

How to edit primary footage, secondary b-roll, and sound to produce quality video or audio-based stories using Final Cut Pro and other digital media editing systems.

How to work with filters, text, visual composition, framing, pacing, and story structure in the post-production process.

How to contextualize and situate these practices conceptually, theoretically, and methodologically, through engagement with critical readings.

General method of instruction

Class time will be a combination of mini-lectures, peer critique, and skill-building exercises. Beyond the class students will write an outline for a story, based on footage from Part 1 of this series, and will work with the subjects of their stories to create individual video or audio-based projects.

Recommended preparation

Some basic video or audio editing skills recommended. This course is suitable for students who are interested in the technical and theoretical production of digital oral histories and the cultural labor of women in music scenes. Priority registration for students who have completed Part 1 of this series.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include a story script or outline, a 5-10 minute video or radio story that highlights a person, group, or theme related to the Women Who Rock Project, a log-line and a testimonio paper. Some smaller deadline-driven tasks may be assigned throughout the quarter to support these main assignments.

Grades will be assigned based on active participation, completion of all assignments, and production quality of completed video or audio works.


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 Angelica S. Macklin
Date: 02/08/2012