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Schedule

Week 1 Introductions to the course, each other, and the art of storytelling                                     

Thursday: Sept 29 – Introduction to the course and to each other.

CONCEPT of the day: Society

Readings:

  • Come to class having read (and be ready to discuss): the “Preview” chapter of Gender Circuits (by Eve Shapiro). (Pp. 1- 32).

In-class Activities:

  • To orient us toward thinking visually, we will do a short visual alphabet project in class. Groups of participants will be asked to create a list of meaningful terms, then stage and photograph those terms. We will view selections of Wendy Ewald’s “Alphabet” project to ground our own exercise and relate it to the work we will be doing this quarter. In preparation for this project review the following two websites:

http://cds.aas.duke.edu/ltp/spanishalphabet.html

http://www.opendemocracy.net/arts/ewald_3346.jsp

  • Field trip to Information Technology (must have Husky card to check out cameras)

Week 2 Culture and identity in visual media                                                                              

Tuesday: Oct. 4

CONCEPT of the day: Identity

Assignment:

  • Bring a digital copy of your group’s alphabet photograph (each group member needs to have their own copy to complete the next part of this assignment).

Readings:

In-class Activities:

  • Strategies for reading academic texts, by Karen Rosenberg (1:15-3:15)
  • Workshop on Twitter & Diigo (3:30-4:00) in the DML (UW2 121)
  • Workshop on Photoshop (4:00-5:30) in the DML (UW2 121)

Thursday: Oct 6

CONCEPT of the day: Representation

Assignment:

  • Bring a print-out of 1 page analysis and photo

Assigned Readings:

  • Gender Circuits, Shapiro, Chapter 2 (Pp. 87-127).
  • Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. “Practices of Looking: Images, Power and Politics,” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 10-44.

In-class Activities:

  • Gallery walk + discussion: Share with class your photo (photos will displayed in groups); discuss your group’s process of creating the original photo, the “meaning” of your photo, and how the meaning changes with your individual Photoshop alterations.
  • Film: Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9632437500432634

Week 3  Storytelling in a multimedia world                                                                                    

Tuesday: Oct 11

CONCEPT of the day: “Coming out”

Assignment:

  • Come to class with questions for Shapiro

Assigned Readings:

In-class Activities:

  • Skype chat with Eve Shapiro, author of Gender Circuits. 1:30-2:15 pm.
  • Exercise: Storytelling story development. Brainstorm story ideas. Sketch an outline. Tell the story to a small group. Get feedback on story.

Thursday: Oct 13

CONCEPT of the day: Art

Assigned Readings & Multimedia:

  • Sharon Daniel:

○      Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Daniel.

○      UC Santa Cruz page:http://film.ucsc.edu/faculty/sharon_daniel. “Daniel’s work is based on the belief that advanced information and communications technologies can be made accessible, useful, and empowering, especially for under-served and marginalized communities, through public art.”

○      “Public Secrets” http://vectors.usc.edu/issues/4/publicsecrets/

○      “Blood Sugar” –http://bloodandsugar.net

In-class Activities:

  • Susan Vinson from 1:15-1:40 on student success and best practices in university
  • Sharon Daniel lecture at 4:00 in the North Creek Events Center


Week 4 Storytelling in graphic novels                                                                                                

Tuesday: Oct 18

CONCEPT of the day: Research

Assigned Reading:

  • Persepolis (entire book).

Field Trip & Activities:

  • Class meets at ZAPP (the Zine Archive and Publishing Project) from 1:45-4:00 pm. Students are responsible for arranging their own carpooling/transportation. ZAPP is located on the top floor of the Richard Hugo House, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Richard Hugo House faces Cal Anderson Park, with ample (metered) street parking. Address: 1634 11th Avenue; Seattle, WA 98122; Phone: (206) 322-7030. http://hugohouse.org/content/zapp.
  • Students Arrive at ZAPP, 1:45 pm
  • Heath Davis (UWB MA in Cultural Studies student), will lead a tour of ZAPP and discussion from 2-4 pm
  • Archival research assignment, to be completed at ZAPP

Thursday: Oct 20

CONCEPT of the day: Genre

Assignment:

  • Bring in Outline of graphic novel

Assigned Reading:

  • McCloud, S. Making Comics: Storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels.

○      Specifically, focus your reading on Pp. 1-127.

In-class Activities:

  • Workshop on graphic novel development
  • In class quiz (Analysis of Persepolis using McCloud’s framework of “5 Choices”)

Week 5 Storytelling in film                                                                                                                      

Tuesday: Oct 25

CONCEPT of the day: Objectivity/Subjectivity

Assignment:

  • Graphic novel due

Assigned Readings:

In-class Activities:

  • Film: Persepolis [film based on the complete series (Part 1 and 2)]
  • Analysis of film using concepts from Goldberg.

Thursday: Oct 27:

CONCEPT of the day: Theory

Assigned Readings:

  • Shurmer-Smith, P. (2002). The Trouble With Theory. In P. Shurmer-Smith (Ed.), Doing Cultural Geography (pp. 11-17). London, England: Sage Publishing.
  • Tatum, B. D. (1997). The Complexity of Identity: ‘Who am I?’ In “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race (pp. 18-28). New York, NY: Basic Books.

In-class Activities:

  • Review for midterm.

○      Review readings to date

○      Analysis day (as a way to study for the midterm – this will apply all the concepts thus far, perhaps introduce a couple new ones. This is a synthesis day in prep for midterm).

○      Review guide and workshop it in small groups

Week 6 Stories that sell                                                                                                                              

Tuesday: Nov 1

Readings: No readings assigned for today

In-class Activities:

Thursday: Nov 3

CONCEPT of the day: Ideology

Assigned Readings:

In-class Activities:


Week 7 Digital storytelling                                                                                                                       

Tuesday: Nov 8

CONCEPT of the day: Structure

Assigned Readings:

In-class Activities:

Thursday: Nov 10

Assignment:

  • Outline due, bring in images

Assigned Readings & Multimedia:

In-class Activities:

  • Watch/discuss select digital stories from Sonke Gender Justice & Llano Grande Center.
  • Workshop: Overview on learning final cut pro Film production in the DML (1:15-5:30)

Week 8 Identity Production in a Mediated Society                                                                       

Tuesday: Nov 15

CONCEPT of the day: Network

Assignment:

  • Draft of story narrative due
  • Bring in photos to scan and import for films.

Assigned Readings & Multimedia:

In-class Activities:

  • Workshop story draft in editorial groups
  • Workshop: Working with Images and Text in film in the DML (3:30-5:30)

Thursday: Nov 17

CONCEPT of the day: Intellectual Property (IP)

Assignment:

  • Brief response to Sita Sings the Blues in light of intellectual property and copyright

Assigned Readings & Multimedia:

In-class Activities:


Week 9 Globalization and communication rights                                                                         

Tuesday:  Nov 22

CONCEPT of the day: Digital Divide

Assignment:

  • DRAFT — DIGITAL FILMS DUE. (You will have a chance to “revise” your film after getting peer critiques.) Please save your film to a compressed format and bring it to class on a flash drive or CD. Name your film with your last name and first initial, e.g., JonesA-Film.

Assigned Readings:

In-class Activities:

  • Watch films in editorial groups and provide feedback; Workshop on creating youtube accounts and uploading files (DML 121 3:30-5:30).
  • Film: This is Nollywood http://www.thisisnollywood.com/

Thursday: Nov 24 NO CLASS: Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 10 Changing the Story                                                                                                                

Tuesday: Nov 29

FILM SCREENING (Open to the public; location TBA)

  •  All films MUST be uploaded either to youtube or to the lecture podium at least 1 hour prior to the screening.

Thursday: Dec 1

CONCEPT of the day: Cultural activism

Assigned Readings:

  • Reinsborough, Patrick & Canning, Doyle 2010. “Narrative Power Analysis.” Chapter 2 in RE:Imagining Change. Oakland, CA : PM Press, 17-40.
  • Meikle, G. & Scheibler, S. (2007). Culture Jamming. Chapter 10 in K. Coyer, (ed.), The Alternative Media Handbook, (pp. 166-185). London; New York : Routledge.

In-class Activities:

  • Library session in LB1-222 for 3:30-5:30pm with Jackie Belanger and Dave Ellenwood – focus on in-text citations and references for the final paper, and academic search strategies for the extra credit assignment.
  • Film: The Yes Men <http://theyesmen.org/> star in “The Yes Men Fix the World” <http://theyesmenfixtheworld.com/>


Week 11                                                                                                                                                         

Tuesday: Dec. 6

Assignment:

  • Draft due in editorial groups

Assigned Readings:

  • Review course readings in light of the focus of your paper

Thursday: Dec 8

Concept of the day: Completion

Assignment:

  • Final Paper due (4 pages + bibliography): Bring in hard copy & digital copy (for google sites)
  • Extra-credit assignment due

In-class Activities:

  • Workshop with Ian on Google portfolio 4:00-5:00 in UW1 120. In this workshop you will learn how to keep material from all of your courses archived on the Catalyst/Google site in order to have access to them for your Spring DCIII Portfolio project.   http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/help/howto/eportfolios
  • Class evaluations.

The End.

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