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but to interrogate the present . . . imaginatively. In this project, we will consider how science fiction writers made
sense of humanity in the middle of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. The works of writers
such as Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick form the heart of the project, but the decade was filled with wonderful (and
often wonderfully bad) sci-fi films and television shows, many of which we will sample and enjoy. Besides the
authors already mentioned, we may read Clarke, Heinlein, or others, totaling six to eight novels, plus historical
materials. Students will be graded on attendance, reading quizzes, presentations, and a research paper.
General
GEN*E299*35
Anthropology of Hip Hop
Katy E. Leonard
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
15
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th 10:00am-12:30pm
This project will take a deeper look at the social patterns, history, and practices of hip hop culture, with an emphasis
on rap and deejaying. We will interrogate issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, gender, and nationality as they
relate to hip hop. Daily meetings will include a combination of lecture, discussion, student presentations, music
listening, and film viewing. Out of class work will include substantial listening and reading, primarily in the form of
articles and selected book chapters. Readings will include selections from
That’s the Joint: A Hip Hop Studies
Reader
(
Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, Eds.),
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation
(
Jeff Chang), and
The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop, and Why it Matters
(
Tricia Rose). Students will also undertake their own research projects on related topics of their choosing.
Evaluation will be based on students’ participation in engaged, thoughtful discussion, daily writing, short quizzes, an
eight-page paper, and a class presentation. Students will be expected to do 30 hours of work each week related to
the course.
Estimated Student Fees: $40 for guest speakers
GEN*E299*36
The Art of Advertising
Jaime Cloud
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Option
Max. Enrollment:
15
Meeting Time:
M W F 12:00-3:00pm
The 2012 September issue of Vogue boasts an all-time record for ad sales—fully 658 of the 916 pages (72%) are
devoted to advertisements. Competition among ads for your attention is fierce—what differentiates ads that catch
your eye from those you casually flip past? In this course, we will analyze how well print advertisements embody
classic advertising principles to better understand what makes some ads more effective than others. Special
emphasis will be placed on topics such as ad copy, illustration, and luxury branding. Assessment will be based on
class discussion, presentations (formulated as sales pitches), and weekly assignments in which students must
design their own print advertisements.
GEN*E299*39
Cosmopolitan Alexandria: Evoking an Egyptian City through Different Eyes
Amina El Halawani
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students