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Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

 

All students with more than 90 cumulative units (completed + enrolled) MUST SEND A NESSAGE THROUGH THE VIRTUAL ADVISING CENTER (VAC) TO BE PREAUTHORIZED TO ENROLL.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Students on the waitlist who miss any class meeting of Muir Writing will be considered NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL in the course. Enrolled students who miss the first two class sessions will be dropped. Responsibility for dropping the class from the Registrar’s records belongs solely to the student.

The reading and writing requirements are the same for all sections. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the UC San Diego Bookstore!

MCWP 40 (Summer Session 1)

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

979402

A00

TTH 8:00-10:50 AM

HSS 2346A

Andrea Carter

MCWP 50 (Summer Session 1)

Thank U, Next: Cultural Imperialism and Politically Enchanting Plots

How do sensationalized tales of pop stars, superheroes, princesses, and villains shape our understandings of majority and minority communities? Just as Ariana Grande “breaks free” from “7 rings” of systemic oppression—sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, dis/ability—students in this class will unpack the overlapping layers of popular culture, ideology, representation, oppression, and privilege. In this course students will analyze arguments about how stories function to replicate, resist, and rewrite the dominant narratives that shape our educational, legal, medical, and social institutions while researching and writing a research-based argument about an issue relevant to the course topic.

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

979403

A00

TTH 11:00-1:50 PM

2346A

Nur Duru 

979404

B00

TTH 2:00-4:50 PM

2346A

Haydee Smith 

Cyborg Ecologies

The relationships between humans and nonhumans are under increasing pressure. In the current era of both technological innovation and environmental crisis, humanity’s future is directly intertwined with other living organisms, nonliving machines, and organic-machine hybrids. Consequently, many interdisciplinary scholars are actively working to bridge or blend the natural and social/humanistic sciences, exploring how humans operate alongside our nonhuman "cousins." Linked together in interdependent networks, how can we survive and thrive? Following the guidelines for MCWP 50, students will conduct independent research towards a final paper on a topic of their choice.

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

979405

C00

MW 11:00-1:50 PM HSS 2305A

Jonathan Walton

“A Diva Is a Female Version of a Hustler”: Engendering Power, Politics, and Popular Culture

The entrepreneurial spirit is much celebrated in contemporary American culture. From our latest presidential election to media mogul icons such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Oprah and Jay-Z, the iconicity and perceived authority of business savvy permeates cultural understandings of how power, politics, and popular media interact with and inflect each other. Considering the processes of gendering, commodification, celebrity formations, and the intersections of power and ideology, students in this course will examine primary sources drawn from popular culture alongside academic arguments situated within political economies, gender and sexuality studies, critical feminisms, film and media studies, and literary analysis. In keeping with the goals and requirements of MCWP 50, you will examine arguments about this topic in an effort to understand their structures while introducing and supporting your own informed research-based argument about an issue relevant to the course topic.

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

 979406

D00

MW 11:00-1:50 PM

2346A

jennifer Carter 

You Are What You Eat: Food as Culture

Food plays an important role in the past, present and future of all people in all places. This role, however, is more than just a biological necessity. Food is also a cultural marker that speaks to both individuals and populations on a microscopic and macroscopic scale. This class explores the intersection of dietary practices that nourish the body to those imbued with cultural meaning that nourish the soul.

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

 979407

E00 

MW 2:00-4:50 PM

2346A

Michael Morshed