Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2019

  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus / Embodied Media

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 22345

    Renee Pastel & Jessica Ruffin

    4 Units

    T/TH 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Wheeler 202; Screening Tu 6:00 – 9:00PM, Dwinelle 243 ///

    The body is the first medium we as humans come into contact with. As such, in turning to the
    body, we are able to better understand media, and through media, we gain insight into
    ourselves as embodied creatures. In this course, we will explore the body in, through, and as
    media. Through philosophical and theoretical texts on human embodiment and performance,
    cinematic spectatorship, prosthesis, media technology, and critical race theory, we will
    investigate the complex relations between the corporeal, empirical, and imaginary in how we
    feel, understand and experience ourselves, the world, and others. Recognizing that we come to
    sense ourselves and bodies along the lines that we draw between ourselves and others, special
    attention will be given to othered bodies–gendered, racialized, abject and otherwise.
    Throughout the semester, we will work to critically engage with bodies and embodiment as both
    empirical facts and necessarily imagined constructs as we seek to map correspondences and
    develop theories around the complex interplay of our bodies and the medial environments they

    This course fulfills the second part of the Reading and Composition requirement, with an
    emphasis on research. Students will learn to generate research topics, locate and evaluate
    sources, and write analytical, original papers with arguments supported by those sources.
    Students will base their writings on close readings of media objects. In addition to encouraging
    critical and analytical engagement and thinking, this course aims to develop student fluency in
    composing longer and more complex papers than R1A, with specific attention to the
    development of research skills and the ability to incorporate source material effectively.
    Because learning to write cannot be done outside of a context of reading, the development of
    critical reading and re-reading skills is also a key objective and will be emphasized and
    encouraged throughout the semester.