Student-Originated Studies: Critical Theory + Critical Practice
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This student-originated studies program is designed for advanced students embarked on the composition of long-range and wide-ranging critical and creative writing projects oriented toward or against or beyond the emergent occasions that surround us. Intensive independent writing and reading will be complemented by weekly seminars, small-group workshops, and weekly and semi-weekly lectures ( via the Critical and Cultural Lecture Series and the Art Lecture series); occasional screenings and a local field-trip are possible as well.
“Language is fossil poetry,” Emerson declares. And indeed the radical sense of each term in this program’s subtitle offers substantial orientation for the various directions we might take: crisis in the sense of “decision” or “choice”; theoria in the sense of “making visible”; praxis in the sense of “action” or “doing.” All of which is to say that in addition to Emerson’s etymological enthusiasms we will be mindful withal of Wittgenstein’s no less fruitful suggestion that “the meaning of a word is its use.”
An expanded engagement with the question Montaigne had emblazoned on the rafters of his study — Que sçay-je? — will guide us in our individual and collective inquiry: What do I know? And what do I do? How do I know and how do I do? How do we do? How do we know? How can we do things with words to find out? How might our writing become an instrument for conducting rigorous ethical and epistemological investigations designed to reconnect us, by means of our study (however elaborate or playful or recondite), back to the world we live in right now?
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
aesthetics, communication, communications, cultural studies, education, literature, philosophy and writing
Credits per quarter
- Fall and Winter: Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
- Summer Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Class Size: 10
Located in: Olympia
|2020-02-04||SOS Extended through spring quarter - not accepting new students|
|2019-11-13||SOS Extended one more quarter, is now a Fall/Winter SOS, was Fall only|