Selves and Others: Representation and Performance


Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 quarters

Taught by

book arts, literature, creative writing
linguistics and languages
mathematics, computer science, improvisational theater
sociology, gender studies

Creative writers, performers, and social scientists all engage with deep inquiries into what it's like to be a person and what it means to live within a society that shapes our lives.

In this program, we'll examine the cultural norms that shape our notions of selfhood, the forces that compel individuals to construct their identities and their bodies in certain ways, and the means by which creative activities, including research, can disrupt those norms and the ideologies behind them. We'll do this through specific disciplinary perspectives on the idea of the individual across three disciplines: improvisational performance, sociology, and creative writing.

In the fall, major readings will include sociological studies and theoretical texts and a selection of 20 th -century literature emphasizing innovative approaches to character. Active research, creative writing, and essay projects will challenge students to develop their own inquiries in relation to program themes. Regular workshops in field-research methods, creative and critical writing, and improvisation will allow students to build new skills, gain confidence with different modes of learning, and explore their own rich questions across disciplines.

Beginning in winter, students will develop major projects integrating what they've learned in all three disciplines, including sociological research and creative writing, culminating in the development of collaborative performance pieces in spring quarter.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

sociology, writing, and performance.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First winter class meeting : Tuesday, January 5 at 10am (Sem II B1105)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$120 in fall, $50 in winter, and $120 in spring for entrance fees and overnight field trips.


Date Revision
February 10th, 2016 This program is now fall-winter only. The team will teach The Social Gaze in spring.
December 10th, 2015 This program will now accept Juniors and Seniors.
October 28th, 2015 This program will accept new enrollment winter quarter with faculty signature.
September 30th, 2015 Susan Fiksdal joins the teaching team fall quarter.
June 11th, 2015 Description has been updated.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 60


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10154
So (16 credits): 10155

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must have suitable background in sociology and performance. Contact the faculty to discuss your level of preparation.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20083
So - Sr (16 credits): 20084
(1-16 credits): 20472

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