Politics and the Arts
Fall 2021
 PSC 394
 

Schedule Last Updated: 10/14/2021
 

Date

Topic

Assignment

August

8/24, T

 

Syllabus

Reaction Papers
 

 

Schedule may be subject to change

Back Story- The Economist editor must have taken this class

8/26, TH

Considering Art

 

Qualities to Consider for Works of Art
 

 

8/31, T

Considering Art

 

Class not meeting

 

Read J.S. Mill, On Liberty: Chapter 1- begin at paragraph 4

 

Reaction paper due for Mill by 11 pm

*note- for reaction papers, keep quotes to a minimum, but you don't need to include these in your word count

 

Note: All reaction papers are due to Canvas on day listed on schedule by 11 pm

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 11:15 pm

-Latest accepted submission at 11:59 pm with a 2-point penalty. No papers will be accepted after this time.
 

September

9/2, TH

Considering Art

 

Discuss Mill

 

Project topic due by 11 pm (see syllabus for topic details and project assignments linked below on 11/23)

 

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 11:15 pm

-Latest accepted submission at 11:59 pm with a 1-point penalty.

- You must submit this assignment to complete the Project
 

9/7, T

Promoting & Protecting the State

 

Class not meeting

 

Read Nietzsche excerpt from Thus Spake Zarathustra

 

Reaction paper due for Nietzsche (you can approach him as a theorist or as a novelist)

*note- for reaction papers, keep quotes to a minimum, but you don't need to include these in your word count

 

9/9, TH

Promoting & Protecting the State

 

 

Discuss Nietzsche and some other stuff

 


 

9/14, T

Atrocities of the State

 

Class not meeting
 

Watch Beyond Rangoon (1995, 99 minutes) ($2.99 on a number of services- Apple, Amazon, Google)

 

Reaction paper due for Beyond Rangoon

 

If you're interested, about US Army  graphic novelettes to prepare for cyberwarfare
 

9/16, TH

Atrocities of the State
 

Discuss Beyond Rangoon and some more stuff

 

If you want to see more of Khalid Alabaih or want to know more, from reliable sources, about what's going on in Burma/Myanmar:

9/21, T

Prosperity

 

Class not meeting

 

Read Marx Commodity Fetishism and make sure you are reading The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe (due 10/5)

Reaction paper due for Marx 

9/23, TH

Prosperity

Discuss Marx reading: Commodity Fetishism

 

9/28, T

Prosperity

Read The Lorax

Reaction paper due for The Lorax
 

9/30, TH

Prosperity

 

Discuss The Lorax and some other stuff
 

October

10/5, T

Prosperity Read The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe

Check out the back cover illustration in the original publication- even if you don't understand French, once you're reading the book, you'll get the gist of it

Reaction paper due for The Extraordinary Journey...
 

10/7, TH Prosperity Discuss The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe

 

10/12, T

Prosperity

 

Class not meeting

 

Read An Enemy of the People
 

Reaction paper due for Enemy
 

10/14, TH

Prosperity

 

Discuss An Enemy of the People and some other stuff

10/19, T

Fall Break

 

Do something fun!
 

10/21, TH

Presentation Paper Rough Draft due

 

Presentation Paper Rough Draft due by the end of class time (see syllabus for details and also include the details for each piece, including artist, year, medium (i.e., film, oil, textiles, literature, etc.)
 

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 12:15 pm

-Latest accepted submission at 11:00 pm with a 1-point penalty.

- You must submit this assignment to complete the Project
 

10/26, T

Identity & Representation

 

Class not meeting
 

Watch The Birdcage (118 min.)

 (free on Paramount+; $3.99 on a number of services- Amazon, Google, Vudu)

 

Reaction paper due for The Birdcage
 

10/28, TH

Identity & Representation

 

Discuss The Birdcage

 

 

November

11/2, T

Identity & Representation

 

Class not meeting

 

Watch The Boondocks: The Trial of Robert Kelly and All in the Family

 

Reaction paper due for The Boondocks and All in the Family
 

11/4, TH

Identity & Representation

 

Discuss The Boondocks: The Trial of Robert Kelly, All in the Family,  and some other stuff

 

11/9, T

Utopia/Dystopia

 

Class not meeting

 

Watch The Matrix ($3.99 on a number of services- Apple, Amazon, Google)

 

Reaction due for The Matrix

 

11/11, TH

Utopia/Dystopia

 

Discuss film The Matrix

Choose presentation date
 

11/16, T

Utopia/Dystopia

 

Class not meeting

 

Readings:

Reaction due for zombies

 

11/18, TH

Utopia/Dystopia

 

 

Discuss readings and some other stuff

 

*Go over Critical Thought Paper assignment
 

11/23, T

Project Paper and Presentation due

Due to Canvas no later than 10:00 am

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 10:10 am
-Latest accepted submission at 11 pm with a 2-point penalty. No assignments will be accepted after this time.

 

11/25, TH

Thanksgiving Day

 


 

11/30, T

Final Project Presentations

 

4 presentations

 

For each presenter, note the following:

  1. What is the main political topic?
  2. What are the three political themes that connect the art examples?
  3. Which piece of art best connects to the political topic and three themes?
  4. Can you think of any artwork that would fit well with this presentation?

Reminders:

  • If we are still in masks, then we will do this online with instructions TBP
  • If we are meeting maskless, then bring a paper copy of your PowerPoint slides printed 4 to a page. Remember to have a title slide with your name, presentation date, and project title.

December

12/2, TH

Final Project Presentations

 

4 presentations

 

12/ 7, T

Final Project Presentations

 

4 presentations

 

 

12/9, TH

Final Project Presentations

 

4 presentations

 

 

12/14 T

Final Exam 10:10-12:10

 

 

There is no final exam. Instead, Critical Thought Paper due to Canvas no later than 12:10 pm.

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 12:20 pm
-Latest accepted submission at 11 pm with a 2-point penalty. No papers will be accepted after this time.