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October 5, 2017 1:08 AM   Subscribe

At Literary Hub, Emily Temple has gathered up "10 College Classes to Read Along with This Semester" and "The Classes 25 Famous Writers Teach." Syllabuses on other media suggest how Richard Lemarchand (designer on Uncharted) teaches video game design [PDF], how David Isaacs (consultant on M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, etc.) teaches comedy, or how video/performance artist Patty Chang teaches video/time-based art [PDF]. Syllabuses related to current events suggest how Noam Chomsky (who has joined the U. of Arizona) co-teaches politics [PDF], how Chris Holmes teaches about gun violence, or how Jacob Remes (interviewed this week about Puerto Rico) teaches critical disaster studies [PDF]. [Previously: 1M+ syllabuses / autodidact course catalog.]
posted by Wobbuffet (11 comments total) 101 users marked this as a favorite
 
Fantastic post!
posted by supercrayon at 1:15 AM on October 5 [1 favorite]


Thanks! gun violence and critical disaster studies ... probably time to do something like that, I'm thinking. Jeez.
posted by allthinky at 5:39 AM on October 5 [1 favorite]


It's good to see syllabi out on the open web, and not simply buried in the learning management system.
posted by doctornemo at 5:44 AM on October 5 [5 favorites]


This course[Special Topics: Black Science Fiction] addresses two genres—black fiction and science fiction—at their point of intersection, which is sometimes called Afrofuturism.

The pedant in me can't help but object that the concept of Afrofuturism is broader than science fiction; Sun Ra's music, for example, is considered by some to fall under Afrofuturism. And I would bet there are black science fiction writers who reject the label, too.
posted by thelonius at 5:59 AM on October 5 [1 favorite]


It's good to see syllabi out on the open web, and not simply buried in the learning management system.

Every once in a while I'll visit my local University Book Store and I'll swing by the section where English Literature books are stacked just to see the various required reading lists.

It's always interesting to me to see the books that have been selected. I do wish that these kinds of lists were more easily accessible. I know plenty of people like myself would enjoy reading along in our own brains, even if we're not partaking of the actual courses.
posted by Fizz at 7:33 AM on October 5 [5 favorites]


The university I attend- the University of Texas at Austin- makes almost all of its syllabi available here. Its search algorithm is a little wonky, try looking up interesting courses in the course catalog (which does requires an account to access but I don't think you need to be affiliated with UT to get one) and then finding the associated syllabus. Some of the syllabi are, admittedly, more suited to autodidactic learning than others, but hey, it's another resource for those of you missing your school days.

One recommendation: select the philosophy department and put Jakob Holm as the professor. The class that comes up, Kierkegaard and Existentialism, was by far the best class of my college career.
posted by perplexion at 7:33 AM on October 5 [4 favorites]


Oh, yeah, there are tons of syllabi online, which is the greatest thing. I have a ridiculous collection of used textbooks and I'm always looking up syllabi online just using

(topic) "syllabus" site:edu

That's how I found the very cool syllabus for Culture of Jazz Aesthetics taught by Kenny Burrell and Alessandro Duranti.

Thanks for this, Wobbuffet - this is a great post!
posted by kristi at 9:20 AM on October 5 [4 favorites]


One recommendation: select the philosophy department and put Jakob Holm as the professor. The class that comes up, Kierkegaard and Existentialism, was by far the best class of my college career.

While I am leery of importing any additional brooding Scandanavian introversion into my psychic climate, I may do that.
posted by thelonius at 9:46 AM on October 5 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: additional brooding Scandanavian introversion
posted by Fizz at 10:00 AM on October 5 [3 favorites]


Hey look at that! Emily's my friend from college
posted by rossmeissl at 10:08 AM on October 5 [2 favorites]


I took a science fiction Comp Lit class from Samuel Delany at UMASS Amherst in the early 90s.
posted by bendy at 9:27 PM on October 5 [2 favorites]


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