Fall 2008, MW, 12:00 - 1:30, Grace Ford Salvatori (GFS) Lecture Hall 223
Instructor: Erika Vogt
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 213.740.2787
Office Location: Watt Hall 104
Office Hours: By Appointment
TA: Nicole Miller
TA Contact: email@example.com; 323.899-2758
Course Introduction How is the future being imagined? Do these visions of the unknown shape the present? This class considers envisioned futures from multiple vantage points; philosophical, cultural, social, and technical, reflecting on the future’s role in contemporary society. Special emphasis will be placed on cultural production, mass media, and its technological pipelines. The course is interdisciplinary in its approach and is research based, requiring students to develop their own critical perspectives on the material discussed in class. It will start in 2007, when TIME declared “You” as person of the year, and work its way backwards until 1982 when TIME Magazine declared The Computer to replace their prestigious person of the year, mapping 25 years of theory, film, art, and science as they relate to concepts of tomorrow.
Course reader (University Copy in University Village, 1-213-744-1511. All readings in reader unless noted.)
Burroughs, William S. The Ticket That Exploded. New York: Grove Press, 1987.
Delany, Samuel R. The Einstein Intersection. New Hampshire: Wesleyan University Press, 1998.
Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Comte de. Tomorrow’s Eve. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1982.
This class relies heavily on classroom discussion. Thus, your attendance and participation is mandatory and essential for your success! Your grade will be lowered one full grade for every two unexcused absences. Five absences will result in a failing grade. Late assignments will be reduced half a grade per day late.
Participation in discussions: 10%
Assignments and short essays (2 pages, typed, double spaced**): 30%
Collaborative oral presentations: 30%
Take-home final (5 pages, typed, double spaced): 30%
**Prompts for short essays will be distributed in class four weeks before they are due.**
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
Statement on Academic Integrity
USC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Scampus, the Student Guidebook, contains the Student Conduct Code in Section 11.00, while the recommended sanctions are located in Appendix A: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/SCAMPUS/gov/. Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be any suspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS/.
Roski admissions information
For information and an application to become a Fine Arts minor, please visit http://roski.usc.edu/minors/ Please contact Antonio Bartolome at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-740-7567 with any questions about a minor in the Fine Arts. To become a Fine Arts major, please visit http://roski.usc.edu/undergraduate_programs/ Please contact Penelope Jones at Penelope@usc.edu or 213-740-9153 with any questions about majoring in FA. Applications are due October 1st and March 1st every year.”
Aug 25th Introduction to class and overview of syllabus
In-class reading/discussion: Borges, “The Library of Babel”; excerpt from Borges, “A New Refutation of Time”
Aug 27th Discussion: Student presentation assignments
Screening: Sunshine (Danny Boyle, 2007, 107m)
Aug 28th **** DOUBLE FEATURE STARTS AT DUSK ****
Double Lunar Dogs (Joan Jonas, 1984, 24 m)
Space is the Place (John Coney, 1974, 82 m)
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
404 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Screenings will be held on the Plaza Pool Deck, 4th floor.