This class was tough.
This is one of the best courses I took in my entire time at CU. Dr. Walker (though he told us to call him Jim) is so passionate about writing and developing your own writing both creatively and analytically. The forum of dystopias - both in literature and in film - is the perfect segue into thinking critically about our world today. Every piece of dystopian content is either a reflection or criticism of that author's current world. Jim asks you to think about your world and reflect on what you see. Jim is a tough grader, but fair. He will make you bring your best writing and put your best effort into what you're talking about. Whether you're being creative or critical or both, he will grade tough but make you a much better writer in his comments and criticisms. You can also rewrite a paper for an improved grade.
There were some specific highlights, but really the whole course is just fantastic. Jim will make it clear in the first few days of class what you'll be talking about the whole time so if you're not into it, you can bail. But the pieces he selected for us to review - short stories, multiple films, and a novel (based in Boulder!) were all topically and thematically relevant, intriguing and interesting. I loved the discussions we would have after we watched a film where we would dissect it and take apart the tiniest pieces. A highlight not directly related to the class (but for extra credit), we watched a post-apocalyptic play based around the Simpsons and its cultural impact. We also got to watch Jim put on his one-man show about his Uncle. They both were absolutely wonderful!
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Advice for students:
You should go into this class with no surprises- the syllabus and course description clearly lay it out. Expect to do the work, but also expect to enjoy it. You'll leave the class feeling fulfilled and with a fresh take on the reality of the world around us.