Pretty easy, overall.
I love that this class is honestly, for everyone. The main subjects are art, activism, and the environment, and how they all relate to climate justice -- as the title might point to -- but with such a diverse list of guest speakers there is truly good information for just about everyone. The course consists of 2 classes per week, the latter day being a guest speaker who is involved in combining any of the above subjects in their own way to produce a postive outcome. These speakers follow their own guidelines for a presentation and come from a plethora of backgrounds, so you'll always get something different out of each speaker. The first class of the week is led by the professor, and this is typically background information on the issue that the speaker to come has worked on. He talks about people affected, work that has been done, what causes the issue -- or perhaps its not an issue, but a positive practice or interesting topic to talk about that relates to art, activism the environment. There is no final, no midterm, simply eight 500-reflections on any of the 10-12 guest speakers who will attend. There is also extra credit.
My goodness, I learned so much. I think the highlights were definitely not having a midterm or final. I really loved the different communities that we were able to hear from, from the indigenous to the ALF and musicians, sculptors, and activists who came from so many ends of so many different spectrums. I loved that we were given so much time to ask questions and have discussions with the guest lecturers, and that students with a message were given platforms to speak on within the class. We also had a collective site where we could contribute music and other forms of art, and at the start of every class TJ Demos played a song or sound piece that he felt was related to the class in some way. Overall, it was a very enriching class with low levels of work, but a lot of insight to gain and share. Was definitely a fun and eye-opening GE to take.
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Advice for students:
Attend all guest speakers, and honestly, attend the classes before those speakers because you'll get the best tools in that background information so that when those guest speakers do come... you'll have a really good foundation on where they're coming from and why what they're doing is relevant to everyone else, including yourself. Obvi, do the minimum of eight 500-word reflections... with no midterm or final, your entire grade is basically dependent on all of these reflections. The rest of the course is just food for thought and fuel for passion -- which means that attending these passionate lectures makes the 500-word reflections even easier to write.