Schedule

Note: Schedule subject to change.

Week 1

9/5

-Review Syllabus

-Introductions

-Discuss how to write a good discussion question

Homework:

9/7

-Breaking Bad: Overview, Themes, First Two Seasons

-Introduction to Close Reading

-Group Activity: Close Reading of Classic Movie Scenes

-Handout: Inquiry #1

Homework:

Week 2

9/10

-Introduction to Film Analysis

-Class discussion: Scene-by-scene Analysis of Breaking Bad “ABQ”

Homework:

9/12

-Reading Quiz

–Discuss “No Mas” and “Caballo Sin Nombre”

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “I.F.T.” and post one discussion question

9/14

Group Discussion: Ethical Scenarios

-Discussion of BB and Activity

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “Green Light” and post one discussion question
  • Scene Diaries due 9/17 to Moodle

Week 3

Scene diaries due to Moodle by 5PM

9/17

-Discuss BB

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “Mas” and post discussion question

9/19

-Discuss Gus Fring

-Lecture: Intro paragraphs

-In-class writing: Intro Paragraphs

Homework:

Homework: 

  • Watch Breaking Bad “One Minute”
  • Rough drafts of Portfolio 2 due 9/28 before class

Week 4

9/24

-Intro to peer response

-Practice peer response

Homework: 

9/26

-Discuss peer response

-Intro to Cultural/Historical Analysis

Homework: 

  • Watch the Wire “Time After Time” (available on Moodle) and post one discussion question

9/28

Rough drafts of Inquiry #1 due before class. Bring 2 hard copies.

-Reading Quiz

-Peer response for close readings

 Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “I See You”
  • Watch The Wire “All Due Respect” (available on Moodle) and post one discussion question on either episode
  • Read “An Economic History of Baltimore”

Week 5

10/1

-In-Class activity: Character Sketches

Homework:

10/3

-Research Methods

-Research methods activity

Homework:

10/5

-Reading Quiz

-Set up blog and tutorial

-Discuss Writer’s Letter

-Discuss Breaking Bad and the Wire

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “Fly”
  • Watch The Wire “Hamsterdam”
  • Read Melley “Agency Panic” and post one discussion question on Melley
  • Prospectus Blog due 10/10

Week 6

Prospectus blog due before class

10/8

-Reading Quiz

-Lecture: Liberal Individualism and Agency Panic

-Discuss Melley and “Fly”

Homework:

10/10

-Lecture: Ideology: Zizek Style

-Discuss Zizek and Breaking Bad

-In-class ideology exercise

Homework:

10/12

-Reading Quiz

-Citation Methods

-In-Class Activity: Research Profile

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “”Abiquiu”
  • Read Huguet and de Carvalho “Violence”

Week 7

10/15

-Begin City of God

Homework:

10/17

-Watch City of God

Homework:

  • Post one discussion question for City of God
  • First two blog posts due 10/19 by 5PM
  • Final Draft of Portfolio#2 due 10/19 anytime

10/19

Final draft of Portfolio #2 due

First two blog posts due at 5PM

-Reading Quiz

-Finish City of God

-Discuss City of God

Homework:

Week 8

10/22

-Research Profile

Homework: 

  • Watch The Wire “Moral Midgetry”
  • Listen Point of Inquiry: “Why Facts Fail” (please listen to the show)

10/24

-Research Profile

Homework: 

  • Watch Breaking Bad “Half Measures”
  • Final two blog posts due 10/26

10/26

Final two blog posts due anytime

-Lecture: Synthesizing sources

-Synthesis Exercise

Homework:

  • Complete synthesis worksheet for one of your sources and post to Moodle
  • Watch The Wire “Slapstick”
  • Read “Critical Discourse Analysis: A Primer” and post a discussion question on critical discourse analysis

Week 9

11/2

-Lecture: Introduction to critical discourse analysis

-Introduce Inquiry #3

-Discuss Breaking Bad and the Wire

Homework: 

Week 10

11/7

-Lecture: Representation and Ideology

-Discuss Critical Discourse Analysis

-Discuss example CDA

Homework:

11/9

Rough drafts of Inquiry #2 due before class

-Group example CDAs

Homework:

  • Watch Breaking Bad “Full Measure” and post one discussion question. Note: Your discussion doesn’t have to be about the episode. You can feel free to reflect on the season as a whole. You can talk about what you liked or did not like. You can just feel free to reflect on your reactions to the show.
  • Do virtual peer response

Week 11

11/12

-CRAP Design

-Design Activity

Homework: 

 

11/14

-Good Presentations

-Breaking Bad: Final Thoughts and Discussion

11/16

-Groups work on prospectuses/projects

Homework:

Week 12

11/19

-Watch Reel Bad Arabs

Homework:

NO CLASS 11/21 and 11/23: Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 13

11/28

-Introduce Inquiry #5

-Introduction to Social Media

-Find a fictional piece of social media

 Homework:

11/30

-Character Sketches

Homework: 

Week 13

12/3

-Prospectus for Portfolio 5

12/5

-Group presentations

12/7

-Group presentations

12/10

-Group presentations

12/12

-Final thoughts on the class

-Course evals

-Class party

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