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SoC First Year Seminar: Interdisciplinary Topics in Communication Arts & Sciences (101-0-4)


Who Tells Your Story: Race, Gender, and Genre in


Brianna Nicole Borger

Elisabeth Hoberman Kinsley

Meeting Info

Kresge Centennial Hall 4-410: Wed 1:30PM - 2:50PM

Overview of class

What compels us to retell old stories in new ways? And what's at stake with how we retell them, when and where we retell them, and who does the retelling? This course explores how conventions of race, gender, and genre—along with other social and cultural forces like class, nationality, era, politics, history, form, medium, and more—inform processes of adaptation in American musical theatre. We will also look at how musical adaptations reinforce, exploit, challenge, and even change these conventions.

Registration Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to SoC undergraduate first year students.

Learning Objectives

1.To deepen understanding about, and encourage enthusiasm for, research related to diversity. 2.To learn about how scholars from different disciplines examine scientific questions, including the varied methods they use in the process. 3.To engage with scholars from across SoC, including through thoughtful in-class questions and discussion. 4.To consider the many different aspects of the field for communication could be examined and understood and even what cross-disciplinary collaboration might look like.

Class Attributes

SOC First-Year Seminar

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for School of Communication Freshmen & Sophomores only.