PMA 1167

PMA 1167

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

How often do we categorize experiences, ideas, art, even people as "bad"? What do we mean when we do? In this course, we will be discussing badness – from films like "Cats" and "Things," albums like "Philosophy of the World," to intentionally terrible ideas such as "A Modest Proposal" – from a variety of angles including aesthetics, ethics, and linguistics. Through a series of critical, analytical, and creative writing assignments, we'll consider what it means for something to be called "bad," what else can be said about it, and if we can love it anyway.

When Offered Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19742 PMA 1167   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
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