Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Teaching with Buffy

In teaching media classes, I’ve benefited a lot from digital culture scholars who share their syllabi online. They feel that sharing information grows the discipline and makes existing courses better. They think of their intellectual labor as springing out of a intellectual commons. After all, where would we be if Tim Berners-Lee hadn’t made the World Wide Web Consortium standards patent-free and royalty-free?

In that spirit, I’m sharing with you my syllabus for my Buffy seminar, which starts this week at Emerson College. At the past two Slayage conferences, I’ve had a number of fellow scholars ask to see my syllabus. Indeed, there are few available syllabi available online that focus exclusively on either Whedon’s work or Buffy the Vampire Slayer in particular. I feel sharing my syllabus will help grow the discipline and make it easier for more teachers to teach Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Think of this blog post as the academic version of Buffy’s encouragement to sing along in “Once More, with Feeling”.*

So, my syllabus for my Deconstructing TV’s Buffy seminar is designed for junior and senior media production and studies majors at Emerson College. Let me know what you think! Next week, I’ll post some of the heart-breaking last cuts and the articles that aren’t assigned because they’ve become accredited course lecture notes.

* On a side note, I actually taught an online seminar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the Massachusetts College of Art a couple of summers back.


  1. This looks like a great course! I'm extremely envious!

  2. Thanks! It's a labor of love. I'm hoping to learn from other people's syllabi on the series. I'd especially love to see an Angel syllabus.