Prof. Atik describes the course for students:
"The literature we are going to be studying this semester is unified by a common theme: biopower. The term comes from the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s analysis of the development of the prison system and the modern nation state. We will discuss this idea throughout the semester, but essentially it means we will be examining the way in which populations and individual people are monitored and regulated by apparatuses of power, the ways in which hierarchies are built into our discourses, and the literature that is produced in those circumstances.
"This semester we will participate in the high impact learning practice known as SWIG (Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups). We will collaborate with a class from the Dance department, as they develop a choreographed work based on an assignment that you composed for our section. We will be given the opportunity to see the performance of the dance that was created based on your writing, and we, in turn, will create a short video response to their performance. This process will also occur in collaboration with a section of English 101, who will be putting together a film chronicling the evolution of our project. This film, in which some of your work will be featured, will be displayed in April at an NEH event on our campus."