Winter 2018 Freshman Seminars

UC San Diego offers one-unit seminars to provide first-year students with an opportunity to meet with faculty in a small class environment. They are taught by senior UC San Diego faculty and researchers and are limited to twenty students. The seminars are taught by faculty in their fields of expertise and explore topics of intellectual importance. Students participate in critical discussion with a small group of peers and faculty. Topics differ every quarter.


CAT 87A: It's the End of the World As We Know It: Technology, Film, and the Politics of Disaster

Phoebe Bronstein

Assistant Teaching Professor, CAT

This freshman seminar will examine disaster and post-apocalyptic media from Creature From the Black Lagoon and King Kong to Wall-E and The Hunger Games. Each week, we will use a different film to tackle how disaster is narrated with special attention to how anxieties about the intersections of technology—like the atomic bomb—and politics are articulated on-screen.