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EXCO-414: A Brief History of Westeros

Instructors: Gabriel Garcia, Mowa Badmos

Game of Thrones. One of the most popular TV shows of all time. Known for causing many viewers to be gripped with tears throughout its 8 season run. Praised for its visual effects, iconic battle scenes, and gripping storyline(s). Our class seeks to appreciate the show for its plot lines, world building, visual effects, battle scenes, influence on popular culture, and character development. “A Brief History of Westeros” is a discussion-based class that depends on participation. We will watch and discuss episodes and characters along with related readings.

Additionally, we will learn about the history of the world of Westeros, along with some of the major families and the symbolism behind their sigils. We will also look at how the characteristics of each house shape and are reflected in the characters along with other aspects of the show over the course of the semester. No prior knowledge of Game of Thrones is needed, however, students should be aware that there are spoilers, as this class will cover content from all 8 seasons of the show.

The class dynamic will be discussional with the instructors facilitating analytical discussions on the assigned readings and viewings. The instructors will broaden the discussion to include necessary or overlooked themes and aspects of the text.

*Note: This ExCo will focus on the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” but may make reference to the books if necessary.

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