In January 2020, Hannah McGregor reinvented the syllabus for PUB 448: Publishing and Social Change: Tech, Texts, and Revolution by formatting it as a zine, a self-published, often handmade publication popular among fringe subcultures like DIY punk and the riot grrrl movement.
McGregor, an assistant professor in Publishing@SFU, condensed her normally six-page syllabus into one double-sided page, folded over to resemble a booklet. To honour the zine aesthetic, she hand-wrote all of the content with a black Sharpie marker.“Students are used to seeing very long and dense syllabi formatted in a very institutionalized and standardized way. They are so repetitive and so overwhelming that students don’t even read them. They just give them a skim and turn away.”