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2024 Courses

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Course List

  • Immigration and the Politics of Fear

    Full
    Catalog Number
    ANTHRO 15S-01
    Course Cost
    $4116.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This course will examine the role of fear in shaping ideas about immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. We start from the notion that emotions are social formations with particular histories and political significance. We will refrain from assuming that fear is nothing more than a feeling or an automatic response and instead take it as a site that allows us to examine how psychological and legal experts together define and dispute what is normal, reasonable, credible, plausible, real, appropriate, and timely. The seminar will cover themes such as risk and threat, race and origin, pain and injury, confession and testimony, fiction and figuration, and personhood and representation. We will look at newspaper articles, social media content, legal opinions, case law, court transcripts, and psychological evaluations, as well as texts in politics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, literature, comics, and films. Students will write a short essay on the politics of fear. Throughout the course, they will develop their toolkit to critically reflect on an emotion of their choice.

    Course Notes

    All readings will be available on Canvas under the “Files” tab. The links to films and media archives will be sent as “Announcements” on Canvas.

    Details

    Class Number
    22919
    Units
    3
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Valentina Ramia
    Dates
    -
    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 11:30 AM - 1:20 PM
  • Intro to Cultural & Social Anthropology

    Full
    Catalog Number
    ANTHRO 1S-01
    Course Cost
    $4116.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This class introduces the core concepts and methods of Cultural and Social Anthropology. Through the ethnographic study of human societies, anthropology has emerged as a dynamic discipline that inquiries into the complexity of humanity. It has produced new kinds of inquiry into race, class, gender, history, power, language, economy, culture, and local, transnational, and global phenomena. This course will introduce students to anthropology’s unique approach to studying human culture and society and teach them core anthropological concepts. It will also present students with cross-cultural case studies on contemporary issues, including environmental problems and climate change, capitalism, gender and sexuality, race, immigration, and colonialism.

    Course Notes

    All readings are available on Canvas

    Download syllabus (pdf)

    Details

    Class Number
    20882
    Units
    3
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Benjamin Baker
    Dates
    -
    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
    Cross Listings
    ANTHRO 101S, ANTHRO 201S
  • Painting and Acrylics

    Full
    Catalog Number
    ARTSTUDI 124S-01
    Course Cost
    $2744.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    Painting and Acrylics is an introductory studio art course open to all students. In this class you will be exposed to a range of strategies and subject matter for painting with acrylics. Each week students will be shown new techniques and asked to put them into practice with class projects e.g., cloud painting, self-portraits, and making your own masterpiece. At the end of this course students will understand how to use acrylic paint to render any and all representational subject matter.

    Details

    Class Number
    23472
    Units
    2
    Interest Area
    Creativity and Design
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Cooper Salmon
    Dates
    -
    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Painting and Pivoting

    Available
    Catalog Number
    ARTSTUDI 145S-01
    Course Cost
    $2744.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    In this introductory class painting and collage techniques are explored and combined in order to expand visual language. Paint as a traditional medium is unified with the prefabricated nature of collage in order to create aesthetic harmony and produce sensations of volume, space, movement, and light on a flat surface. Various collage materials are pulled from magazines, newspapers, old books, cloth and found materials that interplay with acrylic paint applications.

    Details

    Class Number
    23620
    Units
    2
    Interest Area
    Creativity and Design
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Monette, J.
    Dates
    -
    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Drawing, Study, and Inspiration

    Full
    Catalog Number
    ARTSTUDI 159S-01
    Course Cost
    $2744.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    In this course, we turn to the practice of copying as a form of study, appreciation, and inspiration. Using the Cantor Museum collection, the Bowes Art Library, and the internet, we will curate personal archives of images which we will draw from – literally and figuratively– to explore a range of techniques and approaches to image making. An emphasis will be placed on drawing as routine and the keeping of a sketchbook/journal. Students will train in ways of seeing that will allow them to employ skills and iconography learned from studying other images towards the development of their own unique visual language.

    Details

    Class Number
    23480
    Units
    2
    Interest Area
    Creativity and Design
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Emily Harter
    Dates
    -
  • smART Phone Photography

    Almost Full
    Catalog Number
    ARTSTUDI 173-01
    Course Cost
    $2744.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This course explores the potential of your cell phone in working in various photography art practices, ranging from experimental to documentary-style photography. We will leverage the potential of the cell phone by delving into different genres through hands-on assignments, demo lessons, and discussions about artists working with this photography. We will merge a critical analysis of contemporary photography with a study of early forms of popular photography, examining the democratization of this medium. By completing our weekly assignments and lessons, you will learn to better articulate and convey ideas through photography, expand your technical and conceptual approach, and understand how we communicate through images.

    Details

    Class Number
    23449
    Units
    2
    Interest Area
    Creativity and Design
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Damon Casarez
    Dates
    -
  • smART Phone Photography

    Almost Full
    Catalog Number
    ARTSTUDI 173S-01
    Course Cost
    $2744.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This course explores the potential of your cell phone in working in various photography art practices, ranging from experimental to documentary-style photography. We will leverage the potential of the cell phone by delving into different genres through hands-on assignments, demo lessons, and discussions about artists working with this photography. We will merge a critical analysis of contemporary photography with a study of early forms of popular photography, examining the democratization of this medium. By completing our weekly assignments and lessons, you will learn to better articulate and convey ideas through photography, expand your technical and conceptual approach, and understand how we communicate through images.

    Details

    Class Number
    23449
    Units
    2
    Interest Area
    Creativity and Design
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Damon Casarez
    Dates
    -
  • Microbiology: Human Health & Society

    Almost Full
    Catalog Number
    BIO 11S-01
    Course Cost
    $6860.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This course covers the fundamentals of microbiology and encompasses the tiny world of microbes (bacteria, archaea, fungi, viruses, and more). How have microbes impacted human health and society? It turns out that we cannot live without microbes, but we also have first-hand experience over the last few years of just how deadly and life-altering microbes can be! In exploring microbiology, we will take a multi-disciplinary approach combining molecular genetics (how gene expression is regulated in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes), biochemistry, and immunology. We will also explore key advances in biotechnology that have been made possible through our discovery of microbes and how they work including cloning, PCR, and CRISPR. This course will offer an in-person laboratory component to allow students hands-on experience observing and working with bacteria and small eukaryotes and experimental design. Lecture materials will be pre-recorded and provided asynchronously so students can explore content at their pace, before in-person discussions, activities, and lab work.

    Course Notes

    This course has a required lab section in addition to the main lecture section.

    Download syllabus (pdf)

    Details

    Class Number
    22946
    Units
    5
    Interest Area
    Natural Sciences
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Shizuka Yamada-Hunter
    Dates
    -
    Prerequisites

    Chemistry and biology at the high school level are highly encouraged

    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
  • Biology in the News

    Available
    Catalog Number
    BIO 15S-01
    Course Cost
    $4116.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    Biology is increasingly making its way into various aspects of our lives and will continue to do so throughout the 21st century. Thus, understanding the concepts underlying the headlines and their implications is very important and can help us engage meaningfully with the changing world around us. This course will begin by teaching skills like data interpretation and critical evaluation of logical arguments. With that foundation in place, we will then use specific, real-world events such as the FDA approval of GMO salmon, the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, and the fight against MRSA to explore the concepts in biology that underlie them (e.g. genetic modification, mRNA and vaccine development, and antibiotic resistance). Each week, students will be assigned to read news articles and informational materials giving background knowledge about the subject at hand. Each class will consist of a mini-lecture and in-class learning activities. The class will build towards a final project consisting of a podcast-style audio report on a biological process studied in the course. This course requires no prior background knowledge in biology and is intended for anyone interested in better understanding recent developments in the world of biology. By taking this course, students will learn basic concepts in biology and develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate arguments and the scientific data underlying those arguments.

    Course Notes

    This course has a required discussion section in addition to the main lecture section.

    Details

    Class Number
    23036
    Units
    3
    Interest Area
    Natural Sciences
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    David Armenta
    Dates
    -
    Schedule
    Tue, Thu 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Climate Change Biology and Species Responses

    Available
    Catalog Number
    BIO 20S-01
    Course Cost
    $4116.00
    Population
    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate
    Summary

    This course offers a comprehensive examination of the ecological and biological consequences of climate change on diverse species and ecosystems. Students will explore the adaptive responses of animals, plants, and microbiomes to shifting environmental conditions. Additionally, the course will address the dynamic alterations in species ranges, changes in biotic interactions, and the implications of climate change on endangered species and environmental justice. Throughout the course, students will engage in group discussions centered on assigned scientific papers, honing their skills in critical thinking, interpretation, and presentation of findings. The course aims to equip students with a robust understanding of climate change biology while fostering teamwork and communication skills essential for tackling complex environmental challenges.

    Details

    Class Number
    23525
    Units
    3
    Course Format & Length
    In-Person, 8 weeks
    Instructors
    Amanda Wu
    Dates
    -
    Prerequisites

    General biology

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