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CRN 10004 - EDUC 180A/CRN 10007 - EDUC 280A Taking the Community's Pulse: Surveying the Vitality of the Fruitvale Latina Community (1 credit)
Instructor: Tomás Galguera
Mon-Fri 9:00-2:00

This course meets the following General Education requirements: Quantitative Reasoning

Description: In this course, students will (1) develop the skills necessary to create, test, and refine surveys that are both reliable and valid, and (2) use surveys to assess the experiences of a sample of residents from the Fruitvale neighborhood surrounding Mills about the health, vitality, and overall status of the Latina community, and the role that education and health care play in promoting health. With minimal understanding of statistics, but clear interest in understanding the relationship between education, health care, and the health of the local Latina community, students will collaborate in the creation of a survey to assess Latino residents' views and experiences about personal health and the condition of the Latina community. Findings from the survey will eventually inform and inspire the creation of related murals both at the Mills campus and at community health centers in Fruitvale public schools. Most days, classes will begin with a field trip to a local clinic, a school-based health center, or a public school to provide students with a richer understanding of the complex variables influencing the health of Latinos in the Fruitvale. The visits to the various sites will also inform the design and development of the survey. Finally, students will carry out specific statistical procedures to examine and develop the survey as well as to analyze collected responses. An executive summary of survey findings will be the final class product.

CRN 10008 - ENG 180 Jane Austen: The Critical Legacy and the Popular Imagination (1 credit)
Instructor: Kirsten Saxton
Times: Mon-Fri 10:30-2:30

This course meets the following General Education requirements: Historical Perspectives and Women and Gender

Description: Joseph Conrad asked H.G. Wells in 1901, "What is all this about Jane Austen? What is there in her? What is it all about?" This class attempts to answer that question. Jane Austen was the preeminent novelist of the British Romantic era, and her cultural capital remains high: her novels have been adapted into successful films and hold a steady spot in most US colleges' core curricula as well as being taken over by zombies and presented by Bollywood. Stanford is currently conducting neurological research based on MRIs to test "your brain on Austen," and Jane Austen inspired kitsch retains brisk commodity power. Austen's work is adapted and appropriated for almost every audience, from the BBC to hip hop to queer fan fiction. Her work is the subject of current critical inquiry by narrative theorists, feminist theorists, formalists, queer theorists, post-colonial theorists, place theorists, economic critics, game theorists, and social historians. We will spend two weeks considering what explains Austen's fiction's continued popularity and critical acclaim; what about her plots inspires adaptations that span all literary genres and most cultures—national and social? What about her prose makes it still a matter of critical inquiry? In our seminar, we will immerse ourselves in all things Austen as we attempt to answer these questions. The course includes a great deal of close reading as well as internet grazing and digital humanities work, an individual cultural report, a report on a novel and its critical/reception history, regular reading response assignments, and a final project. Mills College has in its collection an important Austen piece and an excellent collection of relevant texts and ephemera; we will have the extraordinary good luck to view and handle Jane Austen's handwritten prayer in the Heller Rare Books room, and Mills special collection librarian Janice Braun will do a presentation on print culture and the history of the book in Austen's era. In addition, we will have movie showings, a field trip to a country house exhibit at the San Francisco Legion of Honor museum, and a high tea/Austen conference.

CRN 10009 - EDUC 180B/CRN 10010 - EDUC 280B Women, Children, and Interpersonal Violence (1 credit)
Instructor: Patricia Nunley
Times: Mon-Fri 10:00-2:00

This course meets the following General Education requirements: Multicultural Perspectives and Women and Gender

Description: The course will explore the roots of interpersonal violence and its impact on women and children throughout the life cycle using a cross cultural analysis of family patterns of victimization and profiles of victims and perpetrators. In this course students will examine the causes and effects of interpersonal violence, consider the cultural and social norms that influence attitudes about violence, access the community resources for intervention and prevention, and discover the psychological impact of violence on children and women. This course includes a gender-based analysis that connects the forms of male violence such as sexual trafficking, female foeticide and infanticide, etc. that result in acceptance of violence against women and children. The course will use off-site visits, guest speakers, video clips, and in-class activities to enhance learning.

CRN 10011 - FREN 001 Elementary French (1.25 credits)
Instructor: Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya
Times: Mon-Fri 11:00-4:00
Description: Intensive introduction to the basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, with the aim of progressing toward an active command of the language and an early familiarization with French and Francophone cultures. This is an ideal refresher course for students with minimal background in French. Oral communication is stressed from the very beginning, and French is the exclusive language of the class. Each class will have 3 hours of language instruction and practice and 2 hours of French cultural activities including cooking lessons, French fashion workshops, field trips to French cafes, and picnics with French foods.

CRN 10012 - LET 080 Tragedy and Philosophy: Terror, Pity, and Wisdom (1 credit)
Instructor: Marc Joseph
Times: Mon-Fri 1:00-5:00
Description: We read, watch, and perform a selection of Greek tragedies (Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles' Antigone, and Euripides' Bacchae) and examine the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and metaphysical issues they force upon the reader or audience. We analyze the poetics of each work – how they employ imagery, spectacle, and other devices to produce their dramatic effects – and try to understand and answer questions they raise. These questions address ethical choice and responsibility, passion and violence, justice and revenge, the relation of mortals to the divine, and human folly and wisdom. To help us work through these issues, we read works by philosophers, including Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Sartre, and if time permits, we also read selections from Plato's philosophical tragedy, Phaedo. Our aim in the course is to understand and appreciate these strange and beautiful artifacts produced by some of the greatest artists in world history.

CRN 10013 - MGMT 227 Negotiations (1 credit)
Instructor: Jessica Notini
Special Times: Wed Jan 7th (9:00-5:00), Thur Jan 8th (9:00-5:00), Sat Jan 10th (9:00-4:00), Fri Jan 16th (9:00-5:00), and Mon Jan 19th (9:00-3:30).
Description: The course examines the dynamics that occur before, during, and after negotiations and the theory behind various negotiation approaches. Topics to be addressed will include: claiming versus creating value (also known as distributive and integrative bargaining); preparation strategies; the nature of power; psychological aspects of negotiation; experience and expertise; multi-party/group negotiations; culture and gender; communications and perception; mediation and other alternative dispute resolution systems; working with lawyers; and organizational change and salary negotiations.


Last Updated: 10/31/14