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ECON 162/MGMT 280 (CRN 10003/CRN 10007) The Economics of Climate Change (1 credit)
Instructors: Roger Sparks and Jasmin Ansar
Class meetings: Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
Location: GSB 117
Course Description: This course offers an overview of the factors driving climate change and the short- and long-term effects of climate change on the economy, environmental quality, and human welfare. The course also explores how economic policies can help humans mitigate and/or adapt to climate change. Topics to be covered include: the science of climate change; the economics of externalities and public goods; policy instruments for mitigating CO2 emissions; discounting; risk analysis; local actions; global attempts to reach agreements; and California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32.

EDUC 180/280 (CRN 10004/CRN 10008) Taking The Community's Pulse: Surveying Public Schools' Sustainability In Oakland (1 credit)
Instructor: Tomás Galguera
Class meetings: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Location: STR 14
Course Description: In this course, students will (1) develop the skills necessary to create, test, and refine surveys that are both reliable and valid, (2) assess the views of Oakland residents on the sustainability of public education, and (3) visit selected Oakland schools to contextualize the survey findings. With minimal understanding of statistics and a great curiosity to find out how Oakland residents feel about public schools as an enduring democratic institution, we will collaborate in the creation of a survey to measure residents’ attitudes toward sustainable Oakland public schools. We will then select an appropriate sample of Oakland residents to assess their views on public schools and their role in preparing future citizens and shaping American society. Each day will begin with a field trip to an Oakland public school to provide us with a richer understanding of the complex challenges that students, teachers, and administrators experience. Our visits to the schools will also inform the design and development of the survey, which we will devise and implement. Finally, we will spend time in the computer lab (STERN 14) to carry out statistical analyses to examine and develop the survey, as well as to analyze data and, ultimately, to reach findings. An executive summary of survey findings will be the final class product.

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ENG 180 (CRN 10005) Jane Austen: The Critical Legacy And The Popular Imagination (1 credit)
Instructor: Kirsten Saxton
Class meetings: Monday-Friday, 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Location: MH 322
Notes: Open to anyone. BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS, students need to have read Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. The class requires the Norton Critical Editions of each novel. Maximum enrollment is 16.
Course Description: Jane Austen was the preeminent novelist of the British Romantic era, whose cultural capital remains high. Her novels have been adapted into highly successful films, hold a steady spot in most U.S. colleges’ core curricula, have been taken over by zombies, and have been 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 claimed as simultaneously conservative and radical, and is adapted and appropriated for almost every audience, from Bollywood to hip-hop to queer-fan fiction. Her fictions have also sustained their importance as scholarly touchstones for critical inquiry for narrative theorists, feminist theorists, formalists, queer theorists, post-colonial theorists, place theorists, economic critics, and social historians, to name just a few.

What sustains Austen’s continued popularity and critical acclaim? And what is it about her plots that sustain adaptations that span all literary genres and most cultures—national and social?

This January intensive course combines analysis of the works themselves (we will read three of the major novels and selections from the juvenilia and unpublished letters) with theoretical and critical consideration of the nineteenth-century print culture, which first enabled publication of Austen’s novels, and the twenty-first-century digital world, which now facilitates access to her manuscripts and books and the adaptations they inspire.

As we study Austen's formal innovations in the representation of psychological experience, we will discuss the relationships between style, irony, self-image, shame, embarrassment, social manners and novelistic form. We will also attend to broader theoretical arguments connecting the rise of the novel to the formation of bourgeois subjectivities steeped in capitalism, colonialism, and heteronormativity. Her novelistic fiction simultaneously undermines and rearticulates these subjectivities at the levels of content and form.

In addition to primary textual material and scholarly criticism, we will watch movies and YouTube mashup clips, listen to podcasts, visit the rare book room, and use digital humanities content to access contextual historical material from the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries on relevant topics of students' choice.

REL 180 (CRN 10006) Spirituality And Sustainability (1 credit)
Instructor: Judith Bishop
Class meetings: Monday-Friday*, 12:00 am–3:30 pm
*except for Friday, January 10, 8:00 am–5:00 pm: Class trip to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. No class meeting on Monday, January 13.
Location: LONG 140
Notes: This course may meet elective requirements for Environmental Science or Environmental Studies. In addition, for current undergraduate students, this course counts as an upper-division elective; graduate students can take this course for 100-level elective credits. Space for auditors is limited.
Course Description: • How do world spiritual traditions understand the relations between human and non-human entities—i.e., non-human animals, the environment, and the cosmos? What are the implications of these understandings for our contemporary concepts of sustainability?

• Secondly, how do these same religious traditions address what we understand today as personal sustainability? Although we understand contemporary society to be uniquely stressful, many of the ancient spiritual traditions regularly foregrounded the need to take time to be “apart”--to separate oneself from the stresses of daily life. From the Jewish Shabbat to the concept of pilgrimage and to Buddhist meditation, how have these ancient traditions addressed the need to recharge and refuel? This course explores the different ways in which ancient traditions have emphasized the need to develop practices that contribute to what we today might term personal sustainability.

 

Last Updated: 12/13/13