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Undergraduate Courses Summer 2015

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ARTS 180-CRN 10003: Texting, or How to Write About Contemporary Art 

Instructor: Glen Helfand
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 TRS 1:00-4:10 PM
Location: TBD
Course Description: The summer course offers students hands-on opportunities to view and respond, in verbal  to a wide range of contemporary art on view in the Bay Area. Designed for art and art history majors, the course will dually provide an introduction to leading artists of the moment as well as to local galleries (featuring emerging and established artists), museums and presenting institutions. Students will start with a selection of readings including reviews, interviews, exhibition texts, thematic essays. New writings will be generated through a robust roster field trips to exhibitions and one-on-one interviews with artists which will be turned into primary texts. Classroom visitors will include artists, curators, dealers, writers and editors who will each illuminate their stake in text about art. Class discussions, writing assignments, and workshopping sessions will address means of criticality, research, description, subjectivity, and engaging writing style and how to deploy each in addressing painting, sculpture, installation, film, public art and emerging genres. Students will be primed in the dialogues around contemporary art, and be primed to write about it more cogently.

BIO 080-CRN 10018: Biology in Speculative Fiction

Instructor: Donald Crampton
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 MW 1:00-4:10 PM
Location: TBD
Course Description: Biology in Speculative Fiction will explore aspects of biology that are relevant to everyone’s lives through critical analysis of both works of speculative fiction and articles in the news media and scientific literature that mirror predictions of speculative fiction.
Meets the following GE requirements: Natural Sciences

ENG 180A-CRN 10005: Creative Writing Bootcamp

Instructor: David Buuck
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 TR 1:00-4:10pm
Location: MILLS HALL 318
Course Description: One of the hardest--and hardest to teach--challenges for the creative writer, especially in a time of multiple other obligations and distractions, is simply to find and commit the time to focused, productive work. This summer course is thus designed to help writers produce new work, with collective feedback and support, not to privilege productivity for its own sake but to push ourselves and our writing in new directions. Whether you are working on your thesis, beginning a new work, writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or young adult fiction, we'll design a game plan for the summer, with the goal of producing at least 50 pages of new writing in our time together. This will be a challenging, writing-intense workshop, but also structured to provide mutual support, feedback, and encouragement in each of our unique practices, sot hat writing can be the rewarding, enjoyable, and focused work we all want it to be. Additionally, the instructor pledges to do al of the assignments with you, including the minimum pages of writing. After all, we're in this together as writers, and we all can learn from each other's struggles and breakthroughs!

ENG 180B-CRN 10007: The Digital Newsroom

Instructor: Meredith May
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 MW 1:00-4:10pm
Location: MILLS HALL 133
Course Description: The Digital Newsroom summer class at Mills will teach students the latest digital media practices along with the bedrock skills of newswriting. Students will choose a topic or several topics that are currently in the news, and work collaboratively to build an interactive WordPress website to showcase the work of the class. Students will report using videos, slideshows, podcasts, blogs and written magazine-style pieces all anchored to the class website. Readings will consist of a series of online digital storytelling courses by Poynter Institute on Media Studies. Leading Bay Area digital journalists, including San Francisco Chronicle video and social media producers, will visit the class to lend their expertise.
Meets the following GE requirements: Written Communication II

ENG 180C-CRN 10009: The Poetics of Embodiment

Instructor: Tessa Landreau-Grasmuck
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 MW 9:00am-12:10pm
Location: MILLS HALL 135
Course Description: This course is designed as an intensive study of how the body is related to, represented, sensed through, and inhabited across a diverse sampling of contemporary poetry. We will begin with the premise that all experiences traverse one or more bodies, be those singular, collective, familial, socio-political, historical, fragmented, (dis)inhabited, etc, and that poetry and prose perform and reject those traversals in varying ways. We will combine craft discussions with creative practive to investigate the poetics of (dis)embodiment, using the following questions as guides: What are the limits and extensions of the body? Where and how does the body of a text perform the experience of (dis)embodiment? How does craft and form demonstrate socio-political and historical embodiment? Who must defend the body and who is able to ignore it? Where, when and how is the body actively named or not in poetry? Topics of investigation may include: somatics, the black arts movement, anti-colonialist literature, ecriture feminine, the poetry of disability, queer and trans poetics. Writers may include: Renee Gladman, Claudia Rankine, Bhanu Kapil, CA Conrad, Maggie Nelson, Susan Howe, Eileen Myles, Jordan Scott.

ENG 180D-CRN 10010: Online Writing Workshop

Instructor: Achy Obejas
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 Online
Location: Online
Course Description: Don't want to lose your writing momentum during the summer? Traveling and just generally not coming to campus but still want feedback on work-in-progress (fiction or creative nonfiction) from an intimate community of writers? Join this online writing group, where you can participate in workshop discussions as your individual schedule permits, rather than during preset class times. I'll give feedback and facilitate online discussion of the manuscripts on Blackboard. No readings, exercises, or other outside work. The focus is entirely on workshop discussion of student writing. Prior workshop experience is strongly recommended.

EDUC 180 Section 1-CRN 10006: Educational Equity and Opportunity

Instructor: Ingrid Seyer-Ochi
Summer Session I
Class meetings:
 
TR 9:00am-12:10pm
Location: ED 101
Course Description: This course explores our nation’s commitment to “equity and opportunity for all” via philosophical theories of equity and justice, extensive observations and work in Bay Area schools and neighborhoods and theorizing and mapping of “opportunity indicators” in these spaces. Student work for the course will include a) the development of philosophical equity frameworks; b) “applying” these frameworks to lived spaces by engaging youth and community members in dialogue around the frameworks’ meaning, relevance and possibilities; and c) neighborhood- and school-based mapping projects that document the distribution of opportunity across the Bay Area.


EDUC 180 Section 2-CRN 10010: Survey Design and Development for Social Change

Instructor: Tomás Galguera 
Summer Session I
Class meetings:
 TR 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Location: TBD
Course Description: Survey Design and Development for Social Sciences is a proposed 2015 Summer Session course on survey design, development, and implementation for research in education and social sciences. In this course, students will collaborate developing a survey on a contemporary topic of interest to the group. After jointly drafting a research question, students will follow a series of steps to evaluate the reliability and internal, external, and construct validity of Likert-scale items. Students will also draft, test, and refine open-ended items to create an instrument that exemplifies a mixed-methods approach to research. In addition to collaborating to write survey items, students will be expected to recruit representative samples of respondents necessary to complete two cycles of survey piloting and development. Once the reliability and validity scores for individual items and the overall reliability score for the instrument reach acceptable levels, students will collect a dataset to answer the research question. The course requirements include collaborating in the creation, development, and implementation of the survey and writing a summary of findings emerging from analyses of the final dataset. The course assumes basic statistics knowledge. 


ETHS 180A-CRN 10012: Pedagogies of Wellness: Feminism, Activism and Community Healing

Instructor: Leece M. Lee-Oliver
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
 TR 9:00am-12:10pm
Location: MILLS HALL 133
Course Description: The course offers a survey of the life-­‐affirming wellness practices created by women and queer peoples of color whose community engaged activism and scholarship illustrate contemporary modes of individual and community healing, restoration, and revitalization. Marginalized communities, and in particular women and queer feminists, activists and practitioners, have developed culturally specific healing practices to ameliorate the negative results of social distancing and oppression, including high suicide rates, self-­‐harm, and substance abuse. The production of new systems of knowledge, creation of community spaces, and contestations of controlling images will be examined through literary productions, visual cultural expressions, and community-­‐engaged health practices from food justice to cultural preservation.

In this course, students will be encouraged to develop cultural competence as they learn how cultural healers work to restore individual and community wellness, physically, mentally and spiritually. 


ETHS 180B-CRN 10013: Post-racial Fantasies in Literature and Pop Culture: From The Hunger Games to the X-Men

Instructor: Vivian Chin
Summer Session II
Class meetings:
MW 5:30-8:40pm
Location: MILLS HALL 135
Course Description: How do recent works of speculative fiction, bestsellers, movies, and music videos imagine worlds without race? We will identify the continuing significance of race in stories like The Hunger Games, where racial signifiers are quietly suggested, and in projects like the X-Men movie series where race appears yet is apparently overwhelmed by fantasy. We will consider how narratives simultaneously present color-blind societies while remaining within the realm of stereotypes and controlling images. By examining popular fantasies written by and about people of color, we will better understand the anxieties and hopes of our everyday realities.
Meets the following GE requirements: Multicultural Perspectives and Written Communication II

SOSC 180-CRN 10015: Imaging Change: Art for Social Justice & Community Engagement

Instructor: Michaela Daystar
Summer Session II
Class meetings: 
MW 1:00-4:10pm
Location: LONG 140
Course Description: Using the vibrant arts scene of the Bay Area, the Art for Social Change class immerses students in the study of artists and communities using art to inspire social change. In Art for Social Change, a wide variety of creative practices are embraced as essential tools for community engagement, participatory democracy and direct action. Through lively dialogues in classroom seminars, guest speakers, art-making exercises, and field visits within the Bay Area, students explore how art and culture impact communities and how creative work (performance, writing, visual art, music, etc.) has the power to address pressing social issues and make them visible and real.  Students will also spend some time considering the role art can play in their own process of self-knowledge as they prepare their vocational path.
Meets the following GE requirements: Creating and Critiquing the Arts

LET 180A-CRN 10016: The Politics of Translation in Francophone and South Asian Contexts

Instructor: Mrin Bhattacharya
Summer Session II
Class meetings: 
MW 9:00am-12:10pm
Location: MILLS HALL 133
Course Description: Looking at translation as a powerful dynamic in our daily interactions helps us to understand the world in which we live. The politics, problems and pleasures of translation have shaped cultural, religious, literary, and diplomatic interactions for centuries. In this class we will explore translations as symptomatic of the poetic and political dynamics of the negotiations between cultures in different historical moments (19th and 20th century) in South-Asia and Francophone countries. This course focuses on the construction of literary histories through translated texts, power relations in the cultural negotiations between a text and its translated version, recovering the role of agency in translation, translation as intertextual practice and the role of the translator as mediator and communicator. Readings include works by Emily Apter, Tejaswini Niranjana, David Bellos, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Edith Grossman, and Lawrence Vanuti. Authors include Mahasweta Devi, Assia Djebar, Amin Maalouf, Abdellatif Laabi. 
Meets the following GE requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

LET 180B-CRN 10017: Confections of a Chocoholic: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Instructor: Filomena Borges
Summer Session II
Class meetings: 
TR 9:30am-12:40pm
Location: LONG 140
Course Description: While there are many who may identify with the term chocoholic and enjoy chocolate in various forms today, cacao is not simply a sweet confection consumed in the form of candy, warm beverage or decadent dessert.  Cacao, the “food of the gods”, has a long and complex history which began in the Americas and later traveled to become a global component of culinary culture. In this course, we will examine chocolate from an interdisciplinary and global perspective beginning with the detailed history of cacao and then explore its relationship to religion, and its role in society, economics, and medicine. 
Additional course fee: $100
Meets the following GE requirements: Multicultural Perspectives and  Written Communication II

PHIL 125-CRN 10014: Philosophy of Law: Liberty, Social Justice, and Constitutional Law

Instructor: Marc Joseph
Summer Session II
Class meetings: 
TR 1:00-4:10pm
Location: LONG 140
Course Description: Analytical and normative investigation of legal concepts, emphasizing the application of those concepts in the U.S. legal system. Analysis and evaluation of the relation between laws and morals; the role of liberty and justice in constitutional decisions regarding free speech, privacy, and forms of discrimination; and the relation between legal systems and persons subject to those systems, focusing especially on the nature of criminal responsibility and the moral justification of punishment.
Last Updated: 2/26/15