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Undergraduate Courses Summer 2016

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BIO 080: Biology of Science Fiction

Instructor: Don Crampton
Class meetings: MW 1:00-4:00pm
Summer Session: 
Course Description: Environmental change, a hyper-connected world, virtual reality-based lives, genetic testing, novel pathogens, children drugged with behavior controllers – it’s the world in which we live. In this course, we will explore aspects of biology that are relevant to student’s lives through critical analysis of both works of science fiction and articles in the popular media that mirror predictions of science fiction.  We will see depictions of the future, address issues about biology today, and consider what “biology” will mean in the future. Science fiction novels, short stories, and films will be used as stimuli for class discussion and response papers of the science topics touched upon in the stories.  These activities will require students to use science reference sources as well as the internet to familiarize themselves with the facts, misinformation, and issues surrounding each biological topic. Through presentation of the issues, description of the present knowledge, and prediction of future progress and problems, students will demonstrate the ability to understand the complex biological issues that are significant parts of our modern lives.  After all, what was science fiction yesterday is reality today. By examining biology in science fiction literature and film, the course will make the natural world more accessible, and, thus, introduce biological concepts and research that can be more incredible than fiction. The class will be discussion-based, and will include discussion of the reading assignments, films, and activities, as well as lectures to introduce biological concepts.

Meets the following GE requirements: Natural Sciences

ECON 115: Managerial Accounting

Instructor: Mark Bischsel
Class meetings: 
MW 6:00-8:30pm, S 6/25 10am-2pm and S 6/21 10am-2pm
Summer Session:
Course Description: 
This course describes and analyzes the tools available for measurement, control, and planning of business firms. Emphasis will be on the accounting of costs in business.

EDUC 180A: Trauma and Social and Emotional Learning

Instructor: Patricia Nunley
Class meetings: 
MW 5:30-8:30pm
Summer Session:
Course Description: 
Using an interdisciplinary approach this course will explore the influence of human violence on development and functioning beginning at the point of conception and into adulthood.  Students will become familiar with Western and non-Western theories and concepts conceived for the purpose of comprehending this global human phenomenon.  While the course will briefly discuss current intervention techniques such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Filial Therapy, the primary focus will be on recognizing how trauma is manifested in human behavior.  Special attention will be given to current Oakland Unified School District students who experience trauma as a result of exposure to violence in multiple contexts, e.g. neighborhood, refugee experience, gender identity, recent immigration, intimate personal relationships, etc. 


ENG 180: Creative Writing Workshop

Instructor: Stephanie Young
Summer Session III
Class meetings:
Location: Online
Course Description: For poets enrolled in the class, the courses will consist of in–class discussion of original poems. Topics may be selected to offer more detailed attention to forms of poetry. Examples of such topics might be: performance poetry, nature poetry, poetic forms, experimentalism, imitations, collaboration, and politics. Students will have contact with their professor through various digital interfaces.
For enrolled prose students, each writing will create a minimum of 40 pages of new fiction in this class and they provide critical responses and support to the work of the other students. This is for the student who is self-starting but needs a forum in which to present their work. Students will receive feedback from their instructor remotely.
Meets the following GE requirements: Creating and CritiquingArts

LET 180: Modern Romance to Being Mortal: Bestsellers, Ideology, and Power

Instructor: Vivian Chin

Summer Session III
Class Meetings: MW 5:30pm-8:40pm
Location: TBA
Course Description: How do bestsellers reveal the mechanics of ideology and power? What and how can we learn from bestselling books? Reading literary fiction written by a British Japanese author to a how-to on the “Japanese” art of decluttering, from Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal to Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, from medical applied psychology to lyrical cultural criticism, we will study these texts with a sharp focus on intersectionality – the confluences of race, gender, class, nation, and sexuality to better understand power and the mysteries of popular taste. Are some of these works depoliticized and colorblind? Are they examples of propaganda and social control? How are they able to question systemic power and how do they lull their readers into complacency?  With a keen eye on the representation and construction of race, gender and other aspects of subjectivity, we will study a wide variety of texts as we work towards strengthening critical thinking and academic writing skills.
Meets the following GE requirements: Multicultural Perspectives, Women & Gender and Written Communication II 

SOC 180: Body Politics: Race, Gender, and Power

Instructor: Margaret Hunter
Summer Session III
Class meetings:
TR 9:00am-12:10pm
Location: TBA
Course Description: Cosmetic surgery, skin bleaching, reproductive justice, and dancing; what do they all have in common? Body politics. The body is an important site of power relations and affects individual level interactions as well as larger social structures. How do race, gender and other aspects of power influence the body? The course will focus on topics such as policing and the construction of criminal bodies, the beauty industry and the construction of ugly bodies, healthcare and the construction of sick bodies, reproductive justice and the construction of fertile/irresponsible bodies. The readings will offer an intersectional approach to studying the body by looking at its intersections with race, gender, class, citizenship, abilities, and sexuality.
Meets the following GE requirements: Multicultural Perspectives and Women& Gender



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