Course Descriptions

All Summer Session classes will be held online.

Summer 2020 Courses

ANTH002 Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories and methods of social and cultural anthropology. An investigation of the nature of sociocultural systems using ethnographic materials from a wide range of societies.

ARHI186 Contemporary Exhibition and Curatorial Practice
This seminar course will introduce students to the history, theory, and practice of contemporary exhibition and curatorial practice through an examination of various models. These include large-scale international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Manifesta: the European Nomadic Biennale, which have become the most critical platforms for viewing and thinking about contemporary art. These case studies will be looked at in relation to the curatorial tactics deployed by experimental practitioners, such as Harald Szeemann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who have curated among the most innovative exhibitions in the recent past.
Although focused on contemporary exhibition history, this course will explore various historical models such as the Wunderkammer and World Fairs to assess their impact on the formation of the contemporary museum.

This is a small seminar whose pedagogical methodology will consist of reading, writing, and discussion. Students are required to actively participate and to lead class discussions as well as give a number of in-class presentations.

ART 113 Drawing Workshop
This advanced/intermediate course emphasizes contemporary drawing techniques and concepts. The aim of the class is two-fold: to encourage experimentation and broaden your range of media and ideas, and to help you define your own body of work. This is a class for serious art students of any major who are dedicated to the development of their personal style. You will need: open-mindedness to new media possibilities, willingness to put forth effort to perfect chosen techniques to a level of professional finish, and willingness to research your ideas for your work. Program fee: $40.

DANC151 Dancing Social Justice
Dance has long served as a locus for social change work in the United States. This has been true in times past and is increasingly the case locally, nationally, and globally. This course aims to bring together students with an interest in investigating and investing in social change work through Dance. Our classroom community will engage in discussion of readings and video viewings, will host and visit local choreographers and leaders of social justice movements, and engage in choreographic creation and presentation as required parts of the course.  The course will culminate in a performance of choreographic work created and followed by a community dialogue. This course fulfills the Pitzer Social Responsibility Praxis requirement.

EA144 Visual Ecology
Our relationship with the world is impacted by the images we use to understand and express our place in nature. This course engages investigation and application of environmental problems and ecological concepts and how these are addressed through art. We experiment with conceptual approaches to art making and strategies for how artists can create positive visions for the future. In this combined theory & praxis course, we integrate studio art with scholarly analysis and engaged field research as we create socially and environmentally responsible artworks. Students with experience with graphic design, illustration and natural history are particularly encouraged to enroll.

ECON051 Principles of Macroeconomics
This course is an introductory level economics course, which covers the basic concepts of macroeconomics. The course will first focus on the interaction of demand and supply in a market setting. The rest of the course deals with macroeconomic analysis. Some important concepts such as gross domestic product, inflation, unemployment and international trade will be covered. In addition, fundamental models in macroeconomic such as the Keynesian and the Neoclassical models will be explored. Then, we will explore the nature and impact of monetary and fiscal policies on output, price level, employment and trade balances.

ECON091 Statistics
This course is designed to provide an introduction to statistical methods useful for analyzing data, with specific application to problems of business and economics. The methods examined, however, have general application to a wide range of data analysis. At the end of the class, you will understand the fundamentals of uncertainty and risk management, know how to use methods for estimation and forecasting, be able to combine knowledge of risk and estimation in optimization, and know how to use the tools of statistical inference.

ECON105 Microeconomic Theory
This course is intended to start you on your way to understanding how economist think and to analyzing economic phenomena on your own. It is assumed that the students are equipped with basic algebra and differential calculus. Students will learn how consumers, workers, and firms make decisions. They will also learn about the different ways that markets can work well, how they can fail, ad some possible ways to correct these market failures. A central goal of this course is for students to understand the effects of incentives on the behavior of economic agents and thereby on economic welfare.

ECON135 Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
This course introduces students to the basic elements of money and banking: the institutional features and economics of financial markets. The first section of the course examines the nature and history of monetary and banking institutions. Once we have established the historical precedent that led to the modern banking system, we investigate the theories of regulation supply and demand for money, monetary equilibrium, and the effect of monetary shocks on prices, interest rates, and real output. The third and final section will address the recent financial crisis and possible reforms of the monetary system. By the end of the semester, a successful student will be able to understand the role and determinants of monetary policy. In short, we want to know how the Federal Reserve can have an impact the U.S. economy, what optimal monetary policy might be, and how we should judge the performance of policymakers. Recent events illustrate how these institutions and tools can or cannot have serious impacts on the real economy.

ENGL034 Fiction Workshop
This course is designed as a workshop on the writing of fiction and the discourse of craft. Through the examination of a variety of literary traditions, stylistic and compositional approaches, and the careful reading and editing of peer stories, students will strengthen their prose and develop and clearer understanding of their own literary values and the dynamics of fiction.

GOVT070 Introduction to International Politics
In this course, we will engage with both theory and historical evidence to tackle key puzzles in international relations. How do states (countries) exercise power and influence over other states? Why do states go to war instead of negotiating peace? Do international laws or organizations change the way states interact? How are international economic relations affected by the policies states adopt in trading with one another? Why don’t states agree on a common set of global environmental policies? The topics included in this course will introduce you to the main concepts and question in the study of international relations. Through class discussion, in-class active learning modules, group work, written work, and presentations, this course will provide many opportunities for you to hone your analytical skills and to practice the art of clear, persuasive communication.

HIST/ANTH037 Histories on Screen: The World Since 1940ish
This course uses films to present an overview of world history since the middle of the 20th-century. The focus is on how historical processes and major historical events enter into and impart the lives of ordinary persons, in particular contexts and social positions. We draw on films made throughout the world, almost all form outside Hollywood/the U.S.A. A second concern is with the history of world cinema and practices of watching films.

HIST163 Propaganda
This course examines propaganda, past and present. We will look at everything from police state rhetoric to mass market advertising, investigating the ways in which propaganda has been mobilized in different times and places. The course will be based around reading and discussion. It is imperative, therefore, that you do all the reading and come to class prepared to discuss it.
We will be using different media as sources to investigate propaganda systems—from advertising, to political posters, to movies and television clips.

LING020 Second Language Teaching
This course surveys approaches, methods, research, and practices in second and foreign language teachings for those who are considering language teaching as a profession. Through lectures, readings, discussions, activities, and projects (e.g., classroom observation, lesson planning), you will build your knowledge to help you make informed decisions and choices in future instructional settings.

MS050 Intro to Film
This course introduces students to the study of film, film history and various methods of critical analysis. This course will include the study of style, narrative form, genre, aesthetics, and social and cultural implication of film. We will examine the role of mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound in order to discern the role that style and artistic choices involve viewers’ understanding of a film. We will also critique films in order to understand film style and form and how they function as a whole. In addition, students will be introduced to basic theoretical approaches to interpreting fictional films. Lectures will be accompanied by screenings.

MS082 Intro to Video Art
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of video production and offers an intensive introduction to video production, specifically, digital video cameras, microphones, lighting, digital editing software, sound design and other post-production techniques. This course will examine video production through a series of exploratory projects, contextualizing them historically and formally by other experimental film and video art work. The class is critique-driven, and the discussions that follow the screening of each exercise are the principal method by which the successes and shortcomings of that work are evaluated. We will also be utilizing social media so you will be asked to create and use various new accounts if you don’t already have them.

MS120 Social/Media
This course will consider how social media is impacting personal communication, consumption practices, and media industries. Through case studies of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and related spaces students will theorize the role of interactivity in contemporary popular culture. This class will consider how social media impacts narrative form, political engagement, performance of self, and cultural conceptions of reading/authorship. In addition to discussing the media industry’s use of social media platforms as sites of promotion, participation, and surveillance, students will produce critical media analyses using these platforms as part of their coursework.

PHIL179 Empirical and Experimental Philosophy
To what extend is philosophy grounded on or informed by empirical observation and experimentation? To what extend ought it be so? To explore these questions, this course will make stops at important moments in the history of philosophy—such as Descartes’ armchair philosophizing and Carol Gilligan’s interviewing women about morality—on its way to the present movement called “experimental philosophy,” wherein philosophers conduct experiments similar to those in cognitive and social science in order to address philosophical questions. Students will learn how philosophers think about intuitions and the roles they play in grounding and challenging theories in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, etc. In addition, students will explore important intersections between philosophy and science, such as the emergence of neurophilosophy ad moral psychology in the 20th century. The armchair isn’t going anywhere, but neither is the question of which methods of inquiry, namely those empirically informed, are part of the philosopher’s toolkit in addressing diverse questions about mind, knowledge, and morality.

PSYC101 Brain and Behavior
This course provides an introduction to the biological bases of cognition and behavior. Topics may include basic neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, visual and auditory perception, attention, language, hemispheric specialization, memory, emotion, motor control, and social neuroscience. Satisfies: BIO.

PSYC182 Seminar in Psychology of Art
This seminar examines visual art and aesthetics from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Topics may include aesthetic foundations, historical dialogues between psychology and art, the psychology and neuroscience of vision, and contemporary neuroaesthetic approaches in which visual art is interpreted with respect to the perceptual, cognitive, and emotional consequences for the viewer. Classic and recent books in this area will be discussed.

SOC030 Deviant Sex Cults?
Many deviant religious movements that are centered around a charismatic leader often institute non-normative sexual practices. Why? Who joins such groups? What is it like being in these movements? In this class, we will examine various non-conformist religious groups such as the Family, the Source Family, the Shakers, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Rajneeshees, The Oneida Perfectionists, and others that engage(d) in both novel forms of religious life and non-normative sexual dynamics. Sociological, Psychological, and Historical perspectives on deviance, religiosity, and sexual behavior will frame our analyses.

SOC035 Race and Ethnic Relations
What is race? Is it something in your genes or something someone told you? When did you first learn about your race and the races of others? What sources did this information come from? In this course, we will make visible that ways that race structures U.S. life and move beyond thinking of race as being just about physical differences. Instead, we will use a sociological lens to understand what race is and the different ways racial inequality is maintained in the United States.

SOC083 Sociology of Education
This course will review some of the key sociological scholarship on race/ethnicity, social class, and gender in education. It will explore the similarities and differences in the experiences of various groups in the United States by focusing on the interlocking systems of power and domination. We begin the course with a discussion and evaluation of the main theoretical perspectives to understand educational inequity. We then explore the construction of knowledge and the relationships between school factors and educational outcomes paying special attention to school processes such as tracking, school push out, teacher expectations, curriculum, and testing. We will also spend some time exploring the intersection of education and incarceration. Throughout the course we will endeavor to answer several important questions: How does the education system reproduce social inequalities? What is the contemporary significance of race/ethnicity, class, and gender in education? How do academic and public discourses explain and reproduce race/ethnicity, class and gender? What are the possibilities and avenues for policy reform and change?

SOC101 Quantitative Research Methods
In this course, you will learn about the essential statistical techniques used to analyze quantitative data and get direct experience with data analysis. You will learn to analyze data from actual quantitative datasets used by social scientists (e.g. GSS, ANES, ISSP). By the end of the course, you will possess the skills to not only identify misuse of statistics, but to carry out your own data analysis. As part of the requirements for this course, you will learn to use SPSS, a statistical software package commonly used in academic, business, and non-profit research.