Course Descriptions

Summer 2022 Courses

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ARHI 183 – The Art World Since 1989 (Ciara Ennis)

This course provides an overview of developments in contemporary art since 1989. Emphasis is placed on the dominant practices and movements that have defined our increasingly globalized art world. The central themes under examination are appropriation, identity politics, site-specificity, institutional critique, relational aesthetics, activist strategies, and the impact of experimental curatorial practice and global biennales. These artistic developments will be examined as unique art practice evolutions as well as in relation to the changing sociopolitical and geopolitical contexts that have impacted cultural production during this period. The broad range of aesthetic and thematic responses that have occurred as a result of these transformations have set this recent period of contemporary art distinctly apart from previous eras. 

ARHI 186 – Contemporary Exhibition and Curatorial Practice (Ciara Ennis)

Contemporary Curatorial Practice is a seminar course that will introduce students to the recent history, theory and practice surrounding contemporary curatorship through an examination of various exhibition models, case studies of specific exhibitions, and curators who employ unique curatorial strategies that have come to define the field.

CGS 067 – Resistance to Monoculture  (George Ygarza)

Theory and Practice of Resistance to Monoculture: Gender, Spirituality, and Power. Course examines historical and contemporary resistance to monocultural patterns of knowledge and social relations supporting capitalist modernity. Resistance to monoculture has historically emerged from groups surviving the onslaught of monoculture, including women; the underclasses; and peoples of the third worlds and first nations. The knowledge systems of these groups suggest how to practice constructive social change.

CHIN 151– Pragmatics in Chinese Culture (Feng Xiao) 

Using a systematic evidence-based approach, the course examines how social and cultural norms differ between Chinese and English and affect communication. The course has two phases. The first phase discusses major theories in pragmatics (how to use language according to context) and differences in pragmatics between Chinese and English. The second phase will discuss the impact of cross-cultural differences on learning Chinese or English as a second language. All readings will be in English, and no background in Chinese, linguistics or statistics is required.

EA 86 – Environmental Justice (Joanna Dyl) 

Majors Only 

There is a small but growing movement in the United States which contends that environmental harm is distributed in a fundamentally racist manner. What does this mean and how do we adjudicate such claims? This course will critically examine the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement in the United States: its history, central claims, frameworks and methods for analyzing race, class and the environment, EJ campaigns, and on-going strategies. In this course, you will actively learn to analyze environmental issues using an environmental justice lens, evaluate the race and equity implications of environmental harms, and be inspired to do something about environmental injustice!

ECON 052 – Principles of Microeconomics (Patrick Van Horn) 

Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics. This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis including consumer choice by individuals, price and output decisions by firms under various market structures, supply and demand analysis in product and labor markets, welfare outcomes of consumers and producers, the effects of government taxes and policies; market efficiency and market failure; and income distribution. We also explore how these formal principles and concepts apply to real-world issues.

ECON 105 – Microeconomic Theory (William Lincoln) 

This course is intended to start you on your way to understand how economists think and to analyzing economic phenomena on your own. It is assumed that the students are equipped with basic algebra and differential calculus. Student will learn how consumers, worked, and firms make decisions. A central goal of this course is for students to understand the effects of incentives on the behavior of these agents and thereby on economic welfare. Students will also learn about the different ways that markets can work well, how they can fail, and some potential ways to correct these market failures. I in particular hope to help equip you to critically analyze issues, problems, and ideas in depth and consider their elements. Emphasis will be placed on understanding economic behavior and institutions as well as developing specific analytical skills.

ECON 125 – Econometrics (William Lincoln)

This is a course in econometrics  that ha three main objectives: 1. To provide students with a solid knowledge of econometrics as a first step towards more advanced courses. 2. To enable students to understand empirical studies that use different econometrics techniques. 3. To provide the main tools to analyze data and test economic relationships with the help of statistical software (Stata). Topics include regression, statistical inference, limited dependent variable models, instrumental variables, and the evaluation of government policies and programs.

ECON 180 – Finance (Patrick Van Horn)  

The purpose of this course is to introduce techniques of financial analysis with applications to corporate finance. We will assume the perspective of the financial manager, making decisions about what investments to undertake and how to finance these projects. The concepts developed in this course will form the foundation for all future finance courses. 
The main topics covered include the time value of money and the net present value rule; valuation of bonds and stocks; capital budgeting decisions; uncertainty and the tradeoff between risk and return; corporate financing decisions, and financial planning.

ENGL 30 – Fiction Workshop (Adam Novy) 

This course is designed as a workshop focusing 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 a clearer understanding of their own literary values and the dynamics of fiction.

ENGL 99 – Love and Desire in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Jon-David Settell) 

In this course, students will be introduced to modern and contemporary US and world literature in translation, learn to use critical reading strategies and the writing process to support critical thinking, and develop arguable claims based on textual analysis of appropriate evidence from primary sources and thoughtful engagement with competing viewpoints in secondary sources.

GLAS 180 IO – The Carceral State in Comparative Perspective (Nigel Boyle) 

The US system of mass incarceration will be examined in comparative perspective. At a macro-comparative level, the relationship between the “carceral state” will be examined. The micro-politics of individual prisons will also be examined comparatively., This will be an Inside Out course taught with students at CRC prison in Norco. We will also have videoconferences with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in other countries.

MATH 52 – Introduction to Statistics (Ali Oudich) 

This course is meant to give a liberal arts student a sense of statistical theory and practice. It will emphasize the use and interpretation of statistics in the context of social justice. Mathematical topics will include: collection and summarizing of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability; distributions; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; linear regression; and discussion and interpretation of statistical fallacies and misuses. Attention will be paid to critically evaluating how statistics has been used to solve problems and make arguments that enforce or redress systemic barriers to equality and inclusiveness.

MS 50 – Intro to Film (Thomas J. Connelly) 

The 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.

PHIL 36 – Gender, Crime & Punishment

The course explores issues of crime and punishment through a lens of gender, also considering intersections of gender, race, class, age, and sexuality. We will examine issues that bring women into the criminal justice system and that face them in prison and on release, the impact of the system on mothers and families, and the gendered structure of prisons, among others. In addressing these themes, we will also consider the nature and purpose of punishment, the current state of the criminal justice system, including the war on drugs, mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex, how we define or conceive of crime, the relationships between the criminal justice system and other social and political institutions, whether prisons should be reformed or abolished, changes being made, and how we can make change. Readings are from a variety of sources and disciplines, including scholarly work, pieces from the media, work by advocacy organizations, and firsthand accounts. The course is primarily discussion-based.

POLI 135 – Political Economy of Food (Nancy Neiman) 

This course will examine the production, distribution, consumption, and waste of food in contemporary U.S. society and globally. It analyzes contemporary practices such as: the institutionalization of factory farming as expression of the logic of modernity; and the legacy and impact of global colonial structures on the production, consumption, and meaning of food. The course will also engage alternatives to dominant food practices, and students will develop community-based food justice-oriented group projects.

POST 40 – Introduction to International Politics ( Lisa Koch)  

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 questions in the study of international relations. Through a variety of assignments, this course will provide many opportunities for you to hone your analytical skills and to practice the art of clear, persuasive communication.

PSYC 101 – Brain and Behavior (Tom Borowski) 

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.

PSYC 140 – Psychology of Mindfulness (Marcus Rodriguez) 

Over the course of this semester, we will continuously juggle these two perspectives/processes of learning. It is my hope that this course will: 1) provide you with an experiential understanding of the process of mindfulness; 2) get you “thinking like a scientist,” giving you a sense of what the process of operationally defining, measuring, and validating any psychological construct is like, while also appreciating the unique challenges that studying mindfulness carries; and 3) encourage you to explore questions of whether and how these two perspectives might be balanced and/or integrated.

SOC 30 – Deviant Sex Cults? (Phil Zuckerman)

Many deviant religious movements that are centered around a charismatic leader often institute non-normative sexual practices. Why? Who joins them? What is it like being in these movements? How are the experiences different for women than for men? In this class, we will examine various non-conformists religious groups such as The Children of God/The Family, The Source Family, The Shakers, 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 of deviance, religiosity, and sexuality will frame our analyses.

SOC 35 – Race and Ethnic Relations (Jessica Kizer) 

This course examines concepts and theories in the study of race and ethnic relations. Attention is given to the social construction of race as it relates to colonization and racial oppression, while examining contemporary realities of immigration, inter-ethnic conflict, white privilege and social movements for racial equality.

SOC 83 – Sociology of Education (Bianca N. Haro) 

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 discipline, school pushout, teacher expectations, curriculum, and testing. We will also consider how the current pandemic is impacting and further exacerbating educational inequities. Throughout the course, we will endeavor to answer several important questions: How does the education system reproduce social inequity? 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?

SOC 183 – Consumer Society and Culture (Gary Yeritsian) 

This course will draw upon a range of related disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, marketing studies, and history to explore the phenomenon of consumption in contemporary life. Topics will include the historical origins of consumer society; the meaning of brands; the relationships between consumers and firms; the role of consumption in identity formation; and the connection between consumer culture and media. Students will be encouraged to use course material to think reflexively about their own positions within consumer society. 

SPAN 33 – Intermediate Spanish (Arianna Alfaro Porras) 

Spanish 33 is an intensive, intermediate-level course in which students use inquiry, creativity and collaborative thinking to explore language and intersections of culture in local and global communities of Latin America and the U.S. This course is infused with opportunities to put in practice different language functions in authentic meaningful communication. This idea is conceived from and directly linked to the foundation of our Spanish program that is based on the concept that language is a social practice. Our approach in class will often be directed toward exploring how to use language for different purposes in different contexts. This process will involve strengthening cross-cultural and language communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational. In addition, our Study Abroad program in Ecuador plays an important role in achieving this objective through different types of interactions during the semester. This course is delivered in a blended online format with a balanced mix of asynchronous and synchronous components.

Prerequisites: SPAN002, SPAN022, or Placement Exam