CSP Lab Courses
"Labs for the Liberal Arts":
Special Offering within the Cultural Studies Program
Each year the Core Program offers special multi-part CSP course(s) taught by cross-disciplinary faculty teams. Their purpose is to provide first-year students with an essential experience of the liberal arts and allow them to explore the vast resources available to them both on campus and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. These "Labs for the Liberal Arts" will provide both students and faculty with opportunities to experiment, discover, and innovate within an exciting educational environment.
This CSP Lab course is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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CSP 1. CALIFORNIA (IM)MIGRATION SEMESTER.
This course offers students the opportunity to analyze the sociohistoric, legal, and cultural tensions surrounding various (im)migrant communities in California. Students will explore the various waves of (im)migration across time to understand the diverse communities of California. Students will also build critical and interpretive capacities through the examination of state policies, statistics, and various historical and empirical studies. Additionally, through the construction and revision of several expository, and research-based writings on immigration, students will hone their writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.
Students enrolled in this colloquium will not only get credit for the first year fall seminar requirement, but also will meet one of the Core Program's distribution requirements (United States). The CIS, which comprises your entire fall semester course load (16 units), is a unique opportunity to fulfill three requirements toward graduation (a Core writing requirement, the United States Core requirement, and the Intercultural Core requirement) and elective courses for three majors (CTSJ, Sociology, and Spanish). The prerequisites are a curiosity for learning about California’s cultures, a willingness to visit and learn from immigrant communities, a fondness for films and documentaries, and the enthusiasm and patience to work with children. Open only to first year frosh.
Mary Christianakis (Critical Theory and Social Justice), Salvador Fernandez (Spanish and French Studies), Richard Mora (Sociology)
Johnson Hall-McKinnon Center
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Occidental College (F-6)
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Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314