CSP Lab Courses
"Labs for the Liberal Arts":
Special Offerings within the Cultural Studies Program
Each year the Core Program offers a series of special multi-unit CSP courses 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 year four CSP Lab courses will be offered: two in the Fall, two in the Spring. All courses will fulfill the standard CSP requirements, as well as selected distribution requirements as indicated in the individual course descriptions.
The CSP Lab courses are funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
16 units: counts as four courses (CSP, Biology 106, Economics 101, and Geology 105). Satisfies fall CSP requirement and Core Lab and Non-lab Science requirements.
Join a group of first-year students and three faculty learning about natural science, economics, and the environment of California. The spectacular California landscape will be our laboratory as we investigate the geology, biology and economics of our environment through data collection, laboratory and computer analysis, critical thinking and writing, and classroom learning. Multi-day field trips during the school week introduce you to your fellow CES classmates while hiking and camping in State and National Parks throughout California. All of your coursework in Fall semester will be taken with your CES peers.
The California Environmental Semester is a great way to begin your college career. In addition to satisfying three Core requirements, its classes may count toward seven different programs of study: Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, Geology, Politics, Diplomacy and World Affairs (DWA), and Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP). Beyond these programs, CES students excel in a wide variety of majors and college activities from the theater stage to the playing fields to student government. For more information about the California Environment Semester, click here.
Bevin Ashenmiller (Economics), Gretchen North (Biology), Margi Rusmore (Geology)
CSP 2. REVOLUTIONS: AFRICA AND BEYOND.
8 units: Satisfies fall CSP requirement and Core Global Connections requirement.
Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in 2011, South Africa 1993, Algeria 1962. These are some of the revolutions that captured international attention and dramatically changed the social and political landscape of Africa. The revolutionary thinking of Marx, Lenin, Gandhi, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Fanon and Biko and others, formed the basis of mass mobilization against oppressive regimes. Furthermore, African political thought and praxis inspired civil rights movements and anti-colonial struggles throughout the world. Beyond exploring these revolutions, the class will introduce students to Africa and African diaspora cultures in Los Angeles through activities and excursions that will encompass the visual and dramatic arts, music, culinary experiences, lectures and tours.
“Revolutions” comprises one half of the entire fall semester course load (8 units), and students taking it should plan their remaining courses carefully. It is particularly recommended for students interested in History and/or Diplomacy and World Affairs, or for those going on in the social sciences and humanities generally. For more information abour "Revolution: Africa and Beyond," click here.
Movindri Reddy (Diplomacy and World Affairs), Michael Gasper (History)
8 units: Satisfies spring CSP requirement and Core Regional Studies/Europe requirement.
This interdisciplinary study of European culture will examine and analyze material from literature, philosophy, science, medicine, religion, the arts, and political theory. We will consider, in their historical context, such figures as the authors of the Hebrew Bible, Homer, Sappho, Hippocrates, Sophocles, Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, the authors of The New Testament, St. Augustine, figures in medieval Islamic science and medicine, Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Copernicus, Kepler, Queen Elizabeth, Galileo, Descartes, Locke, Newton, Defoe, Voltaire, Rousseau, Mozart, Wollstonecraft, Napoleon, Charlotte Corday (bathtub murderess of the French Revolutionary leader Marat), Mary Shelley (author of the original Frankenstein), Balzac, Marx, Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Nietzsche (and his claim that “God is dead”) Freud, Woolf, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Gandhi.
Nina Gelbart (History), Roger Boesche (Politics)
CSP 51: CULTURE OF FOOD.
8 units: Satisfies spring CSP requirement and Core Global Connections requirement.
What do you like to eat? Who prepares your food, and who is at the table eating it with you? In this course we will take on these and related questions, covering aesthetic, historical, social, and cognitive approaches to food studies. In addition to critically examining cross-cultural aspects of food culture, students will engage with Los Angeles food culture.
David Kasunic (Music), John Lang (Sociology), Carmel Levitan (Cognitive Science)
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