CSP Lab Courses
"Labs for the Liberal Arts":
Special Offerings within the Cultural Studies Program
Beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year the Core Program will be offering 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.
Each 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.
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.
CSP 2: "Revolutions: Africa and Beyond" (8 Units)
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.
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 (Africa and the Middle East). “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.
CSP 50: "Living LA Colloquium" (8 Units)
What does it mean to live in the dynamic, global city of LA? Living L.A. will give you the opportunity to understand the city where you live, study, work, and play. The colloquium has two components. The in-class portion will give you a deep historical and cultural understanding of Los Angeles, while the out-of-class portion will take you into the city, where you will engage with activists, residents, and artists who are our community partners in this course. Drawing from social science, humanities, interdisciplinary materials, and community-based research methodologies, the Living L.A. colloquium will provide you with tools to understand this global metropolis and your role in it. By integrating classroom work, field experiences in the city, and active learning with community members, you will engage the power of stories as they bring together the personal with the multiple levels of institutional, local, national, and global realities.
This 8-unit CSP course will satisfy the CSP Spring course and a U.S. Core geographic distribution. Although students are not required to take them, the Colloquium is linked to two related courses (POLS/UEP 106 and CTSJ/ECLS 106) that we think will also be of interested. CSP 50 students are encouraged to enroll in one or both of these linked classes if their schedules permit.
CSP 51: "Health and Humanity Colloquium" (8 Units)
This interdisciplinary course will bring together the tools of history, economics, and philosophy to analyze the concept of health and the practice of medicine. Students will learn how notions of health and well-being and institutions of medicine are culturally and historically bound, how they participate in a broad network of economic priorities and transactions, and how they are philosophically grounded in conceptions of morality, science, and humanity.
This is an 8-unit colloquium course. Students enrolled in this colloquium will not only get credit for the first year spring seminar requirement, but also will meet the Core Program's Cultural Studies Distribution requirements for Intercultural and Pre-1800. Students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions—whether as physicians, allied health workers, researchers, or policy experts—are especially encouraged to enroll.
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