Courses Linked to the Advocate LLC


LANG 142: Social Justice in Latin America

Preceptor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Inquiry Area: Literary Inquiry and Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice core  3 units

The region known today as "Latin America" is the product of a long and complex process of conquest and colonization. Since colonial times, Latin American and Caribbean cultures have developed against a background of cultural oppression, racial conflict, political domination, colonial exploitation, and gender inequality. Out of this tension and conflict, however, emerged an extraordinary variety and wealth of literary and artistic creations. In this course we will study the Latin American condition from a social justice perspective through literary and filmic representations of injustice centered around topics like migration and exile, gender and sexuality, indigenous and afro-Latin American narratives, and the politics of memory.


ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor: Dr. Steven Sumner
Inquiry Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

How does technology and international trade contribute to the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers? How does rent control and minimum wage impact society? This course is an introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, an introduction to market structure, market equilibrium, market failures, the workings of input markets, international trade and the role of the government in the economy.

ENGR: 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Leonard Perry
Inquiry Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry  3 units

Are you interested in being a changemaking engineer?  Do you enjoy solving challenging, open-ended problems?  If so, come join us and explore the field of engineering! In this class you will be introduced to the skills engineers need to succeed in today's world. You will learn how to use modern engineering tools including computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, and electrical devices through hands-on projects culminating in the design of a small robotic vehicle. This course intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering but no prior experience with engineering is assumed.  

Course Requirement: Students must have a Math SAT score of 600 or greater, an ACT Math score of 26 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this LLC course.

EOSC 104: Natural Disasters

Preceptor: Dr. Suzanne Walther
Inquiry Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry  3 unit class, 1 unit lab

How do the dynamic natural Earth processes impact humanity and life in general? This course emphasizes the fundamental scientific principles and processes related to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, tsunamis, severe weather, hurricanes, and climate change. These natural processes are only considered to be "disasters" when they threaten human life and property. How can we prevent or at least minimize the damage and mitigate the complications associated with these events?  Throughout the semester, we will discuss these questions using historic and recent catastrophes as examples. 

POLS 170: Introduction to International Relations

Preceptor: Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli
Inquiry Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

Why didn't the U.S. and others do more to prevent the Syrian refugee crisis? What explains the rise of global terrorism? Is it true that democracies don't go to war with other democracies? Will free trade and economic globalization continue? How important are the rules of diplomacy when states interact with one another? If everyone agrees that economic development is necessary and desirable why is it so hard to achieve? Why are good intentions not enough to protect the global environment? This course introduces students to the study of international relations and explores these and other questions about why states and other global actors behave the way they do. 

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies

Preceptor: Dr. Antioneta Mercado
Inquiry Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

What is the importance of media for sustaining a democratic society? Is mediated dialogue the soul of our democracy? Is mediated communication crucial in recognizing ourselves and others as part of our human communities? Who controls the mediated messages we get in our public sphere and who has more influence in creating the ideas and messages we live by everyday. This class explores the development of media in the US, from the early printed flyers and newspapers, to the commercial and digital media of contemporary times. The class discusses historical, political, economic and cultural approaches to media and their role in our society. 

HIST 170: Modern Latin America

Preceptor: Dr. Kenneth Serbin
Inquiry Area: Historical Inquiry  3 units

This course surveys the history of Latin America from the independence wars of the early nineteenth century to the present. It focuses in particular on the region's colonial legacy, social life, politics, modernization and urbanization, revolution, the quest for democracy and development, and contemporary problems. One of the motifs of the course is the struggle for independence and social justice , independence of Latin American nations from their colonial past, from the United States, from poverty, from underdevelopment, and social justice in politics, in social relations, and in the attempt to build a citizenry based on equality. 

LANG 142: Food: National Cultures, Global Contexts

Preceptor: Dr. Rebecca Ingram
Inquiry Area: Literary Inquiry and Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice core 3 units

Are we really what we eat? What makes Italian food Italian? What's the difference between a Spanish tortilla and a Mexican one and why does it matter?

Everything having to do with food is a cultural act (Montanari), and food, cooking, and eating have central roles in defining national cultures and in challenging them. In this course, we'll learn how to think with food. This means we'll consider how it creates identities and communities, how it signifies power and privilege, and how it marks commonalities and differences, all by working with literary, cinematic, historical, and sociological texts focused on the intermingling food cultures that characterize our globalized world.

MUSC 106: We shall overcome: Singing for freedom, peace, and justice

Preceptor: Dr. Emelie Amrein
Inquiry Area: Artistic Inquiry  3 units

This course examines the complex relationship between song and social dissent. We will explore the use of popular, traditional, and art musics by activists and social change-makers, drawing on a range of global group singing traditions. In doing so, we will seek to understand how and why group singing can be effective in mobilizing social movements, and how it might be able to advance causes of social justice in our communities today. This course bridges two sub-disciplines of music, cultural studies and performance; in addition to seminar-style exploration of history and culture, a significant portion of the course will include listening and singing, culminating in a song festival led by the members of the course.

THRS 112: World Religions and Environmental Concern

Preceptor: Dr. Lance Nelson
Inquiry Area: Theological and Religious Inquiry  3 units

This course will explore the major religious traditions of the world with a particular emphasis on their understandings of environmental ethics. We will engage mythic, ritual, ethical, scriptural,and theological aspects of each tradition, examining questions such as the role and responsibility of human beings in relation to other aspects of nature. A big question will be: "Is religion part of the problem or part of the solution, or perhaps both?"

THEA 230: Acting I

Preceptor: Dr. Evelyn Diaz Cruz
Inquiry Area: Artistic Inquiry  3 units

This course will focus primarily on the unique aesthetic of theatre through theatre exercises, scene work, discussion, and examination of a diversity of contemporary literature. Theatre exercises will be utilized to facilitate the creative process as well as foster an environment of trust within the class.  Critical thinking skills will be gained through the examination of dramatic literature, discourse and written assignments.  Theatre is created by the people and times that inspire it, to that end we will also be engaging social justice issues as a study in humanness.  


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