Courses Linked to the Collaborate LLC

2017- 2018

SOCI 101D: Introduction to Sociology

LLC Faculty: Dr. Lisa Nunn
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

Why are men and women so different? (or ARE they?) Why don't people who live in the ghetto just get a job?  How do strippers and drug dealers justify their actions?  Why do subcultures like Goths act so weird? This course takes up all these issues and many more.  We examine how U.S. society successfully (or unsuccessfully) holds itself together despite being comprised of a multitude of different sub-groups. We examine inequality: how some sub-groups of society systematically wind up with more positions of power and more social and economic rewards than other sub-groups. We discuss what we each one of us can do to move toward social justice in our everyday lives.

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies

LLC Faculty: Dr. Kristin Moran
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

This course offers an introduction to the examination of media systems through the lens of media literacy. Students learn about the origins, history, and development of mass media in the United States. Some questions we'll consider: How can media networks bring communities together? How can new media platforms help us collaborate with others in meaningful ways? Do social media allow for collaboration and community building or are we in our own echo chambers? How can the power of media be harnessed for the greater good?

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

LLC Faculty: Dr. Alan Gin
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

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, and the workings of input markets.

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

LLC Faculty: Dr. Gordon Hoople
Core 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.

POLS 250: Topics in Comparative Politics: Political and Social Change in South Africa and the United States

LLC Faculty: Dr. Mike Williams
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

What can Americans learn about the political and social change from South Africa?  Similarly, what can South Africans learn about how the political and civil society leaders in the United States have sought to address social, political, and economic injustices?  This course provides a comparative analysis of the United States and South Africa so that we can better understand the similarities and differences between two countries that share a legacy of white supremacy and institutionalized racism as well as attempts to address this legacy through governmental and non-governmental actions.  This course will compare the political histories, the political cultures, political institutions, and role of civil societies in each country so that students can have a better understanding of the dynamics of political and social change in these two countries.  

PHIL 112: Philosophy and Literature: Meaning, Self, and Imagination

LLC Faculty: Dr. Nick Riggle
Core Area: Philosophical Inquiry  3 units

Could you live in a world without meaning? What about a world without beauty, morality, freedom, or God? What if we in fact live in such a world? How, if at all, could you make sense of your life? This course is an introduction to philosophical thinking, writing, and conversation through a careful study of literary texts that tend to provoke challenging, deep, and personal reflection about the self, meaning, fiction and reality, God, freedom, morality, imagination, and beauty. A focus of the class will be the contrast between sparer and richer conceptions of the world with or without meaning, with or without God, beauty, or morality, and how, if at all, we can make sense of ourselves and our lives in such worlds.

BIOL 240: Bioenergetics and Systems

LLC Faculty: Dr. Lisa Baird
Core Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry  3 unit class, 1 unit lab

This one-semester course for biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of energy flow within cells and between organisms and the environment.  Lecture topics will include cellular respiration and photosynthesis, organismal physiology and locomotion, and ecological interactions.

Course Requirement: Students must have a Math SAT score of 570 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this LLC course..

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies

Preceptor: Dr. Mary Brinson
Inquiry Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

This course examines modern mass media, technology and media literacy through the lens of historical development and societal impact throughout time. Students learn about the origins, history, and development of mass media. Additionally, the present structure, characteristics, and challenges in the areas of Internet, radio, television, and journalism are discussed.  Special attention will the paid to how young people can consume and engage with media in a way that is productive personally, ethically, civically, and socially.

ENGL 240: Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

LLC Faculty: Dr. Jeanie Grant Moore
Core Area: Literary Inquiry  3 units

Is Shakespeare relevant to our own time? Many novelists and filmmakers seem to think so, as they have used many of Shakespeare's plays as direct sources for their works. In this course, we will be reading and discussing Shakespeare texts as a part of their own historical and cultural milieu and then pairing them with (and comparing them to) modern works based on the plays. We'll ask several questions: Does this work? If so, why does it work? What are the points of entry into contemporary society that still correspond to Shakespeare's day?

GNDS 101: Introduction to Gender Studies

LLC Faculty: Dr. Lori Watson
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry  3 units

This course aims to offer an introduction to gender studies. The course will begin by examining the distinction between sex and gender, as well has how that distinction is employed in discussions of sexuality.  Specifically, we will examine the so-called “nature” vs. “nurture” debate and the most recent scientific claims about “innate” sex differences.  Next, the course will look into contemporary debates on sex work: prostitution and trafficking.  From here we will engage critically with pornography in contemporary society.  Is pornography harmful?  Is it best understood a protected speech?  How are sex workers treated within pornography?  Are they oppressed?  Are they workers like any other? Next, we will turn to examine the role of gender in inequality in the workplace and the relationship to inequality within the family. Finally, we will also examine the debate around rape on college campuses and Title IX.

HIST 140: Modern European History and Social Justice

LLC Faculty: Dr. Clara Oberle
Core Area: Historical Inquiry  3 units

This is a survey of European History (1770-present) through the lens of community and social justice. How did ideas of community change over time? Who participated in determining what was "socially just"? What impact did groups such as doctors have? Why did concepts such as nationality become dominant? And is the history of social justice one of progress? Does our own view of human nature impact the way we tell the story? We will ask big questions and at the same time practice the craft of the historian, including source analysis and academic history writing. Sources range from the period of the French Revolution to Colonialism, National Socialism, Stalinism and postwar Europe.

LANG 141: The Italian American Experience 

LLC Faculty: Dr. Brittany Asaro
Core Area: Literary Inquiry  3 units

Wops, Dagoes, Guineas: what is the meaning of these terms? How can a deeper understanding of America's (and San Diego's) immigrant past help us build a better future? Focusing on Italian Americans, this course will reconstruct the experience of those "undesirable" groups that came from Southern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, while examining their changing identity over time. We will discuss important issues related to diversity, inclusion and social justice, while reflecting on the strategies used by writers and filmmakers to challenge discourses about ethnicity that foster oppression. Course taught in English without pre-requisites.

PHIL 110: Introduction to Philosophy

LLC Faculty: Dr. Ashley Feinsinger
Core Area: Philosophical Inquiry  3 units

In Philosophy 110, you'll be exposed to a broad range of philosophical questions, such as: Is the mind a separate thing from the brain? Do you in fact know the things you think you know? What is free-will and do humans have it? Does the existence of horrendous evil cause a problem for the claim that an all-powerful supremely-good God exists? Furthermore, you will be introduced to a philosophical skill. You'll learn how to recognize, construct, and evaluate arguments, how to develop habits conducive towards thinking and writing critically, and how to ask philosophical questions relevant to your own lives.

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