Preceptorials Linked to the Change LLC


ARTV 105: Introduction to Sculpture

Preceptor: Dr. Allison Wiese
Credit: Fine Arts Core // 3 UNITS

An introductory studio art course exploring the media and methods (from traditional representation to activist social practice!) used to communicate in contemporary sculpture. We'll investigate sculptural form as a means of expression through studio projects, field trips, lectures, readings and discussions. The course gives students an understanding of contemporary conceptual issues, materials, and strategies for art making in contexts that extend outside the gallery into social and political spaces where the audience is part of the material of the work. This preceptorial is recommended for students interested in Visual Arts, Architecture, Art History or Core Credit.

COMM 101: Introduction to Human Communication

Preceptor: Dr. Diane Keeling
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

The most common way to understand communication is through the sending and receiving of messages, emphasizing the effectiveness of getting a clear message across. But did you know that your identity fundamentally depends on communication processes? Or that communication creates, maintains, and directs the way we act in the world? In this course you will not only learn how to be a more effective communicator in interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and public contexts, but you will also begin to think about how every interaction you participate in is infused with power dynamics that shape who you are. 

ENGL 225D: Chicana/o Literature and Art

Preceptor: Dr. Marcelle Maese-Cohen
Credit: Literacy and Diversity Core // 3 UNITS

San Diego is home to a rich tradition of Chicana/o literature and art. Our introductory survey of Chicana/o culture will engage this living archive by studying local histories. In particular, we will study the history of Chicano Park, and the way contemporary works (autobiographies, novels, poetry, film, posters, murals) incorporate Mesoamerican forms of narrative and visuality.

ENGL 280: Introduction to Shakespeare: Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Preceptor: Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
Credit: Literature Core // 3 UNITS

Life transitions are often fraught with peril and with conflicting emotions – fear, excitement, anxiety, anticipation, happiness, sadness, resentment, gratitude, hate, love (to name just a few). The dramatic potential in the profound changes from childhood to adolescence to adulthood to maturity and to old age was not lost on Shakespeare, who was a keen observer of the human condition. In this course, we will explore Shakespeare’s dynamic representations of characters at times of joy, crisis, and decision that herald significant changes at crucial moments in their lives. We will also explore Early Modern understandings of human nature and consider the ways that those earlier beliefs and practices still affect our understandings today. Over the semester, we will read, study, write about, and perform scenes from 6 plays in a variety of genres; we will also study 20 of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

HIST 110: East Asia in Transformation

Preceptor: Dr. Yi Sun
Credit: Humanities Core // 3 UNITS

East Asia is often described as the "land of contradictions" -- cultural tradition and economic modernization coexist; change and continuity are both hallmarks of the historical processes in East Asian countries.  From foot-binding in pre-modern China to the "iron girls" under Chinese communism, from samurai warriors to "kamikaze" soldiers in Japan during WWII, from the "Hermit Kingdom" to the division into North Korea and South Korea along the 38th parallel, and from rice paddies to modern metropolises, East Asia has undergone unparalleled transformations.  All this while, the Confucian cultural foundation remains entrenched in the collective experiences of East Asians. This course will take you on an exciting journey of discovery of all the twists and turns in the East Asian story.

MATH 150: Calculus I

Preceptor: Dr. Jane Friedman
Credit: Mathematics Core // 4 UNITS

Math 150 is an introductory calculus course. Calculus fits comfortably into the Change LLC, since one of the major topics in calculus is the study of continuously changing quantities. In Math 150 we will learn to understand, calculate and apply derivatives, which are rates of change. We will also start a study of integration (which will be continued in Math 151) which is in some sense an inverse process to differentiation. Conceptual understanding, rigorous thinking and communicating ideas will be stressed throughout the course. Students should have strong algebra skills.

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 preceptorial course.

PHIL 111: Human Nature

Preceptor: Dr. Michael Kelly
Credit: Philosophy Core // 3 UNITS

Change is not a distinctive feature of human nature or animal nature. All living things change - all living things grow and flourish, decay and die. Alone among living things, we human animals are blessed and cursed with awareness of such change. What, then, is the relation between this feature of human nature (awareness of change) and various experiences in human life such as love? Longing? Grief? Nostalgia? Patience? Wishing? What of the apparent human tendencies to resist change (such as habit, tradition, prejudice, tolerance)? What is illness and dying but the reminder of change and the change that we’ll never be there to experience? This course will pursue conceptual analyses and phenomenological descriptions of such themes.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

Preceptor: Dr. Greg Prieto
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

Sociology is the study of society and social life, including the institutions, groups, individuals, and interactions that make it up.  In sociological tradition, this course will emphasize a “critical” approach to the study of society and social relations.  We will examine the way that social phenomena such as race, class, gender, and sexuality shape social life.  To accomplish this objective, we will study various social issues that range from heat waves and homelessness to sexual assault and undocumented immigration to better understand the ways broader social and historical patterns that we often do not perceive nevertheless influence our everyday lives.

THEA 111: Theatre & Society: Dramatizing the World

Credit: Fine Arts Core // 3 UNITS

How do we understand our motivations and choices? What is communicated by the clothes we wear, the movements we make, and even the spaces we inhabit? Do the stories we tell about ourselves shape our experience and understandings of the world or do they create our realities? Journalist H.L. Mencken once wrote, “the theatre, when all is said and done, is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.” In this course, we will consider how theater both entertains and educates, how theatre-makers differently examine the human condition, and how art serves as a vehicle for exploring what it means to be together in the world. We will investigate the relationships between theatre and society in order to engage with the imaginative creations in theatres across the globe as well as the social roles we play in our daily lives. In addition to evaluating theatre as informed audience members, students will participate in a range of theatre-making activities to explore, both critically and creatively, how theatre is a dynamic and collaborative art form

Change Integrated English 121 classes

Integrated into the Change LLC is Composition and Literature, USD's first-year writing course. ENGL 121 is a Core requirement for all USD students. In the Change LLC you will have the unique opportunity to fulfill the requirement as part of the larger curriculum. It will be a separate course, worth 3 units, but will investigate Change and take part in the LLC's activities. Building on the interdisciplinarity of the Living Learning Community, ENGL 121 will provide the opportunity to develop your writing skills at the college level.

Integrated Classes:

  • ENGL 121 section 60 - Dr. Jeanie Grant Moore
  • ENGL 121 section 62 - Dr. Vivienne MacAdam
  • ENGL 121 section 65 - Dr. Joanne Spiegel

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