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Preceptorials Linked to the Globalization LLC 2013-2014

COMM 101D: Introduction to Human Communication ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 228: Literature in Violent Times ETHN 140D: Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
HIST 116: The Vietnam Wars POLS 175: International Relations

COMM 101D: Introduction to Human Communication

Preceptor: Dr. Leeva Chung
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

An examination of the principles and contexts of human communication. Some of the principles surveyed are perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and persuasion. The primary contexts examined include interpersonal, group, organizational, and public communication. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division Communication Studies courses, and fulfills a core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor: Dr. Alyson Ma
Credit: Social Science Core / 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, production and cost, and an introduction to market structure from competition to monopoly. The goal of the course is to develop and use an economic model as a framework for interpreting real world events. Key topics will be illustrated using classroom experiments and simulations. This preceptorial is ideal for students interested in majoring or minoring in Economics, Business Administration, or Accounting.

ENGL 228: Literature in Violent Times

Preceptor: Dr. Irene Williams
Credit: Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

We will begin by reading stories of the human cost of genocide and occupation, written by writers who know how to make language burn. As distinct from survivor testimony and textbook accounts, “literature” makes it hard for readers to remain altogether detached from difficult subject matter. The writer of literature drags a fragment of history into the present in the form of a story that gets inside you when you read it. It may be fiction, but it feels true. Rwanda, Bosnia, Germany during the Holocaust, the Palestinian diaspora, Bangladesh—readers get to visit in their minds. Potential readings: Monenembo, The Oldest Orphan; Darwish, Memory of Forgetfulness (Beirut 1982); Tochman, Like Eating a Stone (Surviving the Past in Bosnia); Fink, A Scrap of Time and Other Stories; Borowski, This Way For The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen; Levi, The Drowned and the Saved; Nasrin, Shame.

ETHN 140D: Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies

Preceptor: Dr. Alberto Pulido
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

This course is an introductory survey of the field of Chicano/Latino Studies. Emphasis is placed on the historical development of the Chicano/Latino people including their Mesoamerican roots, cultural identification, political activities, and their contemporary roles and influence in United States culture, society, and economy.

HIST 116: The Vietnam Wars

Preceptor: Dr. Kathryn Statler
Credit: Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

This course examines the nature and consequences of the wars fought in and around Vietnam since the 1940s, with particular attention paid to the long period of direct American involvement. These events will be considered in relation to Vietnam’s history, American politics and society and to the nature of war itself. Finally, we will consider the legacy of the war and its meaning in American and Vietnamese memory today. The First Indochina War (1946 – 1954) was fought between the French and the Viet Minh. The United States and Northern Vietnam fought the Second Indochina War (1964-1973). This course provides a comparative approach to the two wars, examining the Vietnamese, French and American perspectives. Our examination of the wars will take into consideration Vietnamese history and nationalism, French colonialism, American domestic politics, and Cold War concerns. We will analyze first hand accounts of the Vietnam Wars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  In addition, we will make use of a textbook, chronologies, maps, films, documentaries, novels, poetry, songs, oral histories, and memoirs from various time periods and perspectives to help trace the evolution of the Vietnam Wars. This course emphasizes the contrasting viewpoints on the Vietnam Wars—we will be exploring views from Northern and Southern Vietnamese, French and American soldiers, anti-war protestors, government officials, and ordinary citizens caught in the war. This course encourages students to debate the various perspectives, forming their own conclusions about how the wars were fought, why the United States became involved in the war, and what legacies of the wars remain. This course also emphasizes critical analysis, research, and writing. Students will learn to carefully read and critique various accounts of the wars. Students will be expected to participate regularly in class discussions and will be asked to present their views in front of the class. Finally, students have a writing assignment that requires outside research.

POLS 175: International Relations

Preceptor: Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

As a USD student living in the comfort of your dorm, why should you care about whether Greece can repay its debt or the global price of corn? Does it really matter if Afghanistan is a stable country? If global warming is such a problem, why haven’t countries figured out a way to solve it? Why can’t the United States solve its own economic problems without worrying about how its solutions affect the rest of the world? Intuitively we know that all these questions “matter,” but we do not always know how. This course introduces students to the study of international relations. Students will acquire an understanding of international relations theory and the basic analytic tools necessary to comprehend the nature and relevance of interstate phenomena such as war and international security, trade and economic development, as well as the role of international organizations such as the UN and NGOs, and problems associated with human rights and the global environment. Studying these issues will create an understanding of how interconnected countries are and in the process, demonstrate how people and events in other parts of the world have an effect on us, and we on them.