Preceptorials Linked to the Globalization LLC 2014-2015
CHEM 151: General Chemistry
Preceptor: Dr. JaMes BOLENdER
Credit: physical Science Core / 4 UNITS
General Chemistry 1 is the first course of a two semester sequence that is required for all science and engineering majors, as well as a requirement for all pre-health related fields. The principles covered in this class include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, reactivity, stoichiometry, bonding, and states of matter, will be used in and expanded upon in more advanced courses. Many of the concepts of this class will be put into the context of issues of importance, including water quality and sustainability, and climate change.
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.
FREN 294: Becoming Diverse: The Stories of the Transformation of France
Preceptor: Dr.Richard Stroik & Dr. shirley saad
Credit: Humanities Core / 3 UNITS
This course challenges the cliché that French culture is mostly great art and cuisine. Far from being a homogenous society, the French are a grouping of many cultures—Muslim, African, Asian, European. We will trace the evolution of French attitudes toward the rest of the world through literary productions that illustrate first a desire to dominate and then an openness to other cultures. In this way, the French experience of diversity can be seen as a model for other multi-cultural societies.
This course is taught in English. It fulfills the literature requirement in the Core and can be used for units toward a minor in French. It does not fulfill the 3rd semester proficiency language requirement.
LANG 194: Food: National Cultures, Global Contexts
Preceptor: Dr. Rebecca Ingram
Credit:HUMANITIES Core / 3 UNITS
Are we really what we eat? What does food have to do with culture? What is Chinese food, Italian food, or French food?
Everything having to do with food is a cultural act (Montanari), and food, cooking, and eating have central roles in defining national cultures and challenging those very definitions. Through a study of literary, cinematic, historical, and sociological texts focused on sites of inquiry from the Spanish-speaking Transatlantic to the Mediterranean and African worlds, this course will examine how food is central to processes of nation-building and empire, underscore the gender and class roles inherent in its production, and reveal the complications resulting from the mingling and borrowing between discrete food cultures in this globalized world. At the end of the course, students will have learned to think critically about food texts and the role of food in their own culture(s), in addition to gaining exposure to modes of inquiry in literary and cultural studies. This course may ask students to attend community-service related events, participate in site visits in the San Diego area, and, perhaps, to cook!
**The course will be taught in English.**
MATH 112: Cryptography: The Mathematics of Making and Breaking Codes
Preceptor: Dr. cameron parker
Credit: MATH Core / 3 UNITS
Throughout history -- from Roman war communications to the online exchange of financial information -- people have sought to render their communications unintelligible to unwanted eyes. We will study this history of code-making and code-breaking. In the process, we will investigate basic concepts across many mathematical fields, including number theory, statistics, probability, and information theory. We will also explore the ethical issues surrounding an individual's right to communicate secretly versus the government's duty to keep citizens safe. We will take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating military history, computing theory and history, and ethical practices. This course satisfies the mathematics core requirement.
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.