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Preceptorials Linked to the Intersections LLC 2013-2014

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics
ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering ENVI 104: Natural Disasters
ITAL 294D: Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience MATH 115: College Algebra
MUSC 120: Fundamentals of Music SPAN 294D: Narratives of the Mexico-US Border

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies

Preceptor: Dr. Susannah Stern
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

This course offers an introduction to the examination of media and media literacy. Students learn about the origins, history, and development of mass media. Additionally, the present structure, characteristics, and challenges in the areas of radio, television, and cable are addressed. Fulfills a core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor: Dr. Alan Gin
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.

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Credit: Elective credit / 3 UNITS

Introduction to the field of engineering. Exploration of problem solving in lecture and laboratory projects in different engineering disciplines. Introduction to engineering software tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-recitation-laboratory weekly. Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 115 or 150 required.

ENVI 104: Natural Disasters

Preceptor: Dr. Sarah Gray
Credit: Physical Science Core / 4 UNITS

This course will give students an introduction to the earth and the dynamic natural processes that impact humanity and life in general. Man and nature are becoming increasingly intertwined as the human race continues to proliferate. This course will emphasize the fundamental scientific principles and processes related to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, severe weather, hurricanes, meteorite impacts, and climate change. Historic catastrophes will be emphasized. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for a physical science course with a laboratory.

ITAL 294D: Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience

Preceptor: Dr. Loredana Di Martino
Credit: Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

The experience of migration has marked the life of many Italian Americans. Between 1880 and 1920 more than four million Italians came to the US. However, the history of this diaspora, the experiences of first and second-generation Italian immigrants, and the culture they created have only recently received extensive attention. This course familiarizes students with the Italian American experience. Through a study of literary, historical, sociological, and cinematic texts, we will examine the Italian immigrant experience, focusing in particular on the factors that motivated the “Great Emigration,” the challenges of becoming accepted into a new land and of adapting to a new culture, the cultural heritage of Italian migrants, and the creation of an hyphenated Italian American identity. Some of the issues that will be explored are: the history of post-unification Italy, the voyage and the arrival in the destination country, discriminatory practices and labor exploitation, political commitment and the development of labor unions, the cultures of the Italian migrant communities and of the second generations, and the evolution of the Italian American identity over time. This course is taught in English and has no prerequisites.

MATH 115: College Algebra

Preceptor: Dr. Lynn McGrath
Credit: Math Core / 3 UNITS

Is the development of algebra devoid of any human component? Is algebra a subject of procedures with no meaning behind them? Is algebra a random shuffling of letters around the page? Absolutely not! In this college algebra class we will develop an appreciation of the natural origin and evolutionary growth of mathematical ideas. Some are developed by one person, but many times in collaboration with others. Mathematical concepts will be explored with a wholesome respect for correct reasoning, precise definitions and a grasp of underlying assumptions.

MUSC 120: Fundamentals of Music

Preceptor: Dr. Angela Yeung
Credit: Fine Arts Core / 3 UNITS

The goal of this course is to give the students an overall fundamental understanding of the core elements of music notation and their basic theoretical—aural and keyboard—applications. Students interested in studying towards a major or minor in Music must take this course as part of the music theory requirement. The course is also open to students who have had some musical background, who wish to be better trained as a musician even though he or she does not anticipate becoming a music major or minor.

SPAN 294D: Narratives of the Mexico-US Border

Preceptor: Dr. Amanda Peterson
Credit: Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

This special-topic course explores the experience of the border in literary, cultural, and filmic narratives in order to encourage students to critically reflect on the space of the Mexico-US border, a space that is essential for understanding what it means to study in San Diego. Students will read and view narratives (in English or with subtitles) from the regions surrounding the border, from both northern Mexico and the US. The narratives reveal the depth and diversity of the experience of living on and around the border, with particular emphasis on narratives that deal with Baja California. Questions of privilege and the social injustices that they cause will be central for in-class discussions. This course is taught in English and has no prerequisites.