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Preceptorials Linked to the Social Justice LLC 2012-2013

Introduction to Studio Art: Sculpture (Artv 105) Crime, Justice, Law and Society (Soci 217D)
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Ethn 100D) Introduction to Human Connection (Comm 101D)
Introduction to Latin American Studies (Span 202/Lats 294) Theatre and Society (Thea 111)
God in Theology, Art, and Social Justice (Thrs 202)  

ARTV 105: Introduction to Art Making:  Sculpture

Preceptor: Dr. Alison Wiese
Credit: Fine Arts Core / 3 units

This studio course is an introductory exploration of the media and methods (traditional and experimental) that form the basis of an ongoing dialogue between object and artist.  Students will investigate sculptural form as a means of expression through technical exercises, studio projects, slide lectures, field trips, readings and discussions.  The objective of this course is to give students an understanding of contemporary conceptual issues, materials and strategies for art making, with an emphasis on sculpture.  Students will develop their technical, formal and conceptual knowledge, whle beginning to identify the vocabularies and concerns that inform their own work.  This preceptorial is recommended for all students interested in Visual Arts.

SOCI 217D:  Crime, Justice, Law and Society

Preceptor: Dr. Erik Fritsvold
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

This introductory-level course critically examines contemporary social issues in crime, justice, law and society.  It will analyze the historical and contemporary responses of the law-enforcement community to various types of criminal and deviant behavior.  The actions of formal agents of social control will be investigated both empirically and theoretically.  Topics of the course include:  theories of punishment, the criminal justice system, and the enduring tensions between social control and individual freedoms.  This course is open to both majors and non-majors for fulfillment of the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.  For sociology majors, it also serves as an introductory pathway to the Crime, Justice, Law and Society concentration.

ETHN 100D: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Preceptor: Dr. May Fu
Credit:  Social Science Core / 3 units

An interdisciplinary course that uses a comparative and historical perspective to examine the languages, family structures, spiritual traditions, economic and social issues, political aspirations, and values of diverse groups within the United States. Emphasis will be on African-Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans, but other groups are also discussed.

COMM 101D:  Introduction to Human Connection

Preceptor:  Dr. Jonathan Bowman
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.

SPAN 202/LATS 294: Introduction to Latin American Studies

Preceptor:  Dr. Alejandro Meter
Credit: Second Language Core for Spanish 202 and Elective credit for Latin American Studies 294 / 3 units

This is a Fourth-Semester Spanish course taught entirely in Spanish and may be counted for either Spanish credit as SPAN 202 or Latin American Studies credit as LATS 294.  This course will provide students with a panoramic introduction to USD’s Latin American Studies Program and counts toward the requirements for that minor.  It is also ideal for those students who plan to major or minor in Spanish.  Prerequisite:  In order to enroll in the class, all students must be placed—through the placement procedure of the Department of Languages and Literatures—into SPAN 202.

THEA 111: Theatre and Society

Preceptor: Dr. Monica Stufft
Credit: Fine Arts Core / 3 units

This course studies theatre as an art form and examines the historical role of theatre in the world and its significance as a cultural force.  It involves attending plays, designing projects and/or performing. Satisfies the core curriculum Fine Arts requirement.

THRS 202: God in Theology, Art, and Social Justice

Preceptor: Dr. Susie Babka
Credit: Theology and Religious Studies Core / 3 units

This course examines the nature and identity of God in Catholic Theology, Scripture, visual art, and in the practice of social justice by asking such questions as:  What does it mean to be human in a world in which people suffer poverty and oppression?  Where is God when people suffer?  What has been the Christian response to these questions?  How can this response be traced in the history of Christian art?