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Preceptorials Linked to the Space Place Sound LLC 2014-2015

ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture Studio ARTH 140: The Buddhist Temple
COMM 101: Introduction to Human Communication ENGL 280: Introduction to Shakespeare
HIST 110: Understanding East Asia MUSC 140: Music in World Cultures
POLS 175: International Politics SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
THRS 112D: Sacred Space and Sound in World Religion  

ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture Studio

Preceptor:  Dr. juliana maxim
Credit:  Fine Arts Core / 4 UNITS

The purpose of this course is to offer, to any student, an introduction to the basic steps of design as it is done in architecture. For that purpose, the studio introduces a full range of architectural ideas and questions related to the notion of housing, first through a close analysis of a series of important examples of modern architecture and second, through individual design projects. Students will develop design skills by conceptualizing and representing architectural ideas related to the most basic functions of shelter and everyday needs, and familiarize themselves with basic dimensional requirements. Discussions regarding architecture’s role in mediating culture, nature and technology will help develop the students’ architectural imagination..

ARTH 140: The Buddhist Temple

Preceptor:  Dr. Jessica Patterson
Credit:  Fine Arts Core / 3 UNITS

This course considers the forms and roles taken by temples as they followed the spread of Buddhism across Asia and, more recently, into the United States. The long history of Buddhist art has produced a rich array of objects and images that can be used to model some of the fundamental problems of art history. We will investigate an array of issues ranging from fundamental questions about icon and narrative to the complex social issues surrounding the conservation, reconstruction, and museumification of Buddhist art and architecture. Moreover, we will also attend to the ways that Buddhist images and ideas have been transformed as they move between cultures. What compromises emerge from the challenge of “translating” old forms into a new culture? In addition to important temples in Asia, the course will introduce students to local temples in San Diego.

COMM 101: Introduction to Human Communication

Preceptor: Dr. jonathan bowman
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

Our relationships impact every part of our lives. Whether you are chatting with friends, interacting with family, or working hard to attract and/or keep a fleeting romance, an understanding of human interaction must help you live a more engaged and fulfilled life. This course will cover theories about topics like body language, professionalism, flirting, organizational life, and public communication… including a wide variety of research perspectives that will influence your daily experience. This preceptorial counts towards the social science core curriculum as well as the major in Communication Studies.

ENGL 280: Introduction to Shakespeare

Preceptor:  Dr. Maura Giles-watson
Credit:  HUMANITIEs Core / 3 UNITS

This course celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by introducing you to his plays and poetry and to the historical contexts and contemporary controversies surrounding his work. Over the term, we will read closely, analyze, and discuss plays from each of the Shakespearean dramatic genres: comedy, tragedy, history play, romance, and ‘problem play,’ and we will study approximately thirty of Shakespeare’s sonnets. This is a highly participatory class in which each student memorizes, recites, and explicates one sonnet, and students work in groups to prepare and perform a scene from one of the plays. Participants will study Shakespeare’s works within their literary, theatrical, cultural, political, and religious contexts, and will discuss and write about issues of gender, power, justice, war, and peace that emerge in the plays and poems.

HIST 110: Understanding East Asia

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

Are you ready to take advantage of USD’s unique location overlooking the Pacific and motivated to learn more about East Asia? Are you interested in discovering the cultural similarities and differences between East Asian societies and the U.S.? Would you want to become a more culturally informed global citizen? If you answer is “yes” to these questions, then you should find this class rewarding. In an interactive learning environment, we will trace the historical roots of the Chinese concept of human rights, Japan’s “social miracle,” troubles on the Korean peninsula and the overall environmental predicament in East Asia, among other significant topics.

MUSC 140: Music in World Cultures

Preceptor:  Dr. David Harnish
Credit:  Fine Arts Core / 3 UNITS

This course explores music as a sound aspect of human culture focusing on selected non-Western music styles from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  It examines broad historical, cultural, aesthetic, and social contexts of music and contributes to cross-cultural understanding.  Students study local, regional, national and global values of music; become familiar with traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular music styles of several countries; and acquire active listening skills and a mastery of music terms.  They explore the roles of media, politics, religion, gender, and popular trends on expressive culture and explore the interdisciplinary nature of music and the connections between the arts and human values.

POLS 175: International Politics

Preceptor:  Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
Credit:  Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

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, international political economy and trade, international law and human rights, international organizations such as the UN and NGOs and global human development and environmental issues.  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.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

Preceptor:  Dr. Lisa Nunn
Credit:  Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

This course interrogates the ways in which society is organized.  Over the course of the semester we examine how societies successfully (or unsuccessfully) hold together despite being comprised of a multitude of different sub-groups.  We examine social stratification and inequality, in other words:  how some sub-groups of society systematically wind up with more positions of power and more social and economic rewards than other sub-groups.  We examine processes of socialization, in other words:  how members of society learn to share common values and sensibilities.  We interrogate the role that social institutions such as family, religion, politics, education, and so on play in the process of socialization and in the process of stratification.  We also discuss how cultural ideologies (widely shared beliefs) structure not only our personal lives, but also structure the opportunities and resources that are available to various sub-groups in society.  We look at evidence from contemporary US society, while situating it in a global and historical context.

THRS 112D: Sacred Space and Sound in World Religions

Preceptor:  Dr. Evelyn Kirkley
Credit:  Theology and Religious Studies Core / 3 UNITS

Is the "sacred space" in a church different from a temple, mosque, or synagogue? How do music and chanting contribute to sacred space, (if at all)? What does the word "sacred" mean anyway? Through readings, discussion, and field trips, this course examines the beliefs and practices of world religions, including Judaism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity. It then explores how these religions understand the sacred or holy through sound and space.