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Preceptorials Linked to the Sustainability LLC 2013-2014

The House of the Future (Arch 121) General Chemistry (Chem 151)
Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101) Cultures of Food (Engl 224)
Life in the Ocean (Envi 121) History of Food (Hist 260)
The Environment and American Politics (Pols 125) Religion and Ecology (Thrs 203)

ARCH 121:  The House of the Future

Preceptor:  Dr. Can Bilsel
Credit:  Fine Arts Core / 3 UNITS

This course examines the modern house as a cultural, social and artistic construct.  Foundational readings will focus on the changing concepts of domesticity, privacy and comfort, as well as on the ideas of efficiency and sustainability.  We will examine the ways the shifting ideas of “home” transformed modern architecture since the year 1900.  In addition to completing foundational readings, students will analyze the houses of a select group of modern designers.  In the last weeks of the course students will conduct independent creative projects, reflecting on possible transformations of dwelling in the 21st century and/or designing a house of the future themselves.  Class meetings will be conducted as interactive workshops combining lectures, graphic presentations and group “pin up” discussions.  This is an introductory course in the history and theory of architecture.  It satisfies a lower-division requirement for Architecture, Visual Arts and Art History majors, in addition to USD’s Fine Arts Core requirement.

CHEM 151:  General Chemistry

Preceptor:  Dr. David De Haan
Credit:  Physical Science Core / 4 UNITS

An introduction to the principles of modern chemistry, with an emphasis on the experimental basis of this knowledge and its applications to environmental issues.

ECON 101:  Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor:  Dr. Kokila Doshi
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 224:  Cultures of Food

Preceptor:  Dr. Halina Duraj
Credit:  Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

Food figures in nearly every aspect of human life:  culture, family, religion, love, health, environment, socioeconomics, politics.  This wide array of associations, as well as food’s powerful ability to trigger memories and emotions, gives it a particularly salient metaphorical role in literature.  We’ll examine numerous examples of food-oriented literature, with a special emphasis on the current “food movement” in the U.S., which tries to raise consciousness about the environmental and social impact of food-related choices humans make every day, as described in works such as Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle (a chronicle of her family’s year of trying to live off of food they farmed themselves).  Students will write multiple essays about the texts, as well as their own personal narratives of food memories and experiences.  Students will visit an organic farm in the San Diego area and a local farmer’s market.  The course may ask students to attend community-service related events as well as literary readings.

ENVI 121:  Life in the Ocean

Preceptor:  Dr. Drew Talley
Credit:  Life Science Core / 4 UNITS

An introduction to the organisms in the ocean, including their phylogenetic and ecological inter-relationships.  Biological principles and processes that are basic to all forms of life in the ocean will be stressed.  This course will satisfy the core curriculum requirement for a life science and for a laboratory course.  Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

HIST 260:  History of Food

Preceptor:  Dr. Colin Fisher
Credit:  Humanities Core / 3 UNITS

This course is a survey of food in world history.  Themes include:  hunter-gatherer societies; plant and animal domestication and the origins of farming; food and early empires; food and long-distance trade; the Columbian Exchange; sugar and slavery; population, ecological limits, and England’s Industrial Revolution; colonialism and nineteenth-century Irish, Indian, and Chinese famines; migration and transplanted culinary cultures; the rise of American agribusiness; World Wars and food; communist agriculture; chemical fertilizer and the Green Revolution; McDonalds, Coca Cola, and global food commodities; organic farming; genetically modified organisms, climate change, and the future of food; and the challenges of feeding seven billion people.

POLS 125:  The Environment and American Politics

Preceptor:  Dr. Casey Dominguez
Credit:  Social Science Core / 3 UNITS

This class combines a survey of American government and political processes with an emphasis on environmental issues.  Students will explore how those with a stake or interest in sustainability (including interest groups, political parties, social movements, candidates, and voters) pressure and compete with opponents in policymaking institutions at all levels (including local and state governments and the Congress, courts, and the federal executive branch).

THRS 203:  Religion and Ecology

Preceptor:  Dr. Lance Nelson
Credit:  Theology and Religious Studies Core / 3 UNITS

This course will explore the worldviews and, to a lesser extent, the religious practice of the Native American, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian traditions, as well as Islam, in light of contemporary concern for our fragile and endangered environment.  A key question will be, to what extent can religion—or particular religious beliefs, values, or practices—become part of the solution, and to what extent are aspects of religious faith and practice part of the problem?  Relevant mythic, theological, ethical, and ritual aspects of each tradition will be examined.  The common presupposition that the so-called “Eastern religions” are eco-friendly, while “Western religions,” and especially Christianity, bear responsibility for the industrial world’s abuse of nature, well be critically examined.