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Preceptorials Linked to the Social Justice LLC 2013-2014

Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190) The Global South (Engl 228)
Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101) Natural Disasters (Envi 104)
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Ethn 101D) Modern Latin America (Hist 110)
Power and Inequality in Global Perspective (Soci 216D) Theatre and Society (Thtr 111)

BIOL 190: Introduction to Evolution

Preceptor: Dr. rick gonzalez
Credit: life science core / 3 units

This one-semester foundation course for Biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and ecology. Three hours of lecture weekly.  No prerequisite.

ENGL 228: The Global South

Preceptor: Dr. Atreyee Phukan
Credit: humanities Core / 3 UNITS

The Global South is an emerging term in world literature that examines international exchange from a refreshing perspective.  Whereas most are familiar with the migration of people, culture, and ideas between the “East” and “West” or between the “North” and “South,” we are less aware of the very long tradition of south-to-south transactions between regions across the global southern hemisphere.  We will examine this culture of change and exchange through literature, connecting authors from the U.S. south, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.  Regardless of discipline, students will learn to understand, through careful reading, analysis and writing, a wide range of literary devices and conventions while learning about a diversity of values and traditions from other parts of the world.

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. michael morse
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. Zhi-Yong Yin
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.

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.

HIST 110: Modern Latin America

Preceptor: Dr. Ken Serbin
Credit: Humanities core / 3 units

This course is a survey of the history of Latin America from the independence wars of the early nineteenth century to the present. It focuses in particular on the themes of the region's colonial legacy, social life, politics, modernization and urbanization, revolution, the quest for democracy and development, and contemporary problems. One of the motifs of the course is the struggle for independence and justice – independence of Latin American nations from their colonial past, from the United States, from poverty, from underdevelopment, and justice in politics, in social relations, and in the attempt to build a citizenry based on equality. Much of Latin America's history has been the story of great violence and suffering, but also of great perseverance and self-affirmation. Using historical perspective, the course seeks to understand how and why the struggle for independence and justice has raged for so long and where it stands today. The course ends with a look at the most recent – and startling and positive – development in Latin America: the emergence of a majority middle class in nations such as Brazil and Mexico and what this means for the region.

SOCI 216D: Power and Inequality in Global Perspective

Preceptor: Dr. Michelle Camacho
Credit: Social Science Core / 3 units

This course critically examines issues of power, difference and inequality, utilizing comparative, historical, global and other critical perspectives.  In an age of widening social polarization, the intersections of power, structure and agency are at the heart of sociological inquiry.  Topics covered include stratification, social change, and struggles for peace and justice as they related to issues of class, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship.  The course will consider these issues in local, regional and global contexts.  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 power and inequality in global perspective concentration.

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.