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Fall 2017

Approved Theory and Practice courses
Note: students who enroll in one of these courses cannot count the course as part of their Upper Division Course of Study Requirement.

Anthropology 115 Medical Anthropology
  • MWF 12-1PM
  • Scheper-Hughes
  • Barrows 166
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 21991

Cultural, psychological, and biological aspects of the definitions, causes, symptoms, and treatment of illness. Comparative study of medical systems, practitioners, and patients.

Anthropology 141 Comparative Society
  • TuTh 2-3:30PM
  • Ong
  • Kroeber 155
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 45168

Theories of social structure, functional interrelationships of social institutions. Primary emphasis on non-Western societies.

City and Regional Planning 119 Planning for Sustainability
  • TuTh 9:30-11AM
  • Acey
  • 112 Wurster
  • 3 Units
  • Class Number: 12049

This course examines how the concept of sustainable development applies to cities and urban regions and gives students insight into a variety of contemporary urban planning issues through the sustainability lens. The course combines lectures, discussions, student projects, and guest appearances by leading practitioners in Bay Area sustainability efforts. Ways to coordinate goals of environment, economy, and equity at different scales of planning are addressed, including the region, the city, the neighborhood, and the site.

Comparative Literature 100 Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • TuTh 2-3:30PM
  • Britto
  • Dwinelle 258
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 21917

In the age of Facebook and Instagram, of tweets and vlogs, it can be difficult to remember that not so long ago the practice of narrating the self was often closely tied to intimate, private, and even secret forms of writing. In this course, we will consider a number of literary texts that experiment with such forms of writing, focusing in particular on the genre of the diary novel. Whether these texts present themselves as diaries, trouble the lines between diaries and related forms of intimate writing, or simply tell stories in which diaries figure prominently, they all explore the relationship between writing and subjectivity. Reading comparatively, we will try to understand why authors from different historical, cultural, and geographic locations have turned to fictional diaries to explore the interplay between identity and difference, subjugation and freedom, and private and public selves.

Economics 131 Public Economics
  • MW 5-6:30
  • Auerbach
  • Hearst Mining 390
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 13825

This course focuses on the role of the government in the economy from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the merits of possible government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course covers the analysis of tax policy, social insurance programs, public goods, environmental protection, and the interaction between different levels of government. Special emphasis is set on current government policy issues such as social security reform, income tax reform, and budget deficits.

Education 140 AC The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World
  • TuTh 9:30-11AM
  • Hull
  • Genetics and Plant Biology 107
  • 3 Units
  • Class Number: 40027

This course combines theory and practice in the study of literacy and development. It will introduce sociocultural educational theory and research focused especially on literacy teaching and learning, and this literature will be examined in practice through participation in computer-based after-school programs. In addition, the course will contribute to understanding of race, culture, and ethnicity in the United States. We will develop a view of literacy, not as a neutral skill, but as embedded within culture and as depending for its meaning and its practice upon social institutions and conditions.

Energy and Resources Group C 100 Energy and Society
  • TuTh 3:30-5
  • Kammen
  • Hearst Field Annex A1
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 23288

In this course, you will develop an understanding—and a technically and socially deep working knowledge—of our energy technologies, policies, and options.  This will include analysis of the different opportunities and impacts of energy systems that exist within and between groups defined by national, regional, household, ethnic, and gender distinctions.  Analysis of the range of current and future energy choices will be stressed, as well as the role of energy in determining local environmental conditions and the global climate.

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 161 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • MW 4-5
  • Merchant
  • Mulford 159
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 23456

A critical analysis of human environments as physical, social-economic, and technocultural ecosystems with emphasis on the role of ideologies, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. An examination of contemporary environmental literature and the philosophies embodied therein.

Legal Studies 145 Law and Economics
  • TuTh 9:30-11AM
  • TBA
  • Lewis 9
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 46258

The course will apply microeconomic theory analysis to legal rules and procedures. Emphasis will be given to the economic consequences of various sorts of liability rules, remedies for breach of contract and the allocation of property rights. The jurisprudential significance of the analysis will be discussed.

Letters and Science 126 Energy and Civilization
  • TuTh 11-12:30
  • Rosen
  • TBA
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 44483

Energy is one of the main drivers of civilization. Today we are at the precipice of what many hope will be a major paradigm shift in energy production and use. Two transitions are needed. On the one hand, we must find ways to extend the benefits of our existing energy system to the impoverished people living in the developing world while continuing to provide these benefits to the people of the developed world. On the other hand, we must completely overhaul the existing system to fight climate change and other forms of air and water pollution. Are these shifts truly within our reach? Can we achieve both simultaneously? If so, how? This Big Ideas course will grapple with these questions using an interdisciplinary systems approach.

Psychology C 162 Human Happiness
  • TuTh 7-8PM
  • Keltner
  • VLSB 2050
  • 3 Units
  • Class Number: 44697

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to an understanding of happiness. The first part of the course will be devoted to the different treatments of happiness in the world's philosophical traditions, focusing up close on conceptions or the good life in classical Greek and Judeo-Christian thought, the great traditions in East Asian thought (Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism), and ideas about happiness that emerged more recently in the age of Enlightenment. With these different perspectives as a framework, the course will then turn to treatments of happiness in the behavioral sciences, evolutionary scholarship, and neuroscience. Special emphasis will be given to understanding how happiness arises in experiences of the moral emotions, including gratitude, compassion, reverence and awe, as well as aesthetic emotions like humor and beauty.

Psychology 168 Topical Seminars in Social Psychology
  • M 1-3PM
  • Steele
  • TBA
  • 3 Units
  • Class Number: 46257


Rhetoric 114 Rhetoric of New Media
  • TuTh 11-12:30
  • TBA
  • Moffitt Library 340
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 20335

This course examines a range of digital media practices including hypertext, interactive drama, videogames, literary interactive fiction, and socially constructed narratives in multi-user spaces. Through a mixture of readings, discussion, and project work, we will explore the theoretical positions, debates, and design issues arising from these different practices. Topics will include the rhetorical, ludic, theatrical, narrative political, and legal dimensions of digital media.

Sociology 140 Politics and Social Change
  • TuTh 12:30-2PM
  • Tugal
  • Kroeber 160
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 20772

This survey course studies the relationship between society and politics through an analysis of the intersection of economic development, social relations, and the political sphere. Examines how class, race, ethnicity, and gender interact with political culture, ideology, and the state. The course also looks at diverse forms of political behavior, a key aspect of politics.