Studies in Humanities Courses
A Japanese martial art based on principles of resolving any form of conflict nonviolently. Physical movements are related to ethical considerations as a student learns to react without harming a partner or being harmed in turn. Maximum of 1/2 unit may be counted towards graduation. (Not offered 2013-14).
112 Visual Culture - Theory & Practice
Visual Culture explores the connections between fine art and a wide variety of contemporary images. Course assignments combine visual analysis, readings, and discussion with creative projects. Students will examine different media to explore the following topics: illusion and reality, the ideal, image and text, gender, architecture and public spaces. This course was formerly listed as AS 110 Topics in Studio Art: Visual Culture. (Not offered 2013-14).
115 Introduction to Film
Film in its formal dimensions, narrative and non-narrative (documentary, experimental). How meaning and pleasure are created visually. Emphasis on film style: the shot, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing (montage) and sound. (Not offered 2013-14).
118 Gender & Communications
This course investigates the differences and similarities between male and female communication in contemporary American society within the framework of communication and feminist theory from a number of contexts, including interpersonal communication in family contexts and the work environment, public communication about gender in the media, and interpersonal and mediated communication in the education system. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).
120 Renaissance Culture
Study of the emergence of modern culture through an interdisciplinary course taught by six faculty members. Discussion of the classical and Christian origins of the Renaissance and of the new science and philosophy which set the groundwork for the modern outlook. Disciplines represented are art, history, literature, music, politics and religion. Students may receive separate grades for each block of this course, but must be enrolled in all the blocks in order to receive credit. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course. Must take both blocks for credit.
1 unit —
180 Revolution in the Arts
Multidisciplinary study of change in the arts of western civilization through the examination of selected eras of major aesthetic transformation. The course will focus on four media selected from dance, drama, film, literature, music and the visual arts. The study of artistic genres, styles and forms in specific historical contexts will focus on the adaptability of human sensibilities to new aesthetic ideas in the context of accepted artistic traditions. (Not offered 2013-14).
202 Topics in Literature:
Block 1 Rilke. Block 2 Mythology & Media. (Not offered 2013-14).
215 Film History and Theory NOW FS 315
Film in its material, historical and theoretical dimensions, from its beginnings to the present. Growth of the film industry; the American studio system; European avant-garde cinema; world cinema; auteurism; film and popular culture; problems of genre. Film theory: the nature of the medium; its major theorists - Griffith, Eisenstein, Arnheim, Bazin, Kracauer, Metz, Mulvey, etc. (Not offered 2013-14).
1 to 3 units
217 Creating the Self
An exploration of Heinz Kohut's psychoanalytic theory of how selves are developed, how they can be injured and fall into pathologies, and how this theory of the self can be used in the interpretation of culture, especially philosophy, music, and literature. (Not offered 2013-14).
218 Psyche and Symbol: The World of C
G. Jung. A basic introduction to the thought of C. G. Jung, including his notions of the structure of the personal and collective unconscious, the function of archetypes and dreams in development and healing, and the transcendental function as it relates to the individuation process. Jung's belief that events of political violence are exteriorizations of unexamined inner conflicts will also be seriously considered.
.5 unit —
230 Discovering the Unconscious
(Not offered 2013-14).
370 Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Psychoanalysis
An exploration of one or two major theorists of the unconscious in relation to philosophy, psychology, literature and/or the arts. (Not offered 2013-14).