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Spring 2010 Courses: 100-200 Level

22483 | 101A Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study

McClure (1 credit) F 10:00-11:50 FA 314

Materials fee: 13.73

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College: required of all new students in their first quarter of enrollment at Fairhaven.


One credit, one credit is all it takes to teach you EVERYTHING you need to know to be a successful, interdisciplinary, revolutionary Fairhaven College student? As you've figured out already Fairhaven College is a different sort of place. That's why you're here. Most of you haven't experienced an educational system quite like Fairhaven. We get to show you the ropes. We are Fairhaven's Advising Coordinator, Jackie McClure and a cadre of savvy, skilled Peer Mentors. We hope you will leave this class understanding more about why you are in college and what you can do with your time here. Fairhaven College students, faculty and staff congregate by virtue of a shared vision of education. We want to help you experience that vision to better understand it. This class is structured by providing several small group workshops targeted to help de-code the mysteries of the educational practices we use (Writing Portfolio; Transition Conference; ISPs; Evals...) and sharing essential information you need to participate as an informed member of your new community of Fairhaven College and Western Washington University.


Texts: Fairhaven College website.


Credit/Evaluation: This Fairhaven College Core Class is a graduation requirement. Award of credit will be based on completion of assignments, documented participation in the required class meetings and workshops outlined in the syllabus as well as submission of a narrative self-evaluation. We expect your curiosity, your playfulness, your active engagement, your collaboratory spirit.


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22935 | 201A Critical & Reflective Inquiry

Cornish (5 credits) TR 10:00-12:30 FC 101F

Materials fee: $14.49

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College; required of all new students in their first quarter of enrollment at Fairhaven.


The Five Senses


Hairs make wonderful organs of touch. ‘Breeze’ our brain says without much fanfare, as a few hairs on our forearms lift imperceptibly. Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses Most people think of the mind as something floating in the head, yet studies in physiology tell us that “the mind” isn’t centered in the brain but travels the whole body by hormone and enzyme, making sense of the complex wonders we call touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight. We sip a Starbuck’s frapuccino, lift our faces to the rain: our senses define the edge of awareness, and we spend our lives in bodies that explore the perimeters. Thoreau took moonlight walks through the fields when the tassels of corn smelled dry. Flaubert wrote of smelling his lover’s slippers and mittens, which he kept in his desk drawer. This class considers touch, taste, smell, hearing, vision, and how they relate to culture, to memory, to a notion of the “self.” We consider taboos that attach to the senses and examine the consequences of excess. Beyond this, we contemplate how we expand individual, empirical knowledge with the authoritative knowledge others: whose authority do we accept and how does it alter our perspective?


Texts: A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman; This I Believe, ed. Allison; A Pocket Manual of Style (4th edition), Hacker. Others if announced. Also, students are to compile a notebook of texts they download and print from Blackboard, as well as any handouts.


Credit/Evaluation: Students are expected to make a commitment to the class. Such commitment requires steady effort in one’s own work (the timely completion of assigned writing and reading), as well as thoughtful, active participation in class discussion. The class is both reading and writing intensive; rewriting and revising is required of all formal work. Papers include: analytical or reflective responses to readings; an intellectual autobiography; a writing plan; a research paper based on our explorations. Students will also keep a quarter-long journal of more casual writing. Regular, prompt attendance is essential to our class dynamics, as well as to your growth. More than 3 absences, and you will not receive credit for the class.


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22937 | 203A Social Relationships and Responsibilities

Anderson (5 credits) *TIME CHANGE* MW 12:00-2:20 FA 340

Materials fee: $13.73

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College; required of all new students in the first or second quarter of enrollment at Fairhaven.


This seminar is a critical introduction to modern social theory – the ideas and ideologies on which modern society is based. It examines the historical conditions in which Enlightenment ideas emerged to make a case for greater freedom and equality for men of a certain race and class. It also examines the conditions under which subsequent generations applied Enlightenment ideas to the circumstances of their times to challenge continuing inequalities based on class, race, and gender. We explore social theory as a lens for comprehending how individuals have conceptualized their lives and relationships and how social movements have articulated arguments for changing the social order.


Texts: selected readings from John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine, Karl Marx, W.E.B. DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, and others.


Credit/Evaluation: active and informed participation in class discussion, contribution to a small group presentation, and two analytical papers demonstrating an understanding of theoretical perspectives and their relationship to specific social issues.


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22938 | 203a Social Relationships and Responsibilities

Estrada (5 credits) TR 12:00-2:20

Materials fee: $13.73

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College; required of all new students in the first or second quarter of enrollment at Fairhaven.


This section will explore the process of social identity formation in the United States through the lens of modern social theory. The goal of the class is to explore multiple perspectives on the formation of the state, individual rights within society, equality as well as the roles and responsibilities of individuals within their respective communities. The class will concern itself with the roots and application of Western ideals of freedom and equity that arguably form the basis for the United States’ liberal democracy.


The seminar will outline the origins of the Enlightenment and the basis for "natural" rights and freedoms in conjunction with the derived roles of society and government. We will then examine how the universalist ideals of the liberal Enlightenment have implicitly or explicitly excluded those without property, people of color, and women. We will also define what the "social compact" has meant in different periods of American history, and the relationship of various groups to this compact. Can liberal democracy really provide equal citizenship for workers, women, and people of color? How have the movements of socialism, reconstruction, decolonization, ethnic identity and feminism tried to reformulate and transform the social order?




Credit/Evaluation: Credit will be granted for regular attendance, evidence of preparation, satisfactory completion of two written perspective papers, in addition to a group term project and class group presentation. Criteria for evaluation include informed and active engagement in class discussions; informative, relevant group presentation and a term project paper that illustrates a sound grasp of social theory and critical paradigms.


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22939 | 206A Science and Our Place on the Planet

Bower (5 credits) T 9:30-12:00 FA 318 R 8:00-12:00

Materials fee: $14.49

Note: This class will meet for six Thursday morning field trips. We will not meet on the other four Thursdays, although on days when we don’t meet students will be encouraged to do their group field research projects.


Northwest Washington is blessed with extensive and beautiful inland marine waters, including the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and many smaller bays and inlets. These waters are also fascinating biologically. Many rivers deliver nutrients to the marine ecosystem, while complex currents and tides mix the nutrients in the water, providing the life source for plankton, zooplankton, and the many interesting and important species of invertebrates, fish, birds, and marine mammals. At the same time, these marine waters are threatened by the resource use and pollution generated by the ever-growing Pacific Northwest human population. In this field course we will examine all of these things. We will learn to identify common marine species, and will seek an understanding of how the NW inland marine ecosystems work – from intertidal zones to the deeper pelagic waters. We will also consider the threats to the marine environment and evaluate what is being done to preserve and restore its integrity.




Credit/Evaluation: Regular attendance and informed participation in classes and field trips, ability to learn to identify species of marine algae, invertebrates, birds, fish, and marine mammals. Two drafts of a group scientific field research project based in the marine environment.


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23321 | 211b American Legal Systems

Symons (5 credits) MW 9:00-10:20 FA 314

Materials fee: $11.06


What is justice? Do the legal systems of the United States provide it? This course is an introduction to the federal, state and tribal legal systems. We will look at the common law (cases written by judges), statutes, and the U.S. Constitution. Over the course of the quarter, students will learn how to read and analyze cases and statutes and use legal reasoning techniques to make legal arguments. We will consider the role of attorneys and judges in society and the role of the legal system in society as one of our most critical institutions. Throughout the quarter we will ask how/whether the legal systems provide access to justice. In this course, we will focus on the development of the Constitutional Rights as seen through Supreme Court decision. We will read the cases developing the constitutional rights, as well as the cases limiting them. By the end of the quarter, students will have a thorough understanding of Constitutional rights and be able to analyze the possible directions the U.S. Supreme Court might take in upcoming cases. We will look closely at how changes to the make up of the Court impact the analysis of legal issues. This course is a required prerequisite for all upper division law-related courses.


Text: LAW 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM, by Feinman. There will be a course reader required for this course as well (articles will be posted on Blackboard).


Credit/Evaluation: In order to receive credit for this class, every assignment must be turned in. In addition, excellent attendance will be required (missing more than two classes may result in no credit). Evaluations will be based upon successful completion of assignments, attendance, and class participation.


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22940 | 227J Walking

Tag (4 credits) T 10:00-11:50 FA 338 F 9:00-11:50

Materials fee: $15.47


"We rise from war to walk across the earth around our house both stunned that sun can shine so brightly after all our pain" —Audre Lorde


To walk may be an act of survival. Or it may be a pilgrimage, a saunter, a stroll. Or merely the cheapest and most available way to get from here to there. It may be forced or chosen, an act of protest or unity. One step at a time, we will explore the literature of walking (poems, stories, songs, essays, journals), write our own walking narratives and songlines, and take weekly excursions afoot. We will also examine the motion of walking, and how the cadence and rhythm of walking shape what we see, how we think, and the pace at which we experience the world around (and underneath) us. There are historic walks and marches to consider, sometimes for freedom or peace, sometimes at gunpoint, and sometimes as a means to exploration, discovery, or cross-cultural encounters. We will spread out and explore the many diverse perspectives on walking, historical and contemporary, using the class as a place to come together, to share our discoveries, and to see what other paths are out there. Our group walking excursions will take us through alleys, forest paths, city streets, streams, and along beaches. We will also take a 3-day walk in mid-to-late May, learning by experience what it means to walk for a long time. There will be weekly writings, a fair amount of reading, and lots of discussion and walking.




Credit/Evaluation: Presence in class; completion of weekly writing assignments (poems, songs, personal essays, reflections, event maps); active participation in discussions on readings and in group work; completion of a Walking Essay, a Three-Day Walk Project (including a map, journal, reflection, creative response, and presentation), and a Group Walk Reflection; taking all six class walks and a three-day walk; and marching in at least one group walk or march.


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22496 | 231N Introduction to Applied Human Ecology: Sustainable Systems

Bornzin (3 credits) TR 3:00-4:50 FX 212

Materials fee: $14.49

Note: This class will be coordinated by Fairhaven College and/or Huxley students under the supervision of Dr. Bornzin. For guidelines for such courses, see the "Student Guide to Fairhaven College."


The field of human ecology explores relationships between human systems and the environment. Such systems may be considered sustainable if they are maintained and renewed through internal processes and external interactions which are non-exploitative and do not rely on non-renewable resources. This class explores the concept and physical reality of sustainability through shared reading, group interaction, and the development of new skills. The class is intended to further students' awareness of their own ecological relationships, and to enable students to live more simply, in greater harmony with the environment. The most basic human activities of growing and gathering food and herbs, creating shelter, restoring and maintaining the natural environment, and developing cooperative communities are examined in light of the principle of sustainability. Consumerism, technology, food, agriculture, and the many faces of change will be addressed and discussed in a comfortable yet challenging group environment. Academic studies, including models of sustainable development and appropriate technology, complement the learning and practice of practical skills such as making compost and growing vegetables using the five-acre Outback Outdoor Experiential Learning Site.


Text: Discussions will be based on readings available on-line, and on individual student research. Readings vary each quarter according to the interests of the class, but typically include articles such as Wendell Berry, "Waste"; Gary Snyder, "Four Changes" Gary Paul Nabhan, Food, "Health, and Native American Agriculture"; David McCloskey, "Cascadia"; Dana Jackson, "The Sustainable Garden"; Susan Griffin, "Split Culture"; Peter Berg," A Green City Program"; and selections from STAYING ALIVE by Shiva, ONE STRAW REVOLUTION by Fukuoka, IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SACRED: THE FAILURE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE SURVIVAL OF THE INDIAN NATIONS by Mander, and ECO-JUSTICE: LINKING HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT by Sachs.


Credit/Evaluation: Students are expected to attend regularly and to participate actively in the class discussions, exercises, and outdoor projects. For experiential learning to be successful, students must be present and engaged. Students will also be required to write one five-page research paper on a related topic, or a reflection paper on a service learning experience of their choice, and make a brief presentation of their topic or experience to the class.


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22497 | 255Y Folk Music Experience

Eaton/Bower (1 credit) M 12:00-12:50 FA 300 W 12:00-12:50 FX 212

Materials fee: $7.52


This course combines playing traditional folk music with the study of the contexts in which folk music has evolved. For this quarter, the course will focus on the contemporary folk music scene – that is, the music being written and performed today. Students will be expected to participate in discussions on readings assigned during the first five weeks of the course. The class will choose several tunes to practice together over the course of the quarter. In addition, each student will also be asked to introduce one song to the class that enriches our knowledge of folk music or the context within which folk music has been written and performed. We will encourage, but will not require, that these songs come from the contemporary folk music scene. Students will write a short research paper that forms the basis for their presentation on the song and its context. Students will also be responsible for learning and practicing the songs that are presented to the class, including practice in small groups. Students are encouraged to gain practice at playing one or more folk music instruments during the course, and are invited to join the course even if they are beginners at playing an instrument or if they prefer to just sing.


Texts: There will be no one text for this course - readings will be assigned from a variety of sources.


Credit/Evaluation: Regular attendance and participation in our weekly sing, informed participation in class discussions, one short research paper and song presentation, and practicing music in a small group.


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22498 | 275B Intro to Digital Video Production

Miller (2 credits) TR 10:00-11:50 AW 308

Materials fee: $49.89


This class will introduce basic camera use and video editing in the digital medium. Students will script, shoot, and edit 5 assignments using Final Cut Pro. Projects range from a 30-second commercial to a 3-5 minute final video on the student's choice of topic. The assignments are set up to encourage individual creativity & personal editing styles.


Texts: Optional, but recommended, FINAL CUT PRO 5 FOR MACINTOSH by Brenneis. Students will need to purchase 5 mini DV tapes at a cost of about $25.


Credit/Evaluation: Completion of assignments, participation in class, attendance, and understanding gained from the class assignments.


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22499 | 275H Audio Recording I

Vita (4 credits) MW 10:00-11:50 FA 300

Materials fee: $71.39


Audio Recording Techniques I explores the techniques, tools, and technology used in multi-track recording. From a beginner's perspective, this course follows the recording process starting with the tracking session, then the overdub session, and through the mix-down session. By examining the various pieces of the recording process students will learn the concepts and skills necessary to use studio equipment such as microphones (their characteristics and placement), mixing consoles (explained in detail), multi-track recorders (analog and digital), patchbays, signal and effect processors, headphone systems, and multi-track punching and bouncing. Each student is also expected to attend a weekly two-hour small group lab, held in the studio, giving the student a chance to experience multi-track recording in a "hands-on" manner. A detailed manual will be provided to each student so that each concept will be encountered first in independent reading, then in lab, and finally in the class meetings. All time spent in the studio will be documented in the lab manual in a journal entry fashion.




Credit/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated through a combination of participation, attendance (lab and lecture), and understanding gained from the material evaluated from a written and "hands-on" assessment.


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23263 | 275U Poetry and the Creative Process

Carlson-Wee/Tag (4 credits) MW 3:00-4:50 FX 312

Note: This class will be taught by Fairhaven senior Anders Carlson-Wee under the supervision of Stan Tag. For guidelines for such classes, please refer to the "Student Guide to Fairhaven College."


We learn to swim in the winter and skate in the summer.” —William James


“Artists express the spiritual meaning of their culture…Those we call saints rebel against an outmoded and inadequate form of God.” —Rollo May, The Courage to Create


This poetry class will be an exploration into the creative process, which means we’re taking a little journey through the land of creativity, making maps of what we find along the way. As we go, we will write, and as we write, we will track the process - what actually happens as we write? What helps us create? What impedes us? We will study the techniques employed by a selection of writers (including Jack Kerouac, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Eliot Smith), then we’ll try them out for ourselves. Class time will be a roundtable experience, meaning we’ll all participate, all be asked to discuss our creative lives, all be asked to listen. We will learn through discussions, free writes, visceral activities (such as spitting), poem and song lyric dissection, and mapmaking. Class time will also involve media, such as films, Ted Talks, and YouTube videos. We will write eight poems, using eight different creative processes; this will involve dreams, altered states, visceral states, found poetry, the idea of a Genius, and more. The goal of the class is twofold: part of the class will focus on the craft of poetry and the poet’s toolkit; the other part will focus on thoroughly exploring, playing with, and trying to understand creativity - and the processes behind it.


Note: This class is student-taught by Anders Carlson-Wee. If you have questions about the class, talk with Stan Tag, Mary Cornish, or Anders (


Texts: THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN POETRY, edited by Lehman; THE COURAGE TO CREATE, by May; and a DVD of materials (provided by instructor) Credit/Evaluation: Presence; a willingness to discuss your creative process (aka your life); participation in activities, discussions, and free writes; completion of readings; completion of weekly footloose journal assignments; audacious completion of eight poems; one-on-one sessions with instructor to discuss your poems; an open-ended final project.


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23261 | 275V Introduction to Mycology

McAvoy/Tuxill (3 credits) *TIME CHANGE* F 2:00-4:50 FA 307

Note: This class will be taught by Fairhaven senior Lisa McAvoy under the supervision of John Tuxill. For guidelines for such classes, please refer to the "Student Guide to Fairhaven College.".


Are you curious about fungi? Have you been walking through the forest, seen a brightly colored mushroom by the side of the trail and wanted to know what kind it is and why it is there? If so, this course is for you. This course will cover the basics of mycology. We will look at the taxonomy, ecology, medicinal and cultural use, and cultivation of fungi. This course will give students the tools to identify mushrooms both macroscopically and microscopically. We will learn why mushrooms grow where they do by searching for them on Sehome Hill and other accessible forest sites.


Texts: MYCELIUM RUNNING by Stamets, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED by Arora, and a mushroom field guide of the students choice.


Credit/Evaluation: The course assignments will include readings, a research project and class presentation, and keeping a mushroom field journal. Students will be expected to spend time outside of class observing and studying the mushrooms around them.


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