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Spring 2012 Courses: 100-200 Level

21603| 101A Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study

McClure (1 credit)

 

Materials Fee: $13.73

Prereqs: Admission to Fairhaven College; Required of all Fairhaven students in the first quarter of enrollment at Fairhaven

 

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 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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21802 | 201a Critical and Reflective Inquiry

Cornish (5 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $15.11

 

Prerequisite: admission to Fairhaven College; required of all new students in 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, Ackerman, Diane; 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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22243 | 202a Humanities & Expressive Arts

Feodorov (5 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $14.30

What are artists? Are they misunderstood geniuses that passionately express themselves and the times they live in? Are they forward thinking visionaries, utopian idealists or tricksters? While the term "Artist" has meant different things to different peoples, cultures and eras, the common myth of the artist as tortured genius has been promoted and reinforced in popular culture through novels, movies, television, literature and advertising. We will explore why does this myth persists and what or whom it serves. We will also investigate numerous ideas throughout history regarding the role(s) that art plays or should play within society.

 

This class will revolve around an overall theme of Abstraction versus Realism as well as their uses. Other topics we will discuss include authenticity, originality and celebrity.

 

Each student will research and give a presentation to the class on one artist from an approved list. Students are responsible for all assigned readings and are expected to participate in all class discussions. Each student will also create three art projects influenced by the assigned readings and videos we will watch in class. Students are expected to develop their ability to think analytically, cultivate perceptive reading and writing skills, and formulate and articulate ideas based upon research and class discussion.

 

Credit/Evaluation: Credit is based upon regular punctual attendance, active informed participation in class discussions, understanding of the material covered in class and timely completion of all art projects, readings and writing assignments.

 

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21803 | 203a Social Relationships and Responsibilities

Jack (5 credits)

 

Materials Fee:$ 13.73

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

 

Theme: Food for Thought

We will apply social theories to the issue of hunger in our world. We will consider how social relationships and individual responsibility relate to the geography of hunger and inequalities in food production and consumption. This interdisciplinary seminar draws on perspectives of psychology, history, sociology and social theory to examine how societies construct individual lives and social relationships. Among the questions we explore are: What does it mean to be a socially responsible citizen? How do a range of critical social theorists, including the dispossessed, oppressed and excluded, all writing from different standpoints of power and privilege, inform our understanding of social relationships and responsibility? How do interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives influence our understanding of social justice and notions of truth?

 

Our readings consider multiple perspectives on fundamental issues: human survival on a finite planet, equality, and freedom. Our scope of study will range from local to international venues; reading selections will include Vandana Shiva, Patricia Hill Collins, W.E.B. DuBois, Karl Marx, Thomas Hobbes, Carole Pateman, and others. Students should expect to gain key concepts for the study of the social world, to reflect critically on ideas of social justice and the Fairhaven Mission's commitments to Social Justice and Diversity, and to engage deeply with ideas.

 

Texts: Readings are all on blackboard.

 

Credit/Evaluation: Regular, informed participation in class discussion. Students will be asked to lead one class discussion and prepare a synopsis and handout of the reading they discuss. †Two short reflection papers and a final project/paper will be required. Evaluation will be based on grasp of understanding of multiple theoretical perspectives presented in the readings and on development of analytical skills.

 

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22242 | 203a Social Relationships and Responsibilities

O'Murchu (5 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $14.32

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

 

The seminar is a critical introduction to modern social theory - the ideas and ideologies on which liberal democracy is based. The seminar will trace the origins of enlightenment ideas that men are born free and equal. We will examine how radical those ideas were in the context of their times, and how they provided a basis for limiting the power of the state and the church to intervene in propertied men's lives. We will then examine how the universalist ideals of the liberal enlightenment excluded those without property, people of color, and women. Students examine what happens when the ideal of society as a social contract between free and equal rights-bearing citizens is confronted with the realities of class-based inequality, racism, and sexism. Is society really a contract between free individuals? What rights and obligations should our membership in society entail? Liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists all employ competing theories of social justice. We ask whether modern liberal democracy can really provide equal citizenship for workers, women, and people of color, and we examine the theories of social justice that movements for socialism, decolonization, and feminism employ to remake our world.

 

Texts: John Locke, SECOND TREATISE ON GOVERNMENT; Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, COMMUNIST MANIFESTO; W.E.B. Du Bois, THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK; and Harry Brighouse, JUSTICE; and selected pieces by Nancy Fraser, Milton Friedman, Will Kymlicka, Malcolm X, Charles Mills, Susan Moller Okin, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, and Patricia Hill Collins.

 

Credit/Evaluation: active and informed participation in class discussion, contribution to a small group presentation, and two or three short analytical papers, in two drafts, engaging with the courses theoretical perspectives and questions of social justice.

 

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23005 | 206a Science and Our Place on the Planet

Burnett (5 credits)

 

Materials fee: $15.74

 

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Forget the men in lab coats, the mega computers, the embryos frozen in liquid nitrogen. Think instead of a small boy, a small girl, sitting in his or her high chair. If I push this cup over there, over where the tray ends, what will happen? Ha! A big crash, a lovely splash, and parents grabbing mops. What if I push it just to the edge and watch them? (Smile, laugh.) How far can I push it - just how far?

 

This is science at work, a very human - perhaps the quintessential - human activity. From the start, we want to find out about our world, how it works, what it does, how we relate to it. If I push it to the edge, what happens? What if I push it over the edge?

 

Many have become alienated from science and the scientific establishment - because it is an establishment, because establishments link with money and power and control, and because (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein still lives) some of those men in lab coats still seem bent on pushing things over the edge. Scientists are Them.

 

THE PLEASURE OF FINDING THINGS OUT is the title of a collection of lectures on science by one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough work on quantum electrodynamics. He was also an extraordinary teacher, one who influenced a generation of scientists, not only because of his dazzling work in theoretical physics, but because he could communicate his excitement about how the world works, his tremendous - his childlike - joy in finding things out. Scientists are us.

 

Sure, scientific knowledge and technology are tools we have used to control nature (Feynman himself worked on the development of the atomic bomb), and the monster we have created should not be sustained. We will talk about these issues, but our main goal is to get inside the scientific mind itself and watch it work. We will read essays by three modern scientists and writers who share that pleasure in exploration and discovery, and who write about both the natural world and the men and women who questioned it, explored it, and thought deeply about the cosmos and our relation to it. In addition to Feynman's collection of lectures, we will read and discuss essays by evolutionary biologist Steven Jay Gould and scientific journalist David Quammen. All three writers discuss the wonders and oddities of the natural world, but they focus much of their attention on science itself, its role in society, and those quirky, obsessive, brilliant - and often childlike - humans who added to our evolving understanding of the cosmos because of their pleasure and drive to find things out.

 

Texts: Steven Jay Gould, LEONARDO'S MOUNTAIN OF CLAMS AND THE DIET OF WORMS; David Quammen, NATURAL ACTS; Richard P. Feynman, THE PLEASURE OF FINDING THINGS OUT

 

Credit/Evaluation: Regular attendance, active, informed and engaged participation in class discussions and activities, two short research/reflection papers, with brief oral reports on each, and a final project and presentation.

 

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22244 | 211b The American Legal System

Helling (5 credits)

 

Materials fee: $11.06

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

 

An in-depth look at the American legal system and how it affects individuals and society, with coverage of legal vocabulary, sources of law, the structure of the government, the Supreme Court and the judicial system. We will focus on the structure and evolving nature of the legal system, legal reasoning and the role of courts in government. Case analysis skills will be stressed, including identifying the issue, procedural history, facts, reasoning and holding of each case. We will particularly examine issues of affirmative action in school admissions to explore lines of precedent. Students will also engage in a mock criminal trial.

 

Texts: Class Manual of case readings prepared by instructor, Additional text to be determined. Recommended: any legal dictionary

 

Credit and Evaluation: No more than THREE absences will be allowed. Active and informed class participation will be expected. Assignments will include oral presentations on Supreme Court Justices, weekly case briefs, three papers, and participation in the mock trial.

 

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22690| 218C The Hispano/A-American Experience

Estrada (3 credits)

 

Materials Fee $13.23

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

 

This course will examine the socio-political, cultural and institutional structures directly impacting Latino/a-Chicano/a-Hispano-a populations within the United States and will provide an introduction to the historical and contemporary development of the Latino/a community. An interdisciplinary approach will be taken as we focus on such topics as education, immigration, economic stratification as well as urbanization. Special emphasis will be given to the evolution of the roles of Chicanas/Latinas, as well as the development of social protest and social change within the barrio setting.

 

Texts: FROM INDIANS TO CHICANOS: THE DYNAMICS OF MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURE by Vigil; MASSACRE OF THE DREAMERS: ESSAYS ON XICANISMA by Castillo.

 

Credit/Evaluation: The course will meet two times a week. Attendance is mandatory unless cleared by the instructor ahead of time or in the case of illness. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, videos and guest lecturers. The course is cross listed with AMST 203 and Fairhaven students will be evaluated in the Fairhaven manner rather than receiving a final grade for the course. Evaluation is based on participation in classroom discussions, two perspective papers, one midterm exam and a group term project paper and oral presentation.

 

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21609 | 231n Introduction to Applied Human Ecology: Sustainable Systems

Bornzin (3 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $15.09

 

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

Note: This class will be coordinated by Fairhaven College and/or Huxley students under the supervision of Dr. Bornzin.

 

The course may not be used as a Fairhaven Core or GUR course. 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.

 

Texts: 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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23062| 252V Introduction to Drawing

S'eiltin (4 credits)

 

Materials Fee $22.96

 

This class is designed for students with little or no prior drawing experience, but can accommodate advanced drawing students willing to expand on all assignments. All exercises will emphasize drawing from "nature" as opposed to one's imagination. Various observation exercises will contribute to improved and refined rendering skills and the ability to create the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface.

 

Throughout the quarter lessons in basic design principles, color theory and draftsmanship will be explored and experimental drawing exercises, such as combined media drawings using printmaking techniques, may be included in the final projects. Students will be encouraged to take risks, to experiment with new drawing styles, to draw without looking and to look without drawing! A wide variety of collaborative and individual drawing exercises will work to challenge previously held standards and parameters that constitute a "good" drawing. Together we will create very large and very small expressive, daring and meaningful drawings.

 

Text: No Text Required

 

Credit/Evaluation: In class and take-home drawing assignments will be evaluated on student's ability to work with integrity, to become and remain engaged in the drawing process, to take aesthetic risks and to accept that each assignment represents a learning experience not a masterpiece. Four major take-home assignments as well as in class assignments will be critiqued throughout the quarter. Students will also be required to keep an "active" journal/sketchbook with approximately 75 entries made by quarter's end. Perfect attendance, promptness, fluency in the artwork and active participation in group assignments and critiques will be essential for receiving credit.

 

 

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21992| 255y Folk Music Experience

Eaton (1 credit)

 

Materials fee: $7.84

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

 

This course combines playing traditional folk music with the study of the contexts in which folk music has evolved. This quarter the course will focus on protest songs and their impact on social movements. We'll explore some of the historical social movements (labor, civil rights) and also examine how music is influencing and reporting on current social movements (Occupy and Arab Spring)..

 

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 these songs have been written and performed. We will encourage, but will not require, that these songs come from the wide repertoire of protest music. 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: Selected readings on Blackboard.

 

Requirements for credits and criteria for 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.

 

Writing in this course: One draft of a 1 page research paper.

 

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22245| 270b Intro to Digital Video Production

Miller (2 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $ 52.00

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

 

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 Brennies. 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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| 270h Audio Recording I

Fish (4 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $77.21

Prerequisite: Admission to Fairhaven College

NOTE: This course was formerly 275h. Students who received credit for 275h may not take 270h for credit.

 

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 an assigned 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.

 

Texts: THE RECORDING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK (2nd edition) by Owsinski

 

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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| 275T Feminism and Social Media

Anderson/Beckmeyer (3 credits)

 

Note: This is a student-taught class led by Senior Kelsey Beckmeyer with the supervision of Professor Kathryn Anderson. This course cannot be used for a Fairhaven Core Course or a GUR.

 

Over the last twenty years, feminism as a social movement has increasingly moved online. This class considers the burgeoning discourse of feminisms online and off through the lens of social movement theory, rhetoric, collective identity and cyberfeminism. As an application of these theories, we will examine the role of social media in a feminist context.

 

This class will seek to develop a greater understanding of how feminisms on and offline interact by asking some of the following: How has the influence of the Internet rejuvenated or hindered social movements? In an Internet-based world, how is social movement theory changing? How does feminism online affect feminism offline? Has cyberfeminism sparked a new wave of social justice, improved or hindered feminist action offline? How do bloggers, journalists, and readers alike apply feminist theories in an online, often informal, setting? What obstacles does feminism face as an online community? How does cyberfeminism create a context for greater transnational communication among feminists?

 

Throughout the quarter we will address these questions in order to formulate a more complex understanding of what the revolution of the Internet means in terms of alternate forms of feminist praxis. By studying social media with a focus on feminism, students may gain a greater understanding of how this media influenced such phenomena as the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and the Chilean educational takeovers.

 

TEXT: No assigned text. Rather, readings will be available online through Course Reserves and Blackboard.

 

Credit/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on regular attendance, participation in class discussions, examination of the text and a demonstration of learning through weekly entries in a class blog, completion of 3 papers throughout the quarter and a final project to be shared in class.

 

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