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Winter 2013 Courses: 400 Level

11581 | 403A Advanced Seminar

Takagi (4 credits)


Materials Fee: $15.11

Prerequisites: Required by all Fairhaven students. Senior status.

Note: Student must have applied for graduation for Winter quarter in order to register.


ANNE TREAT, Spring 2007 grad, said: "There is no possible way I can give justice to the complexity of experiences, triumphs, pitfalls and challenges of my academic career in the course of this paper. This artifact of self-reflection is simply a pause in the broader conversation of my academic journey, an invitation for me to mindfully articulate the ways those things I've studied, read, discussed and experienced over the past four years have informed and challenged my personal development, and how I've chosen to integrate and express that knowledge through the actions of my life"


This seminar is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you have been up to all these years of being educated--through writing, conversation, presentations, and listening to each other. You will read and discuss a book and other readings, co-facilitating at least one discussion; write and share a variety of short writing assignments, designed to help you complete your Summary and Evaluation, and provide a supportive community in which to summarize and critically reflect upon your Fairhaven (or Life) education.


Each student will also present or teach something to the class from the heart of his or her educational experience. This course is one of our favorites to teach at Fairhaven because we learn so much about our students, and the many intriguing, complex, deep, creative and quirky ways there are to be human and to become educated. The class also illustrates the value of writing as a process of discovery, synthesis and meaning. We will all do our best to help you express most clearly what your education has been about, and are honored to learn from your stories, your minds, your creativity, and your lives. The course will be as significant as you make it. Be honest. It is your life, your education, so let us understand what it has meant and what it really means to you now.


Texts: Varies by section


Credit/Evaluation: Active, informed participation in class discussion and excellent class attendance; supportive collaboration with your classmates in the writing process; timely completion of assignments; a final presentation of significant aspects of your educational experience; and a final draft of your Summary and Evaluation, approved and signed by your concentration chair (or by your advisor for majors or upside-down students.).


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13126 | 419F Cross-Cultural Shamanism

Conton (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $6.89

Prerequisites: FAIR 203A or ANTH 201; FAIR 413E or ANTH 424 recommended.


This course addresses cross-cultural variations and commonalities in the roles, recruitment, performances, and defining characteristics of shamans, ceremonials practitioners who restore balance and health in the daily lives of their communities. Shamanism is an ancient and worldwide method for personal learning and healing, a paradigm or way of life concerned with the healing of the individual, family, community, and environment. We explore the relationship between shamanic healing, visions, mythic consciousness, and alternate states of consciousness in cultural and historical context, including the modern western revival of shamanic practices. Issues of ethnicity, gender, and community are discussed in this contemporary context


Texts: (Tentative) Piers Vitebsky, SHAMANISM; Martin Prechtel and SECRETS OF THE TALKING JAGUAR, and selected articles available on Blackboard


Credit/Evaluation: Regular attendance and informed contribution to discussions, including co-facilitation of one discussion; two written learning assessment(s) integrating student interaction with lectures, reading, discussions, films, and guest speakers; oral presentation of a project or research paper. These should demonstrate growth in a cross-cultural and culturally relativistic understanding of various forms of shamanism, as well as awareness of the fundamental psycho-symbolic structures and themes of shamanic practices.


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13117 | 422K Advanced Legal Writing

Helling (4 credits)


Materials Fee: $11.06

Prerequisites: FAIR 201A and FAIR 211B (now FAIR 311B)

*This is a senior-level seminar that requires prior courses in law. Please do NOT sign up this class if you do not have the prerequisites. It should be taken in the SENIOR year as it is the final required course for the Law, Diversity and Justice minor and concentration.


We will build on the legal analysis skills gained in previous legal seminars by writing an appellate brief on a current legal issue. Students will also write an informed letter to a legislator on pending legislation (which the student can choose to send or not). We will also refresh our basic legal research skills on Westlaw.


(You are able to access the case on Westlaw. Please do NOT read the actual briefs filed at any level until you are told to do so at the end of the course.)


We will hold a Moot Court (which is a mock appellate oral argument) with real attorneys providing feedback as judges.


Text: Helene Shapo, WRITING AND ANALYSIS IN THE LAW (5th edition)


Credit/Evaluation: No more than 3 absences if you want credit for this course, thoughtful participation including reader feedback to your classmates, a researched and sophisticated letter to a legislator, and the writing of a complete, revised 15 page appellate brief written pursuant to strict deadlines, and a satisfactory performance in the Moot Court.


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13363 | 448T Risk and Resilience Adolescent Girls

Jack (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $10.53

Prerequisites: Previous courses in psychology or women studies.


For girls, moving from childhood through adolescence is fraught with difficulties, regardless of one's racial/class/sexual identity. Research shows that at adolescence, the incidence of depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues begin to affect girls at high rates. How is girlhood and adolescence being "packaged" in today's culture? What cultural forces are most strongly affecting girls, and how can we understand and promote their healthy resistance to these forces? How do girls learn to negotiate territories of ethnicity, gender, class and sexual identity as they move through adolescence? How and why are girls taught to agress against each other?


In this class, we will examine girls' psychological and social development through adolescence against the backdrop of culture and cultural identity. We will critically examine the conflicting messages affecting girls of diverse cultures within the US, and work toward envisioning and articulating more equitable and responsive contexts for girls. We will also imagine new stories, new narratives, and new images for adolescent girls. Students are encouraged to take Drue Robinson's course 336v Topics in Arts: Fairytale Theatre, though it is not mandatory.




Credit/Evaluation: Regular class attendance and informed participation in class discussions are required. Two short papers, one mid-term paper, and a final project must be completed. Details on assignments will be given in class.


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13392 | 451X Resistance Art of the Indigena

S'eiltin (4 credits)


Materials Fee: $20.65

Prerequisites: courses or experience above the 200-level


The contemporary visual and literary arts of Native peoples address historical injustice with passion and clarity, while offering hope for the future, and thus provides examples for investigation of related issues such as personal and cultural histories, government and state relations and critique of Euro-American institutional practices. We will view and read the contributions of Native artists whose work challenges the sociopolitical codes used to define Native Identity and explore, as well, the "self" as the site and means for cultural renewal. We will experience the work and philosophy of various artists through the presentation of slides, literature, guest lectures and collaborative art workshops.


Texts: Berlo & Phillips, Native North American Art; Rushing III, Native American Art in the Twentieth Century.


Credit/Evaluation: The goal of the course is to gain an awareness of contemporary Native American art and its ability to reflect social, political and cultural issues of Native peoples of America. Students will be required to create three original works of art, write one response essay, keep an active journal/sketchbook, and complete a final project that consists of; one of the required three works of art, a five-page research paper and presentation. All assignments must demonstrate an understanding of key concepts covered in the course. Regular class attendance and participation, and completion of all assignments are required for passing this class. You will be responsible for all of the assigned readings and must be prepared to share related ideas, questions and concerns with the class. We will discuss and respond to assignments as a class, in small groups and in written and creative assignments. Absences exceeding more than three classes will result in no credit.


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