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Spring 2014 Courses: 100-200 Level

21216| 101A Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study

McClure (1 credit)


Materials Fee: $ 3.00

Prerequisites: admission to Fairhaven College.


Must be taken in first quarter at Fairhaven. Fairhaven College students, faculty and staff congregate by virtue of a shared vision of education. Most of you haven't experienced an educational system quite like Fairhaven. We get to show you the ropes. Fairhaven's Advising Coordinator and Fairhaven peer mentors aim to help you experience that vision and show you the ropes. Our class activities will include small group workshops, introductions to Fairhaven resources and people, community-based activities and individual advising. We will de-code the mysteries of the educational practices we use (Writing Portfolio; Transition Conference; Independent Study, Interdisciplinary Concentration, Narrative Evaluations...) and share the essentials you need to proceed toward your chosen major and take charge of your education.


Texts: Materials to be provided.


Credit/Evaluation: This Fairhaven College Core Class is a graduation requirement. Award of credit will be based on documented participation and written assessment in all of the required class meetings and required 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. We hope the learning outcomes from FAIR 101a would include understanding resources, degree pathways, requirements and pedagogy that are the mission and practice at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.


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21364 | 201A Critical and Reflective Inquiry

Cornish (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 15.11

Prerequisites: admission to Fairhaven College. Must be taken in first quarter 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 Canvas, 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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21537 | 202A Humanities & Expressive Arts

S'eiltin (5 credits)


Primitivism is more a cultural attitude than an aesthetic movement that has greatly contributed to radical changes in Modern art and art practices. Historically it is a set of ideas that developed in Western Europe during the eighteenth century at the time of Enlightenment and the beginning of colonial expansion. In possession of a wealth of examples of cultures new to the West, systems of unequal standards and power relations were established that placed the “primitive” in Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Artists with a burgeoning global perspective responded in a wide variety of ways. During the early 20th century some believed that the “primitive” could provide alternatives to modern civilization. Paul Gauguin, for instance, sought utopia in Tahiti, and Picasso challenged restrictive art standards through the study and implementation of African masks. The Dadaists and Surrealists, in search of new aesthetics, made efforts to emulate the “primitive’s” fundamental modes of thinking. As a result, Primitivism in modern art has been the subject of much critical debate. Assumptions arising from it can be framed in terms of eroticism and racism. However, the study of contemporary indigenous artists and scholars of the Americas and Oceania will provide an unraveling of the myths inherent in Primitivist’s tendencies. In this class we will build an understanding of the complex ideas associated with Primitivism in art, and investigate the methods with which Indigenous artists and scholars challenge them. This inquiry will provide a new lens for the history of colonization, the related politics of representation, and the definition of art and race.


Texts: Susan Hiller, The Myth of Primitivism, Perspectives on Art, Routledge, 1991; Colin Rhodes, Primitivism and Modern Art, Thames and Hudson, 1994; Nicholas Thomas, Oceanic Art, Thames and Hudson, 1995


Credit/Evaluation: Regular class attendance and participation, and completion of all assignments. Absences exceeding more than three classes will result in 0 credits. Students will work to develop personal creative skills as well as perceptive reading, writing and sketchbook skills. Students will be responsible for the following: consistent entries in sketchbook throughout the quarter, READING ASSINGMENTS, full participation and facilitation of class discussions, full participation in art workshops, three major art pieces and several minor art pieces, three artist statements and other related writing assignments.


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23410 | 203A Social Relationships and Responsibilities

O'Murchu (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 14.32

Prerequisites: Admission to Fairhaven College. Must be taken in first or second quarter of admission to Fairhaven.


Free and equal?

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 humans 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? 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 Susan Moller Okin, JUSTICE, GENDER, AND THE FAMILY; and selected pieces by Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Thomas Hobbes, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, Erik Wright, Jeffrey Lustig, Gayle Rubin, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 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, a reading portfolio and engaging with the courses theoretical perspectives and questions of social justice.


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23161 | 203A Social Relationships and Responsibilities

Takagi (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 14.32

Prerequisites: Admission to Fairhaven College. Must be taken in first or second quarter of admission to Fairhaven.


This course is an introduction to modern social theory focusing on the theme of POWER. By exploring the concept/resource of power, we will learn the various definitions of power, the theories concerning the sources of power, its application and the people who benefit and suffer because of power. We will also explore how the so-called “powerless” survive and even challenge the powerful. Unwittingly, you will become more familiar with and competent in critically reading texts, ideas, and competing theories. You will also learn to evaluate and interpret the experiences and writings of Maria Stewart, Hannah Arendt, Malcolm X, Audre Lorde and others within the context of economic materialism, military force, biological determinism and Foucaldian theory. There are no texts to purchase. Everything is either on-line through Canvas, or through established websites.



• 2 papers (4 pages each) with 1 rewrite of each paper.

• Student led classes. Each student will help lead the discussion of the readings due for that day.

• Preparedness for class by doing the reading and any written assignments and participation in class discussions.

• Timely and regular attendance. More than two absences without a doctor’s note or some explanation will result in “no credit.”


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23156 | 203A Social Relationships and Responsibilities

Jack (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 14.32

Prerequisites: Admission to Fairhaven College. Must be taken in first or second quarter of admission to Fairhaven.


Food for Thought

In this course, we will apply social theories to the issue of hunger and food production in the U.S. Food and hunger both shape and express relationships among people. How do social relationships and individual responsibility relate to the geography of hunger and inequalities in food production and consumption? What foundational practices and ideas have influenced how food is understood, produced, and commodified in the US? Drawing from perspectives of psychology, history, sociology and social theory, we will examine how our society constructs individual lives and social relationships, using a focus on food. 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, responsibility, and hunger? How do interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives influence our understanding of social justice? Do these perspectives inform our understanding of the paradox of hunger in the midst of plenty that affects our society?


Texts: Our readings consider multiple perspectives on fundamental issues: human survival on a finite planet, equality, freedom, and the power relationships that affect the production and distribution of food. Reading selections will include Patricia Hill Collins, W.E.B. DuBois, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, 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 understand the social construction of food and hunger as forms of power and cultural expression. Readings are on Canvas; one text to be announced.


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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21925 | 206A Science and Our Place on the Planet

Bower (5 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 16.43


Nature Photography

This class aims to use photography as a tool to advance our understanding of nature. We will work on advancing our photographic skills and to develop an understanding of how cameras work, but our main goal in the class will be to use the camera to learn about nature from a scientific perspective through individual and group photography and original scientific research projects. Examples might include conducting a photographic survey of moss species on Sehome Hill, using photography to analyze the distribution of tree species near rivers, or using photographs or video to study aggression in gulls at the beach.


Texts: John Cox: Digital Nature Photography and other readings to be assigned.


Requirements: Regular attendance in class and on field trips, completion of two drafts of a 5 page scientific paper based on a group field project, written responses to reading, and a portfolio of photographs made during the course.


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22683 | 210A World Issues

Osterhaus (4 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 18.00


We are citizens of the world! As global citizens, what do we know and understand about world issues and ourselves in a world faced with complex issues, such as, growing economic disparities, fragile democracies, environmental degradation, wars and militarism, civil liberties, racial profiling, globalization? How do we become intelligently informed? What is our awareness of and participation in local and global efforts for positive social change? In addition to the weekly forums of outstanding guest speakers, open to the campus and Bellingham community, registered students in the class will participate in weekly research from independent media sources, discussion of the issues, reflection papers and actively engage in positive social change.


Credit/Evaluation: Consistent and engaged attendance. Students will explore and research independent media sources and write abstracts, a critique and questions on their research to be shared in class discussions. Following each forum presentation, students will turn in a 250 word typed reflection. Students are expected to read a book on a global issue and do a written and oral report to the class. In groups, students will engage in a 4 hour social justice lab by participating with a local community organization working for positive change. A final integration paper is expected the final week of class.


Course Objectives:

1. Develop a deeper awareness of world issues through guest speakers, independent media research, discussions and reflection papers

2. Explore varied independent media sources

3. Develop media literacy skills and earn to digest and question what you read, hear and see

4. Examine the interconnections of forum global themes (issue to issue, global to local, global to personal)

5. Contribute to the community of learners through listening and voicing ideas and research

6. Engage individually and communally in positive social change


Course Outcomes:

1. To have the ability to find more credible and accurate information on global issues

2. To be able to intelligently and respectfully engage in discussions on global issues and understand the interconnection of issues

3. To be mindful of one’s actions creating positive change


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23520 | 215F The Asian American Experience

Takagi (3 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 13.23

Also offered as a graded course as AMST 205 This is an introduction to the history and experience of Asians in America.


This class will explore the factors for immigration, working and living conditions of Asian laborers in this country, and the social relations between the minority and majority, as well as those between the various Asian ethnic groups.


Texts: Ronald Takaki, STRANGERS FROM A DIFFERENT SHORE (on sale at University bookstore); Yen Le Espiritu, ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN; and Articles on Reserve at Wilson Library.


Credit/Evaluation: 10 online quizzes OR submit 2 page written analyses of the readings, 1 paper (10 pages) This is a joint project, and take-home exam.


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21222 | 231N Introduction to Applied Human Ecology: Sustainable Systems

Bornzin (3 credits)


Materials Fee: $ 15.75

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.


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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21223| 255Y Folk Music Experience - Women Songwriters of the 1960's

Bower (2 credit)


Materials Fee: $ 8.18



This course combines playing traditional folk music with the study of the contexts in which folk music has evolved. For this quarter, we will study the lives of three women singer/songwriters who managed to succeed in the male dominated 1960’s music industry: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. 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 the introduction of songs that come from music related of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Cary Simon, and their contemporaries. 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.




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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23412| 258W Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Murillo (4 credit)


Materials Fee: $17.17


This class will focus on the use of acrylic painting techniques and elements and principles of design. Using a design thought process & research to create a minimum of 4 paintings. Projects will stress not only the rendering of objects and figures, but also ways of imbuing them with meaning and insight. Students will work during and outside of class time while maintaining a 40-page sketchbook.


Each student will present their paintings to the class and participate in class discussions about their work. While some supplies may be provided, students must bring their own materials such as acrylic paints, canvases or paper, brushes, rags, and plastic cups for water and mixing.


A materials list will be emailed to registered students a week before the quarter begins and handed out the first day of class.


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21538| 270B Introduction to Digital Video Production

Miller (2 credits)


Materials fee: $52.00


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 X. 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, FINAL CUT PRO by Brennies.


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


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21539| 270H Audio Recording I

Fish (4 credits)


Materials fee: $77.21

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), patch bays, 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 and the Fairhaven Recording Studio Lab Manual. This text will be provided by the instructor and paid for with lab fees.


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. Additionally students will be required to complete a creative project with the instructor in the studio as a final project.


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