Spring 2014 Special Topics

BIOL 396-5 (3)
Scientific Communication in Biotechnology
Communication principles and rhetorical strategies employed to effectively communicate with intended audiences in the context of the biotechnology industry.  Application of knowledge to plan, prepare, construct, and evaluate communication situations in which students participate as both producers and consumers of communication in careers related to biotechnology.    Enrollment restricted to students with Junior or Senior standing.  Enrollment requirement:  BIOL 210, 211, and one upper-division science-focused biotechnology course (either BIOT 355 or BIOT 356).

COMM 350-3 (3)
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION ETHICS
Examines ethical questions that impact how organizations communicate and what they choose to relay and omit to their various audiences.  Considers personal ethical decision-making processes taking place in workers everyday lives.  Explores theories on ethics as well as approaches that engage important questions of power, equality, and justice.

COMM 420-3 (3)
COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST
Examines collective efforts and attempts to produce social change via protest.  Looks at the various communicative and rhetorical strategies common to those involved in social protest and explores various types of social protests: from public debates to mediated dialogues, from embodied politics and performances of resistance to more extreme acts of violence and terrorism.

CS 497-2 (3)
INTRODUCTION TO MOBILE PROGRAMMING
Introduces students to the fundamentals of developing applications for mobile devices including smart phones and tablets.  Students will choose their focus on consumer devices between Apple iOS and Android operating systems.  Common issues and special consideration for programming with both platforms will be discussed.  Software engineering principles in project design and human-computer interaction will be applied.  Students will also learn about cross platform mobile application development frameworks.

DNCE 130-6 (1)
TOPICS IN DANCE – HIP HOP
Studio course based on Hip Hop, a global phenomenon that continues to evolve both commercially and alternatively.  This high energy Dance class imparts the heart of the form, based in personal expression, transformation, and consciousness.


EDSL 695-2 (2)
NEUROGENIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS
Students will learn about the nature, assessment and treatment of acquired cognitive disorders in adults.  Course will focus on cognitive communication disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI), right hemisphere damage (RHD) and dementia.

EDUC 496-4 (3)
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE EDUCATION
Offers an overview of schooling around the world through exploration of the diversity of educational policy and practice in a time of increased globalization.  Appropriate for students considering teaching as a profession, those interested in international studies, global studies, international business, or interested in reflecting on their own experience of schooling in a broader context.  Comparative analysis is introduced as a means of deepening understanding of the field and is also explicitly taught.

HD 370-6 (3)
YOUTH VIOLENCE:  A CULTURAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY UNDERSTANDING
Epidemiology, etiology, prevention and intervention of youth violence.  Attention to the role of social, psychological and cultural factors in youth violence.  Examines the concepts of acculturation and ethnic identity among other social and cultural factors and will discuss how violence impacts cultural groups disproportionately. Readings and lectures will reflect knowledge coming out of disciplines of public health, sociology, psychology and anthropology.  Incorporates a strong service learning component where students will visit, assess and contribute knowledge helpful to organizations and institutions that serve youth affected by violence.   Enrollment Requirement:  Completion of lower-division requirements.

ID 370-12 (3)
HARRY POTTER CULTURE
Exploration of the construction of culture and the use of folklore and mythology in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.  Examines a range of topics, themes, and issues in Harry Potter, with a special focus on how the culture of the magical realm of witches and wizards, as well as the muggle (human) world, has been constructed, negotiated, and enacted in the books, films, and fan responses.  In addition to enjoyment and appreciation, the course will focus on developing a deeper understanding, as well as critical analysis, of Harry Potter culture.


MASS 470-1 (3)
DIGITAL MEDIA IN CONTEXT
A survey of perspectives on social contexts of digital media use.  Examines emerging communication technologies (ICTs) from a variety of maker and user community perspectives.  Focuses on social and cultural changes attributed to new media use as explored in research on and criticism related to these technologies.  Texts draw attention to three levels of analysis of contexts:  individual, interpersonal/group cross-cultural, and systems/policy.

MUSC 180-3 (3)
SYMPHONIC BAND
Students will learn and perform standard high school and college-level band repertoire.  This will include classical Literature transcribed from orchestral works, Americana, and contemporary pop tunes set for large ensemble.  Rehearsals will be held once a week for a three-hour block; and sectionals will be held for 1/2 hour each week.  Performances will be held on the CSUSM campus, as well as throughout North County conjunction with local high schools, libraries, and community centers.  Enrollment Requirement:  Students must have the ability to read music.  Restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

PHYS 490-5 (3)
OPTICS
Advanced treatment of physical and geometrical optics.  Subjects may include:  lenses and aberrations, polarization, wave-guides, fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, photonics, lasers, and optical sensors.  Recommended Preparation:  PHYS 421.

PSCI 390-14 (3)
RACIAL AND ETHNIC POLITICS IN GLOBAL SOCIETY
Introduction on comparative racial and ethnic politics in countries outside the U.S. Designed to explore several areas, including: theoretical perspectives on race and ethnicity; migration; ethnic conflict; nationalism; modernity; citizenship; and ethnic and racial justice.  Students will apply the concepts in these areas cross-nationally.

PSYC 440-1
PSYCHOLOGY OF CAREGIVING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Explores family care giving relationships across the life span.  Students will study family care giving experiences with a focus on the psychological, physical, and emotional impacts on caregivers.  Additionally, the course will require students to conduct a critical analysis of the nature of family care giving and consider of how cultural, societal and global contexts impact how care giving is delivered.   Prerequisite:  PSYC 100.


PSYC 560-2 (3)
HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR
Provides students with a comprehensive look at hormones and behavior, with a focus on behavioral neuro-endocrinology in animal models.  Learn the basic principles of how hormones can affect behavior.  Begins with an overview of the anatomy and physiology of endocrine systems, the chemistry of hormones, and the cellular and molecular features of hormone action.  Examines a number of behaviors and their regulation by hormones, focusing on reproductive hormones, sexual differentiation and reproductive-related behaviors.

VPA 380-25 (3)
DANCE ENSEMBLE AND REPERTORY
Offers students the opportunity to learn and perform professional choreography.  Students will engage in new works, dance reconstructions, and/or fixed repertory through an intensive creative practice.  The professor/instructor will mentor students through the process physically, as well as conceptualizing the work theoretically and historically.  In this way, students will not simply learn steps, rather will understand choreographic processes and culturally situated in terms of social relevance and political identity. Students will be required to work rigorously through scholarly research and creative activities. Enrollment Requirement:  Students must have taken at least one dance course at CSUSM, or with approval for those students who have taken an equivalent course at another higher education institution.

VPA 380-11 (3)
ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN AND VISUAL MEDIA
Investigates a broad range of contemporary artists who use digital media for visual communications and graphic design.  Explores a broad range of perspectives and experiments with different conceptual approaches to art making, to develop conceptual, aesthetic, and communication strategies working with emerging digital media trends and technologies.  Includes an in-depth examination of the concept of visual hierarchies for text and images, as well as other components, including color, font design, page layout, and the optimization of visual communication.

WMST 300-20 (3)
WOMEN AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Analyzes women's involvement in social movements in the U.S. from the 19th century to the present.  The intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality explored in relation to these movements.

Information provided by the Office of Curriculum
Posted November 7, 2013