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Selected Topic Course Descriptions

The courses described below are offered under "Selected Topics" course numbers. Departments offer Selected Topics only occasionally and the selection is different every semester. Selected Topics courses do not repeat material presented by regular semester courses.

All Semesters

Fall 2012


AH 497 Section 01 Censorship in the Arts: U.S., Africa, and Eastern Europe

This seminar will investigate recent censorship and historical precedents in the U.S. (including the NEA Four), Africa, and Eastern Europe: First Amendment freedoms, censorship in the digital age, self-censorship, censorship as a discursive effect, and the dynamics of meta-censorship.

AH 597 Section 01 Censorship in the Arts: U.S., Africa, and Eastern Europe

This seminar will investigate recent censorship and historical precedents in the U.S. (including the NEA Four), Africa, and Eastern Europe: First Amendment freedoms, censorship in the digital age, self-censorship, censorship as a discursive effect, and the dynamics of meta-censorship.

AH 497 Section 02 Censorship in the Arts: Latin America, Asia, and Western Europe

This seminar will investigate recent censorship and historical precedents in Latin America, Asia, and Western Europe: Legal freedoms, responses to censorship in the digital age, self-censorship, censorship as a discursive effect and an artistic medium, and the dynamics of meta-censorship.

AH 597 Section 02 Censorship in the Arts: Latin America, Asia, and Western Europe

This seminar will investigate recent censorship and historical precedents in Latin America, Asia, and Western Europe: Legal freedoms, responses to censorship in the digital age, self-censorship, censorship as a discursive effect and an artistic medium, and the dynamics of meta-censorship.

EDSE 490 Section 01 Selected Topics Secondary Education

This course provides an overview of classroom assessment practices and issues related to formative and summative assessments. The content also addresses the assessment challenges facing special needs students and English learners. National and international assessment data is also analyzed.

EDEL 490 Section 01 Advanced Arts Methods

Corequisite: EDCI 500 Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, or Consent of Instructor

Class instruction in advanced teaching methods in arts integration into regular elementary curriculum, including lesson plans that integrate state-adopted standards in arts and other subject contents. “Arts” in this context refer to four forms of arts: visual art, music, dance, and theater art.

COMM 490 Section 01 Communication in Conflict Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course provides students with the essential communication skills and processes involved in becoming a conflict mediator. It incorporates all of the basic training required by the Orange County Human Relations Dispute Resolution Program that leads to a Certification in Mediation. Upon completion of this class, students will have the option of enrolling in a service learning internship where they can acquire valuable experience in actual mediation.

R/ST 690 The Body and Religion

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

Considers the body as a locus for theorizing religion through examination of ancient Near Eastern and antique Jewish and Christian texts that map the physical or metaphorical body’s anatomy, (dis)ability, health, healing, or sex.

THEA 490 Virtual Automated Lighting Design

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

Comprehensive study in techniques of virtual and automated lighting design. Course includes practical instruction in WYSIWYG virtual lighting software; Emphasis Control software and hardware; Vari*Lite, Martin, and High End automated fixtures, and the Catalyst Media Server.

CWL 402/502-1 Middle Eastern Literature in the Diaspora

Prerequisites: One course in literature or consent of instructor.

As the title indicates, this course examines remarkable texts by Middle Eastern writers in the diaspora. Their common concerns and different outlooks with enrich the discussions; these will also focus on the socio-historical stratas from which those writers emerge.

CWL 502/402 -1 Middle Eastern Literature in the Diaspora

Prerequisites: One course in literature or consent of instructor.

As the title indicates, this course examines remarkable texts by Middle Eastern writers in the diaspora. Their common concerns and different outlooks with enrich the discussions; these will also focus on the socio-historical stratas from which those writers emerge.