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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

Spring 2013


AH 497 Section 01 Building in the 19th and 20th Century

Investigation of technological innovations, formal experiments, and philosophical, ideological, political, economic and aesthetic discourses leading to and embodied in the modernist movement in western architecture from industrialism to the present. It will examine Southern Californian contributions.

AH 597 Section 01Building in the 19th and 20th Century

Investigation of technological innovations, formal experiments, and philosophical, ideological, political, economic and aesthetic discourses leading to and embodied in the modernist movement in western architecture from industrialism to the present. It will examine Southern Californian contributions.

AH 497 Section 02 Paul Cézanne

Exploration of Cézanne's art from Romanticism to Post-impressionism. Will also consider Cézanne's impact on later artists, such as Picasso and Matisse. Readings include Cézanne's letters, conversations, and the critical and historical reception of his art.

AH 597 Section 02 Paul Cézanne

Exploration of Cézanne's art from Romanticism to Post-impressionism. Will also consider Cézanne's impact on later artists, such as Picasso and Matisse. Readings include Cézanne's letters, conversations, and the critical and historical reception of his art.

CHLS 490 Section 01 Latino Leadership in STEM

This course explores the topic of Latino/a underrepresentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-based fields (STEM). Through lens of education, this course includes historical contributions of Latinos/as in STEM, current status of Latinos/as in STEM and examination of educational interventions.

CHLS 490 Section 02 Borders and Banda: Jenni Rivera “La Diva de la Banda”

Thru the lens of Jenni Rivera's career this course will explore the cultural influences of Banda, the gruperas, and other musical forms of border crossing, gendered lyrics. The class will include examination of videos, music and media coverage and an analysis of the life of Jenni Rivera and the struggles she faced.

CHLS 490 Section 03 Contemporary California-Mexico Relations and Policies

This travel/study course will examine the contemporary relations and policies emerging between California and Mexico under a new Mexican President and Congress, and Governor Jerry Brown's administration and a new California legislature in 2013. The class includes a 5-day excursion during Spring break to Sacramento, CA to visit the State's legislature and attend a California-Mexico policy conference.

CLA 490 Section 01 RGR Advising and Best Student Practices

Will help students maximize their university experience in a Major or Minor in the department of RGRLL. Covers study skills; degree roadmaps and planning; student abroad opportunities and research skills.

CLA 490 Section 03 Pre-Law Advising

Intensive instruction for students considering law school. Topics include: deciding on a legal career, law school realities, choosing law schools, academic and non-academic preparation. LSAT, application timeline/process, and admission decisions. Also includes individual assistance with applications.

ED P 590 Section 01 Special Topics Seminar: School-Wide Reform

Seminar will focus on different processes and procedures for successfully engaging in school-wide reform initiatives at a school site. Various models of school reform as well as scaling-up of scientifically-based educational practices will be discussed. Credit/No Credit only. Fieldwork component required (2 hours a week).

ENGR 790 Section 03 Human-Centered Assistive Tech

Prerequisites: MS or equivalent and formally admitted to the Ph.D. program Introduce students to the field of human factors engineering and psychology as it relates to the design, development and use of assistive technology for individuals with sensory, motor and cognitive disabilities.

FCSE 490 Section 02 Introduction to Application Programs

Introduction to Application Programs provides a compresed introduction to using Internet and email, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; basic computer literacy - specifically for Fashion Merchandising and Design students.

THEA 490 Section 08 Theatre and Media

Introduction to multimedia and its uses in the performing arts.

THEA 490 Section 09 Theatre and Media

Introduction to multimedia and its uses in the performing arts.