January Term Course Descriptions

January 2021

ECON 180J: Mathematics for Economics

Instructor: Roger Sparks

January 11–15, 9:30–12:00 pm

This one-credit course is designed to give students the understanding and skill needed to use mathematics to analyze realistic and interesting models of economic behavior. The course helps students gain mathematical intuition (forming pictures in the mind), use notation, follow proofs, and compute results to maximization and minimization problems. The primary mathematical tool we develop in the course is multivariable calculus. But we will start off with easy, intuitive examples and build up to the more complex concepts. (1 credit)

EDUC 349: Perspectives on Disability

Instructor: Jaci Urbani

January 4, 6, 8, 11, & 13 from 4:00–6:30 pm

This course uses a Disability Studies framework to explore the social, political, historical, cultural, and educational contexts of disability and special education both nationally and in California. Students will explore how disability is both constructed and reclaimed as well as the material realities connected to disability. Students will take a capacity-oriented approach to examine the history of special education, legislation and litigation that have influenced the field, referral and assessment processes, various models of service delivery, and attitudes toward people with disabilities. (2 credits)

EDUC 380: Teaching & Language Arts in the Elementary School

Pedagogical Content Knowledge Lab: Single Subject

Instructor: Cliff Lee

January 7 & 14 from 4:00–6:30 pm, plus asynchronous work

Third part of a four-semester fieldwork sequence for secondary credential students. The introduction to classroom teaching responsibility begins during the fall semester with observation, individual tutoring, small group leadership, and team teaching. Team teaching, observation, and assistance in additional classes may also be part of fieldwork. (2 credits)

ETHS 180: From Reproductive Stigma to Reproductive Justice

Instructor: Susan Ito

January 4–8 & 11–15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm online in addition to asynchronous time

This course will examine the myriad ways in which contraception, medical and birthing practices, abortion access and adoption impact women and particularly women of color. We will explore how medical practice, legislation and capitalism come together to dictate these most intimate decisions and experiences. 

CORE: Critical Analysis, RJP, Written II

MGMT 227 Negotiations

Instructor: Jessica Notini

January 5, 7, 14, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
January 9, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
January 16, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

The course examines the dynamics that occur before, during, and after negotiations and the theory behind various negotiation approaches. Topics to be addressed will include: claiming versus creating value (also known as distributive and integrative bargaining); preparation strategies; the nature of power; psychological aspects of negotiation; experience and expertise; multi-party/group negotiations; culture and gender; communications and perception; mediation and other alternative dispute resolution systems; working with lawyers; and organizational change and salary negotiations. (3 credits)

PPOL 180JA: Women in Public Policy

Instructor: Mark Henderson

January 4–8, all day

College women will explore how to influence the policy issues they are passionate about and learn the range of professional skills required to be successful. Students will network and learn from female leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Reflection paper due upon return for academic credit. (2 credits)

PPOL 18o JB: Women in STEM Policy

Instructor: Mark Henderson

January 11–15, all day

This seminar offers college women opportunities to hear firsthand from women in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation’s STEM agenda. Students will connect with senior women in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Reflection paper due upon completion for academic credit. (2 credits)

PSYC 18o: Hormones & Behavior

Instructor: Erin Kinally

January 4–8 & 11–15, 4 hours per day, times flexible

Often in popular culture, biological explanations for behavior are considered in opposition with social influences. In truth, scientific data suggests that biology and social factors often interact to affect behavior, particularly in the field of behavioral endocrinology, or hormones and behavior. While examining the role of the endocrine system in sexual behavior, parenting, biorhythms, stress, and social behavior, we will take the perspective that human and animal societies exert powerful effects on both endocrinology and behavior. We will use a biopsychosocial framework to explore the context dependence of hormone-behavior links. This will provide a platform to critically re-examine the neuroendocrinology associated with sex differentiation, sexual behavior, gender, attachment, and health disparities.

CORE: Scientific Inquiry