January Term Course Descriptions

January 2020

ARTH 180J: Mapping Mills Art History

Instructor: Jon Soriano
Limit: 15
Room: TBD

January 6–10, 13–17, 9:30 am–12:00 pm and 1:00–2:00 pm

This class introduces students and the larger community with the vibrant and important art history of Mills College, as well as the concepts behind its design. Mills College is historically important to the Bay Area, yet many residents have never seen the college, and fewer seem aware of its collections of art and architecture. Students will research the art history of Mills' campus through readings, site visits, and discussions with people around the college. Students will then organize their research to create and distribute their own annotated map of the art on campus, so that anyone unfamiliar with Mills can better appreciate its unique artistic contributions to life in the Bay.

ECON 180J: Mathematics for Economics

Instructor: Roger Sparks

January 13–17, 9:30–12:00 pm

This course is designed to give students the understanding and skill needed to use reasonably sophisticated mathematics to analyze realistic and interesting models of economic behavior. In the course, we will develop mathematical maturity in gaining intuition (forming pictures in one's mind), using notation, making abstractions, and generalizing results. The primary mathematical tool we develop in this course is multivariable calculus. But we will start off with easy, intuitive examples and build up to the more complex concepts.

EDUC 349: Perspectives on Disability

Instructor: Jaci Urbani
Limit: 25

January 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15 from 2:00–4:30 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.

Note: Undergraduates may enroll with instructor permission

ENG 180J/ETHS 180J: Neocolonialism and US-Mexico Literature

Instructor: ;Hugo Garcia Manriquez
Limit: 20

January 6–10 and 13–17, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

This class will look at a contemporary body of critical and literary works that historicize and explore current representations of neo-colonial precarity and racism, in a broad spectrum of literary and aesthetic production in the US and Mexico.

ENG 180AJ: Victorian Supernaturalisms

Instructor: Kirsten Saxton
Limit: 20

Introductory session Friday, December 6, 1:00–2:30 (can be rescheduled via office hour/Skype)
January 6–10 and 13–17, ONLINE

The class considers how Victorian writers used notions of haunting—the haunted structure, the ghost, the uncanny—to wrestle with history, memory, and shifting notions of the limits of being. The class introduces students to the major themes and aesthetic trends of Victorian fiction and uses the Victorian ghost story as a case study to trace these themes and trends. This intensive hybrid class also considers how the preoccupations of this era haunt our own moment, considering the neo-Gothic and neo-Victorian presentism which informs literary tourism, consumer and political aesthetics, and seemingly endless fictional and pop culture adaptations and interventions.

MUS 40: The Technique and Mystery of Singing

Instructor: Anne Hege
Limit: 10
2 credits

January 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, and 17 9:00 am–noon

The Technique and Mystery of Singing introduces and reinforces the foundational techniques of singing, tone production, musicianship, and interpretation. This class is designed to explore and develop the singing voice in each student while covering the basic elements of vocal technique, including analysis of individual problems and corrective solutions.

PPOL 180G/280G: Evaluating Advocacy for Social Change

Instructor: Betsy Block
Limit: 15

Monday, January 13, 9:00–1:30
Tuesday, January 14, 9:00–1:30
Thursday, January 16, 9:00–1:30
Final Project due Friday, January 17, noon

PPOL 180JA: PLEN: DC Seminar on Women in Public Policy

Instructor: Mark Henderson
Limit: 15
(CRN 10005)
Credit: 2 semester course credits

January 13–17 in Washington, DC

This one week seminar in Washington, DC, will offer students a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from women activists and advocates. The public policy arena offers endless opportunities, from government service to issue-based advocacy. Students will learn from leaders on Capitol Hill, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Jan 9-13 in Washington, DC. Students will submit a reflection paper upon their return, which is required for academic credit.

Schedule Note: Students are responsible for their own airfare and hotel. PLEN has scholarships to support student travel, and more detail is available at www.plen.org.

PPOL 18o JB: PLEN: DC Seminar on Women in STEM Policy

Instructor: Mark Henderson
Limit: 15
(CRN 10006)
Credit: 2 semester course credits

January 6–10 in Washington, DC

This one-week seminar in Washington, DC will offer students a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from women in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation's STEM agenda. Students will visit organizations where policy research takes place and will meet leaders in STEM policy. Students will submit a reflection paper upon their return, which is required for academic credit.

Schedule Note: Students are responsible for their own airfare and hotel. PLEN has scholarships to support student travel, and more details are available at www.plen.org.

MGMT 227 Negotiations

(Graduate students only)

Instructor: Jessica Notini
Limit: 20/Waitlist: 10

Tuesday, January 7, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday, January 9, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday, January 11, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Thursday, January 16, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, 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.