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Summer Session Course Descriptions

Online Courses

Asian Art in the Bay Area

ARTH 180F
J. Soriano

Core:  Critical Analysis; Community Engaged Learning; Race, Gender, and Power

Description:  Mills College has an extensive and often unacknowledged collection of Asian art, comparable to other major collections in the Bay Area. How did this art get here? What relevance do these works have to the Bay community? What are the ideological and socioeconomic factors in owning and displaying this art? We will explore these questions by surveying collections at Mills and around the Bay. The class incorporates site visits, discussions with art workers, research, and a range of analyses. We will try to understand how local people, art, and institutions relate to the world of Asian art.


The Biology of Exercise

BIO 80B
J. Smiley

Core: Scientific Inquiry

Description: This course will focus on the physiology of exercise. Students will explore the pathophysiology of, clinical considerations of, and exercise prescription for conditions including diabetes, obesity, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, asthma, human immunodeficiency virus, multiple sclerosis, low-back pain, and depression.


Can Comedy Save Our Democracy

COMM 180AS/ENG 180AS/ENG 280AS
K. Dailey

Core: Creativity, Innovation, and Experimentation; Written Communication II

Description: This course provides instruction in analyzing and creating satirical broadcast news and digital media. It teaches you how to decode and challenge it as an engaged audience member, as well as prepare it for presentation. Our goal in this course will be to define this genre, explore its evolution, identify its public impact and importance, determine whether it’s an agent of journalistic information-dissemination, suggest improvements in areas such as ethics and diversity, and gain experience in creating news satire through class collaborations and solo work.


Game Development: Technique & Critique

CS 180B
C. Schatz

Core:  Race, Gender, and Power; Quantitative Literacy

Description: This course offers an alternative lens on gaming and game design, surveying the world beyond mainstream games and dominant game genres. Students will inhabit the intersecting roles of player, critic, and creator, examining how games can reflect larger structures and power relations as well as elevating marginalized narratives and sharing distinctive voices. The course surveys a wide variety of platforms, developing students' introductory skills and examining key works. Platforms will include a selection from conventional 2D and/or 3D video games, narrative gaming, visual novels, and social-impact games.


Victorian Supernaturalisms

ENG 180AJ/ENG 280AJ
K. Saxton

Core:  Critical Analysis

Description: Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to violate the present held a special potential for terror. Haunting—the structure, the ghost, the uncanny—was a means to wrestle with history, memory, deep time, industrial labor, conceptions of self, the limits and possibilities of the human, and the known.


Creative Writing for Everyone

ENG 180Q/ENG 280Q
S. Young

Core: Creativity, Innovation, and Experimentation

Description: Whether you are just starting out, in the middle of a long project, or interested in exploring new forms, this online workshop supports a lively community of writers working in multiple genres. Students will read and learn from the craft of diverse literatures; write and present around 30 pages of new writing; and participate in a structured, innovative feedback process shaped by internet literary culture. Readings in poetry, fiction, memoir, essays (and writing that moves between genres) will provide prompts for beginning writers and suggest new possibilities for experienced practitioners.


Marketing Management

MGMT 130/230
C. Maultsby

Core: none

Description: This course applies the case study method to marketing management and problem solving in a multicultural environment, and teaches methods for managing product positioning, pricing, distribution, and external communications. In it we will examine customer behavior, demand determination, and marketing research. Emphasis is on developing fully integrated marketing programs.


Fundraising Bootcamp

MGMT 180C/280C
S. Barad

Core: none

Description: This course focuses on the basics of fundraising for nonprofit or social ventures. The course will include an overview of all aspects of planning, managing, messaging, and executing fundraising efforts large and small. The course will include discussion of donor/grantor motivation, the process of cultivation, making a funding pitch, and writing grants.Certain distinctions between types of donors, types of campaigns, and tools used to attract funding will be highlighted and help create a framework for thinking about matching the tools and techniques to both individual donors and institutional donors.


Introduction to Social Impact Consulting

MGMT 180N/280N
D. Lahr

Core: none

Description: This course will actively engage students in critical social challenges seeking innovative solutions. We will investigate the legal, policy, financial, resource, and business needs of leaders, entrepreneurs and small business owners facing barriers to growth in our most vulnerable communities, with the goal of supporting those we are serving in developing solutions to address those needs. Where possible, student teams will work directly with mission-driven organizations to provide hands-on support in catalyzing social impact.


The Case for Reparations

PPOL 180R/280R
A. Adams and E. Weissinger

Core: none

Description: This course will explore the case for reparations for descendants of enslaved African Americans to compensate for the unpaid labor of their enslaved ancestors, as well as the lasting effects of slavery. We will examine the lasting legacies of public policies leading current systems of mass incarceration, racial wealth gaps, debt peonage, state-sanctioned violence, segregation, FHA and VA loan exclusions, New Deal benefits, redlining, and more. We will conclude with strategies for reconciliation and making reparations a political reality.


Basic Spanish for Health Care

SPAN 180A
M. Thomas

Core:  Language Other Than English

Description:  This is an introduction to the Spanish used in health care contexts, intended for students with little or no background in Spanish.


Summer of Science Courses

Refer to the Summer of Science for more information about the following courses that are offered this summer:

General Chemistry I & II

CHEM 017/018
J. Cassano

General Physics I & II

PHYS 061/062
C. Kaslan


Graduate Only Courses

Refer to Class Search for more information about the following courses that are offered this summer:

EDUC 220: Urban Education
EDUC 300A: Curriculum & Instruction: Multiple Subject
EDUC 301ACurriculum & Instruction: Humanities
EDUC 305ACurriculum & Instruction: Math & Science
EDUC 347ASociopolitical Foundations of Education
EDUC 373APedagogical Content Knowledge Lab: Multiple Subject
EDUC 379AMultiliteracies: Reading & Writing the World in the Elementary Classroom
EDUC 385A: Pedagogical Content Knowledge Lab: Single Subject
EDUC 389Development of Multiliteracies in the Secondary Schools

EDUC 405: Trauma Informed Leadership
EDUC 407: Human Resources Management
EDUC 417Individual Professional Plan

EDUC 421A: Inquiry into Leadership
EDUC 424: Educational Program Evaluation
EDUC 425: Introduction to Research Design
EDUC 426: Ethical and Moral Considerations in Educational Leadership
EDUC 432: Curricular Leadership
EDUC 440: Hip Hop Pedagogy