Summer Session Course Descriptions

On Campus Courses

African Games and Dances

DNC 180B
Philip Amo Agyapong

May 20–31

This course introduces students to some selected traditional dances and their set-up from selected African cultures. Common features include socio-economic, historical and religious backgrounds, dance types, context and function of dance, music as integral art; organization and performance, gender roles and stylistic differences. Communication through dance—movements, gestures, mime and the integration of other art forms.


Hybrid Courses

On Being "Woke": Spiritual and Political Formation in the Movement for Liberatory Education

EDUC 180D/280D
Wanda Watson

Class meets 4:30–7:00 pm either in person or online
In person:  May 20, May 22, May 29, May 30, June 4, and June 6
Online:  May 21, May 23, May 28, May 31, June 3, and June 5
Core:  Critical Analysis and Race, Gender, & Power

At the heart of movements for social change, big and small, is a sense of oneness, interdependence, and love for humanity. Yet, with the daily commands of life, we often lose sight of this and our priorities. This course is designed for educators, organizers, and scholars who are deeply committed to anti-oppression more broadly and liberatory education, more specifically, and are seeking the communal, intellectual and spiritual space to keep them grounded in their purpose. This course will draw from feminist of color theories, critical theory, spirituality, and social change frameworks to explore how spirituality, critical thought, and sociopolitical action inform the fight for liberatory education. We will explore the prospects that such intersectionality has for creating change on introspective, interpersonal, and institutional levels. This course will cultivate a holistic praxis that challenges us to explore how contemplation, dialogue, bodily and emotional awareness, and action can sustain us in our individual and collective efforts towards transformative education.


American Indian Poetry

ENG 180P/280P
Julian T. Brolaski

Online May 20–31
Core:  Critical Analysis and Race, Gender, & Power

In Inuktitut the word “to make poetry” is the same as the word “to breathe”; both derive from anerca, the soul or spirit.  This class will examine the crucial interconnectedness of life, ceremony, the environment and poetry from a Native perspective.  We will look at traditional as well as contemporary poetry and song by Indigenous poets in order to explore the link between form and literary-cultural practices.  We will discuss themes such as the power of language, the problematics of cultural appropriation, the relationship between activism and literary production, and the continuing struggles over the retention of treaty rights, control over natural resources, and tribal sovereignty.


Creative Writing for Everyone

ENG 180Q/280Q
Stephanie Young

Online May 27–June 7
Core: Creativity, Innovation, & Experimentation

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. Along the way we’ll experiment with various forms of response to one another’s writing, from listicles, memes, and mixtapes to micro reviews and blurbs—most drawn directly from literary culture on the internet. Everyone will engage with 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. Readings in poetry, fiction, memoir, essays (and writing that moves between genres) will provide prompts for beginning writers and suggest new possibilities for more experienced practitioners. Presenting around 3 pages of writing every day will encourage everyone to try something new, cultivate a stronger creative practice, and dig deeper into existing projects.


All Power to the People! Community-based Education in the Bay and Beyond

ETHS 180A
Natalee Bauer

July 15–19 & July 22–26
Final presentation on Saturday, August 31
Core: Critical Analysis and Race, Gender, & Power

This course will trace the history of community-of-color-based educational movements as models for worldwide educational equity and innovation. We will begin with antebellum Black schools in the US South as the historical model for contemporary “public schools for all.” We will then focus in on modern-day Bay Area movements for emancipatory education, from the Black Panthers’ Oakland Community School (1973-1982), to the Oakland Small Schools Movement (2000-2005), to the newly opened Roses in Concrete Community School (led by Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade) and Homies Empowerment for the Bay (led by Dr. Cesar Cruz). In addition to understanding the historical, political, and social implications of community-based education, this class serves to understand communities of color from an asset rather than a deficit model by exploring the ways in which colonized/oppressed communities have always prioritized and made universal innovative and emancipatory education.


Basic Spanish for Health Care Professionals

SPAN 180A
Mar Thomas

Online May 27–June 7

This is a fully online course that provides instruction to students in the field of health care who would like to learn specialized vocabulary and cultural Spanish to better communicate with Spanish speaking patients. Knowing the right lexicon and understanding the difference in Latino cultures in the health care field will make you feel like you can make a difference in someone’s life.
To take this course, you must have taken one year of college Spanish, be a native speaker, or have permission from the professor.

Graduate Only Courses

Refer to the course schedule for more information about the following courses that are offered this summer:

MGMT 244: Leadership and Ethics
MGMT 280H: Personal Finance
MGMT 280K: Budgeting
MGMT 280L: Measuring Social Impact
EDUC 241A&B/441A&B: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Waldorf Education
EDUC 242A&B/442A&B: Project Based Learning in Waldorf Education
EDUC 405: Trauma Informed Leadership
EDUC 421A: Inquiry into Leadership
EDUC 425: Introduction to Research Design
EDUC 426: Ethical and Moral Considerations in Educational Leadership
EDUC 432: Curricular Leadership