Month: April 2017

Cool New Grad Music Ed Courses this Summer!

Students in a music classroom

Take a look at these great 5-day courses in music education!

EDCI 5040-60: Popular Music and Informal Education (July 17-21)

Exploration of how popular music intersects with education, including the production and consumption of popular music and use of related informal pedagogies. Critical theory, cultural theory feminism, and race studies will be used to explore these issues. Methods in “popular music” instruments and technology will also be covered.
Open to visiting/non-degree students!

EDCI 5830-62: Instrumental Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

EDCI 5830: Choral Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

Curricular courses are open to teachers and administrators seeking practical solutions to curriculum problems in elementary and secondary schools. Reorganization of courses, reorientation of the program of studies, articulation of administrative units, and development of new materials are considered in relation to the local situation. Students make individual studies of their specific problems, and group studies of related problems.

All three courses are open to non-degree/visiting students!


Cool May online course – Watch (French) Movies: Get credit!

Still from Un Chien Andalou (1929)
From Un Chien Andalou (1929)

FREN 1171. French Cinema

Watch films and earn credit? Sound too good to be true?  But it’s not!  Watch a series of French films, from early French comedy to surrealist films, New Wave and the hip filmmakers of the 1990s and beyond.  This course will introduce you to film history, analysis and interpretation.

This course fulfills GenEd CA 1 and CA 4-INT. (3 credits).

Three credits. Online. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Cool Summer Courses in Sociology – Latinos & Social Movements

Check out these two cool May Term courses in sociology!

  • LLAS/SOCI 3525: Latino Sociology
  • SOCI 3821: Social Movements
Graffiti on L.A. wall by ManOne
“They Claim I’m a Criminal” by Man One in Los Angeles, 2010


In 2001 Latinos became the largest minority group in the United States, projected to reach 132.8 million in 2050. The demographic significance of Latinos has led politicians, policy-makers, and academics to debate the future of this population. The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about the role that Latinos play in U.S. society and their diverse experiences. I will provide you with a set of ideas, concepts and ideas to analyze the contemporary and historical experiences of Latinos. In this course, we will primarily use sociological texts to 1) make sense of the history of Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements and the discipline of Latino Studies, 2) explore the diverse migration experiences of Latinos, and 3) study the patterns of incorporation that Latinos face in the United States.

March for civil rights in Washington DC 1963
Crowd in front of Lincoln Memorial on day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963 (New York Times).


The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the sociological study of social movements. By analyzing specific movements, you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that shape both current and historical social movements. After you have taken this course you will be able to answer the following questions:  why do certain movements emerge at particular times? What motivates people to join them? What tactics and strategies do activists choose and why? We will look at movements for global justice, anti-racism and racism, immigrant rights, and many more.

LLAS/SOCI  3525: Latino Sociology.  May Term (M-F 9:00-11:30 a.m.)

SOCI 3821: Social Movements. May Term (M-F 1:00-4:00 p.m.)


Cool Hybrid Summer Courses – Chinese I & II in 10 weeks!

CHIN 1111 & 1112 (Elementary Chinese I and II).

These introductory language courses will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese so that you can communicate across
ethnic, cultural, ideological and national boundaries.  Through the study of Chinese, you will develop an understanding of
Chinese interpersonal behavioral culture and related thought patterns.  You will acquire the skill to speak, listen, read and write Chinese at a level of proficiency appropriate for continuing on to the next level in the curriculum. You will further acquire a level of cultural understanding suitable for correct performance of assigned tasks in Chinese.

Both courses are offered in the hybrid mode, combining online and in-person meetings. You will finish the first-year Chinese sequence in 10 short weeks!

Chinese 1111: Summer session 1 (SS1), May 30-June 30
Chinese 1112: Summer session 2 (SS2), July 10-Aug 11