Experimental College Courses

Fall 2020 Courses

After College Planning

Autism Acceptance and Appreciation

Black Campus Movements: Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism

Central America Revolution: Revolution during the Cold War

Change Others’ Behavior By Changing Your Own

Commuter Community

Creative Writing: Free style

Cult Leader Psychology

Fanfiction as Literature

Generational Wealth

Hitchcock: The Auteur Theory of Alfred Hitchcock

Intro to Spoken Word: From the page to the stage

Meditation

Personal Branding and Communication

Philosophy of Life

Poetic Justice

Practical Travel

Predator and Prey: Traditional and Transgressive Portrayals of Women in Horror Movies

Psychology of Psychedelics

Pursuit of Happiness

Science Is Gay: The LGBTQ Experience in STEM

Sexual Assault and Selfcare for Survivors

Skills for Politics: Understanding and Developing Political Skills

Street Art

Study of Studio Ghibli Films: A Thematic Study

Theatre Voice History: A Historical Journey

U.S. Constitution: Know your Rights!

Weaire-Phelan Structure: An Examination of its Applications and Properties


After College Planning

This course will be designed for students to think about life outside of college, whether it is learning about what’s needed to get into a masters program, what a FICO score is, or student loan education.

Contact

Krista-Simone Clark
kclark10@mail.sfsu.edu


Autism Acceptance and Appreciation

We will focus on correcting the stigma surrounding autism as something that needs to be cured. We will be looking into where the stigma comes from as well as why many things commonly associated with autism are harmful to the autistic community.

Contact

Aaron Farrell
bfarrell@mail.sfsu.edu


Black Campus Movements: Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism

Students will explore the thoughts and philosophies of Black leaders as they relate to the struggle of Black people for liberation on college campuses. This will include Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Huey P. Newton, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Nkrumah, Toure, A. Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Contact

Nia Hall
nhall2@mail.sfsu.edu


Central America Revolution: Revolution during the Cold War

Students will embark on a historical exploration of revolutionary conflict in Central America from 1947 to 1991. A particular focus will be oriented towards the examination and discussion of revolutionary activity within the region. No knowledge of this history is required. All are welcome.

Contact

Amalia L Menjivar
amenjivar@mail.sfsu.edu


Change Others’ Behavior By Changing Your Own

This course teaches a modern-day interpretation of the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. The class will explore fundamental techniques in handling people, how to win people over, how to create genuine relationships, and how to be a leader. We will be looking at the various ways we interact with people in personal and professional environments. Students will be given the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class to their experiences outside the classroom.

Contact

Nikki Adkins
nadkins256@gmail.com


Commuter Community

We will discuss the issues facing commuter students with the goal of developing policy recommendations, resolutions, and build community.

Contact

Rashmi Thajali, Georgina Gina Marin and Afaf Alghazali
thajalirashmi@gmail.com, gmarinlima@mail.sfsu.edu, afaf.alghazali@gmail.com


Creative Writing: Free style

This course is about tapping into certain parts of yourself that we often shut down, silence, and ignore. The courses content will consist of submitting assignments of any writing that you like, whether it be writing poetry, songs, novels, short stories or any kind of free style type of English writing. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a stress free and supportive platform of self-expression and self-discovery.

Contact

Morgan Donatello
mdonatello@mail.sfsu.edu


Cult Leader Psychology

In this course (an offshoot branch of my previous Psychology of Serial Killer class), we will learn about different historical cults as well as the people who established and put them together. We will learn the basics of cult make-up -- what defines one as well as warning signs.

Contact

Robert Van Noord
rvannoord@mail.sfsu.edu


Fanfiction as Literature

This course seeks to examine fanfiction, self-published stories by media fans, as the literary form it is. We will examine the evolution of modern fanfiction; what preceded it; the legal concerns surrounding its publication; the differences between fanfiction, transformative fiction, and adaptation; the socio-cultural aspects of reading and writing it; fanfiction etiquette; traits of the genre, and more. And, whether first-time or long-time readers or writers, students will be challenged to write some fanfiction of their own.

Contact

Remy Chartier
remycchartier@gmail.com


Generational wealth

This course will focus on the importance of generational wealth. Most families of color don’t learn how to build economic power. By focusing on financial stability and our own families' relationship with money, people of color may be able to break the chains of poverty. In this course, we will help each other see money differently and learn our economic history.

Contact

Jazmelina Ledesma
Jledesma3@mail.sfsu.edu


Hitchcock: The Auteur theory of Alfred Hitchcock

This course will explore the basic elements of Alfred Hitchcock's filmmaking style. We will look at what made him different from other directors, how he collaborated with Hollywood studios and how his work led to various cinematic movements.

Contact

David Pacheco
david7.pacheco@gmail.com


Intro to Spoken Word: From the page to the stage

This spoken word course examines the intersection of poetry, performances, organization, leadership, event planning and activism. Built off the back of S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed but All Kinds), an on campus organization that has provided opportunities for students to find their voice for 10 years, students will study the works of literary and spoken word poets in an effort to understand the fundamental differences, and varying contributions, of poetry on paper and poetry on the stage. Students will also learn and participate in the event planning, budgeting, marketing, leadership and social justice skills required to successfully run S.P.E.A.K.

Contact

Imani Cezanne Hollingsworth
imanicezanne@gmail.com


Meditation

We will use meditation to cultivate open awareness of the world and space with practices of breathing, seeing, hearing and sensing. I will use techniques I learned when working with the rhythmic gymnastics competitors of T J Sokol Karlovo Pole Academy in the field of psychological preparation, relaxation, music therapy, development of orientation.

Contact

Simona Tahiliani
masleka2000@yahoo.com


Personal Branding and Communication

Students will: Understand the basics of personal branding and what it means to inhabit their brand; Build and manage their own LinkedIn profile; examine PR and Personal Branding case studies; Learn possible work-related obstacles students may face and learn how to deal with them; Investigate mainstream media and how minorities are portrayed in the workforce/corporate culture; Students will improve their creative writing; resume building; and public speaking (personal elevator pitch)

Contact

Charles Harris
charris9@mail.sfsu.edu


Philosophy of Life

Internet culture has led us to ignore our own selves. This course will be an opportunity for students to help each other look inside ourselves to find our own solutions for our life problems. We will draw from mental health, social wellness, meditation and personal development in order to enhance our self-awareness of what we believe and think and how we want to behave.

Contact

Samarth Basavaraj
Sannigeri@mail.sfsu.edu


Poetic Justice

Students will use poetry as a form of expression to lighten the pain from their social traumas. The goal is to give power to those who feel particularly affected by social injustices. The class will cover different forms of oppression and have discussions on them, while also composing and exploring differing ways of writing/ speaking poetry.

Contact

Maura Wesson
mauraw309@gmail.com


Practical Travel

Practical travel will teach students of all aspects surrounding travel. This course will cover topics and skills for any type of travel whether rural, in the wild, or overseas. We will use many disciplines from anatomy and astronomy, to geology and sociology to equip you for whatever you may face when traveling. You will expand your use of science to practical, life applications.

Contact

Alexandria Nesbeth
anesbeth@mail.sfsu.edu


Predator and Prey: Traditional and Transgressive Portrayals of Women in Horror Movies

An introductory course on women's roles in horror films and how those films directly or indirectly approach misogyny.

Contact

Elizabeth Gravelle
elizabethanngravelle@gmail.com


Psychology of Psychedelics

This course will discuss the long history of psychedelics and how its utility and stigma has changed throughout the years. The class will discuss its effect on the brain as well as the way that experiences including psychedelics can affect our psyche. Its dangers will be acknowledged and its potential in the field of psychology will be questioned.

Contact

Kaitlyn Reyes
kreyes12@mail.sfsu.edu


Pursuit of Happiness

This course is designed to help students develop and apply different strategies, both physically and mentally, to improve overall well-being and happiness. This includes positive reinforcement, goal setting and real-life applications.

Contact

Yui Hartman
yuihartman@gmail.com


Science Is Gay: The LGBTQ Experience in STEM

We will examine the challenges faced by LGBTQ students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math, with an exploration of their contributions to STEM research throughout history.

Contact

Charlie McMenomy
mmcmenomy@mail.sfsu.edu


Sexual Assault and Selfcare for Survivors

The purpose of this course is to create a safe space for those who have been silenced and disenfranchised by their experiences. We will pursue strategies that will allow you to speak up as well as build community and access resources you might not have access to otherwise.

Contact

Cheyenne Korfman
ckorfman@mail.sfsu.edu


Skills for Politics: Understanding and Developing Political Skills

Through examining hot topics in California’s politics like urban planning, budgeting, and primary challenges, will learn how local and state politics in California works. This will prepare us to engage in professional development through working in political campaigns or government offices.

Contact

Jeffrey Chuong
jchuong1@mail.sfsu.edu


Street Art

This course will show students how to do various forms of street art, specifically different methods of spray paint stenciling. (Note: students will be using paint on paper to sample their stencils and will need to provide their own materials; the cost of materials will be kept as minimal as possible and expected to be less than $20, $30 at most, over the course of the semester. Spray paint will be optional and not a required material.)

Contact

Niccolette Portillo
333niccolette@gmail.com


Study of Studio Ghibli Films: A Thematic Study

Through analyzing the works of the studio that produced Spirited Away and Ponyo, we will explore themes such as environmentalism, feminism, war, coming of age, family, and friendship. Studio Ghibli is an acclaimed Japanese film studio known for their beloved animated feature films and recognizable art style. Students will discuss how iconography, aesthetics, character development, and music contribute to shaping these films.

Contact

Marisa Nakada
marnakada@gmail.com


Theatre Voice History: A Historical Journey

This course will focus on improving vocal and musical ability in the musical theatre genre, as well as examine how American musical theatre has changed over the course of its history. Students will bring in songs from each time period we cover using them to workshop their vocal technique as well as examining them as representative of that period's style.

Contact

Christian Cantrell
ccantrell99@gmail.com


U.S. Constitution: Know your Rights!

The main goal of this course is for students to leave empowered in terms of knowing their rights. This course aims to enhance students' understanding of what the Constitution is -- the articles and amendments. We will practice active learning techniques so as to jointly question why the constitution is built the way it is, who it benefits/ excludes.

Contact

Raneen Zubeideh
rzubeideh@mail.sfsu.edu


Weaire-Phelan Structure: An Examination of its Applications and Properties

Weaire-Phelan is an interesting three-dimensional structure, which has the highest volume to surface area ratio found so far. We will read various scientific articles, especially in the realm of energy loss in foams and crystalline structures and the fundamental mode of vibrations observed in hexagonal membranes. One goal will be to write a paper about our research and explore publishing possibilities.

Contact

Sabine Lucile Scott
sscott7@mail.sfsu.edu