Experimental College Courses

Fall 2020 Courses

After College Planning - EXCO 301.38 (10914)

Autism Acceptance and Appreciation - EXCO 301.02 (10683)

Commuter Community - EXCO 301.31(10907)

Creative Writing: Free style - EXCO 301.06 (10688)

Cult Leader Psychology - EXCO 301.07 (10689)

Fanfiction as Literature - EXCO 301.08 (10690)

Generational Wealth - EXCO 301.09 (10691)

Meditation - EXCO 301.22 (10898)

Personal Branding and Communication - EXCO 301.25 (10901)

Practical Travel - EXCO 301.28 (10904)

Predator and Prey: Traditional and Transgressive Portrayals of Women in Horror Movies - EXCO 301.30 (10906)

Psychology of Psychedelics - EXCO 301.27 (10903)

Pursuit of Happiness - EXCO 301.14 (10696)

Skills for Politics: Understanding and Developing Political Skills - EXCO 301.18 (10700)

Study of Studio Ghibli Films: A Thematic Study - EXCO 301. 32 (10908)

Theatre Voice History: A Historical Journey - EXCO 301.19 (10860)

U.S. Constitution: Know your Rights! - EXCO 301.20 (10861)

Weaire-Phelan Structure: An Examination of its Applications and Properties - EXCO 301.21 (10862)


After College Planning

EXCO 301.38 (10914)

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

EXCO 301.02 (10683)

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


Commuter Community

EXCO 301.31(10907)

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

EXCO 301.06 (10688)

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

EXCO 301.07 (10689)

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

EXCO 301.08 (10690)

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

EXCO 301.09 (10691)

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


Meditation

EXCO 301.22 (10898)

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

EXCO 301.25 (10901)

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


Practical Travel

EXCO 301.28 (10904)

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

EXCO 301.30 (10906)

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

EXCO 301.27 (10903)

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

EXCO 301.14 (10696)

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


Skills for Politics: Understanding and Developing Political Skills

EXCO 301.18 (10700)

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


Study of Studio Ghibli Films: A Thematic Study

EXCO 301. 32 (10908)

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

EXCO 301.19 (10860)

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!

EXCO 301.20 (10861)

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

EXCO 301.21 (10862)

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