Experimental College Courses

Fall 2022 Courses


EXCO 301.01 - Critical Character Study within Anime

Teacher: Richard Alexander Acosta, racosta4@mail.sfsu.edu
Mondays 11:00-12:40 online

This class would be a critical character study of Anime characters throughout various genres of anime. There are very interesting and deep meanings behind characters, from their ideologies, symbolism, and real world inspiration of philosophers. In this class, I would go week by week dissecting these various characters for analysis and to prompt discussions on what these characters truly represent. We would go over philosophy, symbolism, story arcs, relations with real world people, and overall discussions of the anime.


EXCO 301.02 - Writing on the Muni

Teacher: Adrian Jose Fernandez, afernandez17@sfsu.edu
Fridays 11:00-12:40 in person/field trip

Write poetry with creative writing junior Adrian Jose Fernandez, traveling to different locations around San Francisco each class. Learn about the history of our city by actually visiting important locations while also writing poetry on and about what you see. The original Philz, balmy alley, Views of Alcatraz, ocean beach bonfires, the Castro, Haight and Ashbury. Practice writing poetry in an outdoor, group setting in the most evocative city in all of California.


EXCO 301.03 - Peace and equality of men and women and the Baha'i Faith

Teacher: Muneera Ibrahim, mibrahim6@mail.sfsu.edu
Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:40 online

This class will introduce students to the Baha'i faith and its principles and its aim for world peace and equality of men and women.


EXCO 301.04 - Genealogy - the study and tracing of lines of descent or development

Teacher: Albert Feaster, i.v.leagueuniversity@gmail.com or afeaster@mail.sfsu.edu
Mondays 2:00-3:40 in person

This course will be giving students the opportunity to exercise their free will and their freedom to choose. This Genealogy course will help guide students with the process of acquiring insight into one's own character and the understanding of oneself or one's own motives or character. The college experience is to build and strengthen character.


EXCO 301.05 - The Radicalization of Broadway

Teachers: Delaney Dorsey, delaneyd0220@gmail.com
& Izabella Garcia, izabellagarcia542@gmail.com
Mondays/Wednesdays 11:00-11:50 in person

Throughout the span of the course, students will engage with discussion surrounding the more radical elements found within musicals and plays on Broadway. Students will be asked to expose themselves to the controversy of Broadway by watching various performances and sharing opinions and thoughts with their peers. The course will rely heavily on student participation and passion (for the arts and social justice), and will act as a space to find community in discussing said matters.


EXCO 301.06 - Asian Student Union Internship

Teacher: Emily Rong, erong1@mail.sfsu.edu
Thursdays 4:00-5:40 in person/hybrid

Asian Student Union (ASU) offers this course for all San Francisco State University students to get first-hand exposure to the social, cultural, and political issues in Asian communities throughout the Bay Area. This internship course gears toward opening the minds of individuals, exposing them to the Asian American culture while also addressing the local/global issues that Asian Americans are currently facing today. The program contributes to the Asian American community by producing strong leaders and organizers through offering internship opportunities to participate in the management and facilitation of ASU events and activities.


EXCO 301.07 - We Didn't Ask for This: Sexual Harm on the College Campus

Teacher: Alyssa Jayne, ajayne1@mail.sfsu.edu
Thursdays 11:00-12:40 online

What can we do as college students to prevent and address sexual harm on campus? This class will discuss prevention and response strategies commonly employed by college administrations throughout the US, as well as alternative strategies that may serve us better as students. Topics will include consent education, Title IX in theory and practice, intersectional and public health approaches to sexual harm, and Restorative and Transformative Justice practices.


EXCO 301.08 - Critical Analysis of Contemporary Cinematic Expression

Teacher: Louis Denson, Ldenson@sfsu.edu
Thursdays 4:00-5:40 in person

"Critical Analysis of Contemporary Cinematic Expression” is a film course where we will analyze movies from a span of genres. From foreign to musical to independent and B-Movie, we will be viewing movies that touch on social and interpersonal issues of the human experience. This class will be designed to be inclusive and recognize and appreciate all walks of life while being considerate and acknowledging the different lifestyles and belief systems that we may share. While some movies share similar themes, many of them will focus on specific themes that will be discussed as a class after the viewing. Some categories and titles we may start with are Foreign: Portrait of A Lady on Fire (2019) (French); Musical: Cats Don’t Dance (1997); and Psychological: Swallow (2019).


EXCO 301.09 - Sleep Health and Hygiene

Teacher: Yajayra Abigail Cortez (Aby), ycortez@mail.sfsu.edu
Wednesdays 11:00-12:40 in person

As college students, we struggle so much with balancing work, school and our personal lives that oftentimes we forget about the importance of sleep and we tend to experience sleep deprivation. Through this course we will discuss the importance of sleep hygiene, the anatomy of sleep, sleeping disorders and dreaming. We will also use our five senses to explore the best methods to have a healthier sleeping schedule. Additionally, we will explore sleep as a form of self-care and we will practice many techniques that will help us balance our lives and sleep.


EXCO 301.10 - Philosophy and Star Wars

Teacher: Anthony Saman, asaman@mail.sfsu.edu
Wednesdays 4:00-5:40 in person

Have you ever wondered if you would be a Jedi or a Sith? Or whether Darth Vader was destined to become evil? Ever made real life references to Star Wars? This course is for you. The goals of this course are to introduce topics in Philosophy by using Star Wars as the anchor to make deep abstract thought more accessible and relatable in a clearway. From Ethics to Metaphysics to Eastern Philosophy students will ponder the philosophical aspects of Star Wars through thought provoking readings and engaging discussions.


EXCO 301.11 - Examining Selected African American Short Stories and Poems

Teacher: Damarcus Johnson, djohnson16@mail.sfsu.edu
Fridays 2:00-3:40 in person

This course will explore a few aspects of black literature. This will range readings that deal with black womanhood, religion in black literature, and the idea of "passing" in black culture. Through this class students are expected to read the assigned readings for each author, but they are also encouraged to read any other short stories/poems that they may come across during their time in the course. This course offers students a chance to look at the literature of authors they might not have read from before, as well as have an open space to discuss the themes/ideas that they felt were conveyed throughout the readings.


EXCO 301.12 - BDSM 101

Teacher: Marylee Humke-Walden, mhumkewalden@mail.sfsu.edu, BDSM101EXCO@gmail.com
Tuesdays 2:00-3:40 in person

BDSM 101 will help students explore their personalities and sexuality in a safe, controlled space. We will dive into the deepest, darkest corners of the BDSM lifestyle and speak with people who have 60+ years of experience within the community. This class will push students to the edge of their comfort zone and encourage them to reevaluate what their boundaries truly are.


EXCO 301.13 - SFSU Pre-Med Course

Teacher: Menaal Alowdi, malowdi@mail.sfsu.edu
Thursdays 3:00-4:40 in person

This course will help serve as a guide for all the Pre-med students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, specifically going to medical school and becoming a doctor. It will give students an insight into the the different specialties in medicine. Students will learn about the life of doctors, nurses, PAs and what their daily routine looks like in a typical day, as well as explore various social issues in the field.


EXCO 301.14 - Basic Music Theory

Teacher: Joey Orozco, jorozco13@mail.sfsu.edu
Fridays 1:00-2:40 in person

Though basic, this course delves into advanced concepts such as diatonic harmony--which is a fancy way of saying a group of chords which relate to a specific key. Learning how to achieve the ability to build diatonic harmony is lined out in a step-by-step process of memorizing the 12 tones of Western music and the Major Scale formula. From there, we will venture into chord construction, intervalic relationships, as well as complete small exercises which strengthen and reinforce our knowledge.


EXCO 301.15 - Lucid Dreaming

Teacher: Julia McEvily , jmcevily@sfsu.edu
Fridays 12:00-12:50 in person/hybrid

This course is designed to facilitate understanding of the benefits of Lucid Dreaming while exploring mindful approaches to sleep and dreaming. We take a look at the history and science of Lucid Dreaming and talk about, and practice, a variety of effective induction techniques. We will be learning how to take note of our sleep cycles so that we can identify the most favorable times in the night to attempt lucid dreaming induction. We will be incorporating mindfulness and meditation to help our lucid dreaming training. Students will be able to identify the difference between lucid and non-lucid dreaming, understand how mindfulness helps both nighttime and daytime lucidity, and how to practice lucid dreaming safely, and without sacrificing their restorative sleep. At the end of the course, students will be able to create their own personalized lucid dreaming training program.


EXCO 301.16 - Adventures in San Francisco

Teacher: Neal Wong, nealwong0@gmail.com
Fridays 3:00-4:40 in person/field trip

San Francisco has a lot of little-known places. We will explore many of them in this course. Impress your friends with this knowledge.


EXCO 301.17 - Great Film Scores

Teacher: Eric Ye, eye1@mail.sfsu.edu or historylostsecrets@gmail.com
Day/Time TBA

In this course, we will examine great film music, focusing on the works of composers such as John Williams, Joe Hisaishi, Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alexandre Desplat, Paul Leonard Morgan, and lesser known composers such as Yuji Ohno, Takanori Arisawa, and Kohei Tanaka. Students will gain a deeper stylistic and technical understanding of music from familiar titles such as Spirited Away, Finding Nemo, and Sailor Moon series, while getting acquainted with underrated soundtracks, such as Less Than Zero, Arion, and The Village. We will examine all aspects of film music, instrumentation, form, harmony, and melody, tying the craft of music composition to storytelling in film. Knowledge of music theory recommended.


EXCO 301.18 - Introduction to New Queer Cinema

Teacher: Nathan Burns, nyacur@mail.sfsu.edu
Mondays 12:00-12:50 online/hybrid

This course will give a broad overview of New Queer Cinema (NQC)—1990s independent queer film. We will discuss the social and political contexts from which the genre emerged (the AIDS epidemic, Reagan’s administration), seminal films, NQC in international contexts, and the influence of NQC on contemporary queer film. The course will include films by key NQC filmmakers Cheryl Dunye, Gregg Araki, Gus Van Sant, and others.


EXCO 301.19 - [Writer's Workshop]

Teacher: Shaun Garlick, shaun.garlick@gmail.com
Fridays 11:00-12:40 in person

This course will develop my own writing through helping others develop theirs. I also hope to foster a comfortable environment that will help students have an easier time with sharing their work in class.


EXCO 301.20 - Interpersonal Cognitive Complexity

Teacher: Rene Brown, sbrown19@mail.sfsu.edu
Day/Time TBA

There are many experiences in life that can make you a better version of yourself and this course is one of them. This course takes a deep dive into cognitive complexity from an interpersonal perspective. Cognitive complexity is how complexly or simply people think about a particular issue. So, for example, I may think "broccoli is terrible -- I hate it." That's a pretty simple thought. But I may think something else about broccoli, like "broccoli has a terrible texture, but a nice flavor." Cognitive complexity describes people's perception of experiences and surroundings, and their ability to analyze and articulate them. Specifically, interpersonal cognitive complexity refers to the number of psychological constructs that people use to describe others. A psychological construct—for example, friendly—is distinguished from a physical construct used to describe someone—for example, pretty—and from a behavioral description—for example, walks slowly. People with higher levels of interpersonal cognitive complexity who use more psychological constructs to describe others are said to have more ability to understand the perspectives of others, demonstrate more empathy, make more situational attributions, and can generate more potential explanations for others' behaviors. In this class, we will be sharing and listening to different perspectives, expanding our minds, and growing our vocabularies. We will spend time reflecting on how we have practiced Interpersonal cognitive complexity in the past and how stereotypes may have had an impact on our perspectives. And since in social cognition studies, people attend more carefully to information about others if this information will be used to select a team member in a competitive game, we will be learning information about each other with the intention of selecting each other as teammates for games and role playing throughout the semester. By the end of this course, your life will be changed.


Fall 2022 Course Brochure.