Fall 2021

Focus on Africa (MERR 183F - 01)

The Focus on Africa series at Merrill has a dual emphasis: a) upon current affairs on the African continent, and b) on specific methodologies that participating students can use in building viable constituencies for Africa - on campus and in their home communities. Areas of specific focus include Public Health, Media, Technology and Education, Energy, and Transportation. View this course in the class search.

Structure of Chinese Languages (LING 188 - 1)

This is a course in a series focusing on the structures of different natural languages (or language families). View this course in the class search.

Information Security (CSE 132)

Host-based security. This course studies interactions, goals, and design of technological components that are part of a local infrastructure (host) that offers an environment to execute applications. Based on the features of these components, we look for guides to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities that affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a local system. View this course in the class search.

Reading Ourselves, reading the World (MERR 1 - 18)

At our college, it is called Merrill 1: Reading Ourselves, Reading the World. Merrill 1 teaches some key processes for intellectual exploration, including approaches to analytical reading and critical thinking that faculty consider central to success at the university. These are intellectual processes that eventually become so ingrained that professional academics use them without even thinking about them. This course makes them visible to you so that you can use them in other courses you take.

Like all College 1 courses, Merrill 1 will develop your proficiency in academic reading through deep engagement with a range of genres (kinds of readings and other texts) and strategies for engaging with complex and sometimes contradictory sources and concepts (ways of reading). Merrill 1 also focuses on helping you develop “academic ethos,” a shared understanding of what it means to participate, and have a sense of belonging, in an academic community. The key concepts the course teaches are known as ACMES: analysis, critical thinking, metacognition, engagement with others, and self-efficacy.
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Winter 2022

Environmental Art: Relating to the Earth Through the Senses (ART 189)

ART 189 encourages art making that expands environmental awareness through embodied, sensory explorations with the Earth. Emphasis is placed on a range of contemporary studio practices, including: sculpture, installation, and performance art. We will engage the campus and surrounding environs as our primary material and inspiration. Regular critiques, readings and discussions will provide a broader context for student work. View this course in the class search

Global & Community Health Policy in Practice (POLI 189B)

Many global health problems ranging from disease emergence to malnutrition to the development of drug resistance are mediated through political-ecological processes. This course turns these processes at the heart of ‘planetary health’ into a focus for developing global health policy and program responses at the local community level. Analyzing both the political-ecological drivers of co-pathogenesis and the corresponding political-ecological opportunities for transformation and well-being, students will learn how to put a series of local community cases into a global context of political-ecological interdependency. In addition to planetary health and political-ecological theory, the course will support this local-to-global work of case-study contextualization through the use of collaborative online international learning activities linking students at UCSC in Santa Cruz with students at the Tata Institute in Mumbai. Reciprocally, the global-to-local lessons of the course about political-ecological transformation will be informed by insights about community-centered inclusive design rooted in traditionally marginalized and underserved communities. View this course in the class search

Women in Politics: A Third World Perspective (ANTH 194X)

This weekly seminar will be divided into three parts. The first will be devoted to a theoretical study of women, politics, and feminism in relation to the state. The second part will focus on women constructing their political space and their leadership in different states defined as third world and the third part will be a discussion and presentation of your own research projects focused on case studies of women’s leadership in relation to the third world. View this course in the class search

Tentatively Planned - Spring 2022

3D Art + Design Studio 2 (ART 185)

A digital art and new media studio addressing topical inquiries related to climate change, bio-art, and design, and environmental art. The course will explore the basic concepts necessary for project development in virtual 3D, focused on modeling and texturing. With a hands-on approach, the main goal will be to provide students with the theoretical/conceptual issues with knowledge of the tools and main concepts used in the professional field such as 3D space, polygonal models, texturing, illumination or rendering. The class will offer an excellent starting point for moving on to more advanced digital art and technology skills. Please see attached sample syllabus of the partner course.

Creative AI: Machine Learning for Creativity and Design (CMPM 269)

This course explores creative uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning, including deep learning, reinforcement learning, and agent-based simulation, specifically focusing on opportunities in arts and design. We are currently in the midst of an explosion of new ideas related to automatic and interactive information processing; advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly finding their way into all corners of contemporary life. In addition to better understanding the nature of these advances (and learning how to make use of them), we will explore approaches to thinking critically about their transformative power. The course has a dual focus: first, we will survey contemporary creative applications of deep learning in design, media arts, music, games, and other creative fields; second, students will be asked to design and develop their own creative projects. That is, in addition to the completion of weekly readings and assignments, students will be responsible for a series of projects that involve the creation, demonstration, and documentation of creative AI techniques. Coursework will be organized around the development of these projects, to be completed collaboratively in small groups, culminating in a final project for the quarter.

Tentatively Planned - Fall 2022

Water and Sanitation Justice (SOCY 173X)

This online undergraduate course will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice on multiple interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational) while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including urbanization and infrastructure development, deprivation, and exclusion, privatization of land and water, and claims for human rights. Students will learn from a range of cases in the global south and the global north and use key technical and social concepts to address rights, equity, and justice with respect to water and sanitation. This unique course was developed by an interdisciplinary team of scholars with varying methodological and place-based expertise. Each week was designed, and will be taught, by a different team member. Some weeks have multiple short readings that give different dimensions of the week's theme (e.g. newspaper articles) while other weeks have academic papers. This diverse approach will acquaint you with theoretical and practical knowledge about water and sanitation justice.