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Course Title
Course Level
Units
STEV 1
Academic Literacy and Ethos: Self and Society
Lower Division
5 units
Teaches foundational concepts for intellectual exploration and personal development within an academic community: analysis, critical thinking, metacognition, engagement with others across difference, and self-efficacy. Examines the roots of modern society using diverse religious texts and major classical and modern philosophical works. Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members. Enrollment limited to 30.
STEV 1A
Introduction to University Life and Learning
Lower Division
1 units
Orientation to and an exploration of the nature of the liberal arts, and of learning at research universities. Topics include: academic planning for upper-division coursework; enrollment processes; and understanding pathways to degree completion; UCSC resources that support health and well-being; strategies for academic success; the cultivation of just communities; the prevention of sexual harassment and violence; campus conduct policies; awareness of risks associated with drug and/or alcohol use; and an introduction to traditions of community-engaged learning, ground-breaking research, and interdisciplinary thinking that define a UC Santa Cruz degree. This course can be taken for Pass/No Pass grading only. . Enrollment is restricted to entering first-year Stevenson College students.
STEV 2
Self and Society 2
Lower Division
5 units
Winter quarter of Stevenson's core course continues development of analytical writing, critical reading, and effective speaking in exploring conflicts inherent in modern society. Investigates themes of colonization, race, gender, class, and cultural conflict. (Formerly course 81A.) Enrollment is restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
STEV 10
Skills for College and Beyond
Lower Division
2 units
Applications of practical skills for effective, meaningful study in the context of a full, busy life. Topics include learning styles, time management, test preparation, and life balance. Specific techniques for efficient reading comprehension, note-taking, memorization, and self-assessment are introduced. Enrollment restricted to college members and by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 15.
STEV 16
Stevenson Community Garden
Lower Division
2 units
Hands-on course in ecological horticulture at the Stevenson garden. Students grow the Stevenson community through gardening and projects focused on building a healthy and regenerative local-foods culture. Enrollment by interview only. Enrollment restricted to Stevenson College members. Enrollment limited to 16.
STEV 21
Citizens and Nations: Self and Society in the 19th Century
Lower Division
2 units
A reading seminar focusing on a set of key texts. Examines how the political and industrial revolutions of the 19th century fundamentally transformed the relationships between individuals and their respective societies. Enrollment is restricted to Stevenson College members. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 22
Self and Society in Classical Social Theory
Lower Division
2 units
Reading seminar focusing on a set of key texts from classical social theory. Explores the transition from traditional to modern societies. Authors addressed may include Locke, Rousseau, de Tocqueville, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Enrollment is restricted to Stevenson College members. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 24A
Cultural Intelligence: Developing a Higher CQ (Cultural Intelligence)
Lower Division
2 units
We begin by examining the three basic facets involved in developing one's cultural intelligence (CQ): cognitive, motivational, and behavioral. Topics include: complexities of intercultural communication; importance of cultural self-identity and filters; power and privilege; and their impact on one's perceptions. Enrollment limited to 18.
STEV 24B
Developing Facilitation Skills for Cultural Intelligence
Lower Division
2 units
Presents six dimensions of facilitation: goal development, cognitive aspects, confronting resistance, managing emotions, methods of learning, and creating a supportive and respectful climate. Students practice different styles of facilitation to learn which one(s) fit their personal styles and goal(s) for any given workshop. The importance of developing "cultural intelligence" is presented as well. Students must be available to facilitate diversity trainings. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students and by instructor consent. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 26
Navigating the Research University
Lower Division
2 units
Explores critical engagement in education in the context of a research university. Introduces first-year issues and success strategies and ways to participate in the institution's academic life. Investigates strategies for clarifying education goals and devising a plan for success. Students cannot receive credit for this course and PRTR 26 or KRSG 26. Enrollment is restricted to first-year students.
STEV 27
Service Learning
Lower Division
2 units
This online course frames and supports the service-learning experiences of students engaged in field placements both here in Santa Cruz and in their home communities. Students approach social challenges thematically (e.g., homelessness, environmentalism, domestic violence, etc.) and consider how different disciplines might engage these issues. They consider how our community partners conceptualize and address social issues and how these conceptions connect, or fail to connect, with academic approaches, Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
STEV 30
Thesis Writing and Editing
Lower Division
2 units
Identifies and examines the assumptions, expectations, and formats of writing in students' fields, with the goal of beginning—or continuing—academic research. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Composition requirement. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior college members and by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25.
STEV 33
Self and Society Examined Through Ethical Dilemmas
Lower Division
2 units
Examines ethical dilemmas in contemporary topics, such as the status of moral principles during warfare; animal rights and the ethics of eating meat; privacy in the age of the Internet; imprisonment and rehabilitation; legal and illegal immigration; same-sex marriage; and health care.
STEV 35
Everyday Ethics for College Life
Lower Division
2 units
Exploration of and reflection on everyday values and virtues such as integrity, open-mindedness, honesty, and community. Objectives include learning how to think about moral dilemmas and how to begin drafting one's own code of ethics. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 37
Critical Thinking and Skepticism
Lower Division
5 units
Focuses on the acquisition and application of critical thinking skills and examines skeptical perspectives on a variety of issues.Topics include rationality, fallacies, cognitive biases, religion and the paranormal, media biases, and the costs and benefits of arguing with people. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
STEV 40
The Self Under Moral Siege: Challenges for the Individual in 20th-Century Totalitarian Europe
Lower Division
2 units
Examines how individuals and communities confronted dilemmas when laws, state ideology, and war challenged traditional morality. Themes include: ethics, responsibility, victimhood, moral compromise, retribution, and reconciliation. Enrollment priority given to Stevenson College students. Enrollment limited to 22.
STEV 41
Spirituality in a Modern World
Lower Division
2 units
Investigates scientific and pragmatic perspectives on spirituality from William James to Fritjof Capra. Explores spirituality in Western and Eastern traditions from Martin Buber to Pema Chodron. Students analyze, support, and articulate their spiritual positions in a culminating paper. Enrollment is restricted to Stevenson College members. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 43
Comparative Nationalisms in Historical Perspective
Lower Division
5 units
From the white nationalist demonstrations in the USA to Brexit and the resurgence of populist movements in India and Europe, nationalism is resurgent worldwide. In this course, students conduct research into a current nationalist movement of their choice. . Enrollment restricted to students in the College Scholars Program. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
STEV 50A
Stevenson Alumni Careers in Law
Lower Division
2 units
Connecting Stevenson students with alumni who provide practical advice for careers in law. Topics covered include the variety of career possibilities in law, preparing for law school, internships, networking, applying for jobs, and interviewing. Enrollment is restricted to College members.
STEV 50B
Stevenson Alumni Careers in Science and Technology
Lower Division
2 units
Connecting Stevenson students with alumni who provide practical advice for careers in science and technology. Topics covered include internships, graduate school, networking, applying for jobs, interviewing, and adapting to a rapidly changing job market. Enrollment is restricted to College members.
STEV 60
Centering Black Women as Leaders
Lower Division
5 units
Interrogates the leadership of Black women through the lens of critical race/feminist/leadership theories, examining the narratives on BW leaders in case studies. Students will examine their own development and learning in our oppressive context. . Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
STEV 80F
Academic Success in the College Core Course
Lower Division
3 units
Provides support for reading, understanding, and engaging with difficult Core texts; models and facilitates college-level discussion; provides instruction in collaborative processes; encourages community-building with the college; and helps acclimate students to university culture. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Stevenson students who have been placed in the Multilingual Curriculum. Enrollment limited to 25.
STEV 80G
Self and Society Through Film
Lower Division
5 units
Uses feature films and documentaries to address and discuss perspectives of "self and society." Films include Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and The Matrix. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
STEV 80H
Rainbow Theater: An Introduction to Multicultural Theater
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to Asian American, Chicano/Latino, and African American plays through reading of major authors, discussion of social and historical context of their work, and development of a production of a one-act play from each cultural group. In-depth examination of key historical context of these three cultural groups. Video presentations followed by class discussion. Enrollment by audition. Enrollment limited to 80. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
STEV 80T
Self and Society for Transfer Students
Lower Division
5 units
Condensed version of Stevenson's core course for transfer students. Develops analytical writing, critical reading, and effective speaking by considering influential philosophical works while exploring cultural conflicts in modern society. Themes include imperialism, racism, and class conflict. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25.
STEV 86
Leading Social Change
Lower Division
2 units
Offers students the knowledge and skills required to lead diverse teams. Topics include the social-change model of leadership and principles of collaboration. Geared toward Cowell and Stevenson Residential Assistants, but students interested in the topics may take the course with permission from the instructor. (Also offered as Cowell College 86. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
STEV 90
The Nuclear Pacific
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the Pacific region from 1945 to 2013. Students do research on nuclear science, medicine, energy, and weapons testing and their social, political, demographic, and environmental impacts. Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar Students. Enrollment limited to 25. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
STEV 96
Theory and Practice of Peer-Guided Learning for Tutors and Learning Assistants
Lower Division
2 units
Provides first-time tutors and supplemental-instruction learning assistants with the theoretical background and practical interactive teaching and learning strategies essential for planning, implementing, and evaluating effective peer-guided learning.
STEV 99
Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
Tutorial.
STEV 120
Self and Society: Teaching Practicum
Upper Division
5 units
In pairs, students facilitate one seminar section of STEV 2, attend lectures, and meet with faculty for mentoring and guidance through the teaching process. Students are responsible for designing and executing lesson plans, creating assignments, and for evaluating student work. Prerequisite(s): STEV 80 or STEV 1, and STEV 81 or STEV 2. Admission to the program by application and subsequent interview. Applications are available each fall in early October from the college office and interviews are conducted in early November. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, excellent performance in the core courses, good academic standing, leadership experience, genuine passion for teaching, and caring for fellow students. Strong candidates will be skilled in time management, organization, communication, and judgment. . Enrollment limited to 5.
STEV 121
Advanced Research and Strategic Planning for Graduate School
Upper Division
5 units
Guided by a faculty mentor, students engage in an advanced research experience including developing a research proposal, conducting research, and writing and presenting a research paper. Students also prepare for graduate school by practicing the graduate school application process. Enrollment is restricted to students accepted into the Educational Opportunity Programs faculty mentor program. Enrollment also restricted to junior and senior majors in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.
STEV 136
Imagination
Upper Division
5 units
Examines contemporary perspectives on the theme of imagination. Course readings include philosophical treatments of imagination, Indigenous imaginative cultural formations, and Black radical imaginations for socio-spatial liberation. Addresses the following questions: To what extent is imagination tied to our particular position, culture, and time period? What are some ways to expand our imaginations and when are these approaches limited? And how can imagination help us advance radical social change? Explores imagination as an inherently cross-cultural topic and teaches students to present, analyze, and critically discuss philosophical and sociological arguments about imagination. Students cannot receive credit for this course and PHIL 136C, PRTR 175A / PHIL 136B, or COWL 175A/PHIL 136A. (Also offered as Philosophy 136C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 25.
STEV 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision (see course 42). Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing and a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.
STEV 193
Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Provides for individual programs of study, sponsored by the college and performed off-campus. This course may be counted for up to three courses of credit in any quarter. Prerequisite(s): approval of student's adviser and the academic preceptor, and, in the case of full-time study, the board of studies supervising the major. May be repeated for credit.
STEV 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Provides for college-sponsored individual study programs off campus, for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence). Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. Prerequisite(s): approval of the student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, approval by the academic preceptor. May be repeated for credit.
STEV 199F
Tutorial
Upper Division
2 units
Individual projects carried out under the supervision of a Stevenson faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.