Course Catalog

The following is from the 2018-2019 course catalog. Not all courses are offered every year. Please see the Current Offerings for current courses being offered.
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Course Title
Course Level
Units
KRSG 1
Academic Literacy and Ethos: Power and Representation
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. Texts in varied media reflect individuals' and communities' struggles to represent, constitute, and empower themselves in the United States. Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members. Enrollment limited to 30.
KRSG 2
Power and Representation in Media
Lower Division
3 units
Introduction to media representations and their consequences for individuals and communities. Assignments emphasize dialogic and collaborative processes of critical reflection on media materials. Materials in a variety of media address struggles for representation, justice, and agency--especially relative to race, gender, citizenship/documentation, and communities of diaspora--in terms of media frameworks and the dialogues they foment. . (Also offered as Film and Digital Media 2. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 3
Campus Natural History Practicum
Lower Division
2 units
Develop practical skills and knowledge in naturalist observation. Acquire an overview of the field of natural history, particularly applied to the UCSC campus. Document an evolving and multidimensional personal experience of natural spaces, including, but not limited to, wilderness. (Formerly KRSG 18.) May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 12A
Service Learning
Lower Division
3 units
Students find a volunteer position with the instructor's assistance and perform community service in non-profit organizations, schools, unions, or local government agencies. Students meet weekly, keep a journal, and write a "social action witnessing" report of their experience. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 12B
Service Learning
Lower Division
2 units
Students find a volunteer position with the instructor's assistance and perform community service in non-profit organizations, schools, unions, or local government agencies. Students meet weekly, keep a journal, and write a "social action witnessing" report of their experience. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 12C
Service Learning: Introduction to National Service/Introduction to Grant Writing
Lower Division
3 units
A fast-paced and academically rigorous exercise in four main sections. First and foremost, participants must locate and support a community-service site for three hours each week. Each student's service commitment requires the student to attend class regularly and share community-service experience with classmates. Students are introduced to the basic requirements of a variety of national service agencies including AmeriCorp, the Peace Corp, City Year, Teach for America, and City Service. Students are required to do community-service work with a member of one of these agencies locally for four hours during the quarter. The last major section of this course teaches students the basics of grant writing and research. Enrollment is restricted to college members. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 15A
The Writer as Witness
Lower Division
3 units
Students are involved in a community service project to produce a portfolio of social-action writing that situates the writer as witness in the community. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 20.
KRSG 15B
The Writer as Witness
Lower Division
2 units
Students are involved in a community-service project to produce a portfolio of social-action writing that situates the writer as witness in the community. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 20.
KRSG 16
The Rise of Capitalism and Its Consequences
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the rise and consequences of capitalism. How has capitalism affected how humans understand and act in the world? How do oppressions along lines of race, gender, sexuality, and nation intersect with capitalism? Is resistance desirable and/or possible? Enrollment is restricted to Kresge, Cowell, or Crown honors students. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
KRSG 24
Imagining Utopias
Lower Division
3 units
Explores possible futures by studying several utopian visions, projects, and manifestos. Students imagine a future by writing a manifesto and other creative non-fiction pieces that embrace a utopian imagination. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 20.
KRSG 25
Successful Transfer to the Research University
Lower Division
2 units
Provides community college transfers, during their first year at UC Santa Cruz, with an understanding of the workings of a research university with emphasis on advanced academic expectations, creating purposeful education and career goals, and navigating opportunities and challenges. Guides refinement of goals, development of an action plan to meet desired academic, career and civic-oriented outcomes, and encourages developing essential and enriching relationships to enrich UC Santa Cruz experience. . Enrollment is restricted to first-quarter transfer students. Enrollment limited to 25.
KRSG 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 STEV 26. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Kresge and Porter College members.
KRSG 45
Achieving Consensus in Diverse Communities
Lower Division
5 units
Defines consensus in terms of inclusive decision-making and explores depth-psychology approaches to facilitating social agreement in culturally diverse settings. Readings include Totem and Taboo, Diversity Calling, and selected articles related to issues of cultural literacy. Recommended for, but not limited to, social science majors. (Also offered as Oakes College 45. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to Kresge College and Oakes College affiliates or by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
KRSG 51
City on a Hill Press Practicum in Production
Lower Division
2 units
Students work collaboratively on City on a Hill Press, the student-run, campus newspaper of record, gaining practice in news production. Students engage in analysis and critical reflection regarding both the form and content of news, and its critical relationship to a healthy democracy. Course outcomes include the development of media literacy, and experience addressing issues such as intent, fairness, accuracy, and impact. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, graphic design, illustration, photojournalism, visual composition, copy editing, fact-checking, and media literacy. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor in consultation with City on a Hill Press co-editors-in-chief. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 52
City on a Hill Press Practicum in Reporting and Editing
Lower Division
5 units
Students work collaboratively on City on a Hill Press, the student-run, campus newspaper of record, gaining practice in investigative journalism and news editing. Students engage in analysis and critical reflection regarding both the form and content of news, and its critical relationship to a healthy democracy. Course outcomes include the development of media literacy, and experience addressing issues such as intent, fairness, accuracy, and impact. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, story production, story assignment and management, and staff editorial composition. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor, in consultation with City on a Hill Press co-editors-in-chief. . May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 60C
Prison Narratives
Lower Division
3 units
Survey of narratives of prison experience, supporting inquiry into the role of prisons in U.S. society. Addresses themes including, but not limited to, prison abolition, re-entry, the school-to-prison pipeline, capital punishment, sentencing of minors, and political prisoners. Emphasis on voices of the imprisoned, and their advocates. Students engage in collaborative projects throughout the class, and learn effective strategies for group work and interpersonal communication. . Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 60F
Writer's Read
Lower Division
2 units
Students attend weekly creative writing readings by fiction writers and poets, read excerpts from the writers' works, participate in question and answer sessions, and write short, creative and/or analytical responses to the readings and writings. Enrollment is restricted to Kresge and Porter college members. Enrollment limited to 35. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 62
Transformative Action
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces key skills for effective transformation agents including: creativity and innovation; transformative communication; servant leadership; optimism and resilience, risk taking, initiative; luck; failure; and relationship building. Students create their own portfolio and commit to weekly civic engagement projects. Enrollment limited to 75. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 62A
Transformative Action
Lower Division
2 units
Addresses the most effective methods of social change. Examines principles and strategies of transformative action and case studies of leaders solving world problems. Empowers students to be innovators in real-life community projects. Integrates nonviolence, psychology, sustainability, and social justice.
KRSG 62B
Transformative Action Seminar
Lower Division
2 units
For students who enrolled in the winter quarter Transformative Action course, to further investigate, research, and refine their Big Idea. Opportunity given to deepen and integrate Transformative Action principles into projects. Enrollment by instructor permission only.
KRSG 63
Kresge Garden Cooperative
Lower Division
2 units
Hands-on practice with basic ecological horticulture skills through work at the Kresge Garden, including soil cultivation. Enrollment by instructor approval through application (available in the Kresge College office). Enrollment limited to college members. Enrollment limited to 15. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 64
Tools for World Changers
Lower Division
2 units
Develops life skills that support you and help you support others. Implement effective methods for personal productivity (managing your to-dos, calendar, and inbox), interpersonal communication, meeting facilitation, event hosting, collaboration, and regenerative community design. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
KRSG 65A
Power and Representation: Food and Community
Lower Division
2 units
Explores core themes of power and representation through the mediums of food, nature awareness, community, personal empowerment and sustainable living. Students will develop meaningful final projects in collaboration with Kresge Food Co-op, Kresge Garden Co-op, Kresge World Cafe, and projects of their own design. Enrollment limited to 20.
KRSG 65F
Kresge Lab: Photography
Lower Division
2 units
A course of practical guidance in developing skills and creative approaches in photography; also a group setting for critique and feedback. Students do in-class and out-of-class assignments in photography and development, discuss examples of photographic art in various communities and subgenera, and apply principles to their own work in a final portfolio. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
KRSG 65M
Kresge Lab: Text, Music, and Performance
Lower Division
2 units
Students pursue collaborative or individual projects in the relationship between text, music, and performance, in pairs or groups. Areas explored include practical introductions to prosody and poetics, musical forms, text-setting, and theories of performance and reception. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
KRSG 65W
Kresge Lab: Creative Writing
Lower Division
2 units
A course of guidance and exercises to assist in developing independent writing projects, and a group setting for critique and feedback. Students do in-class and out-of-class writing assignments; read and discuss texts; and work to develop a final project. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
KRSG 67
Transformative Justice Seminar
Lower Division
3 units
Examines the principles and processes of restorative justice juxtaposed to current practices in the judicial and educational systems of contemporary society. Students study leading restorative justice practices and their implication for individual and community transformation. Students learn to facilitate the restorative justice process "restorative circles," and have the opportunity to practice them in real time. Enrollment is by instructor consent and is restricted to frosh, sophomores, and juniors. Enrollment limited to 25.
KRSG 68
Transformative Communication
Lower Division
2 units
Based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), this experiential course offers skills in intra- and inter-personal conflict transformation by aligning with core values; understanding what motivates self and others; cultivating compassion, even under difficult circumstances; and bringing greater peace into our world. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 69
Practical Application of Restorative Practices
Lower Division
2 units
This second seminar supports students in deepening and fine-tuning their Restorative Circle facilitation along with exploring the question "What are the components of a restorative life?" Students participate in the Kresge College Restorative Justice Initiative, and, during the fall quarter, offer Restorative Circles to student groups in conflict. Prerequisite(s): KRSG 67. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 71
The World Cafe: The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter
Lower Division
2 units
Examines the principles, practices, and art of hosting conversations derived from the work of Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, and the World Cafe community. Students gain experience with group facilitation, meeting design, strategic questioning, harvesting collective intelligence, graphic recording, intergenerational collaboration, and participatory action-research. Enrollment limited to 24. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 72
Collaborative Learning: Transitioning to Sustainability and Justice
Lower Division
2 units
Collaborative learning in service of transitioning from an "industrial growth" society to a participatory, democratic, and sustainable society. Students engage with ongoing sustainability and justice projects and develop leadership skills in personal productivity, project management, communications, and facilitation. (Formerly Collaborative Learning: The Great Turning.) (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 73
Collaborative Learning: Sustainable Communities
Lower Division
2 units
Collaborative learning in service of building thriving, just, and sustainable communities locally and globally. Students engage with ongoing sustainability and justice projects and develop skills in leadership, personal productivity, project management, communications, and facilitation. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 74
Collaborative Learning: Permaculture Skills
Lower Division
2 units
Collaborative learning in service of fostering community resilience in response to environmental and social crisis. Students engage with ongoing sustainability and justice projects and develop advanced skills in leadership, personal productivity, project management, communications, and facilitation. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 75
Sustainable Food Systems
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces students to fundamental food-system issues and opportunities. Topics include: hunger, environmental sustainability, race and gender, food and agricultural policy, local food systems, gardening and farming models, social movements, and approaches for analysis and change. Enrollment limited to 55.
KRSG 76
Social Documentary Photography
Lower Division
5 units
History of social documentary photography with its practice. Includes analysis of historical and contemporary images from social documentary work; camera, darkroom, and digital skill development; an individual student documentary project; and collective project discussion. Enrollment is restricted to Kresge College members. Enrollment limited to 20.
KRSG 77
Food Memoir
Lower Division
2 units
Workshop in writing memoir that connects to issues of multiculturalism, gender, and environment. Designed to hone skills in creative writing through stories that students will unify into a larger memoir. Enrollment is restricted to Kresge and College Eight members or by permission of instructor.
KRSG 78
Social and Environmental Justice Activism and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Lower Division
2 units
Introduces contemporary activism on environmentalism and human rights, emphasizing the work of Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award (known internationally as the "Alternative Nobel Prize") and the Right Livelihood College, whose North American campus is Kresge College. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 85S
Critical Writing Practicum: Subject and System
Lower Division
5 units
Writing practicum. Students investigate social epistemology and ontology—the ''how do we know'' and ''what do we mean'' questions—surrounding the idea of systems and subjects. Questions might include, but are not limited to: What systems in society do we identify when we identify systemic racism, or other systemic bias? Is ''society'' an object that we can know, and if so, does our knowledge of it privileges systems and structures? Students consider these concepts and questions as broad starting points for weekly reflective and analytical writing, with a concentration on research-driven non-fiction writing. . Enrollment restricted to students in the College Scholars Program.
KRSG 90C
Collaborative Approaches to Research
Lower Division
5 units
Critical engagement of current research methodology in the humanities and arts. Coursework consists primarily of a collaborative research project that requires each student to synthesize information and sources in topics both familiar and unfamiliar. The specific methodologies presented vary by instructor across two to three disciplines, possibly including literature, history, the arts, and cultural studies. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Challenge Program participants from Stevenson College, Merrill College, Porter College, and Kresge College. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 99
Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
A program of directed study arranged between a first-year or sophomore student and a Kresge faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 100
University Learning with Intention and Purpose
Upper Division
2 units
Students learn practical ways of maximizing the resources of a public education and research institution. Students collaborate across disciplines, broaden impacts of higher learning, and develop strategies for effective interaction with faculty and the broader professional communities to which they aspire. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 102
Internship Course: Services for Transfer And Reentry Students
Upper Division
2 units
Students learn models for increased accessibility and efficacy in higher education, and prepare to lead through those models within transfer student- and reentry student-focused communities. Engage in dialogue about university policy, identify structural barriers faced by minoritized and other disadvantaged communities when pursuing higher education, and collaboratively design projects to address them. Implement and lead civic-engagement activities and reflect on personal experience and knowledge to meet student-defined goals. With additional guidance from the STARS director and STARS staff, interns create plans and help to implement projects that reflect the learning of the course. . May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 105
STARS Intensive Internship Curriculum
Upper Division
5 units
Students learn models for increased accessibility and efficacy in higher education, and implement leadership through those models within transfer student- and reentry student-focused communities. Engage in dialogue about university policy, identify structural barriers faced by minoritized and other disadvantaged communities when pursuing higher education, and collaboratively design projects to address them. Implement and lead civic-engagement activities and reflect on personal experience and knowledge to meet student-defined goals. With additional guidance from the STARS director and STARS staff, interns create plans and implement projects that reflect the learning of the course. . May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 161
Permaculture and Whole Systems Design
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on concepts, principles, and practices of permaculture and whole systems design. Permaculture education is transdisciplinary and provides practical experience with design, ecological horticulture, regional planning, natural building, architecture, appropriate technology, aquaponics, animal husbandry, ecopsychology, and community resilience. Enrollment by application. Enrollment limited to 23. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
KRSG 171
Kresge Challenge Seminar
Upper Division
5 units
For first-year students, by invitation only. This class is part of the Challenge Program which provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to participate in a rigorous program emphasizing individual attention and dynamic interaction with UCSC faculty and academically motivated peers in classes, social settings, and collaborative research projects. Enrollment restricted to Kresge, Merrill, and Stevenson students enrolled in the College Challenge Programs. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
KRSG 172
Collaborative Learning: The Great Turning
Upper Division
5 units
Collaborative learning in service of transitioning from industrial growth society to a life-sustaining society. Students deepen their connection with nature, themselves, and community through guest lectures, intergenerational dialogue to discover collective and wise action, and engagement with long-term projects. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 173
Collaborative Learning: Sustainable Communities
Upper Division
5 units
Collaborative learning in service of building thriving, just, and sustainable communities locally and globally. Learn about Ecovillages and reclaiming the commons while also discovering collective and wise action through guest lectures, intergenerational dialogue, and engagement with long-term projects. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 174
Collaborative Learning: Permaculture Skills
Upper Division
5 units
Collaborative learning in service of fostering community resilience in response to peak oil. Practice hands-on skills with permaculture and transition towns while also discovering collective and wise action through guest lectures, intergenerational dialogue, and engagement with long-term projects. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
KRSG 178
Special Topics in Education
Upper Division
5 units
Taught on a rotating basis by various faculty members. The precise focus of each year's course will vary according to the instructor. Please contact the department for information on the current topic. Individual topics may be applied only once to the education minor, STEM minor or education major. (Formerly Advanced Educational Studies.) . (Also offered as Education 178. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching of a lower-division seminar under Kresge faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing in Kresge, a proposal supported by a Kresge faculty member willing to supervise, and college approval.
KRSG 193
Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Supervised off-campus study conducted under the immediate and direct guidance of a Kresge faculty supervisor. To be used primarily by upper-division students doing part-time, off-campus study. Prerequisite(s): approval of student's adviser and the college. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 194
Group Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a Kresge faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Provides for college-sponsored individual study programs off campus, for which Kresge faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence.) Prerequisite(s): approval of the student's faculty sponsor and college approval. May be repeated for credit.
KRSG 199
Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
A program of individual study arranged between an upper-division student and a Kresge faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.