Mar 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog 
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog

Revised Courses 2017-2018

Revised Courses Approved FA17

ART 135  SC (change in description)
Typography & Book Arts

Working in collaboration, students create a limited edition, letterpress-printed artist's book under the Scripps College Press imprint. Through local field trips, library visits and archival research on the fruit trees and plantings on Scripps College campus, regional environmental changes and conservation, students develop original texts, generate imagery, hand set metal and wooden type, hand print on antique presses, and hand-bind an edition of approximately 100 copies of an original student-produced artist book.


ART 149  SC (change in title)
Intermediate Video Art

Formerly: Intermediate and Advanced Video


ARCN101  SC (change in title/description)
Introduction to Art Conservation and Cultural Sustainability

Formerly: Introduction to Art Conservation

This course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary fields of art conservation and cultural sustainability. The investigation, treatment and management of art collections, archaeology, archives, and architecture face diverse challenges ranging from climate change and globalization, to air pollution, art crime, and tourism. What physical legacy of our culture do we want to pass on to the future? How can we prolong the lifespan of a cherished object? How do we provide access to cultural heritage and for its ongoing conservation, interpretation, research and management? What tangible or intangible elements of culture should we work to sustain and why?


CLAS019  SC (change in title/description)
Classical Myth in Film: Hollywood and Avant-garde Cinema

From Cleopatra's beguiling charms and Medea's torrid love affair with Jason to Homer's wily Odysseus and Oedipus' complex, ancient culture still provides material for conceptualizing modern political, racial, social, and sexual issues as imagined in modern Hollywood films and European cinema. This course explores the relationship between modernity and antiquity through a study of cinematic adaptations of mythical narratives; central to these discussions are the relationship between aesthetics and politics and the shifting role of culture from common ground to culture industry and beyond. In addition to screening films, students will also read plays, poetry, historical narratives, film criticism, and works of critical theory.


CORE002  SC (change in description)
Metropolis: Imagining the City

Whether pictured as labyrinth, stage set, utopian pleasure-dome or gigantic living room, the urban landscape has played a crucial role in the attempt of 20th-century writers and artists to come to terms with modernity. The course will move from the squares of 19th-century Berlin, to the grid of Manhattan, to the malls and subdivisions of Los Angeles. Using fiction, film and urban history, we investigate how changes in the perception of the city reflect the ways modernity sees itself.


FGSS190  SC  (change in title/description)
Feminist and Queer Creative Methods

Formerly: Feminist and Queer Pedagogies

The course will explore multimedia and various creative strategies for completion of capstone projects including, but not limited, to senior thesis. Creative outcomes can include events, programming, community engagement partnerships and films that have feminist and/or queer content. Regardless of one's Major, this course will be focused on creating a supportive environment for moving a project to completion.


GERM103  SC (change in title/description)
A History of German Film

Formerly: Introduction to German Media and Film

Starting with a selection of groundbreaking Weimar Republic experimental films, we will discuss the cinematic anti-fascist resistance of the 1930s, East-German cinema, feminist and New German Cinema of the 1970s as well as a few recent examples of an exciting new wave of German and Austrian filmmakers. The class includes an introduction to film theory and to some of the key technical terms of film analysis. Readings include short essays by Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Béla Balázs, Thomas Elsaesser, and Gertrud Koch. Taught in German.


HUM 195J SC (description for SP18; 1.0 course credit)
Fellowship in Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute Fellows seminar will cover the historical contextualization of migration and immigration that expands from the local to the global, building on our focus on LA and the USA to include other parts of the world; recent migration issues in the late 20th century and early 21st century worldwide (warfare, religious persecution, exploitable immigrant labor, etc.); and relevant topics raised by prejudicial immigration policies not only in the USA but also in Europe and Asia (including the politics and practices of exclusive nationalisms). This course will give HI Fellows opportunities to learn from and interact with people who are making a difference. The Fellowship in the Humanities Institute does not satisfy any general education requirement, but may be used once toward requirements of a major with approval of the faculty adviser in the major.


POLI135  SC (change in description)
Political Economy of Food

This course will focus on social, cultural, racial and gendered power relations around the production, distribution, consumption, and waste of food in the United States and globally. We will address these issues in an intergenerational partnership with elder co-learners from Pilgrim Place and other elders similarly committed to social justice.  Students in this course will register for a ½-course credit (4-7 hours per week) co-requisite internship in which they will explore alternative food practices through community engagement projects.

Revised Courses Approved SP18

ART 137  SC (change in title/description)
Social Justice & Book Arts

Formerly: Race & Ethnicity in Artists' Books

From the early works of the English poet and printmaker William Blake to contemporary artists' books, this course examines the methods and rationales of artists presenting challenging, and at times disturbing, topics as artwork in book form. Students will study relevant hand-printed and hand-bound works, including those held in the Rare Book Room at Denison Library, and discuss readings focused on social justice and practice in the book arts. Students will curate a Core III exhibition and the course will culminate in the creation of a limited-edition set of prints under the Scripps College Press imprint.


ART 193  SC (change in title/description)
Advanced Senior Project in Art

Formerly:  Senior Thesis in Art

This is an elective course that extends the research completed in ART 192  SC and culminates in the Senior Art Exhibition in the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. Each senior will work
independently with a committee of 2-3 faculty consisting of their thesis readers. The first two readers must be from the Scripps Art Department.


CLAS010  SC (change in title/description/cross listing)
Epic Heroes and Form in Popular Culture

Formerly: The Epic Tradition
Cross listing: English and Humanities Major

Starting with cinematic superheroes (e.g., Black Panther, Superman) and stretching back to Homer's Achilles and the Sumerian Gilgamesh, traditional epic heroism has been an important site for education, the sublime, and entertainment. Yet anti-epic and anti-heroes often critique the values woven into traditional epic form. This course surveys the role of epic heroes/heroines across ancient, medieval, and modern times in order to better understand the changing conceptions of heroes: what kinds of knowledge do epic heroes produce and how does this knowledge relate to our lives? Along with screening films, we read epic poems (e.g., Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, English, German), novels, and critical theory.


DANC103  SC (change in title/description)
Language of the Body: Analyzing Human Movement

Formerly: Laban Movement Analysis

This course provides a comprehensive approach to the physical, emotional, and intellectual meaning of movement as a medium for non-verbal communication. The framework for this exploration is the evolving system of movement analysis, obervation, and notation developed by Rudolf Laban and Imrgrad Bartenieff. Students will move through categories of a system known as BESS (Body, Effort, Shape, Space) and discuss how these categories apply to their own body knowledge/body prejudice, movement potential, and various fields of application.


CORE003  SC (change in description)
Women's Rights: Do They Matter?

Women's Rights is an issue that many of us are passionate about. But do these rights even matter? Would the absence of these right make women worse off? Until recently, even in developed countries, women could not own property, acquire credit, have control over their own bodies, vote, or legally end a marriage. In this course, we will explore the expansion of some of the major changes that have empowered women and study the direct and indirect impact of these changes through an economic lens. We will also carefully analyze data to examine the changes in the gender gap in the United States over time.


ENGL194S SC (change in description/prerequisites)
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

This advanced fiction workshop is intended for students who have taken at least one course in fiction writing (ENGL 193 or an equivalent course at the Claremont Colleges). By the end of the semester students will complete at least two stories or a single longer work of fiction. This course meets the senior seminar requirement for Scripps English majors (please see "Senior Requirement in the English major" in the catalog) but is open to all students. It may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: one previous fiction workshop at the 5Cs or permission of the instructor.


ITAL123  SC (change in description)
This course will introduce students to the history of Italian literature of the Renaissance focusing both on great masterpieces and on lesser-known works that have made their mark on different literary genres and on the circulation of ideas. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the works of Castiglione, Della Casa, Machiavelli, and Gaspara Stampa, we will explore the cultural context of the Italian Renaissance, an era that witnessed the unique contributions of women as well as the development of new ideas about the relationship of ethics and politics. 
Prerequisite: ITAL044 SC.


ITAL131  SC (change in title/description)
The Disunification of Italy: 1861-1921

Formerly: Early Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

This course will explore the history, literature, and narratives surrounding the period from 1861 to 1921, from the Italian unification to the rise of Fascism. Material for class will consist of original texts and artistic expressions from the period, as well as contemporary revisitations of the time. Confronting the different ways of narrating an era, we will focus on themes such as class conflicts, the changing role of women and the family, the contemporaneous rise of anarchism, feminism, and colonialism.


ITAL133  SC (change in title/description)
Contemporary Italy

Formerly: Contemporary Italian Literature

This course explores recent trends in Italian literature, film and the arts. Organized around a different theme each time it is offered, it explores the current debates in literature, cinema, art, and popular culture, and their relation to Italian history and current events. Repeatable three times for credit with different topics.


PHIL170  SC (change in description)
Faith and Reason

An examination of the relation between faith and reason as bases for belief and other attitudes. We will focus on religious and scientific world views, but may also consider other subjects, such as social and political stances and controversies. Faith and reason are often understood as diametrically opposed in some way, and we will read and discuss historical and contemporary sources both for and against this opposition. These readings address questions such as: what is faith, what is reason, is faith ever reasonable, and is reason based on faith?


PSYC123/NEUR123  SC (change in description/cross listing)
Cognitive Neuroscience

A thorough introduction to the concepts and findings of the field. Cognitive neuroscience seeks to understand mental processes in terms of brain mechanisms, linking behavior and cognitive models to neural signals and models of neural processing. Areas of inquiry include perception, imagery, attention, learning, prominent computational models of brain/mind, decision making, valuations, brain adaptation in evolution, and brain-machine interfaces for neural enhancement. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 103 or equivalent; NEUR 095 or equivalent.


PSYC123L/NEUR123L SC (change in description/cross listing)
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Provides introduction to computer programming in Matlab and R for computational cognitive modeling using Bayesian approaches, and for the analysis of neural signals, including EEG and fMRI, along with the theoretical framework, justification, and limitations of these analyses. Prerequisite: 123. Corequisite: 123 (if not yet taken).


SPAN152  SC (change in title)
Border Thinking in Spain

Formerly: Border Thinking and Multicultural Ethnic Europe/Pensamiento de frontera