Course Descriptions

Art Courses

ART 321 Exploration of Film – 3 units
The class explores the aesthetics of film including visual grammar of cinema, studying how film is created and how it functions, both at an historical and critical level. Throughout the course students have the opportunity to analyze several films in depth, and be exposed to a variety of stylistic influences ranging from the Hollywood tradition to the International Art Cinema.

Child Development and Education Courses

CDE 300 Child Psychology: The Effect of Trauma – 3 units
This course covers the process of development from conception through early childhood years at the biological, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural levels. We will discuss the interactions of these various facets of development in specific areas like gender roles, aggressive behavior, or education and apply this knowledge to practical situations. The course will focus on the effects of trauma on children and how the symptoms and problems of trauma depend on many things including a child’s life experiences before the trauma, a child’s own natural ability to cope with stress, how serious the trauma was, and what kind of help and support a child gets from family, friends, and professionals immediately following the trauma.

CDE 304 Emerging Models of Early Childhood Education – 3 units
This course will explore models of established early childhood education through an analysis of historical and theoretical antecedents. Students will study the major models in the field and examine how those approaches have changed over time and what their influence is on school today. Students will look at such models as Montessori, High/Scope, and Reggio Emilia. In addition they will look at the impact of No Child Left Behind on preschools programs.

CDE 305 Integrating Curriculum: Best Practices – 3units
This course will look at curriculum development for young children in the framework of reflective teaching practices. By combining in-depth theoretical principles with practical applications students will become familiar with methods to plan curriculum by providing for child-centered, relationship based teaching. They will reflect on their own teaching practices, requirements from their work sites, as well as state mandates.

CDE 306 Media, Technology and Children – 3 units
This course is a study of the impact of modern media upon the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children. A critical exploration of communications through such channels as television, music, magazines, the Internet, and video games will be conducted. The positive as well as the negative manner in which the media influence the attitudes, values, and behaviors of young audiences will be examined.

CDE 307 Child Advocacy – 3 units
This course will explore a variety of concepts in child advocacy, including a range of individuals, professionals and advocacy organizations who promote the optimal development of children and family systems. Topics include individuals or organizations engaging in advocacy to protect children’s rights that may be abridged or abused in a number of areas. These topics will be examined from a variety of perspectives, both theoretical and cultural, and case studies will be analyzed.

CDE 308 Special Education: Response to Intervention – 3 units
This course provides an overview of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model, a multi-tiered framework designed to provide data-differentiated instruction appropriate for today’s diverse learners. Students will explore the assessment, intervention, and monitoring practices consistent with the model and apply its concepts to practical situations with regard to special education. Students will develop an understanding of relevant legal and ethical factors as well as the use of transdisciplinary teams, classroom grouping strategies, and researched-based instructional methods and programs.

CDE 310 Practicum: Child Advocacy – 3 units
This practicum includes a field-based experience and is to be taken in conjunction with CDE-307 Child Advocacy. Students will spend 20 hours at an approved site and begin to look at childcare systems through the lens of advocacy. Through structured observations, the student will examine a range of factors that promote the optimal development of children and family systems.  From the field experience, we will consider the teacher/caregiver’s role in assessing and addressing problems in the classroom, connecting with appropriate social agencies, and supporting families. Finally, as part of professional development, students will look at organizations at the local, state, and national level that can be accessed to keep current with advocacy opportunities in the early childhood field.

CDE 311 Practicum: Curriculum – 3 units
This practicum includes field-based experience and is taken in conjunction with CDE-305 Curriculum Development. Students will spend 20 hours at an approved site and begin to look at curriculum designed for early childhood programs and the relationships of students, teachers and parents in the classroom. Through structured observations and assignments, the students will examine a range of factors that promote optimal development and learning.

CDE 332 Adolescent Development – 3 units
At the completion of this course, the student should have an understanding of the process of human development from middle childhood through adolescence at the biological, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural levels. Through discussion and directed learning the student will become familiar with current research literature in adolescent development, and demonstrate the applicability to current practical situations.

CDE 343 Theories of Learning and Cognition – 3 units
This course examines the models and processes relevant to human cognition and learning. Topics include information processing, attention, memory, language, problem solving, and decision making. Surveys of empirical research and applications of concepts to everyday experiences will be conducted.

HDV 455 Child Development and Learning – 3 units
This class provides students with the opportunity to study and do research related to current child development theory and their applications in school and classroom contexts for children in grades K through 8.  Students learn to read and interpret professional journal articles in order to explore the influence of culture on child development and child rearing practices.  Student will learn to conduct developmental observations and interviews with children. Primary topics are cognitive, emotional, social and moral development, moral education, the role of children in US culture, and children’s rights. This course is offered by the MAE Program.

HDV 458A Language Development and Acquisition – 3 units
This course combines the study of cognitive, personal, and social development with the study of the psychophysical dimensions of first- and second-language acquisition, language structure and its use, and the developmental and sociocultural factors that affect language learning and use. Genetic and social factors influencing cognitive and social development are studied. Candidates review contemporary theory and research on first and second language acquisition and use. The course also reviews current theory and research on how the variables of development, class, and ethnicity impact language learning. Then, the course focuses on dialects and standard languages, the implications of the differential status of language and dialects, value systems, acculturation patterns, and language environments. Finally, relevant federal and state laws, policies, and legal requirements governing the education of second language learners are studied, along with a review of different school-based programs designed to support English language development. This course is offered by the MAE Program.

CDE 394A Special Topics in Child Development and Education – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Communication and Media Courses

COM 321 Interpersonal Communication in a Media World – 3 units
Over the last decade, technology has compressed the world into a global village. Even though communication between dyads are now immediate and easily accessible, understanding the effects of interactions and relational development through the use computer mediated communication has brought new challenges in our world. This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches in understanding the effects of interactions (pros and cons), how relationships are developed, maintained, and terminated, and perceptions in a media saturated world.

COM 322 Documentary Filmmaking – 3 units
Documentaries are powerful tools in accomplishing social justice work. They not only tell the story of the injustice and its impact but can bring about awareness and change through informing and mobilizing others. In addition, the advent of hand-held media devices, like smart phones, have put the power of the media into nearly everyone’s hands. This class will focus on how to use documentary filmmaking to address social justice issues. Students will learn how to document people, places, and things around them, interpret the material gathered and produce a visual nonfiction story.  We will focus on story structure and using simple and easy-to¬access media tools for creating a short documentary.

COM 323 Social Media – 3 units
The emergence and diffusion of technology has provided us with two different realms to reside in: the real world and the social media world. Social media has drastically changed how we communicate with each other, from societal to individual levels. The question we will examine in this course is how do social media shape our lives and more importantly, how do we want it to shape our lives? This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches in understanding the effects of social media in our media saturated world. We will discuss how social media affects perceptions, relationships, education, business, global, and our identity.

COM 325 World Media – 3 units
The right to communicate was enshrined in the United Nations Charter on Human Rights more than 60 years ago. This was long before much of the media that we now take for granted was even imagined in this country, let alone much of the rest of the world.  This course will examine what the right to communicate means within a social justice framework and how it plays out in various parts of the world and for various communities of interest. We will examine a variety of media and the ways that they are or can be used for good and ill; how the producers impact content delivery; what best practices are; and how to remedy poor practices.

COM 327 Contemporary Issues in Film/Video Media – 3 units
This course is an exploration of theories of media, technology and culture as they relate to the study of cinema, focusing in particular on the age of “new media” or computer technologies. Increasingly new forms of technology are transforming the way we perceive and interact with moving images. Survey of central concepts and major theoretical debates associated with film/video in relation to new media, putting these debates in the context of film’s relation to other now older media such as photography, television and home video. Topics will include: indexicality in relation to digital technology, remediation, the virtual, information theory, convergence culture, software studies, digital animation and special effects, gaming and interactivity.

COM 350A Media, Communication & Culture – 3 units
History, theory, research, and issues surrounding mass communication are the subject of this course, which focuses on a critical survey of radio, television, newspapers, and magazines as instruments of mass communications. The behavior of audiences of the mass media is analyzed. Topics include ethics, persuasion, and media in relation to violence and minorities in society.

COM 352 Public Speaking  – 3 units
This experience-based course in public speaking includes the preparation and presentation of a number of speeches. Topics include research, outlining, support of ideas, ethos, audience analysis, style and delivery. Students learn to evaluate critically their own speaking and that of others. Emphasis is on performance and improvement of targeted speech behaviors.

COM 355 Intercultural Communication – 3 units
Technology has compressed the world into a global village composed of myriad international and non-dominant domestic cultures. Communication between cultures is essential but complicated by different contexts, values, expectations, and perceptions. This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches to the complexities of both verbal and non-verbal communication across cultures. Communication styles of various nationalities are examined along with such issues as dominance, gender, religion, prejudice, time, distance, and silence.

COM 358 Group Dynamics – 3 units
This course examines theories and research about groups, and applications of social psychological (rather than clinical) notions of group processes. The course provides a setting in which students engage in both didactic and experiential learning about group roles, group development and task oriented and non-rational group dynamics. Topics include, among others: group functioning, development, role emergence and differentiation, leadership and authority, scapegoating and the relationship between these and non-rational behavior.

COM 374 Advertising & Culture – 3 units
Advertising is one of the most pervasive forces in modern culture. This class represents an overview of the advertising industry and its impact on society. Topics include the history and structure of the industry, consumer culture, persuasion theories, political advertising, children and advertising, sexuality, technological aspects, globalization, and ethical implications. Students analyze both print and television advertising and study the key role that research plays in planning and evaluating ad campaigns.

COM 394A Films on Social Justice Topics – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Environmental Studies/Ecology Courses

ECO 300 Ecopsychology – 3 units
Ecopsychology recognizes the complex interconnection, interaction, and interdependence among living and non-living nature. It is a cross-pollination among the sciences and humanities that provides a critical and necessary understanding that the wellbeing, the flourishing of the planet and that of the human and nonhuman world must include sustainable and mutually enhancing relationships. This course emphasizes relationships between personal, community, organizational, economic, social, ecological and ethical issues.

ECO 301 Environmental Justice and Advocacy – 3 units
In this course, students explore fundamental environmental justice issues and effective means of advocacy. Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice is achieved when everyone – regardless of race, color, national origin, or income – has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process. Students will gain awareness of environmental justice issues and examine case studies from around the world.  This course satisfies the Ethics requirement.
ECO 302 Marine Ecology 3 units
This course is designed to give students an interdisciplinary perspective of marine science focusing on organisms, ecosystems, currents, and future environmental problems our oceans face, such as ocean acidification. Organisms in the sea will be discussed, including microbes, algae, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The ecology of plants and animals in various marine habitats, including rocky shores, estuaries, open ocean and deep sea, will be covered. Included topics are the natural history of Santa Barbara oceanic habitats and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

ECO 345 Global Environmental Studies – 3 units
The goal of this course is to give students an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. From the local scale to the global scale, we will use several approaches in our study of the science of ecology, and in the process, learn something of the natural history of the Santa Barbara area and the global processes important in controlling such phenomena as global warming. The course will include one mandatory all-day field trip.

ECO 376 Sustainable Business Practices – 3 units
In this course students explore sustainability issues and challenges affecting new and existing businesses in today’s global market. Environmental, social, ethical and cultural perspectives are addressed, and their impact on effective sustainable business management. Students reflect upon the truth about green business, carbon foot printing, green marketing, green management and finance. Students gain awareness of the potential for a paradigmatic shift in resource management, and sustainability frameworks and explore zero waste concepts. Students investigate multiple global approaches to sustainable business management and gain a solid understanding of managing without growth and a steady state economy that lead to effective integration of social, ecological and economic realities.

ECO 394A Special Topics in Environmental Studies – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Entrepreneurship Courses

ENT 300 Entrepreneurship – 3 units
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial process, and the vital role played by entrepreneurs in the 21st century global economy.  This is a project-based course, mixing theory with practice, and challenges students to (1) explore and critique case studies; (2) apply theoretical principles and concepts to real world ideas and situations; and (3) develop and articulate their own entrepreneurial vision.

ENT 377 E-business and E-commerce – 3 units
This course provides students with a broad overview of the concepts and principles of e-business and e-commerce and addresses the need for all businesses, including traditional business models, to incorporate an online presence into their existing structure. Students focus on the digital value chain for eBusiness and eCommerce and including: eProducts and eServices, eProcurement, eMarketing, eContracting, eDistribution, ePayment, as well as eCustomer relationship management. In addition to business models and business webs, digital procurement and marketing processes such as electronic negotiation processes, security questions with digital signatures, as well as electronic supplier relationship management, cyber law, and customer relationship management are also addressed.

ENT 379 Business Planning and Development – 3 units
Small business is the dominant form of business in the United States, and reliance on the services provided and jobs created by small companies is integral to our economic development.  In this course, students identify management and financial concerns unique to the small business owner, and study models for small business growth, product or service innovation, and long-term sustainability. Students analyze the risks and rewards of potential growth opportunities and address fundamental marketing concepts, theories, principles of marketing new products in the global marketplace and the associated ethical dilemmas.  Students discover the technologies that can boost competition and how to attract private investors and bankers for expansion.
Global Studies Courses

GBL 300 History of Globalization – 3 units
The goal of this course is to explore the history of globalization from several different angles to allow students to develop a strong foundation in knowledge about the different perspectives available in the scholarly community. Starting from a basic definition of globalization and developing critical thinking regarding the areas of global political influence, global military influence, and global economic influence in a historic sequence. Review of philosophies for each of the influence areas supported by group projects and interactive classroom activities will allow the students to get a broad overview of how globalization developed and why it has taken on such a dominant role in current global political and business discussions.

GBL 301 Human Rights – 3 units
In 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, followed by protection for social, cultural, civil and political rights, including actions by governments and NGOs to address the desperate plight of hundreds of millions of children, women, refugees, indigenous peoples and prisoners. Students will be challenged to examine factors contributing to local and global human rights abuses, and to appreciate the courageous actions of individuals and organizations that actively seek to protect human rights.

GBL 314 Conflict Management I: Nature and Cause – 3 units
An interdisciplinary examination of individual, group, organizational, national and transnational conflicts in the ‘Ages of Globalization and Terrorism.’ The world is irreversibly interdependent and marked by the free flow of capital, goods, people, knowledge and ideas, and at the same time subject to the increasingly turbulent forces of nationalism, ethnicity, religion and the spread of destructive technological  capabilities (nuclear arms). By examining the root causes of conflict  from the perspective of biology, psychology, economics and business, politics and technology, students will delve into the nature and sources of modern conflict, the strategies and tactics most often employed by disputants and the dynamic and structural forces that cause conflict to escalate, stalemate, deescalate and ultimately settle.

GBL 315 Conflict Management II: Analysis and Resolution – 3 units
This course takes an in-depth, interdisciplinary approach to the question of international intractable conflict, its sources and the full range of potential interventions designed to reduce its destructiveness. Students will study international conflict case studies that often exhibit highly charged religious, cultural, political and economic issues and that tend to be long-lasting and highly destructive. The ultimate goal of the course is to enable students to consider global conflicts and conflict resolution critically and from various viewpoints to contribute to original and more effective strategies for the world peace.

GBL 361 Global Economics – 3 units
Beginning with a review of essential concepts in economics, this course focuses on the international and cross-cultural nature of contemporary economic phenomena. Emphasis is on macroeconomics, rather than microeconomics. Theoretical concepts are applied to specific cases, such as economic relationships between the US and Japan, Mexico, and other countries.

Interdisciplinary Courses

INT 302 Educational Foundations – 3 units
The major goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the history, philosophy, policies, and purposes of the undergraduate degree program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. It provides an orientation to the specific student-centered learning program available at Antioch Santa Barbara. From a basis of their transferred units, students learn to plan and take responsibility for the completion of their degree. This course also introduces the student to the Core Purposes of a Liberal Arts Education:  critical and creative thinking; global and intercultural awareness; holistic personal development; competence for professional pursuits; effective communication; and the unifying principle of praxis for social justice. Special emphasis is placed on the development of college level writing skills and critical thinking. Required in the first quarter for all students.

INT 303A Service Learning in the Community – 3 units
Using models from experiential and adult learning theory, this course provides students with structured opportunities to intern at a local nonprofit organization while reflecting upon their service learning in a weekly seminar setting.  Through use of carefully focused readings and a variety of interactive and reflective activities, students are encouraged to integrate their philosophical, conceptual, and practical learning experiences as they analyze, discuss, and write about their combined field and classroom learning.  Required for all students.

INT 308A Senior Capstone – 3 units
Built around the campus mission and BA Program’s Core Purposes, this course is designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to integrate, synthesize, and reflect upon common and practical themes from their undergraduate program. Students will provide evidence of the essential knowledge they have gleaned from their liberal arts education by creating a cumulative portfolio and by assessing their skills in the areas of each Core Purpose. The course culminates in a presentation to the faculty and students. Required in the last quarter for all students.

INT 391 Career Planning – 3 units
Career Planning and Job Search Strategies is designed to give graduating students an opportunity to review their professional life to date, incorporate their current education and activate their plans for a successful career. Through the use of career assessments coupled with self-awareness exercises the students will receive fundamental and necessary information on job market research, job search strategies, document preparation as well as effective interviewing and negotiation strategies. Through the use of readings, online resources and lecture and class discussion, each student will be able to develop a meaningful, doable action plan for the future.

INT 394A Readings on Social Justice Topics – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Business Management and Leadership Courses

MGT 320 Business Finance – 3 units
Whether you are a business executive, entrepreneur, or would-be investor, understanding and assessing the fiscal health of a business is paramount to making sound financial decisions.  In this course, we examine key aspects of financial management from micro-level health assessment of a business, to macro-level decision-making in financial markets.  Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding, forecasting and managing financial issues within an organization. Course topics include operating and capital budgets, financial reports, financial analysis, and fiscal controls.

MGT 322 Leadership and Project Management – 3 units
Project management is a continuous challenge for most of us. We manage projects daily – social, academic, and/or professional. The recorded history of project management has changed from a time when only engineers were in charge of large-scale projects to what we experience today, where homemakers, students, community advocates, and all levels of business associates lead and support team projects. This course focuses on the essential aspects of project leadership and management, covering the six fundamentals of project management: defining the scope, initiating, planning, launching, executing, and closing the project. These fundamentals are viewed from both the perspectives of the project leader and the project member. Topics include the dimensions of leadership, determining the direction, scheduling, managing risk, and creating a healthy team environment.

MGT 362 Management Information Systems – 3 units
Management Information Systems covers the role of technology in facilitating management decision-making and day-to-day operations for a typical business or organization. Emphasis is on the capabilities of modern day information systems and technology’s relationship to customers, administration, and management. Computer literacy is a prerequisite for this course.

MGT 368A Management: Best Practices – 3 units
This course will focus on best practices management with a primary emphasis on what constitutes best practices in leadership and management in today’s complex world. This course will focus on the importance of the leader as teacher within the organization and community. Students will explore how leaders emerge, and learn to understand the importance of visionary leadership within a framework of social responsibility.  The course will delve into the aspects of servant leadership that emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. Leading in a diverse world, leading in a time of crises and complexity, and how today’s leaders and managers handle change today and into the future will also be examined.

MGT 374A Organizational Strategy and Culture – 3 units
This course explores the improvement of organizations through planned, systematic, long- range efforts focused on the organization’s culture and its human and social processes. This exploration uses behavioral science techniques to diagnose current and potential organizational problems. The course then applies theory, practice and research to determine appropriate interventions to address the problem. Long-range strategies for prevention of future organizational problems are also discussed. The course will emphasize case studies and the use of role-playing by students to develop insights into the best use of interventions.

MGT 375 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility – 3 units
This course explores the wide-ranging impact of management decisions, policy making, and strategy on communities and society. Internal and external political and social environments, ethical dilemmas faced by managers and executives, and the impact of “whistle blowers” are also covered.  Students will initially analyze these issues within the context of ethical philosophy, later exploring the conditions and norms, which motivate institutional behavior, working relationships, and moral choice.

MGT 385 Human Resources and Legal Issues – 3 units
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the human resources function and related legal issues and their impact on the professional manager. Subject areas include: employee relations, compensation practices, collective bargaining, human resources planning, quality of work life, employment law and affirmative action.

MGT 394A Special Topics in Business Management and Leadership – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Music Courses

MUS 320 Exploration of Music – 3 units
This course explores selected music areas and cultures from around the world and the local Santa Barbara music scene. We will learn terms and concepts of music such as: sound, timbre, pitch, intervals, scales, melody, harmony, and rhythm. Within the musical context we will explore different cultures, musical genres, instruments played, and the transmission and performance practices used by each culture. This course is designed to be an engaging and “hands-on” musical experience.

Philosophy Courses

PHL 367 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society – 3 units
This course provides an in-depth examination of selected ethical issues, appropriate for students in all areas of concentration. Students acquire an understanding of key concepts, theories and topics central to the area of philosophy known as Ethics. Students explore both their own views and those of prominent thinkers on questions such as the nature of morality.

PHL 369 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services – 3 units
This course will give students an ethical decision making model to apply to professional situations. We will discuss the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as a reference to ethical behavior in work situations in which professionals encounter.  Through class discussions of possible scenarios and situations, students will also have opportunities to explore personal values, attitudes, and beliefs regarding a variety of topics such as gift giving, boundaries, dual relationships, and diversity issues. The course will also cover general ethical/legal principles that counseling professionals encounter, such as confidentiality issues, privileged communication, and issues of abuse and neglect.

Political Science Courses

POL 331 Multiculturalism and American Politics  – 3 units
This course will study the political mechanisms that operate in the context of an increasingly multicultural society. American politics has historically been looked upon as a stable beacon of strength for many to emulate. Now significant numbers of people of color, women, and individuals who represent alternative lifestyles are impacting the political arena. How will politics as we know it be altered? Historical, psychological and socio-political thought will be utilized to examine the issues of multiculturalism and American politics.

POL 347 Public Policy 3 units
This course examines the dynamics of public policy formation. Through reading case studies, interviewing public officials and private sector representatives and observing community groups and government agencies in action, students learn to analyze local issues. Students gain an understanding of the political process on state and federal levels as well as the local arena. Areas of analysis may include: local and/or national policies on business, labor, human services, energy and environment.

POL 392 Engaged Citizenship 3 units
This course is a combination of readings on the U.S. Constitution, governmental advocacy and a practical exercise in developing the knowledge of government at all levels and the skills necessary to influence it. Particular emphasis is placed on judicial constitutional applications and the actual participation in the governing process by advocacy of a specific issue in a governmental or community forum.

Psychology Courses

PSY 310 Global Perspectives on Stress – 3 units
This course covers different ways cultures manifest and manage stress around the world. Different sources of stress, from the physical to the emotional, will be explored as well as the physiology of stress. Students will compare global perspectives on stress and methods of self-care. Included in this class is information about how to maintain your own health, recognize the symptoms of burnout, and manage the various manifestations of stress in your life.

PSY 320A Counseling Theory and Technique – 3 units
This course explores the fundamental helping skills a counselor must practice and master in order to build rapport, foster trust and facilitate constructive collaboration in a variety of settings. Students learn about and practice these skills in the development of a helping relationship characterized by warmth, respect, genuineness, congruence and empathy.  Special emphasis is placed on the process of adapting strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, such as disabilities, gender differences, sexual orientation, developmental levels, culture, ethnicity, age and health status.

PSY 324 Effective Interventions in Mental Health – 3 units
This course will cover the development and implementation of effective, evidence based biological, psychological, and social interventions that support the mental health of people living with serious mental health challenges such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems. Effective interventions will also be explored for adolescents and children with emotional disturbances serious enough to include multi-agency care ranging from in home support to group homes and foster care.  Attention will also be paid to ways to support positive mental health outcomes for the family members, caretakers, and others in close relationship with individuals living with these serious mental health challenges.

PSY 328A Psychology of Gender & Sexuality – 3 units
This course introduces students to the interconnectedness of sex, gender, and sexuality. Students explore the biological, psychological, social, political, and cultural meanings of gender and sexuality in a contemporary, global and trans-cultural context. Special emphasis is placed on the effects of oppression, including sexism, racism, misogyny and homophobia.

PSY 339A Positive Psychology – 3 units
This course provides an overview of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field of Positive Psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best with in them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Its three central tenets are explored: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. This includes the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future.

PSY 340 Theories of Personality – 3 units
This course is designed to acquaint students with the major theories of personality and schools of thought in psychology. A comparative approach is used, based on the assumption that each theory contributes a part to the whole understanding of the human personality. An objective is to study the parts in order to gain a greater understanding of the whole. A final goal of this course is for each student to develop her/his own theory of personality based on a critical understanding of predominant theories in order to come to know one’s own biases, assumptions, strengths and weakness.

PSY 341 Transformations of Consciousness – 3 units
This course will examine some of the foundations for the transpersonal psychology movement as well as current developments in the creation of a full-spectrum model for human growth. Focus is on consciousness, dreams, new findings on the functioning of the brain, meditation and other related areas. Experiential sessions focus on integration of course material into everyday life.

PSY 345 Community Psychology and Social Change – 3 units
This course applies theory and research in community psychology to the analysis of social intervention strategies used by government, professional and paraprofessional workers to address social problems. Topics include: social, political and economic influences on the individual; ways people cope with stressful environments and events; the respective roles of prevention and treatment in various intervention strategies; and tactics used by change agents — social service employees, community activists, mental health practitioners and others who seek to improve the quality of life in their community. This course also critiques research methods used in program evaluation to assess the effectiveness of social innovations.

PSY 364 Principles of Group Counseling – 3 units
This course examines theories and research about social psychological group processes.  Special emphasis is placed on psychological/psychotherapeutic group process, and group process directed toward social support and psychoeducation. The course provides a setting in which students engage in both didactic and experiential learning about group roles, group development and task oriented and not-rational group dynamics. Opportunity is provided for students to develop and demonstrate group facilitation skills.

PSY 368A Family Systems: Global Perspectives – 3 units
This course provides an overview of family systems in a global context. Students will explore family structures as manifestations of the cultural groups to which the family belongs, and interventions which reflect those cultural values. First to define family therapy were American family therapists such as Whitaker, Satir, Minuchin and Bowen. But as family therapy travels across the globe, it is changing to fit unique cultures and circumstances. This course explores both American and global models of the family as a living system in which change is best facilitated by considering the family in context. Students will have an opportunity to examine their own family system through a variety of class assignments.

PSY 369 Adult Development & Aging – 3 units
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The student is taught techniques to help the elderly, to support others who care for the elderly, what the student can do to prepare for later life, and how to prepare for their own end of life issues.

PSY 394A Special Topics in Psychology – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

Quantitative Courses

QNT 389 Research Methods and Statistics -  3 units
This course provides an understanding of the importance of science research and covers research methodology including library searches, surveys, quasi-experimental, correlational, and experimental methods. Advantages and limitations of the various methodologies are explored.  Students conduct a library search, design a mock experiment, and report the findings in APA format.  Required of all students – maybe satisfied with transfer work.

Religious Studies Courses

RLG 300 Spirituality & World Religions  – 3 units
The focus of this course is to review and analyze the nature and impact that spirituality and religion have placed upon societies around the world. This course will also scrutinize the powerful role that spirituality and religion have played in the shaping of our American psyche value system and public culture. Utilizing critical inquiry, students will study the phenomenon of change and challenge in areas such as family, education, politics and business. The class will be directed to probe spirituality and religion in light of rapid modernization and globalization, public policy and law. In addition, spirituality and religions around the world will be explored through the ideals of varied and changing theologies, human rights, and environmental struggles.

RLG 370A Magic, Witchcraft & Religion – 3 units
This class will look at a wide and varied number of cultural motifs having to do with religious/spiritual/magical beliefs and practices from a variety of cross cultural perspectives and time frames, but will also make comparisons with practices and beliefs within the contemporary United States. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject matter we will also draw upon insights from Sociological, Psychological and Historical sources.

Sociology Courses

SOC 351 Diversity and Cultural Awareness – 3 units
Community is a complex, multilevel set of peoples, organizations, and values, interwoven and bound by relationships. Any single aspect of community affects the whole. Some may argue that the comfort of distance between people in the community is diminishing rapidly and causing a clash of lifestyles. Others would say that the community is coming together to redefine and improve itself. What are the levels and spheres that make up a diverse community? What role does awareness of diversity and culture play in the life of the community? This course is designed to generate responses to these questions. Professionals, activists, families, and private citizens who are part of this community have been invited to participate in a series of colloquia to share their knowledge, experience, and opinions with the class and community members.

SOC 377 The Latino Community in American Society – 3 units
According to the 1990 census, by the year 2010, the Latino community will become the largest ethnic population in California. The Latino language and cultural influences will be felt in all public and private sectors of the society. As residents and future professional service providers, the students’ need to become aware of and understand Latino culture is critical. This course is designed to introduce the Latino community from cultural, historical, and psychological perspectives. Students will critically analyze the social context of the Latino in the United States using Santa Barbara as the study site.

Writing Courses

WRT 310 Academic Writing  – 3 units
Beginning with a review of basics (grammar, outline, style, purpose, etc.) the course will focus on the development of individual student’s writing skills from writing about the self through expository and persuasive writing. Through assignments and in-class exercises, the elements of basic communication common to both academic and professional writing will be examined. Revisions and development will be emphasized. There will be limited lecture and a great deal of discussion, practice and feedback in both dyad and workshop formats. The overall goal is to improve each student’s writing skills regardless of initial level of sophistication. Required in the first quarter for all students.

WRT 311 Creative Writing – 3 units
This course is an explanation of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and drama for students who seek an adventure in creative writing. Students will use their imagination to play with various writing techniques, which are relevant to all types of writing and genres. Through discussion and written exercises, students will write across genres and discover how they share similar sources and build on similar skills.

WRT 312 Advanced Academic Writing  – 3 units
Research, analysis, and synthesis of ideas are explored in this expanded writing course. Students will conduct self-directed primary and secondary research on various writing topics and learn a variety of referencing formats. Written argumentation, validity, and truth are explored in the critical essay, alongside classical rhetorical styles and writing mechanics. Prerequisite: WRT 310 or permission of instructor. Strongly recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school.

WRT 313 Creative Writing: Fiction – 3 units
This is a course in writing narrative prose, short stories, or novel chapters with the goal of developing a unique personal writing voice. Students will read and discuss brief pieces of published fiction that model specific writing techniques, and they will discuss examples of student writing to identify genial turns of phrase and to offer guidance where appropriate. The course will also consist of occasional in-class, and weekly at-home exercises from the course text: prompts designed to juice the creative muse and to provide enjoyable practice in certain narrative elements.

WRT 319 Creative Non-Fiction Writing – 3 units
This course explores the nonfiction genre, which celebrates the author’s subjective experience and impressions. Studied forms include personal (lyrical) essays, memoirs, travel and nature articles, profiles, interviews, narrative and human interest stories, and literary journalism. Using Classical examples, students will examine the unique role of creative non-fiction in literary discourse and public debate.

WRT 339 The Personal Journal: Literature and Self Discovery – 3 units
Historical and contemporary uses of journals and diaries to record reflections, feelings, and events of daily life will be considered in this class, along with ways to use this creative process to survive some of life’s more difficult transitions. The course includes selected readings and weekly journal writing exercises utilizing guided imagery, dialogue, the portrait, and the not-posted letter.

WRT 394A Special Topics in Writing – 1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.