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Community Engagement Courses

ART2635 Gallery Techniques (1-3)

This course provides practical experience and a theoretical basis in the planning, design, and installation of art exhibitions. Curation, work placement, lighting, and signage will be addressed. Students will work directly with the gallery staff, exhibiting artist and curators at the Wiegand Gallery. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement. Three units must be taken to satisfy the General Education Community Engagement requirement. May be repeated for credit.

BUS1300 Community-Based Research and Statistical Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: MTH1225
This course offers hands-on application of basic and intermediate statistical concepts to business models and community-based projects. Analysis techniques include descriptive statistics, probability theory and distributions, sampling, survey design, hypothesis testing, nonparametric tests, analysis of variance, and correlation/regression. Students will conduct statistical analysis using SPSS and Excel software.

BUS2990 Internship (3)

Prerequisite: Senior status or by permission of Program Director
Provides students with the opportunity to work in an industry to gain career-related experience. The internship will require 120 to 150 hours during which students will acquire further industry knowledge and develop skills necessary for professional advancement (course may be repeated up to a maximum total of 6 units of credit).

COM2990 Internship (3)

Prerequisite: senior status or by permission of program director
Provides students with the opportunity to work in a nonprofit or for-profit industry to gain career-related experience. The internship will require 100 hours during which the student will acquire further industry knowledge and develop skills necessary for professional advancement. (Course may be repeated up to a maximum total of 9 units of credit).

ENG2990 Internship (1-3)

Majors and minors may prepare for careers in teaching, writing, and editing by tutoring in the Writing Center, working as teaching assistants in English classes and working off campus as tutors, editorial assistants, or interns in technical writing and other fields. This course satisfies the Community Engagement requirement. See the Department's brochure giving details about this exciting program.

HST2440 Environmental History/Environmental Justice (4)

Approaches contemporary environmental issues - ecological degradation to global warming, resource depletion to sustainability - by considering their historical antecedents. Grounded in environmental history, mostly but not exclusively in the United States, it also examines the various contemporary struggles for environmental justice and the challenge of re-imagining a world less dependent on fossil fuels and less wasteful of its natural resources. Students will participate in a community-based learning placement to explore their particular area of interest. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PHY2000 Science in Action (4)

Prerequisites: BIO1009 or PHY1009 or BIO1101 or CHE1101 or CHE1202 or by permission
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, and classroom work. In this community-based learning course, students design and test science experiments for children and then partner with a local elementary school to work with/lead the elementary students through those experiments. Students choose projects from the physical, life, and earth sciences that support the learning outcomes outlined in the Science Content Standards found in the Science Framework for California Public Schools. Fulfills General Education Natural and Physical Science requirement.

PSC2301 State and Local Government (4)

This course is an introduction to the structure, functions and inter-relations of state and local governments, emphasizing real-world problem solving through personal engagement.  Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2149 Developmental Psychology in the Classroom and Community (4)

Prerequisite: PSY1001. Students who have received credit for PSY2141 or PSY2150 may not take this course.
Studies human growth and development from prenatal stages through adolescence. Attention is given to various developmental theories, interdisciplinary research, interconnected roles of biology and environment, and practical applications. PSY2149 allows students to choose a particular area of interest and participate in the community in some way. May be used to satisfy 1 unit of the Community-Based Learning Requirement. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2309 Community Psychology (4)

Prerequisite: PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
Studies a wide variety of forces and structures in the community that affect the positive growth, development, and functioning of its members. As a service-learning course, this class includes community work, theoretical discussions, and reflection activities. May be used to satisfy 1 unit of the Community-Based Learning Requirement. May be used to satisfy 4 units of electives for Sociology (general) majors or minors. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

SOC2117 Analyzing Social Settings (4)

Introduces the use of qualitative methods in the study of community issues by using such research techniques as participant observation, the interview, and focus groups. The class, acting as a research team, selects some aspect of a social setting to study and applies sociological theory and analysis to understand the forces that are shaping the issues, understandings, and behaviors in the community. Past subjects have included social services in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, gay youth in San Francisco's Castro District, the Mexican-American community in the "Little Michoacán" neighborhood of Redwood City, and pathways for youth in the City of East Palo Alto.

SOC2201 Social Change through Social Service I (3) 

Provides students with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to assist populations in need while learning from community-based experiences. Students learn about the histories and functions of various human service agencies in San Mateo/San Francisco counties as well as the characteristics and needs of the clients with whom they work. Students are required to intern on their own time with a nonprofit organization of their choice for the duration of the semester. A community-based course. May be used to satisfy 3 units of electives for Psychology majors and minors. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

SOC2205 Social Change through Social Service II (3)

Students can either continue the internship they began in SOC2201 or start service anew. Supervised community-based learning provides valuable insights into social need response as well as career opportunities in the social services. Working with professionals, students put theories and skills into practice. One hour of class time per week focuses on specific

situations that students encounter in their fieldwork. Communications skills, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and coping techniques are typical topics explored in this class. May be used to satisfy 3 units of electives for Psychology majors and minors. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

SOC2502 Exploring the Inner World of the Inner City (CDiv) (4)

What is the structure of the inner city? What is its culture? What is its economy? What legal and illegal businesses take resources in and out of San Francisco's inner city Tenderloin District? How many children live here? How many families? How many homeless people? What ethnic groups live here? Who else lives here? What is the crime rate here? What kinds of crime? How many theatres? What kinds of theatres? How many art galleries? How many murals? What about graffiti? Who are the taggers? What do they have to say? What else is here? Students in this course will conduct qualitative and quantitative studies of patterns of behavior that characterize the inner city, assessing and explaining them and the greater community's response to the world of the inner city. A community-based course. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. May be used to satisfy 4 units of electives for Psychology majors and minors. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

SOC2504 The Promise of the Inner City (CDiv) (4)

A discovery of reasons to celebrate life in the Inner City. Includes an examination of the inner city as fertile ground for personal and social development. Areas of interest include the positive impact of government services, human service organizations, the art community, and social activism on the lives of the people of the inner city. Looks at the inner city as a model and catalyst for broad-based social change. Studies methods and opportunities for inner city youth and others to learn skills such as democratic leadership, community organizing, and cross-cultural communication and to develop empathy, sensitivity, and the appreciation of others – abilities and attitudes that are significant in building meaningful lives anywhere. A community-based course. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. May be used to satisfy 3 units of electives for Psychology majors and minors. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

SOC2519 Streetwise Sociology (CDiv) (4)

Streetwise Sociology is designed to familiarize the student with the inner city culture by becoming a part of it. We do this by participating in projects that benefit the community and, in so doing, learn from individuals who live and work there. The goal is to use sociological theory and practice to understand and contribute to the resolution of urban social problems. Instruction involves on-campus classes and workshops and off-campus community activities. Current projects include Halloween in the Tenderloin, College Night in the Tenderloin, and Miracle on 6th Street (a Christmas event for residents in a hotel for the formerly homeless). May be repeated one time for academic credit.

THE1059 Introduction to Arts Management (3)

Provides an in-depth and hands-on introduction to a wide range of Theatre management skills and procedures.  Students participate in production selection, planning, financing, promotion, and staffing. Study includes a wide variety of performing arts organizations and events and focuses on how they are produced by arts organizations ranging from amateur to professional. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2159 Introduction to Arts Management (3)

Provides an in depth and hands-on introduction to a wide range of Theatre management skills and procedures. Students participate in production selection, planning, financing, promotion, and staffing. Study includes a wide variety of performing arts organizations and events and focuses on how they are produced by arts organizations ranging from amateur to professional. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.