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Course Title
Course Level
Units
COWL 10
Becoming a Successful Student
Lower Division
2 units
An interactive approach to effective studying, note-taking, critical thinking, and exams. Also explored: time management; good communication with staff and faculty; major and career exploration; and use of campus resources. Enrollment priority given to first-year students and sophomores. Enrollment restricted to college members, or by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 15.
COWL 12
Public Speaking
Lower Division
2 units
Introduces students to the theory and practice of formal and informal public speaking through composition, presentation, and evaluation of informative reports, persuasive speech, introductory remarks, panels, and extemporaneous speech. Enrollment restricted to college members during priority enrollment. Enrollment limited to 20.
COWL 50
Library Skills for the Digital Age
Lower Division
2 units
Intended to enhance students' skills in using the most powerful learning tool in any university: the library. Topics: organization of the library; how to begin researching; search engine and database use; judging the quality of sources; using sources responsibly. Disciplinary focus changes from quarter to quarter. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore Cowell college members, or by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
COWL 61
Critical Journeys
Lower Division
2 units
For publication in a Cowell literary journal, students substantively revise one of their fall quarter essays by studying a major work that influences, acknowledges, or further clarifies a required reading of the Cowell core course. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B; enrollment restricted to members of Cowell College. Enrollment limited to 20.
COWL 64
Social Justice: Issues and Debates
Lower Division
2 units
Focused followup on social justice topics and readings introduced in the Cowell core course. Allows first-year students to pursue social justice themes in greater depth. Students must have previously taken a Cowell core course (or equivalent). Enrollment restricted to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20.
COWL 70A
Introduction to Book Arts
Lower Division
5 units
Students learn techniques of bookbinding, construction, and design, and fundamentals of letterpress printing. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly Bookbinding.) Enrollment limited to 10. (General Education Code(s): A.)
COWL 70B
Intermediate Book Arts
Lower Division
5 units
Learn fundamental skills in fine letterpress printing, including hand typesetting and instruction in the operation of printing presses. Basic typography explored as students design and print a small edition of a selected text. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly Printing I: Elements of Printing.) Prerequisite(s): course 70A or by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. (General Education Code(s): A.)
COWL 70C
Advanced Book Arts
Lower Division
5 units
Students learn fundamental skills in fine letterpress printing, including hand typesetting and instruction in the operation of printing presses. Basic typography explored as students design and print a small edition of a selected text. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly Printing II: Typography and Book Design.) Prerequisite(s): course 70B or by instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): A.)
COWL 80A
Introduction to University Discourse: Imagining Justice Past and Present
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Focuses on conceptions of justice, historic and contemporary, and considers how literary and artistic media may transmit, question, or revise notions of the just. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts, C1.)
COWL 80B
Rhetoric and Inquiry: Imagining Justice Past and Present
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the intersections of investigation, interpretation, and persuasion and hones strategies for writing and research. Focuses on conceptions of justice, historic and contemporary, and considers how literary and artistic media may transmit, question, or revise notions of the just. Incorporates independent research. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts, C2.)
COWL 84
Chinese Approaches to Human Values
Lower Division
5 units
Through study of primary sources in translation, considers a range of classic Chinese approaches to basic reflective questions about human experience, with special focus on issues of justice, social engagement, and meaning and authenticity in everyday life. Enrollment restricted to Cowell and Crown Honors students. Enrollment limited to 28. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
COWL 85
Introduction to Chinese Writing Systems
Lower Division
5 units
Gateway course illuminating the operation of the writing systems of greater China. Intended for students who are curious about the world's longest continually used symbol set as well as for those who may be considering a serious commitment to learning the language.
COWL 86
College Leadership Development
Lower Division
2 units
Students newly appointed as residential life assistants in the college prepare for taking up their positions by studying identity and diversity issues; student development; community building; conflict resolution; intercultural competency; and leadership skills. Restricted to students selected for Cowell College Resident Assistantship, and by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 89
Faculty Research Colloquium
Lower Division
2 units
Introduction of UCSC as a research university, our notable researchers, and their work. Weekly discussions with UCSC faculty from a variety of disciplines. Enrollment restricted to participants in the first-year honors program.
COWL 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 94
Group Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment limited to 10. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 94F
Group Tutorial
Lower Division
2 units
A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 99
Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 107
Trust Rules: How to Tell the Good People from the Bad
Upper Division
2 units
Students learn practical tools and techniques for assessing trustworthiness, including your own, and applying these tools in a variety of situations. Integrating insights from practical experience, philosophy, and psychology, this course teaches us how to pay attention to red flags in relationships and ultimately develop a network of trustworthy people that will help us succeed in work and in our personal lives. (Formerly Trust Rules: How to Tell Good People from Bad People in Work and Life.) Enrollment restricted to college members or by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20.
COWL 110
Introduction to Mock Trial
Upper Division
2 units
Introduces Mock Trial, which is open to all students. Covers the basics of argumentation, cross and direct examinations, permissible evidence, witness testimony, and courtroom protocol. Special emphasis is on public speaking. Students write speeches for opening and closing arguments and create questions for witnesses. Students must read the Mock Trial handbook for examples and strategies. Each student has an opportunity for public speaking and creating a coherent legal argument. Enrollment restricted to college members.
COWL 111
Mock Trial Workshop
Upper Division
2 units
Reserved for the Mock Trial team to practice arguments and refine techniques for the competition nationwide. Students drilled on the case from both the perspective of the defense and of the offense. Direct examination and cross examination strategies explored, and practice given in witness testimony. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 118B
Words & Music: Poetry, Musical Theater, Opera
Upper Division
5 units
Study of significant texts enhanced by music for performance. Topics vary annually. Course compares original texts in English translation with their adaptation to musical theater (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, etc.) and opera (Carmen, etc.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): IH.)
COWL 126
The Trajectory of Justice in America: Eight Cases that Changed the U.S.
Upper Division
5 units
Reviews changing concepts of justice in constitutional law cases that changed the United States politically and socially. These cases include the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate burglary, Karen Silkwood, the American Sanctuary Movement, and Iran-Contra. Enrollment restricted to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
COWL 136
La Francophonie
Upper Division
5 units
In-depth multidisciplinary study of one or more French-speaking regions of the world. Topics may include history, language, society, literature, and the arts. All coursework will be done in French. (Also offered as French 136. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): French 6 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 138A
The Place of Higher Education in a Democratic Society
Upper Division
5 units
Centers around interviews of alumni and involves a reflective term paper on a specific topic having to do with the role of higher education in a democratic society. Teaches students how to conduct interviews. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
COWL 138B
Life Development
Upper Division
2 units
Visits from alumni form the centerpiece of this course. In teams, students study the lives and the issues of the visitors. The aim is to reflect on the meaning of education in adult development. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B. Enrollment limited to sophomore, junior, and senior Cowell College members. Enrollment limited to 40.
COWL 156M
Medical Ethics and Justice in Literature and Film
Upper Division
5 units
Course approaches literature and literary devices in their capacity to address the patient's experience of illness, medical education and practice, and medical ethics and to understand and assess how considerations of justice impact these themes in medicine. Particular issues raised by a variety of topics are examined and discussed in the context of case examples as presented in literature and film, e.g., informed consent, the doctor-patient relation, withdrawing vs. withholding life-sustaining treatment, organ transplantation, health care reform, rationing/social justice, etc. (Formerly Arts and Sciences.) Enrollment limited to 15. May be repeated for credit.
COWL 158A
Special Topics: Oral History
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to the art and science of conducting and oral history. Readings include books that offer both theoretical and practical insights. Students conduct interviews and construct oral histories, focusing on the alumni of Cowell College. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior college members. Enrollment limited to 25.
COWL 168
Social Change
Upper Division
2 units
How do you change the world, working alone and in concert with others? To find out, students work in groups with specific community partners who, in turn, help place students in social-change organizations in Santa Cruz County. Enrollment restricted to college members. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
COWL 184A
Leadership and Institution Building
Upper Division
2 units
Through lectures by senior administrators and student consensus-and-recommendation teams, students learn how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans in an institution such as the University of California, specifically, UC Santa Cruz. Enrollment restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Enrollment limited to 40.
COWL 184B
Leadership and Institution Building
Upper Division
2 units
Through lectures by senior administrators and student consensus-and-recommendation teams, students learn how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans in an institution such as the University of California, specifically, UC Santa Cruz. Enrollment restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Enrollment limited to 40.
COWL 184C
Leadership and Institution Building
Upper Division
2 units
Through lectures by senior administrators and student consensus-and-recommendation teams, students learn how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans in an institution such as the University of California, specifically, UC Santa Cruz. Enrollment restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Enrollment limited to 40.
COWL 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Upper-division standing required and a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.
COWL 195
Senior Thesis
Upper Division
5 units
Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.
COWL 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Provides for college-sponsored individual study programs off campus, for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence.) Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. Approval of student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, and approval by provost required. May be repeated for credit.