Cowell Enhancement Courses

Cowell’s motto is The pursuit of truth in the company of friends. The College offers a variety of courses that allow students to explore their meaning of truth as they navigate the university or their greater community. The Fall 2020 classes have been posted. You can find registration information here.

COWL 001: Academic Literacy and Ethos — Imagining Justice

Christy, A.

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. Examines the emergence and development of key concepts of justice including procedures, rights, and reparation.

(5 units, Fall 2021)

 

COWL 011A: Experiential Leadership Program Core Course — Tools for Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Allen, M.

Students gain skills and confidence to lead groups; develop a leadership mindset; build tools for communication, conflict resolution, and receiving feedback; cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment.

(2 units, Fall 2021)

GE: PR-E

 

COWL 11B-01 ELP Core Course: Leadership From the Inside Out, Networking and Professionalism

Allen, M.

Gain insights, tools, and confidence to identify and pursue goals, dreams, and aspirations. This Experiential Leadership Program course focuses on developing greater self-awareness, and practical tools for getting where you want to go. Includes an all day adventure hike. No experience necessary. (Formerly offered as STEV 11B.)

(2 units, Winter 2022)

GE: PR-E

 

COWL 11C-01 ELP Core Course: Leading With Cultural Intelligence and Tone Setting — Structure, Feelings, Purpose

Allen, M.

Experiential Learning Program course in which students gain insights and confidence to work with multicultural and global teams. Focuses on developing a mindset and frameworks that support people to work effectively with one another. Includes an all-day sea kayak adventure (funding dependent). No experience necessary.

(2 units, Spring 2022)

GE: PR-E

 

COWL 012: Public Speaking

Carlstroem, C.

This introductory level seminar is designed to reduce anxiety and increase competence and confidence in a variety of public speaking situations. While providing some theory, this seminar emphasizes the practice of composing and delivering speeches. including formal, informal, and extemporaneous occasions.

(5 units, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

 

COWL 052: Personal Finance and Investing

Kelly, P.

Overview of the financial responsibilities that young adults take on after college. Topics include: taxes, budgeting, student loans, credit, and investing in the stock market. Ubiquitous terms, such as 401(k), are defined, and financial principles are used to develop a framework for personal financial decision-making.

(5 units, online, Winter 2022)

 

COWL 065: Meaning, Paradox and Love

Somekh, A.

Mary Holmes--legendary founding faculty member of UCSC, keen observer, painter of mythic images, and profound thinker--had a visionary's insight into the mysteries of love, paradox, and meaning. This course explores her art, teaching, and wisdom. Enrollment limited to 25.

(5 units, online, Fall 2021)

GE: IM

 

COWL 070A: Introduction to Book Arts

Young, G.

Students learn techniques of bookbinding, construction, and design, and fundamentals of letterpress printing. Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Students are billed a materials fee.

(5 units, Fall 2021)

GE: IM

 

COWL 070B: Intermediate Books Arts

Young, G.

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. Prerequisite(s): COWL 70A or by permission of instructor.

(5 units, Winter 2022)

 

COWL 070C: Advanced Books Arts

Young, C.

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. Prerequisite(s): COWL 70B or by instructor permission.

(5 units, Spring 2022)

   

COWL 110: Mock Trial

Stinneford, C.

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.

(2 units, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

GE: PR-E

 

COWL 122: The United Nations — Contemporary Issues

Stinneford, C.

Introduces the Model United Nations through discussion of contemporary issues. Students learn parliamentary procedure and U.N. protocols, as well as, how to work collaboratively to research and to present position papers. Students learn resolution writing, alliance building, and persuasive speech.

(2 units, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

GE: PR-E

 

COWL 161E: Digital Investigations and Human Rights Witnessing

Falcón, S. 

This course explores the emerging field of digital investigations and the concept of human rights witnessing. By considering the speed and breadth to which our lives are impacted by social media and digital technologies, we must explore issues of ethics, power, and positionally in how these digital realities affect our everyday life. Many rely on social media to share their story of injustice, but what about the ways in which access to social media and other technology is a reflection of societal inequalities?  In what ways has the digital divide become more evident due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing society at large to consider who does and does not have access? And finally, in what ways does repeatedly viewing traumatic posts online affect our well-being?  These inter-related questions form the foundation of a course seeking to explore power and social inequalities in the digital realm

(5 units, Winter 2022)

 

COWL 168: Social Change

Stinneford, C.

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.

(2 units, online Fall 2021, Winter 2022*, Spring 2022)

GE: PR-S

 * Winter offering of the course is limited to students of the College Scholar's Program

 

COWL 184A: Leadership and Institution Building

Stinneford, C.

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.

(2 units, online, Fall 2021)

GE: PR-S