Check below for details on these two courses that have just been opened up to general enrollment for pass 3 (starting on December 16 for most students)!
Discovery Seminars offer students a unique opportunity to explore critical contemporary issues in a small class setting. Discovery Seminars are each lead by a team of three of UCSB’s distinguished faculty, all from different disciplines. These professors will help class participants understand how faculty within different disciplines do the work of asking and investigating questions about a subject, giving participants a broader understanding of both the topic itself and of how different disciplines approach learning.
Each Discovery Seminar is 3 units. Meeting times are listed below, under the seminar descriptions.
INT33G: Brave New World: Perspectives on Gene Manipulation (NOW OPEN to general enrollment in Pass 3)
Enrollment Code 64147 * 3 units
Meeting time: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:45 Arts 1353
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), genome editing, and gene therapy have proven to be exceptionally controversial recently. This course will explore the benefits and pitfalls of these new technologies, especially the new method of genome editing called CRSPR-CAS, as well as their moral implications.
Professors Kathy Foltz (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology [MCDB]), Ken Hiltner (English), and James Donelan (Writing)
INT33S: Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Contemporary Theater (NOW OPEN to general enrollment in Pass 3)
Enrollment Code 66886 * 3 units
Meeting time: Monday/Wednesday 4-5:15 Phelps 1425
How do writers and artists grapple with and represent questions of secrecy, visibility, violence, ethnicity and identity? This seminar will explore these issues through an in-depth, “behind the scenes” investigation of Theatre UCSB’s production of Lydia, by Octavio Solis, and directed by Irwin Appel, co-professor of this seminar. Students will study the play and observe all of the aspects of the production itself, including acting, casting, design, and direction. The seminar will culminate with the viewing of a performance in the Performing Arts Theater, along with a post-play discussion with actors and crew. The goal will be to follow the progress of the production from play selection through actual performance, while simultaneously engaging in some of the most highly charged issues of our time such as immigration, gender, disabilities and trauma.
NOTE: Some course meetings will occur at different times (and include some evenings) to intersect with preparation for a performance. Please review the full schedule to make sure that you can attend all class meetings.
Professors Irwin Appel (Theater), Paul Amar (Global Studies), and Christopher Dean (Writing)