COWL - Cowell College

COWL 1 Academic Literacy and Ethos: Imagining Justice

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Alan Christy

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members.

Quarter offered

Fall

COWL 11E Leadership Spring Break Intensive: Backpacking the Canyons of Southern Utah

Experiential Leadership Program course focusing on tools to build a high functioning team that has the confidence and skill to work together, solve complex problems, and navigate challenges to achieve a shared goal. Includes a 10-day wilderness expedition as a testing ground to practice and apply new team skills. Includes leadership development, and learning about good expedition and team behavior. Enrollment is by instructor permission. (Formerly offered as STEV 13.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Miranda Allen-Brower

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring, Summer

COWL 1A Introduction to University Life and Learning

Orientation to and exploration of the nature of the liberal arts, and of learning at research universities. Topics include: academic planning for upper-division coursework; enrollment processes; and understanding pathways to degree completion; UCSC resources that support health and well-being strategies for academic success; the cultivation of just communities; the prevention of sexual harassment and violence; campus conduct policies; awareness of risks associated with drug and/or alcohol use; and an introduction to traditions of community-engaged learning, ground-breaking research, and interdisciplinary thinking that define a UC Santa Cruz degree. This course can be taken for Pass/No Pass grading only.

Credits

1

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to entering first-year Cowell College students.

Quarter offered

Summer

COWL 70A Introduction to Book Arts

Students learn techniques of bookbinding, construction, and design, and fundamentals of letterpress printing. Enrollment is by permission of instructor.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Young

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

COWL 70B Intermediate Book Arts

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Young

Requirements

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

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Winter

COWL 10 Becoming a Successful Student

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.

Credits

5

COWL 11A Experiential Leadership Program Core Course: Tools for Leadership and Conflict Resolution

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. (Formerly offered as STEV 11A.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Miranda Allen-Brower

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

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

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.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Miranda Allen-Brower

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Winter

COWL 11C ELP Core Course: Tone-Setting and Leading with Cultural/Emotional Intelligence

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Miranda Allen-Brower

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring

COWL 11D ELP Elective Course: Risk Management and Social Justice Through the Lens of Outdoor Leadership

Although applicable to any setting, this Experiential Leadership Program (ELP) course explores topics of risk management and social justice through the lens of outdoor leadership. Students gain tools and insights to cultivate a safe and inclusive environment. Includes a weekend backpack trip (funding dependent). No experience necessary.

Credits

2

Instructor

Miranda Allen-Brower

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

COWL 12 Public Speaking

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Catherine Carlstroem

Quarter offered

Spring

COWL 39 Brain, Mind, and Consciousness

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of the brain, mind, and consciousness. Topics include the philosophy of mind, neuroscience, cognition, and social psychology, and their applications in fields such as health science, technology, and social development.

Credits

3

COWL 40 Near-Death Experiences: Evidence and Inference in the Post-Modern World

Explores evidence and inferences from existing literature surrounding near-death experiences. Uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate concepts, such as consciousness, aging, life, and death.

Credits

5

COWL 50 Library Skills for the Digital Age

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.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year and sophomore college members, or by permission of instructor.

COWL 52 Personal Finance and Investing

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patricia Kelly

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

COWL 61 Critical Journeys

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Catherine Carlstroem, James Wilson

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): COWL 80A or COWL 80B; enrollment is restricted to college members.

COWL 64 Social Justice: Issues and Debates

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).

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year students.

COWL 65 Meaning, Paradox, and Love

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Addi Somekh

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

COWL 70C Advanced Book Arts

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Young

Requirements

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

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Spring

COWL 78 Children, Technology, and Development

First-year honors seminar focusing on current research and theory related to children and technology. Attention is given to the gaps between public opinion about the impact of technology on children and the actual evidence regarding such impacts. Topics may include how use of digital devices may influence children's thinking; how children learn to use new technologies; computer gaming and aggression; and how children's social development may be influenced by social media and other technology.

Credits

5

Instructor

Maureen Callanan

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar students.

General Education Code

PE-T

COWL 82 Good vs. Good

Explores the world of philanthropy. Examines the different models of philanthropy to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Also examines what drives philanthropists to give. Enrollment by permission and restricted to College Scholar students.

Credits

5

Instructor

Faye Crosby

General Education Code

PE-H

COWL 83 The Modern Metropolis: Paris, London, New York 1770-1860

A comparison of three great modern cities, with emphasis on their roles as incubators of new forms of art, spectacle, and entertainment; the specters of alienation, poverty, and crime during periods of explosive growth; and immigration and diversity as sources of cultural dynamism.

Credits

5

Instructor

Bruce Thompson

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to Cowell and Crown Honors students.

General Education Code

CC

COWL 84 Chinese Approaches to Human Values

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Raoul Birnbaum

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to College Scholars students.

General Education Code

CC

COWL 85 Introduction to Chinese Writing Systems

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Keenan

COWL 86 Leading Social Change

Offers students the knowledge and skills required to lead diverse teams. Topics include the social-change model of leadership and principles of collaboration. Geared toward Cowell and Stevenson Residential Assistants, but students interested in the topics may take the course with permission from the instructor.

Credits

2

Cross Listed Courses

STEV 86

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-E

COWL 87 The History of Time

Examines the history of temporality or the human experience of time. Theoretical readings and primary sources are used to explore the ways that humans have related to the past, present, and future. Course focuses on research and writing methods.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew O'Hara

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar students.

General Education Code

CC

COWL 89 Faculty Research Colloquium

Introduction of UCSC as a research university, our notable researchers, and their work. Weekly discussions with UCSC faculty from a variety of disciplines.

Credits

2

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to participants in the first-year scholars program.

Quarter offered

Spring

COWL 93 Field Study

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 93F Field Study

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 94 Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 94F Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 99 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 99F Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 107 Trust Rules: How to Tell the Good People from the Bad

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Linda Stroh

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members or by permission of instructor.

COWL 110 Introduction to Mock Trial

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Dena Robertson

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

COWL 111 Mock Trial Workshop

Mock Trial teaches public speaking in the context of law. Students learn direct examination and cross examination strategies, characterization, and different ways to improve your public speaking skills. Class is open to everyone regardless of experience in Mock Trial. Class is also a way to gain experience for students considering joining the Mock Trial team.

Credits

2

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 118B Words & Music: Poetry, Musical Theater, Opera

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.)

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

COWL 118C Musical Theater in America

Investigates the early years of musical theater by focusing on the arrival and spread of opera across the continental United States. Explores popular genres, media reception, discourses on race and art, and the way that opera transformed the American landscape. Students read important social, cultural and political histories of American opera, listen to recorded versions and watch several films. Class also features collaboration with the UCSC Opera Program to examine questions of performance.

Credits

5

General Education Code

IM

COWL 122 United Nations Contemporary Issues

Introduces the Model United Nations through discussion of contemporary issues. Students learn parliamentary procedures 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.

Credits

2

Cross Listed Courses

CRSN 122

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 126 Trajectories of Justice: Standing Rock, Climate Change, and Trump's Potential Impeachment

Enables students to become expert on the potential impeachment of Donald Trump in the context of progressive American history, emphasizing his Neglect of Duty regarding global climate change through the lens of The Native Uprising against the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Formerly The Trajectory of Justice in America.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Daniel Sheehan

Repeatable for credit

Yes

COWL 138A The Place of Higher Education in a Democratic Society

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.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): COWL 80A or COWL 80B.

General Education Code

PE-H

COWL 138B Life Development

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Faye Crosby

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): COWL 80A or COWL 80B. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Cowell College members

COWL 156M Medical Ethics and Justice in Literature and Film

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.

Credits

5

Instructor

Dawson Schultz

Repeatable for credit

Yes

COWL 158A Special Topics: Oral History

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.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior college members.

COWL 161A Bards to Bloggers: Literature and Technology in Transhistorical Focus

Through study of ancient and contemporary forms (epics to e-literature), students study the connections that have tied literary reading and writing to specific technologies, including memory, the alphabet, pens, printing, radio, computing, the Internet, and handheld devices.

Credits

5

Instructor

Deanna Shemek

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior college members.

COWL 165 Fundraising Practicum

Covers the fundamental skills, ethics, and practices of crowd-sourced fundraising in the liberal arts. Students build a project portfolio that includes mission statement, donor-cultivation tools, and action reports. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Meet with the instructor to verify enrollment in a Giving Day campaign with liberal arts focus.

Credits

3

Cross Listed Courses

HUMN 165

Instructor

Alan Christy

COWL 168 Social Change

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.

Credits

2

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 174 Global Leadership

Students learn about leadership styles, how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans. Students learn to consider how decision making is done, and what is best practice for best working in a variety of communities and cultures. Enrollment is restricted to those participating in Virtual Global Internships.

Credits

3

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Summer

COWL 184A Leadership and Institution Building

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 is restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Students submit applications winter quarter for the following academic year.

Credits

2

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall

COWL 184B Leadership and Institution Building

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 is restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Students submit applications winter quarter for the following academic year.

Credits

2

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Spring

COWL 184C Leadership and Institution Building

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 is restricted to undergraduates accepted in the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program. Students submit applications winter quarter for the following academic year.

Credits

2

Instructor

Caitlin Stinneford

General Education Code

PR-S

COWL 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See COWL 42.) Upper-division standing required and a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.

Credits

5

COWL 193 Field Study

Program of study arranged between a group of students and an instructor, which may involve work with an off-campus or non-departmental agency (e.g., internship or field work). Interview only; prior arrangement with instructor. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 193F Field Study

Program of study arranged between a group of students and an instructor, which may involve work with an off-campus or non-departmental agency (e.g., internship or field work). Interview only; prior arrangement with instructor. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 194 Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and an instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 194F Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and an instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 195 Senior Thesis

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 198 Independent Field Study

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.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 199 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

COWL 199F Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

Cross-listed courses that are managed by another department are listed at the bottom.

Cross-listed Courses

THEA 161Y Modern Ancient Drama

Studies 20th- and 21st-century productions and adaptations of ancient Greek and Roman drama in theater, dance, music, and film, including Stravinsky, Graham, Pasolini, and Taymor. Discusses artists' goals, the sociopolitical context, ideas of authenticity and audience response.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

COWL 161Y