MERR - Merrill College

MERR 1 Academic Literacy and Ethos: Reading Ourselves, Reading the World

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. Engages students in Merrill's intellectual tradition of investigating social change and social justice.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members.

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 31 Agency, Dialogue, Action: Fostering Critical Engagement

What exactly does it mean to have agency, what do we do with agency? Course examines theories of agency, in education and elsewhere, and engages students in opportunities to enact and examine effective approaches. Understanding that spaces of social collaboration are also learning environments, students investigate how different models of student engagement promote agency ultimately leading to investigating how we can utilize our agency to effect change and how dialogue plays an integral role in this process. Also explores effective practices for fostering and implementing agency and communication, and the theories from which these practices emerge. Enrollment is by permission and is restricted to students who are a member of a SOMeCA organization.

Credits

2

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 32 Mindful Collaboration: Cultivating Radical Exchange

Collaboration can be challenging, particularly in a society in which there is an emphasis on individualism and competitiveness. Compromise, for example, can be experienced or interpreted as personal sacrifice rather than fertile ground for possibility. Solving many of the world's most significant issues (climate change, economic instability, pandemic, etc.) will require collective effort and this will challenge us to create new ways of being and thinking. Through classroom discussions, journal reflections, and experiential exercises, students investigate models of collaboration, how social inequities can challenge collaborative work, the importance of common purpose, practices that support respectful and inclusive deliberation, and student organizations as sites of collaboration. Enrollment is by permission and is restricted to students who are a member of a SOMeCA organization.

Credits

2

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 33 Transformative Leadership and Social Change

Course examines current state of constant division and dissent to look for solutions to society's largest problems and examples of leadership that exhibit the compassion, openness, and skills needed to reach inclusive and genuine consensus that students can learn from in becoming effective and transformative leaders. Students challenge their own assumptions regarding leadership and explore and assess different means through which they can be leaders who facilitate change with more than just their own ideas in mind. Through both class discussions and interactive practices, students explore ways of strengthening interpersonal relationships, developing shared frameworks, and creating a collective consensus that supports sustainable and inclusive change. Enrollment is by permission and is restricted to students who are a member of a SOMeCA organization.

Credits

2

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 50 Merrill Alumni Careers in Public Service

Course focuses on careers in public service--why choose one, how to prepare for one.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 85B Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study

Supervised hands-on experience assisting in local K-12 school classrooms. Students attend UCSC class meetings, complete relevant readings in educational theory, and present a final assignment. This course requires more hours than MERR 85C and involves travel to Pescadero twice per week.

Credits

3

Requirements

Priority enrollment restricted to Merrill College members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 85C Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study

Supervised hands-on experience assisting in local K-12 school classrooms. Students also attend UCSC course meetings, complete relevant readings in educational theory, and present a final assignment. Please see http://merrill.ucsc.edu/academics/programs-and-courses/classroom-connection/index.html for conditions that must be met prior to placement at local schools.

Credits

2

Requirements

Priority enrollment is restricted to Merrill College members.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 90 Theory and Practice of Field Study

Course provides an opportunity for lower-division students to learn about Santa Cruz, Calif., its contemporary history, culture, and politics through classroom theoretical learning integrated with individual field studies. Course also examines social change, qualitative research, and community organizing.

Credits

5

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar Students.

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 90F Merrill Field Study Practicum

Offers Merrill students an opportunity for practical field study experience with preparation and support for practical skill development and critical reflection on service-learning experience.

Credits

2

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

Requirements

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

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

MERR 90S Theory and Practice of Field Study

Students spend 10 hours a week on an internship they choose, with the support of the instructor, working with a local organization. Includes class lectures and discussions of readings.

Credits

2

Instructor

Michael Rotkin

General Education Code

PR-S

MERR 93 Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 93F Field Study

Provides for individual program of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 93G Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Approval of instructor required.

Credits

3

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 98F Independent Study

Independent Study

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

MERR 99 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 99F Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 120 Personal Empowerment

Intensive course on individual goal-oriented behavior, commonly called problem solving. Focus on purpose, goals, meaning, emotions, languages, model-building, reality, thinking, logic, creativity, the steps of problem solving, common blocks, and techniques of unblocking. Meet with instructor prior to advance enrollment; priority given to upper-level students.

Credits

5

Instructor

Frank Andrews

MERR 180 Research Skills for College and Beyond

Focuses on exploration/development of skills for planning, study habits, research, networking, and communication skills for college, graduate and professional school, and beyond. Primary focus is on writing, public speaking, and academic and professional research.

Credits

2

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior college members.

MERR 183F Focus on Africa

Equips students with the skills and background necessary to be informed observers and chroniclers of current affairs on the African continent.

Credits

2

Instructor

Melvin Cox

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

MERR 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching of a lower-division seminar by an upper-division student under faculty supervision. (See MERR 42.) Students submit petition to sponsoring agency, supported by faculty member willing to supervise.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193 Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193F Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 193G Field Study

Provides for individual programs of study sponsored by the college and performed off campus. Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in one quarter. Approval of student's adviser and provost required.

Credits

3

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 194 Group Tutorial

A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty member.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 195 Senior Research Project

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 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. This may be a multiple-term course extending over two or three quarters; in this case the grade and evaluation submitted for the final quarter apply to all previous quarters. Petitions may be obtained at the Merrill College Office. Approval of student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, and approval by the Merrill Provost required.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 198F Independent Study

Independent Study

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

MERR 199 Tutorial

Various topics to be arranged between student and instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

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

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