PRTR - Porter College

PRTR 1 Academic Literacy and Ethos: Arts of Reading

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 Porter's intellectual tradition of investigating the contribution the arts and humanities make to a good life, a just society, and a flourishing world.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members.

Quarter offered

Fall

PRTR 2 Reading films for Truth

Building on the foundational skills, habits of mind, and interpretive proficiencies developed in Academic Literacy and Ethos: Arts of Reading (PRTR 1), students will explore the ways in which feature-length narrative and documentary films have approached the representation of truth.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PRTR 1 or permission of instructor.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

PRTR 26 Navigating the Research University

Explores critical engagement in education in the context of a research university. Introduces first-year issues and success strategies and ways to participate in the institution's academic life. Investigates strategies for clarifying education goals and devising a plan for success. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Kresge 26 or Stevenson 26.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year Porter and Kresge College members.

PRTR 35M The Mockumentary Film

Mockumentaries such as Waiting for Guffman, This is Spinal Tap, and Woody Allen's Zelig grow out of the documentary tradition; but instead of claiming to represent real-world phenomena, they blatantly distort. Ten mockumentaries and their documentary correlates are studied. (Formerly course 80J.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Giges

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Summer

PRTR 37L Introduction to Laser Cutting, 3D Prinitng, and Vacuum Forming

Design functional objects, sculpture, and other digitally inspired forms in a variety of 2D (Illustrator) and 3D applications (Cinema 4D, Ketch UP, or AutoCAD), then produce those models as physical objects with a variety of rapid-prototyping methods including laser cutting, 3D printing, and vacuum forming. (Formerly course 38C.)

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

PRTR 41I Improvisation

Theory and practice of improvisation in the performing arts with an emphasis on acting improvisation techniques. Readings and films develop a theoretical and historical understanding of spontaneous invention on stage. Students attend area theater improvisational performances. (Formerly course 80I.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Giges

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

PRTR 41S Solo Performance Works in the Theater

Explores solo performance works made for the theater. While all course texts fall within the narrative tradition, some center on performers' lives, others on socio-political issues. Course participants screen video recordings of live performances in class., ultimately creating their own brief solo performances. (Formerly course 20F.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Robert Giges

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 41W Playwriting Workshop

Explores different aspects of written drama: scene and character development, plot, dialogue, monologues, soliloquies, stage direction, setting, and structure. Excerpts of late 20th-century plays serve as the basis for class discussion. (Formerly course 22H.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Kate Hawley

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 47K Korean Music and Culture

Introduction to the farmers band tradition. Theory and practice of drumming are emphasized, resulting in a group performance. (Formerly course 21A.)

Credits

2

PRTR 47S Sound Art

Several composers and performers of contemporary art music discuss the processes by which works are conceived in imagination, transcribed in notation, and realized in sound. After a brief introduction to contemporary music aesthetics, students attend a series of related presentations, seminars, and concerts. (Formerly course 28.)

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

PRTR 51A The Artist's Novel

A cross-cultural survey of the kunstlerroman, or artist's novel, from its origins in late 18th-century Germany to contemporary Latin America and the United States, this course explores how this genre understands artistic development and the role of artists in society. (Formerly course 32B.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Laura Martin

Requirements

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

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 61 Seminar in Arts

Theoretical and historical aspects of the arts from one culture or world area are explored through seminar discussion, library research, and film/video presentations. (Formerly course 33.)

Credits

2

Requirements

Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

PRTR 61B Handmade Books

This workshop teaches the history and construction of handmade books as a mode of personal and/or political expression leading to an exhibition of student work.

Credits

2

Instructor

Victoria May

Requirements

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

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 61J Jewish Personal Narratives on Film

Considers Jewish-American filmmakers as they come to terms with their identity in autobiographical works. Students write responses to texts and create their own brief personal narratives. (Formerly course 39.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Robert Giges

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

PRTR 61N Personal Narratives in Theater and Film

Considers filmmakers and monologue performers as they come to terms with their identity in autobiographical works. Students write responses to texts and create their own brief personal narratives. (Formerly course 23B.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Robert Giges

Requirements

Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring, Summer

PRTR 61O Documenting Oral History

Students learn basic techniques of interview and camera work to document on film oral histories collected from community elders. Students develop their skills in writing, theater, visual art, music, or film to reinterpret oral histories as artwork. (Formerly course 80L.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Tandy Beal

Requirements

Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor.

PRTR 61Q Queering the Arts

Exploration of the arts as a way to understand and experience how queerness has been expressed, repressed, denigrated, and celebrated in visual arts, music, film, poetry, and dance. (Formerly course 32A.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Roxanne Hamilton

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 63F Fractals, Chaos Theory, and the Arts

A consideration of chaos theory and fractal geometry as applied by 20th-century artists in all media. All necessary math and computer skills are covered. Students complete essays or art projects. (Formerly course 34B.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Ralph Abraham

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

PRTR 63W Ways of Knowing

Creativity in different disciplines is developed via different ways of knowing. Musical, visual, scientific, and spatial literacy demand understanding which is not primarily logocentric. Explores how practitioners of arts and science develop their work and conceptualize its execution. (Formerly course 80K.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Brenda Sanfilippo

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 71A Awakening Compassion: Transforming Our Relationship to Self and the World

Develops the qualities of compassion and kindness toward oneself and others. Combining contemporary scientific research, mindfulness training, and traditional contemplative practices, this course supports students in the cultivation of a more discerning, thoughtful, and compassionate life. (Formerly course 60.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Christine King

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 90A Aesthetics and Politics: Spanish Civil War

Addresses questions of aesthetics and politics through a critical and practical examination of some artistic, literary, and broadly cultural developments proper to the political left during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War (1934-1939). Enrollment is restricted to first-year, Challenge Program participants from Stevenson College, Merrill College, Porter College, and Kresge College.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Lau

General Education Code

PR-C

PRTR 90B Art and Politics After Google

Addresses questions of aesthetics and politics through a critical and practical examination of some artistic, literary, and broadly cultural developments proper to the history of the Internet (1990s to the present).

Credits

5

Instructor

David Lau

Requirements

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

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 93 Field Study

Field Study

Credits

5

PRTR 95A Arts Education in the Community

Organized in small teams, participants engage with students from public elementary classrooms to develop fully-staged group performance projects by end of term. Students are guided by instructor's models of teaching techniques, designed to stimulate the imagination, and by diverse readings.

Credits

5

Instructor

Tandy Beal

Requirements

Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor.

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 99 Tutorial

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

Credits

5

PRTR 99F Tutorial

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

Credits

2

PRTR 131C Curatorial Practice

Offers the opportunity to participate in programming interdisciplinary curatorial praxis, arts events, exhibitions, performances, lectures, and film screenings. Students are exposed to UCSC alumni and faculty members' research through visiting class lectures. Students learn basic protocol for arts programming and critical arts writing, and are required to create their own participatory curatorial project at Porter College. (Formerly course 100.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Shelby Graham

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to Porter College members.

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 131P What is Photography? History, Politics, and Critique of Photographic Representation

We live in a world permeated with photographic images, but do we really notice photographs? Do we understand how they work and what they mean? Do we know how to read them? Now that our phones and cameras have merged, we might also say that we live in a world that is forever inviting, imploring us to take photos; we might say we live in a world in which it is almost impossible not to take photos. Are we all photographers now? Do we choose to take photographs or has photography, in a sense, chosen us?

Credits

5

Instructor

Laura Martin

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 135W Women and the Silent Screen: An Interactive history

Students learn about women's engagement with early movie culture, conduct their own historical research, and collaborate on building a web site that brings this knowledge to a public audience. (Formerly course 130A.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Shelley Stamp

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

IM

PRTR 141C Shakespeare's Clown Characters

This performance-based course explores Shakespeare's clowns, jesters, and fools (the characters as well as the performers who originated them). Examines the comic traditions from which Shakespeare drew his inspiration, and considers how Shakespeare's work continues to influence contemporary comedy practices. No experience with Shakespeare or performance is necessary. (Formerly course 130C.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Patricia Gallagher

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

PRTR 141L Long Form Improvisation

Focuses on long-form (acting) improvisation, building participants' knowledge and skills through practical and theoretical readings, by viewing relevant performances, and by improvising in class and in small groups outside class. Participants perform in a final public showing.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Giges

Requirements

PRTR 41I, PRTR 80I, or equivalent college-level experience or coursework.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 141W Improvisation Workshop

For practitioners of acting improvisation, this course deepens participants' knowledge and skills through practical and theoretical readings, by viewing performances, and by improvising in class and in small groups outside class. Participants perform in a final public showing. (Formerly course 180I.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Giges

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PRTR 41I or equivalent college-level experience or coursework.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 147O Opera Workshop/Music Practicum

Rehearsal of the principal vocal parts of an opera in preparation for a full production. Consideration of the dramatic aspects of each role and the interrelationships of the characters. (Formerly course 121C.)

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 147P Advanced Music Practicum

The practice of music in a particular area of the world at an advanced level. Students learn the music of one world area or culture over the quarter and study the associated cultural background. Enrollment limited. (Formerly course 121.)

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

PRTR 151F Writing the Future: Science Fiction

Investigates how science fiction's utopic and/or dystopic projections give insights about equality, democracy, justice, and difference at the same time they register contemporary anxieties about community, kinship, war, viruses, genetic engineering, robotics, surveillance, and environmental degradation.

Credits

5

Instructor

Dion Farquhar

General Education Code

TA

PRTR 151P Building the Poem: Process, Form, and the Embodied Text

Investigates form as it guides poetic utterance. Students complete texts to fit forms including broadsides, pamphlets, and books. Composition is guided by production methods, from holographic texts to letterpress and digital composition. (Formerly course 130B.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Young

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to college members.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 151S Introduction to Shakespeare

Introduces Shakespeare's works, focusing on representative examples drawn from the range of genres in which he wrote; poetry, comedy, history, tragedy, and tragicomedy. (Formerly course 161.)

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff, Sean Keilen

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

TA

Quarter offered

Summer

PRTR 161B Handmade Books

Teaches the construction and history of handmade books as artistic expression. Coursework covers a variety of structures, the analysis of book content, and the integration of design and concept. Covers the generation of content; explorations in typography; and folded, glued, and stitched structures.

Credits

5

Instructor

Victoria May

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter

PRTR 170F Freedom and Race

Interrogates the relationship between freedom and race in our current political moment by looking to historical and theoretical models that inform the present. Considers how race operates in legal, scientific, and visual discourses to shape individual and collective freedoms.

Credits

5

Instructor

Veronika Zablotsky, Bristol Cave-LaCoste, Alexandra Moore

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 171N Nature in Indigenous American Culture

Explores indigenous American relationships with other-than-human nature. Studies prehistoric through contemporary beliefs and practices. Emphasis on North America but may also include attention to Central or South American cultures' relationships with nature. Features films, writings, and artwork by indigenous American people. (Formerly course 165.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Judith Todd

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Entry level writing and composition requirements.

General Education Code

PE-E

Quarter offered

Summer

PRTR 175S Data and Democracy

Critically interrogates the multiple meanings of data and democracy. Students examine case studies on the mobilization and framing of democracy in particular moments. Students also analyze concerns and opportunities provided by data management and archival practices of evidence and cataloging.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching of a lower-division seminar by an upper-division student under faculty supervision. (See course 42.)

Credits

5

PRTR 193 Field Study

Field Study

Credits

5

PRTR 193J The Literary Journal: Process to Product

Provides a combination of theoretical background and hands-on experience in literary magazine editing and publishing. Students collaborate to produce a special Santa Cruz issue of Stone Soup, the for kids, by kids journal founded at Porter College. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Porter college members majoring in art; art and design: games and playable media; art history; the history of art and visual culture; literature; or film and digital media.

Credits

5

Instructor

Emma Wood

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring

PRTR 194 Group Tutorial

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

Credits

5

PRTR 198 Ind Field Study

Ind Field Study

Credits

5

PRTR 199 Tutorial

Tutorial

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

PRTR 199F Tutorial

Individual projects carried out under the supervision of a Porter faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes