MERR-Merrill College

MERR 10 Becoming a Successful Student

An interactive course providing the opportunity to assess and revise methods of and purposes in studying. Critical, effective approaches to reading, writing, participating in lectures and sections, taking exams, balancing competing responsibilities, and utilizing campus resources are explored. Contact college office for interview-only criteria.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 20J Chemistry in the Multicultural World: Environment, Experience, and Explanation

Examines the dominant and defining characteristics and role of chemistry in the multicultural world, covering such areas as folklore, legends, rituals, as well as everyday manifestations of chemistry.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 20Q Brazilian Culture Through Film

Through selected readings, viewing and discussion of eight to ten Brazilian films, explores key topics pertaining to Brazilian culture and society. Topics include: urban violence and street children, Brazilian slavery, religions in Brazil, the development of the amazon region, and gender and interracial relations, amongst others.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 20R China on Film

Examines the representation of China's recent history and contemporary social problems in Chinese films of the past thirty years. Meets once a week for five weeks for viewing and discussion of films. Students complete readings and film evaluation forms.

Credits

1

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 21 Perspectives on Bilingual/Multicultural Education

Theoretical and practical perspectives of bilingualism and bilingual education in the U.S. Introduces issues that have special relevance for those considering a career in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Focuses on the following areas: experiences of diverse student populations in California schools, second language development, evolution and consequences of bilingualism in individuals and communities, historical and policy perspectives on bilingual education, and innovative instructional approaches and strategies used in bilingual education programs and classrooms.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 21B Queer Culture and Politics in America

Examines gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) culture and politics in America. Topics include GLBT identity; transgender and intersexuality issues; intersections of race, class, and gender; legal issues; homophobia, heterosexism, and the anti-gay Right; political strategies and media images; and health and spirituality.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 21C Asian Pacific Islander Leadership

Addresses theoretical and practical approaches to activism on issues pertaining to the Asian Pacific Islander community in the U.S. Focuses on: historical movements and struggles, theory and research, contemporary movements and struggles, needs assessment, and critical theory.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 21E The Women of Color Community in America

Examines the issues and forceswhich have shaped the culture of women of color in the United States. Students are expected to critically analyze theories and contemporary issues. Students cannot receive credit for this course after taking Women's Studies 145.

Credits

2

MERR 21F Identity Exploration through Art

Teaches various art and craft techniques with the goal of exploring personal identity in a sociocultural context. In-class discussion and art/craft projects address the social significance of gender, sexuality, culture, race, and class as well as the cultural roots and significance of the art forms presented.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 21G Introduction to Hawaiian Music

This two-unit course examines Hawaiian music and its relationship to the people and land of Hawaii. Students will identify songwriters, musical styles, and must evaluate one local Hawaiian event on April 5, 2000. Transportation and admission provided.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 22A International Perspectives on Minority Status and Schooling

Introduces students to the literature on minority status and schooling in Western Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with some U.S. comparisons. Addresses issues of variability between and within minority groups and the role of cultural, structural, and psychological factors in students' educational performance.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 22C A History of Japanese Crafts

Examines the material culture of Japan from a social historical perspective. Examines various genres of crafts, how they were made, what groups made them, and how they were related to the general economy of different periods in Japanese history.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 22D Latin American Human Rights Through Film

Militarism, state repression, and the continuing struggle for human rights in Latin America, with particular emphasis on Brazil and the Southern Cone. Emphasis on films, supplemented by contemporary written reports.

Credits

2

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 80D White Racial Identity in a Multicultural Society

Examines white racial identity in the U.S., including different manifestations of racism, white privilege, white culture, inter-racial and intra-racial relations. Students develop and implement action plans to combat racism. Experiential format.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Shoemaker

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 80L Merrill Core Visual Laboratory

Visual laboratory designed to work in tandem with the Merrill Core Course to enhance learning for students with diverse skills and learning styles.

Credits

2

Requirements

Open to first-year Merrill students currently enrolled in course 80A, 80B, or 80X. Required of students in the Merrill Frosh Scholars Program. Concurrent enrollment in course 80A, 80B, or 80X is required.

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 80X Introduction to University Discourse: Cultural Identities and Global Consciousness(Frosh Scholar)

Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Examines world poverty, imperialism, and nationalism; people's need to assert their cultural identities; and the benefits of individuals' absorption in worthy causes. Permission of instructor required; selection for this year-long scholars program based on application submitted prior to fall quarter. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall

MERR 80Y The Perspective of First Peoples (Freshman Scholars)

Interdisciplinary and comparative examination of American Indian peoples' history, literature, and ecological and environmental activism. Careful reading of documentary history and sampling of novels, tales, poems, and environmental essays by American Indian writers. Material from all North American First Peoples' cultural areas. Merrill College members are selected for this year-long scholars program on the basis of an application submitted prior to fall quarter.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 80Z Merrill Scholars Seminar

Research-based, writing-intensive seminar focusing on the construction of persuasive arguments. Explores topics of cultural, historical, and/or political interest, taught by a Merrill College Fellow. Topic will change yearly. Enrollment restricted to Merrill Frosh Scholars program participants.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 85A Merrill Classroom Connection Field Study

Supervised hands-on experience assisting in classrooms and after-school programs at local schools including one-on-one mentoring, small group instruction, art projects, and playgrounds. Includes weekly sections, readings of practical and theoretical relevance, field notes, and a final paper. Permission of instructor required; contact Classroom Connection Coordinator at 459-5671.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

MERR 111 Religious Paradigms of World History and the U.S.

Speculation about the course of world history in some traditional religious (African and Native American), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions are critically discussed. Similar speculations in modern writers and the place of the U.S. in all are outlined.

Credits

5

MERR 112 History of San Francisco

Examines the history of San Francisco from Spanish settlement forward. Studies architecture, urban history, city politics, society, and culture. Students read extensively, tour the city, and complete a research project. Background in California history is recommended.

Credits

3

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 130A Women in Satyajit Ray's Cinema

Focus is on the women's questions in Satyajit Ray's cinema in general from biographical, historical, and cultural perspectives. In addition, an in-depth study of six selected films: Two Daughters, Kanchenjungha, Devi, Mahanagar, Charulata, Home and the World.

Credits

3

Quarter offered

Spring

MERR 151 American Indians and the Vietnam War

Examines memoirs of American Indians who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Examines the homecoming and transition back into society. Students interview American Indian Vietnam veterans.

Credits

5

Instructor

Dennis Tibbetts

Quarter offered

Winter

MERR 152 America's Combat Vets: Narratives, Analysis, and Discussion

Focus is twofold: 1) to develop an understanding of veterans, and 2) to conduct interviews with veterans that will become part of the Veterans History Project archived at the Library of Congress.

Credits

5

Instructor

Dennis Tibbetts

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Winter