SFSU Experimental College

SFSU Spring 2018 Courses
These are all student taught courses. Each course is worth 1 unit. To enroll please contact the instructors.
Africa’s Longest Struggle for Liberation and Self- determination
We will study the formation and development of the complex history of the Eritrean national liberation movement as well as the processes that shaped East Africa including migration, colonialism and imperialism.
Helen Ghebreyesus
Tuesday 4 – 6 pm (Room: HUM 279)
Communication and Peer Counseling Skills
Students will improve their skills in managing personal relationships, empathizing with others, caring for personal boundaries and learning to listen to others.
Armando Garcia
Monday 5 – 8 pm (Room: HUM 472)
Conspiracies! Overtly Covert
This is a class all about conspiracy theories: how they form, who forms them, what evidence they provide, and why 1t all ultimately matters. Students will first decide which conspiracies we will cover.  Then we will research evidence for homework. Class will be devoted to sharing, questioning and discussing our findings.
Jake Ryan
Tuesday and Thursday 3:35 – 4:50 pm (Room: HUM 132)
Cultural Warfare 101: Hip-hop’s Role in Revolution in the 21st Century
Ever since its inception, hip-hop has been used to spread awareness across various cultural, social, and political paradigms. In this class, we will examine both the role of hip-hop as the number one musical genre in America and the exploitation of hip-hop by corporate interests with  ulterior agendas.
Damion Square
Friday 2 – 3 pm (Room: HUM 212)
Curiosity, Creativity, and the Human Brain
In this class, we intend to explore to the relationship between the human capacities for curiosity and creativity, as well as the ethical implications of such human capacities. We will be reading from a list of scientific literature touching on the known neuro-physiology of curiosity and creativity, the human language capacity, and the evolution of these human traits.
Julian Baskys
Monday 3:30 – 5 pm (Room: TBD)
Cyberfeminism, Technofeminism and the Internet
We will discuss how the internet and technology has shaped our lives as well as the issues that arise that affect different communities in our society. We will define cyber feminism and techno feminism and discuss how social media and Internet outlets have helped to shape our view of the society in which we live.
Odalis Samano
Tuesday 5 – 7 pm (Room: HUM 583)
Existence, Freedom, and Meaning: A Delve into Existentialist Thought.
The relationship between being, freedom and the individual through careful analysis of the writings of both the existentialists and their predecessors
Cesar Plascencia
Monday 6:30 – 8 pm (Room: HUM 118)
Feminist Thought
This course is for both people who feel like the feminist conversation is something that is happening without them; as well as those who are already a part of the conversation and want to broaden the audience. We will work to define the terms commonly used in feminist literature, read classic and modern works of feminist literature, learn about historical feminists, and apply this to current feminist debates.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Thursday 3 – 4:30 pm (Room: EP 102)
Funk! A Revolutionary State of Mind
Funk was and always will be the soundtrack of struggle and resistance. In this class, we will be exploring these rhythms, roots, and reasons behind the development of this sound by delving into the discographies and histories of numerous Funk Masters.
Kaiden Talesh
Tuesday 5 – 7 pm (Room: HUM 472)
Graphic Journaling: Writing and Drawing as Self-Reflection
Explore your thoughts, memories, and personal/family histories through graphic journaling (writing and drawing). No drawing experience needed!
Sophia Wenzel and Jex Nguyen
Tuesday 4:30 – 6 pm (Room: HSS 106)
A History of Activism in Sports: From Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick
Our class will explore the history or political protest/activism in professional sports with a focus on the changes and increased scrutiny brought upon athletes by the advent of social media. The course will aim to explore how activism in professional sports has changed over the past 65+ years.
David Jaulus
Monday 4 – 6 pm  (Room: HUM 288)
How to Relationship 101: Love and Intersectionality
Many students have been in very new relationships. This course will help them learn about how healthy relationships function, gain resources to help them in future relationships.and to explore intersectionality in love. It will explore all the different ways love can look from queer relationships, neurodivergency, non-monogamy, different cultural norms, aromanticism and many more intersectional topics.
Sam Hengesbach
Monday 5 – 7 pm (Room: TBD)
Introduction to Artivism
This course is an introduction to artistic activism, or “Artivism” where students will be introduced to the different ways that contemporary artists and art movements have explored the intersection of art, civil movements and political issues.
Cynthia M. Beltrán-Islas
Wednesday 5 – 8 pm (Room: HUM 218)
Media Literacy
Through a series of engaging media content deconstruction activities, student will have an opportunity to discover the media’s content creation process and the various devices used to influence consumers.  This class aims to help students become skilled media literates capable of identifying and analyzing messages in various forms of media.
Bharpur Singh
Monday 5 – 6:30 pm (Room: HUM 583)
Our Fascination with the Dark: A History of Monsters
Monsters such as the Vampire, Werewolf and Banshee are pervasive in modem society, though the origins are usually unknown. Yet, through Medieval and Antiquity primary sources we can examine the images and tropes these creatures stood for to our ancestors. By deconstructing monsters, we can delve into humanity’s fascination with impurity and our own fears.
Robert Larsen
Monday 6 – 7:15 pm (Room: HUM 374)
Prison Industrial Complex: Ending Slavery in America
It is indisputable mass incarceration disproportionately affects communities of color.  But how do you correct the department of corrections?  In this class, we will explore America’s criminal justice system, specifically the exploitation of prisoners for profit.
Tyler Daguerre and Jan Lehnhof
Monday 5 – 6:30pm (Room: HUM 218)
The Rojava Revolution: Radical Politics in the Middle East
Since its autonomy from Northern Syria, Rojava functions as an alternative to Islamic fundamentalism and neoliberal capitalism. This class will examine Rojava’s history and creation, as well as the possibility of alternative political models today.
Imri Rivas
Tuesday 5 – 6 pm (Room: HUM 114)
Step Back into Time: Aztec and Mayan Civilization
Students will learn about the Aztec and Mayan civilizations by immersing themselves in the rituals, traditions, legends and values of each civilization. We will attempt to recreate their thought processes through their concept of time and space and their construction designs of their cities.
Ashley Robledo
Monday 5 – 7 pm (Room: BH 344)
To Meeting New People
Students will be able to learn “various techniques for meeting new people, while actively participating through role-play and practicing in the field. Endless life-changing adventures and opportunities unveil themselves to those who dare reach for them.
Brandon Samuel Yuok
Wednesday 12:30 – 1:50 pm (Room: HUM 381)
Topics in International Socialism
We will study the Internationalist tradition of socialism by reading and studying the field’s authors on such diverse topics as sexism, racism, the national and colonial question, Zionism, the Russian Revolution, and the relationship between party and class, among other topics.
Nick Eggert
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm  (Room: HUM 208)
Voting is Necessary, but Not Sufficient
This course is designed to help students increase their interest in politics.  By looking at American politics through three different lenses, students will gain a better understanding of not only why their vote matters, but also how important understanding the U.S. political system is to influencing policy.  We hope to foster an increased level of interest in politics that will lead to more participation in collective governance, ultimately enhancing democratic values.
Thinh Nguyen
Tuesday 6 – 6:50 pm (Room: HUM 114)