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    SubjectCatalog # and SectionClass NumberTopic TitleUnitsDescription
    ANTH 307-122727Vikings: Myths & Legends3Special Topic Description: Investigate the Vikings of legend as they were a thousand years ago and their influence on today's culture and media. Examine the material evidence scattered throughout Europe and the Mid-East.
    ANTH 329-123846Living in the Anthropocene4Special Topic Description: This course examines relationships between environment, health, and society, focusing on the effects of development and globalization on environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and waste, energy, and disasters.
    ART 301-121196Macabre Modernism3Special Topic Description: This course will look at the darker side of modernity by focusing on images of monsters, death, the decadent, and the otherwise sordid in European and U.S. art and visual culture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
    ART 302-123821Surrealism and Magic Realism3Special Topic Description: Examine the exodus of Surrealist artists from Nazi-occupied Europe, and explores the precedents and developments of Surrealism in cities including Havana, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and more.
    ART 304-122198Public Art in America3Special Topic Description: Spanning its entire history, including recent Confederate monument controversies, this class will study the complex aesthetic, financial and political issues surrounding the creation of public art in America.
    ART 330-121204Printmaking without a Press3Relief, stencil, collagraph, monoprint and mixed media color prints
    ART 372-121218Radical Graphics:Climate&Activ3Special Topic Description: This class prompts students to advocate for social and environmental activism through art and design. Use digital media and hands on creative processes to research, communicate and visualize pathways towards an art practice that evokes consequential matters such as climate and social justice. This class involves instruction on industry standard tools from motion graphics to image manipulation and vector graphics.
    BIOL 580-123680Regenerative Medicine Research3Special topic Description: Regenerative Medicine Research. This course provides graduate-level training in the science and methods associated with the research and development of cellular-based clinical therapies.
    BIOL 685-221350Cell Line Isolation of Microbe1Special Topic Description: This seminar will focus on introduction to discoveries and molecular approaches involved in isolation and propagation of potentially pathogenic intracellular microorganisms from arthropods and insects using cell lines. Topics include optimal sample preparation, clonal isolation techniques, microbial systematics, interactions between microbes and arthropod or insect hosts. The course will provide training in research on clonal isolation of bacteria and bacteria-vector interaction through readings and discussions of published research data. The goal is for students to demonstrate competency in the comprehension and communication of research in class.
    BIOL 685-323276Bring Your Data: Intro to R1Special Topic Description: Data integrity, cleanup, manipulation, and visualization are critical for effective science, yet are often neglected. Bring your own data for this hands-on, beginner-to-expert tour of R.
    COMM 480-123095Marxist Rhetorical Foundations4Special Topic Description: In contemporary rhetorical theory, scholarship on the economy of rhetoric has become increasingly popular. This seminar explores one major entry point into the conversation - Rhetoric and Marxism. Beginning with the premise that Marxist theory offers a fundamental rethinking of the humanist subject of classical rhetorical theory, this seminar will ask three ongoing questions: (1) how does Marxist theory offer a way to problematize rhetoric as an economic object?; (2) how does Marxist theory disrupt and transgress traditional conceptions of rhetorical agency?; (3) how does Marxist theory both restrict and expand the materiality of rhetorical labor practices? In addition to these three considerations, the seminar will also, ask us to consider the rhetorical implications of Marx's own thought.
    CS 480-121698-2Learn the fundamentals of data science and apply selected machine learning algorithms to real world datasets. The algorithms include decision trees, neural networks, Bayesian models and regression.
    EC 620-123733Colonialism/Decolonization3Special Topic Description: This course explores the social, economic, and political dynamics in the colonial context and how these were challenged and changed in the decolonization processes.
    EC 630-121622Decolonizing Methodologies3Explore, discuss, analyze and envision decolonizing methodologies for community-based research. Explore themes of ethics & intersectionality, critical research & interdisciplinary research methods.
    ENGL 306-121874Robots and Romance3This course will examine notions of love, romance, and erotica in a world that is increasingly dominated by advanced technology. Focusing on speculative cinema and television, along with select literary works of science fiction, we will explore the ways in which contemporary texts envision close encounters of the intimate kind. Is there room for love, infatuation, passion, lust, betrayal, rejection, heartbreak, and emotional turmoil in a future world marked by scientific precision, technological perfection, and precalculated compatibility? Is there room for impure thoughts, the erotic imagination, and the inherently confusing nature of romantic relations in flawlessly controlled environments? Is it possible to engage in intimate contact with nonhuman entities such as computers, robots, cyborgs, androids, or other intelligent machines? We will investigate these questions and develop our ideas through focusing on genre, design, narrative strategies, gender relations, artificial intelligence, fantasy, and virtual reality. We will read relevant works of commentary and analysis, to be posted on Canvas, and address our texts from multiple perspectives: technological, psychological, social, political, and cultural.
    ENGL 336-121872Asian American Literatures4Poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word, by Bao Phi, Jessica Hagedorn, Franny Choi, John Okada, Chen Chen, and prisoners who carved poems in the walls at Angel Island. US laws excluded "Asian" from "American"; Asian American cultures emerge anyway, offering alternative sites for reading the nation.
    ENGL 342-121878Decolonizing Shakespeare4Special Topic Description: This class will explore the question of how it might be possible to decolonize Shakespeare. How might we as teachers/students of Shakespeare contribute to this decolonial effort? We will read plays and poems; explore the history of how Shakespeare's works were marshalled in the interests of empire and how Shakespeare has repeatedly been mobilized for anti-colonial and anti-racist purposes.
    ENGL 360-121920Black Lives Matter4Special Topic Description: African American literature in defense of Black lives, from the 1700s to the present, including poetry, spoken word, autobiography, fiction, film. Read Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Patricia Smith, Eve Ewing, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and others.
    ENGL 546-123785Shakespeare, Race, Colonialism4Special Topic Description: How Shakespeare both expresses and troubles his era's attempts to think about racial difference--and about those who stand in the way of England's nascent imperial ambitions.
    ENGL 560-121925Black Lives Matter4Special Topic Description: African American literature in defense of Black lives, from the 1700s to the present, including poetry, spoken word, autobiography, fiction, film. Read Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Patricia Smith, Eve Ewing, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and others.
    ENGR 480-121967MidPac Competition1Special Topic Description: Develop a water treatment system based on competition rules for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Pacific design contest, and participate in the annual MidPac team competition.
    ENGR 480-221980Clean Energy Competition1Special Topic Description: Participate in student-led design team in a clean energy competition.
    ENST 123-121997Eco-Craft, Intro to Herbs1This is an asynchronous Class meets Feb. 8th - April 23, 2021 Student Facilitator: June White Email: jw28@humboldt.edu
    ENST 123-221998Fndtns of Organic Gardening1This is an asynchronous Class meets Feb. 8th - April 23, 2021 Student Facilitator: Brittany Long Email: bl154@humboldt.edu
    ENST 123-323808Sewing and Sustainability1This is an asynchronous Class meets Feb. 8th - April 23, 2021 Student Facilitator: Hailey Wohlwend Email: haw160@humboldt.edu
    ENST 195-122001Emotions in the Anthropocene3Special Topic Description: In this course students will examine the role and presence of emotions in the Anthropocene, exploring topics ranging from emotional disconnection in modern culture to ecofeminism and care ethics to climate anxiety and ecological grief. Focusing on emotional resilience, we will incorporate a focus on self-care, with particular interest in its relationship to community- and world-care, and consider the role of emotions such as joy, wonder, and reverence in creating meaningful change.
    ENST 480-122003Energy Justice4Special Topic Description: Energy Justice is an advanced seminar class which draws on the critical social sciences and humanities to understand how energy issues are central to understanding the environmental and social inequalities of our times.
    ES 280-121080CouRaGeouS Cuentos Production2Special Topic Description: Edit and produce the department's CouRaGeouS Cuentos student journal. Students will move through the full publishing process and gain valuable experience on the evaluation of writing submissions, curating a body of work, copyediting, typesetting and designing the annual issue. Eight seats are for the Creando Raíces student learning community.
    ES 306-121083Narrating Genocide3Special Topic Description: Explores various genocides of the modern era, with particular emphasis on the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923). Examines the processes of genocide, collective responsibility and responses from the international community.
    ES 336-121087Asian American Literatures4Special Topic Description: Poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word, by Bao Phi, Jessica Hagedorn, Franny Choi, John Okada, Chen Chen, and prisoners who carved poems in the walls at Angel Island. US laws excluded "Asian" from "American"; Asian American cultures emerge anyway, offering alternative sites for reading the nation.
    ESM 480-123274Restoration Field Course1Field course portion will take place May 17-21, 2020. Cost of the field course is $750 (payable to Mattole Restoration Council). Contact Flora Brain - flora@mattole.org for more information and to reserve your place.
    FISH 480-122319Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling2Special Topic Description: Applying theoretical and statistical approaches to understand the biological and physical mechanisms that influence aquatic ecosystems. Methods covered in this course will include species distribution models, time-series analysis, bioenergetic models, and individual based models. Weekly 2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, lab must be taken concurrently with lecture.
    FISH 480L-122318Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling Lab1Special Topic Description: Applying theoretical and statistical approaches to understand the biological and physical mechanisms that influence aquatic ecosystems. Methods covered in this course will include species distribution models, time-series analysis, bioenergetic models, and individual based models. Weekly 2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, lab must be taken concurrently with lecture.
    FISH 580-123780Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling2Special Topic Description: Applying theoretical and statistical approaches to understand the biological and physical mechanisms that influence aquatic ecosystems. Methods covered in this course will include species distribution models, time-series analysis, bioenergetic models, and individual based models. Weekly 2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, lab must be taken concurrently with lecture.
    FISH 580L-123781Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling Lab1Special Topic Description: Applying theoretical and statistical approaches to understand the biological and physical mechanisms that influence aquatic ecosystems. Methods covered in this course will include species distribution models, time-series analysis, bioenergetic models, and individual based models. Weekly 2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, lab must be taken concurrently with lecture.
    FREN 310-123628L'identité en mouvement3Special Topic Description: The notion of identity remains an issue. Even if it is recognized as fluid, we nevertheless tend to determine ourselves as belonging to one or more categories, for instance: French, American, rich, poor, free, controlled, etc. But do we always understand what it means to belong to a specific category? Are we always in control of what identifies us as such? Who is responsible for the image I give of myself and the way I represent myself? Can we escape representation? What are the implications of being represented? These are the questions we will try to answer through the readings of short stories from Algeria, Congo, Madagascar, Haiti, Mauritius and La Martinique. Taught in French.
    FREN 480-121042War, Violence and Madness4Special Topic Description: This course will investigate the demarcation of violence and madness in a context of war and postcolonial political conflicts. We will also consider the causes and means of violence of genocide, political oppression and civil wars. Through the readings of francophone texts, we will explore the following questions: do madness and violence maintain war, or conversely, does war maintain madness and violence? Is violence escapable in times of conflict? Can we come out of a political conflicts experience unscathed? Can we forgive our enemies? Can we return to a sense of normalcy? Taught in French.
    GEOG 471-122017GEOG Community3Special Topic Description: Community Geography examines a variety of place-based challenges and opportunities that are found within and between communities through a geographic lens. Students will partner with local community organizations to learn about issues important to the region. Students will be introduced to real-world problems and best practices, and encouraged to explore creative solutions by documenting, evaluating and mapping the community in which we live.
    GEOG 472-123811Transatlantic Studies3Special Topic Description: This interdisciplinary course explores the Transatlantic World through geography, history and economics. Furthermore, it will seek to understand the emergence of modern transatlantic culture, through both primary and secondary sources. Emphasis will be put on the major developments within transatlantic society and culture, and their place within global political, economic and cultural processes.  Themes of the course will include: revolution, modernization; globalization; intellectual development; imperialism and finally popular culture and subcultures.
    GEOG 472M-123812Transatlantic Studies - Depth1Special Topic Description: This course will use the latest methods in digital humanities to apply aspects of the transatlantic region into the contemporary era.
    GEOG 473M-123813Drone Pilot Training I - Depth1Special Topic Description: This course covers a broad range of topics with the goal of becoming a certified remote pilot including regulations, weather, aircraft performance, crew resource management and emergency procedures. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take the aeronautical knowledge test required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
    GEOL 700-122336Finding Faults in Humboldt Co.1Special Topic Description: GEOL 700 is a professional development course that will provide you with an opportunity to explore our local geologic hazards through a guided virtual field trip and discussion. Join us as we navigate the faults in Humboldt County, both from the perspective of geologic structures as well as the individual steps we should all take to address earthquake and tsunami safety. This course will introduce you to the dynamics of the Cascadia subduction zone and will take you to surface features of the fold and thrust belt as it makes stops along the coast from Big Lagoon to Table Bluff. The geologic faults we observe and the need to prepare for our local natural hazards come together in this virtual field trip called Finding Faults in Humboldt County.
    HIST 180-123874Imperialism to Decolonization3This course examines imperialism from its earliest days, to the development of modern colonialism, until the age of decolonization.
    HIST 392-123880Drinking & Drunkenness4Special Topic Description: This course explores the social, cultural, medical/body, gender, material, and political histories of drinking from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Special emphasis is placed on the social history of the alehouse/tavern, the history of the body and drunkenness, drinking and gender, drinking and violence, the caffeine revolution, the gin craze, and temperance/prohibition movements.
    HIST 393-123881Middle Eastern Film Sem.1Special Topic Description: This one-unit practicum is a film series about the Middle East. You will attend films from and about the Middle East, and participate in the discussion that follows every film.
    JMC 480-123158Journalism: Opinion Writing3Special Topic Description: This course will focus on first-person, opinion writing where student voices are front and center instead of traditional 'objective' style journalism that pushes the writer's voice to the background.
    LSEE 380L-123890Sci Practicum Elem Classroom1Special Topic Description: Student teaching in elementary school setting with mentor teacher and university supervision. Students begin spring semester student teaching in January completing the placement at the close of the public school year. CR/NC.
    LSEE 380L-223898Foundations of Education1Special Topic Description: Student teaching in elementary school setting with mentor teacher and university supervision. Students begin spring semester student teaching in January completing the placement at the close of the public school year. CR/NC.
    LSEE 380L-323899Foundations of Education1Special Topic Description: Student teaching in elementary school setting with mentor teacher and university supervision. Students begin spring semester student teaching in January completing the placement at the close of the public school year. CR/NC.
    LSEE 380L-423900Foundations of Education1Special Topic Description: Student teaching in elementary school setting with mentor teacher and university supervision. Students begin spring semester student teaching in January completing the placement at the close of the public school year. CR/NC.
    LSEE 380L-523901Foundations of Education1Special Topic Description: Student teaching in elementary school setting with mentor teacher and university supervision. Students begin spring semester student teaching in January completing the placement at the close of the public school year. CR/NC.
    MUS 107P-1022714Percussion Ensemble - Contemp1Special Topic Description: Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for percussion ensemble.
    MUS 107P-1122715Percussion Ensemble - Contemp1Special Topic Description: Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for percussion ensemble.
    MUS 407P-1022718Percussion Ensemble - Contemp1Special Topic Description: Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for percussion ensemble.
    MUS 407P-1122719Percussion Ensemble - Contemp1Special Topic Description: Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for percussion ensemble.
    OCN 485-122193OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR1This course focuses on oral scientific communication. You will have the opportunity to present several oceanography concepts to a general audience. You will also study current oceanography literature and present these papers to a group of your peers.
    PHIL 480-123028HSU Philosophy Forum1Special Topic Description: This year's HSU Philosophy Forum is on 'Racism and Culture Change'. Our keynote speaker this spring will be Professor George Yancy, whose work on race and racism is nationally renowned.
    PHIL 485-123021Latin American Philosophy3Special Topic Description: This course will include analysis of philosophy that is representative of work from the precolonial through the contemporary era. The philosophy of Maria Lugones will be specifically featured.
    PSCI 485-1022067Human Rights & Global Justice4Special Topic Description: This course examines the concept of universal human rights and global distributive justice. Students research, write, and present a substantial paper that critically analyzes global human rights and justice problems.
    PSYC 480-122407Culture and Diversity in Psych3Special Topic Description: Improve your understanding of the intersectionality of culture, race, ethnicity and diversity.
    PSYC 680-122427Counseling Psyc Comp Exam Prep3Special Topic Description: The comprehensive exam is the culminating experience to demonstrate knowledge gained during the graduate program.
    PSYC 680-223671Ethics in Behavior Analysis3Special Topic Description: This graduate seminar covers ethical issues and professional guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts.
    RS 393-123770Death, Dying, & the Afterlife3Special Topic Description: Attending to sacred scripture, rituals of burial and mourning, and poetry from around the world, this course will consider a variety of human responses to and engagements with death and dying. This course will ask: how does an individual or community's understanding of death help to shape their experience of life?
    SED 701-121822Elementary Methods3Special Topic Description: Elementary teaching methods, development of student understanding; curriculum development (unit goals, lesson plans, assessment); multicultural perspectives in teaching and learning; philosophy of teaching for teaching in an elementary classroom.
    SW 442-122589Mental Health and Recovery3Special Topic Description: This course examines the concepts and practices of wellness and recovery for individuals, families, and society. The course addresses mental health, wellness and recovery movements and system transformation concepts. Underlying values and components of recovery and recovery based programs will be addressed.
    SW 442-222594SW, Good Life and Just Society3Special Topic Description: This course engages students in an exploration of the values dimensions of social work as a field, a discipline, a profession, a practice, and a way of living.
    SW 680-123670School Based Mental Health Trg1.5Special Topic Description: A required component of the school-based mental health stipend program. Focuses on advanced competencies for social work practice in school settings. [Prerequisite: complete foundation coursework and current stipend recipient. CR/NC.]
    TA 387-123804Patterning for Costume&Cosplay2Special Topic Description: A course that builds skills in the area of sewing and patterning for costume production through a series of projects in draping, drafting, and adapting commercial patterns. There is a lecture component to the course in conjunction with sewing projects. All skill levels welcome.
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