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Spring 2013 Courses

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2013 Chiron Studies Course Offerings (listed below). These are Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) 199 courses, except for Sustainability and the Zombie Apocalypse and The Good Life, which are Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) 410/510. All of these courses are official 4-credit courses except for Superhero Justice, which is an official 2-credit class, which takes place over the course of one weekend. Check back for more information, including CRNs (for registration purposes), meeting times, and course syllabi. Thank you for considering Chiron Studies Courses as a way to enrich and diversify your PSU experience!

Active Citizen Anthropology
Instructors: Chelsea Hunter and Rob Duren

Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Spoon
Meeting Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 14:00-15:50
CRN: 65309
Build relationships with local non-profits, SOLVE and Wisdom of the Elders, while participating in service-learning activities. Help to transform urban landscapes through the reintroduction of native plant species and the fostering of knowledge transmission. Explore traditional ecological knowledge with Wisdom of the Elders and restore natural spaces with SOLVE. The course will focus on the service being provided and how anthropological method and theory intersects with community involvement. Enhance your ideas of self, community and ecology through becoming an Active Citizen Anthropologist! Click here to download class syllabus. *
 
Alternative Westerns
Instructor: Aaron Kelly
Faculty Mentor: William Tate
Meeting Times: Tuesdays 17:30-21:10
CRN: 65680
Examine Westerns that depart, significantly, from the style and ideology of the “classic” Western. We will explore global takes on this American mythos, from “spaghetti Westerns” to new Asian Westerns such as The Good, the Bad, the Weird. We will also examine films that use the Western setting and tropes to explore issues of consciousness, “Acid Westerns” like El Topo and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and recent “weird Western” genre blends like Firefly. Via film screenings, readings, discussions, guest speakers from the local film community, and more, we will explore various perspectives on the American experiment revealed by these alternative Westerns. Click here to download class syllabus.*

Anarchism in Social Movements
Instructor: Brandon Speck
Faculty Mentor: Bob Liebman
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 14:00-15:50
CRN: 65696
Learn about anarchist currents within social movements ranging from Occupy, to the 20th century labor movement. Explore firsthand accounts, theory, and sociological perspectives on the role of anarchism within this array of movements. Examine attempts at non-hierarchical organization and mobilization, and their results. Explore overlapping concepts within movements, such as feminism, direct action, anti-racism, autonomy, and direct democracy within a non-hierarchically structured classroom. Topics include: Anti-Austerity movements, globalization, indigenous resistance, Greece, Autonomist movements, the infamous black bloc, student movements, anarcho-syndicalism, and the Spanish Civil War. Click here to download class syllabus.*

The Good Life: Career Design and Ecological Identity
Instructor: Alyssa Martin
Faculty Mentor: Heather Burns 
Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) 410/510
Sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions/Solutions Generator
Meeting Times: Thursdays 17:30-21:10
CRN for 410 (undergrad): 65832
CRN for 510 (graduate): 65833
What do you want to do when you grow up? Do thoughts of climate change and social inequality complicate your career planning process? Embrace this complexity, and let it motivate your design of your dream job. Identify and claim your personal strengths, preferences, aptitudes, and values from an ecological systems approach. Create clear intentions for your future work and how you will pursue it. Meet professionals who are living the dream and passing their wisdom on to others. Systematically explore career options that honor your complex, interdependent self. Break the cycle of oppression. Define your version of the good life and pursue it with courage. Click here to download class syllabus.*


Hands-on Philanthropy
Instructor: Brian Forrester
Faculty Mentor: Ben Anderson-Nathe
Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 14:00-15:50
CRN: 65760
Hands-on Philanthropy cultivates civic engagement and leadership, using philanthropy as a learning platform. During the first few weeks of the course, we will explore the work of nonprofits through classroom learning and site visits. Then, we will put theory into practice by simulating a philanthropic foundation in the classroom, evaluating proposals and awarding real funds to local nonprofits (up to $20,000). Hands-on Philanthropy provides a working laboratory for students to identify and respond to local needs, explore their own potential as philanthropists, and assume the role of change agents within the community beyond the classroom walls.


Kurdistan: A Nation Caught Between Two Powers
Instructor: Mina Meman
Faculty Mentor: Richard Clucas
Meeting Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 16:40-18:30
CRN: 65548
Examine globalization through the lens of minorities, and learn about the role of minorities, focusing is on the Kurdish people of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria, as well as those dispersed throughout European and western societies. Explore the culture, people, traditions, history, infrastructure and political status within each region, and interact with the Kurdish community here in Portland, Oregon. Gain insight into the many personalities and struggles of these people, and explore their impact on today's social and political climate. Click here to download class syllabus.*


Malamalama: Cultural Creativity and the Light of Knowledge
Instructors: Eva Hamilton & Jon Hurst
Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Spoon
Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 16:40-18:30
CRN: 65308
Does consciousness evolve over time? Are humans biologically equipped to transcend into higher awareness? Is there a crisis in consciousness? Examine various states of human and plant consciousness and relationships between language and culture. Safely explore the worldviews that contribute to our societal paradigms. Learn ways to interact with belief systems as fluid structures and to recreate them. Step into your role as a creator of culture and connect with others on a similar path.  Seed the meme of Malamalama: "The Light of Knowledge." Click here to download class syllabus.*


Motherhood in Media and at the Margins
Instructor: Angela Leonardo
Faculty Mentor: Ashley Browning
Meeting Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 14:00-15:50
CRN: 65881
This course turns a critical eye toward the state of motherhood in contemporary America as portrayed in popular media and discourse. Explore women’s’ varied experiences with pregnancy, abortion, birth, adoption, and parenting and engage in thoughtful and lively discussions on provocative topics including, ‘Octomom’, teen pregnancy, and maternal violence. Through careful analysis of popular media, scholarly articles, guest lectures, and student-directed creative projects, learn why women have babies they can’t afford, why the U.S. rate of maternal mortality and postpartum depression surpasses other nations, and how mothers’ lived experiences differ from media depictions and collective beliefs about women and motherhood. Click here to download class syllabus.*


Science Poetics
Instructor: Abi Nighthill
Faculty Mentor: Nora Wendl
Meeting Times: Wednesdays 17:30-21:10
CRN: TBA -- You will be able to enroll for this class beginning 2/27/2013
Examine relationships between science and poetry. How does scientific investigation and discovery influence poetry? How do scientists and poets find humanity and veracity in their approaches to understanding ‘truths’? Explore the curiosity and wonder of scientists and poets as they attempt to understand and describe their perceptions of the world around them. Engage in critical and creative responses to texts on beauty, science, and poetics. Develop your own critical and creative work while exploring these unique connections.
Click here to download class syllabus.*


Superhero Justice (2 credits, 1 weekend)
Instructor: Ashley Schmuecker
Faculty Mentor: Rob Gould
Meeting Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during week 3
CRN: 65852
Batman. Wolverine. Wonder Woman. Humans have created hero mythology throughout the evolution of our species, serving as commentary on the times we live in. Why do humans need heroes? Mutants, human vigilantes, and harbingers of justice from other worlds seek to protect our world from villains, or from those who slip through the cracks of our criminal justice system. How can restorative justice and nonviolence be envisioned as a societal value through comics and superheroes? During this weekend seminar, we will investigate this fascinating and timely subject through written reflections, academic articles, documentaries and fictional film, comic books, improvisation performance, and mixed media art. Click here to download class syllabus.*

Sustainability and the Zombie Apocalypse
Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) 410/510
Sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions/Solutions Generator
Instructor: Jared Rhea 
Faculty Mentor: Ramin Farahmandpur
Meeting Times: Wednesdays 17:30-21:10
CRN for 410 (undergrad): 65834
CRN for 510 (graduate): 65835
Zombies have become a reality. Now what? Do you have the skills necessary to survive in a world vastly different from the one in which you were raised? What is your vision of a suatainable new world? What type of world would you unwittingly create, and why? Studying zombie literature through various lenses, including popular culture, post-colonial theory, quantum physics, and political ecology,  we will explore dystopias and experiment with ways of gaining skills that can prepare us to live more sustainably and educate for the topias that we hope to create... while learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Click here to download class syllabus.*

 Wealth of the Heart: An Introduction to Economic Psychology
Instructor: Nico Brouhard
Faculty Mentor: Rachelle Yankelevitz
Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 14:00-15:50
CRN: 65594
Learn more about living in accordance with your values and making better decisions toward a more fulfilling life by exploring the exciting subject of economic psychology. Learn how cognitive and behavioral processes influence economic decisions across one's lifespan, decisions that are primarily concerned with the use of time and resources in the pursuit of individual and group goals. Explore the history and general principles of economic psychology, including economic models, decision making through risk and uncertainty, mental accounting, inter-temporal choice models, game theory, and rationality. Click here to download class syllabus.*

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