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Course Title
Course Level
Units
CRSN 1
Academic Literacy and Ethos: Environment and Society
Lower Division
5 units
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 students in Rachel Carson's intellectual tradition of investigating relationships between environment and society. Enrollment is restricted to first-year college members. Enrollment limited to 30.
CRSN 3L
Precalculus Academy Lab
Lower Division
2 units
Students use worksheets designed to help them solve problems by thinking critically, and participate in answering project-based questions relevant to the themes of their college core courses. Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 2 or placement (MP) score of 200 or higher. Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 3 is required. Enrollment is restricted to Oakes and Rachel Carson college members. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. (Also offered as Oakes College 3L. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 10
Academic Success
Lower Division
2 units
An interactive course providing students with 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 all explored. Enrollment by permission of college adviser. Enrollment limited to 30.
CRSN 15
Strategies to Jump Start Your STEM Learning
Lower Division
2 units
Introduces tips and techniques to supplement and expand a student's existing repertoire of science/mathematics problem-solving skills for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes. The material covered is intended to aid development as a confident learner and future expert in the student's major. Enrollment is restricted to first-year and sophomore Rachel Carson College members. Other students by permission. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 20C
The Water Environment: Literature of the Sea
Lower Division
2 units
Students consider the representation of the sea in selected texts, noting how it becomes the focal point for the fears, hopes, and prejudices of Western civilization. Students write critical papers and their own narratives. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 20D
College Students' Lives
Lower Division
2 units
Students understand their peers and themselves better through an exploration of issues that affect the daily life of college students. Topics include campus/student cultures, the academic system, and other critical issues. Overview of campus resources also provided. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore College members.
CRSN 20F
Justice on Earth
Lower Division
3 units
Examines issues of oppression, privilege, and social justice within a global and environmental context through self-reflective and group work. May include an optional service-learning component requiring travel during spring break. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRSN 20G
Peregrine Falcons Return
Lower Division
2 units
Required training laboratory for students who wish to pursue a hands-on, two-credit service project (laboratory or field) that is focused on peregrine falcon conservation. Enrollment limited to 26.
CRSN 28
Peer Leadership in Higher Education
Lower Division
3 units
Overview of theories of student development, critical student issues, and skills needed for appropriate peer leadership interventions. Utilizes a variety of learning modes including readings, discussions, case studies, lectures, and group projects. Interview only: approval of instructor; Resident Assistant (RA) pre-employment training course. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 55
Rachel Carson College: Service Learning Practicum
Lower Division
2 units
Introduces service-learning theory and practice for students engaging in service-learning work in the college, college-related projects, community service organizations, or public agencies. Enrollment restricted to college members until after priority enrollment. Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 56
Media Internships for Sustainability
Lower Division
2 units
Students develop and work on media projects related to the college theme of "Environment and Society" in film, on television, in print, and on the Internet. Students work in groups with specific instructors and project leaders. Enrollment by application and instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 61
Education for Sustainable Living Program
Lower Division
2 units
Analyzes sustainability and its application in daily life and on campus, involving collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. Guest lecturers, discussions, an optional UC-wide retreat, and essays allow engagement with aspects of ecological and social sustainability.
CRSN 81C
Designing a Sustainable Future
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces key technological solutions to environmental problems; discusses their underlying principles; and examines their societal dimensions. Topics include: conventional and renewable energy; emerging technologies for transportation, energy efficiency clean water; planetary engineering; and lean manufacturing. (Also offered as Electrical Engineering 81C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): CRSN 80A or CRSN 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year and sophomore college members. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
CRSN 82
Environment and Society in Film
Lower Division
2 units
Students write about and discuss a variety of films and articles about environment and society. Topics may include water, food systems, wilderness, wildlife, pollution, global warming, nuclear energy, conservation, and environmental activism. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 42.
CRSN 90
Rachel Carson College Garden Internship
Lower Division
1 units
One-credit internship in the Rachel Carson College Garden. Offers students of the college an opportunity to become involved in an experimental learning project focusing on application of concepts of sustainable agriculture. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 10. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
CRSN 122
United Nations Contemporary Issues
Upper Division
2 units
Introduces the Model United Nations through discussion of contemporary issues. Students learn parliamentary procedures and U.N. protocols, as well as how to work collaboratively to research and to present position papers. Students learn resolution writing, alliance building, and persuasive speech. (Also offered as Cowell College 122. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 35. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
CRSN 128
Advanced Peer Leadership Practicum
Upper Division
3 units
Advanced practicum for the application of skills and theoretical knowledge studied in course 28. Uses many learning modes including readings, discussions, case studies, lectures, and group projects. Prerequisite(s): course 28. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 151A
Sustainability Praxis in the Built Environment
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the concepts, methods, practices, and "tools of the trade" for conceptualizing and conducting research in sustainability praxis in the built environmnent, and the quantitative and analytical tools required to conduct such analysis and research. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
CRSN 151B
Innovation and Professionalization for Sustainability Designers, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs
Upper Division
5 units
Teaches how to become innovators and entrepreneurs, develop projects and enterprises, and adopt professional practices. Focuses on sustainability for students in Sustainability Studies, especially in connection with students' research and interests. Prerequisite(s): EE 80S, or by permission of the instructor.
CRSN 151C
Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the concepts, skills, and strategies fundamental to the successful development of sustainability-related projects appropriate to the Sustainability Lab. Provides access to functional and living laboratory space, equipment, professional development, and technical training. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 152
IDEASS Laboratory Practicum
Upper Division
2 units
Laboratory designed to advance sustainability education with real-world impact. Enables students to develop as change agents and to make valued contributions to sustainable-design projects that advance new technologies or strategies and bring about societal and environmental change. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 155
Rachel Carson College Sustainability Internship
Upper Division
2 units
For students undertaking sustainability-oriented service-learning work in the college (college-related projects, community service organizations, or public agencies). Students are supervised by the instructor and project supervisor, and determine the content of their internship with the instructor and supervisor. Enrollment restricted to college members or by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 160
Developing Leadership to Facilitate Environmental Education
Upper Division
5 units
Prepares students to facilitate working groups for "Sustainable Living" (courses 61/161) during the spring quarter. The skills acquired during this course include: facilitation skills; problem-solving; syllabus planning; curriculum building; experiential learning techniques; leadership skills; cultural competence; and non-violent communication training. Enrollment by interview only. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 20.
CRSN 161
Education for Sustainable Living Program
Upper Division
5 units
Analyzes sustainability and its application in daily life and on campus, involving collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. Guest lecturers, discussions, an optional UC-wide retreat, and essays allow engagement with aspects of ecological and social sustainability. Enrollment limited to 25.
CRSN 162
Sustainability Internship Practicum
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to sustainable practices and state, local, and UC-wide policies through projects. Matches students with UCSC staff partners to work collaboratively on projects that integrate sustainability into aspects of campus operations. Supports students to develop the competencies necessary to become effective environmental professionals through learning models including hands-on work experience; professional skills training; guest lectures; reading, and discussion; and peer-to-peer advising. In addition to project deliverables, students complete and present a portfolio of their work upon completion of their project. Enrollment limited to Sustainability Office Interns and by instructor permission; an interview, resume, and cover letter are required. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
CRSN 175S
Data and Democracy
Upper Division
5 units
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. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
CRSN 195
Senior Thesis
Upper Division
5 units
May be repeated for credit.
CRSN 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units