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Access Summer

Class Schedule

Take a look at the classes offered during Access Summer 2019. There are three terms with a variety of choices. When you register, indicate which courses you’re interested in taking.

May Term: May 14 – June 7

Classes meet Tuesday - Friday. No classes on Monday.


  • AFAM 120

    Brooklyn’s Finest: JAY-Z and Philosophy

    Daw-Nay Evans
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • ART 243

    Video, Sound, and Electric Art

    David Sanchez-Burr
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BIOL 109

    Botany for Gardeners

    Lynn Westley
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BUSN 130*

    Applied Statistics
    (Students must also enroll in ECON 129 at the same time, unless completed as a prerequisite. Students will earn 1.5 Lake Forest College credits or 6 semester hours for potential transfer. There is no additional charge for ECON 129.)

    Rob Lemke
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BUSN 330#

    Intermediate Accounting

    Ariana Gammel
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • CHEM 105

    The Chemistry of Art

    Dawn Wiser
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • CINE 236

    Intro to Latin American Film (Taught in English)

    Gizella Meneses
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • COLL 102

    Liberal Arts and the Workplace

    Dawn Abt-Perkins
    9:00 - 11:50 am and 1:00 - 3:50 pm


  • ECON 110*

    Principles of Economics

    Kent Grote
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • ECON 129*

    Microsoft Excel (1/2 credit / 2 semester hours)

    Connie Corso
    All work online


  • ECON 313#

    Money and Banking

    Carolyn Tuttle
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • EDUC 501

    Introduction to Teacher Research

    Desmond Odugu
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • MATH 110#

    Calculus 1

    Enrique Treviño
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • MATH 115

    Honors Calculus 1

    Enrique Treviño
    Meets concurrently with Math 110: 9:00 - 11:50 am, plus three additional 1:00 - 3:50 pm meetings


  • MUSC 264

    History of Rock

    Nicholas Wallin
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • PHIL 203*

    Business Ethics

    Eric Murphy
    1:00 - 3:50 pm


  • SOAN 208

    Sociology of Terrorism

    Ahmad Sadri
    1:00 - 3:50 pm


  • SOAN 240

    Deviance

    David Boden
    9:00 - 11:50 am

June Term: June 10 – July 3

Classes meet Monday - Thursday. No classes on Friday, except for Friday, June 28 (to make up for July 4 holiday).


  • BIOL 118

    Our Amazing Brain

    Shubhik DebBurman
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BUSN 230*

    Financial Accounting

    David Jordan
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • CHIN 109

    Chinese in the Business World

    Ying Wu
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • ECON 129*

    Microsoft Excel (1/2 Credit / 2 Semester Hours)

    Connie Corso
    All work online


  • ENGL 245

    Novel Writing Boot Camp

    Josua Corey
    1:00 - 3:50 pm


  • ENGL 267

    BFFs: Female Friendship in the Time of Girls

    Catherine Reedy
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • ENGL 270

    The Beatles: Their Words, Their Legacy

    Greg Herriges
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • ES 204

    Summer Flora of the Western Great Lakes

    Glenn Adelson
    MR 1:00 - 3:50 pm, TW 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


  • MATH 110#

    Calculus 1

    Safa Hamed
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • MATH 115

    Honors Calculus 1

    Safa Hamed
    Meets concurrently with Math 110: 9:00 - 11:50 am, plus three additional 1:00 - 3:50 pm meetings


  • PHIL 156

    Logic & Styles of Argument

    Chad McCracken
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • POLS 246

    Populism

    James Marquardt
    1:00 - 3:50 pm

July Term: July 8 – August 1

Classes meet Monday - Thursday. No classes on Friday.


  • ART 142

    Digital Design Foundations

    Madeeha Lamoreaux
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BIOL 103

    Human Biology

    Lynette Foss
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • BUSN 331#

    Managerial Accounting

    David Jordan
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • COLL 100

    Personal Finance and Growth

    Les Dlabay
    See Instructor for Time


  • ECON 129*

    Microsoft Excel (1/2 credit – 2 semester hours)

    Connie Corso
    All work online


  • ES 365

    Poetry and Nature

    Glenn Adelson
    1:00 - 3:50 pm


  • MATH 110#

    Calculus 1

    Safa Hamed
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • MATH 115

    Honors Calculus 1

    Safa Hamed
    Meets concurrently with Math 110: 9:00 - 11:50 am, plus three additional 1:00 - 3:50 pm meetings


  • MUSC 267

    Disney, Music, and Culture

    Scott Edgar
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • POLS 243

    Fake News, Free Speech

    Justin Kee
    9:00 - 11:50 am


  • RELG 105

    Yoga: Culture, Theory, and Practice

    Roni Ben-Yoseph
    1:00 - 3:50 pm

 

*   class required for business majors
#   class can fulfill requirement for business majors
^  class can fulfill requirement for psychology majors

 

Course Descriptions

May Term: May 14–June 7

AFAM 120: Brooklyn’s Finest: JAY-Z and Philosophy

From growing up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn to selling out concerts at Madison Square Garden, JAY-Z has become a global hip-hop icon. Besides being the first rap artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and holding the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist, JAY-Z’s body of work stands as a monumental contribution to American culture. In this course, we explore the poetics and philosophy of JAY-Z’s music. As we cultivate an artistic appreciation for JAY-Z’s rap skills such as storytelling, wordplay, and delivery, we also treat his music as an opportunity to critically engage topics such as racism, sexism, and economic inequality. Finally, we watch several of JAY-Z’s music videos as well as documentaries focused on his life and work.

Cross-listed as Phil 120.

ART 243: Video, Sound, and Electronic Art

This is an introductory course to time-based media and electronics that help students develop skills and techniques in professional video, sound, and electronic production software and hardware. By putting technology and new media to use in such forms as experimental documentary, video projection, sound installation, and electronic interactivity, we explore the potential of contemporary art practices within and beyond galleries and museums. Once equipped with the professional and creative practices learned in this course, students will have important and highly sought-after skills in a variety of fields including art and technology. No prerequisites.

BIOL 109: Botany for Gardeners

Propagation and growth of plants is key to human history and survival. Students in this course gain the scientific foundation in plant biology required to understand and successfully start, grow, and maintain a variety of plants. Topics include the mechanisms behind plant light and nutrition requirements; plant defense against herbivores and pathogens; propagation of new plants from existing plants; how to grow plants from seed; the science behind garden design and care (indoor and outdoor); the biology of growing fruits and vegetables; requirements of specialty plants like orchids, bonsai, and carnivorous plants; and the effective use of plant growth hormones. This participatory, speaking-intensive course will include both classroom and extensive lab time in the greenhouse and garden, as students learn to prepare pots, mix soils, treat pests, and grow a wide variety of plants, while gaining both the scientific perspective behind why the methods they are learning are effective and the ability to communicate this perspective to a wider audience.

BUSN 130: Applied Statistics#

Distribution analysis, sampling theory, statistical inference, and regression analysis, with emphasis on the application of statistical techniques using spreadsheet software to analyze economic and business issues. Students who have taken this course will not receive credit for MATH 150. #Prerequisite or corequisite: ECON 129.

Cross-listed as: ECON 130, FIN 130

BUSN 330: Intermediate Accounting

Accounting concepts, principles, and theory with an emphasis on the special problems that arise in applying these concepts to external reporting. Prerequisites: Business 230 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM 105: The Chemistry of Art

This course will explore fundamental principles of chemistry and the scientific method through the lens of art. The course will introduce concepts necessary for an understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum; the chemical and physical principles that help to explain color; the chemical composition and interactions of atoms and molecules as they apply to pigments, dyes, binders, glazes, paper, fabrics, and metals; as well as the chemical changes active in processes like fresco painting, etching and photography. Building on a fundamental understanding of chemical and physical principles at work in the materials used to create art, the course will culminate with an exploration of case studies in the use of technology for art conservation and/or the detection of forgeries. The course format will include lecture, some short laboratory exercises, and a field trip. No prerequisites.

CINE 236: Latin American Film

Taught in English. An interdisciplinary study of Latin American film, from multiple perspectives: artistic, historical, political, and socio-economic. This course will highlight the artistic achievements of Latin American filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. We will use selected readings from original works for films that are based on fiction. A number of films have been Academy Award nominees or winners. Further readings will include a history of Latin American cinema, movie reviews, and interviews with directors. The course will scrutinize the links among cultural phenomena, socio-political events, and the art of filmmaking. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

Cross-listed as: LNAM 236, SPAN 236

COLL 102: Liberal Arts and the Workplace

Liberal Arts and the Workplace is designed to deepen student understanding of the fundamental skills and knowledge base that a liberal arts education brings to today’s and tomorrow’s professional cultures and innovative workplaces. In addition to curating the courses and experiences students have already had, this course continues to build essential workplace skills in communication, teamwork, resourcefulness, network-building, goal-setting, effective self-assessment, and research skills. Outcomes of the course include a career exploration research portfolio, a mentor network, a resume for internships, a plan for seeking and successfully completing high-quality internships, an articulated, well-researched career plan, as well as a corresponding academic and co-curricular plan of action. No prerequisites. Available only to Lake Forest College students.

ECON 110: Principles of Economics

An introduction to both microeconomics, the theory of consumer and producer behavior, and macroeconomics, the determination of aggregate levels of production, employment, inflation, and growth. Application of economic principles to the analysis of current problems of the U.S. economy.

Cross-listed as: IREL 110

ECON 129: MS Excel for Economics/Business/Finance Students#

(Beginning and Intermediate Microsoft Excel Workshop for Economics, Business, & Finance Students). This experiential course allows students to learn basic and intermediate Microsoft Excel skills. These skills will be applied in future economics, business, and finance courses and in the workplace using spreadsheet software. By the end of this course, students will be able to perform spreadsheet calculations, and create professional graphs and charts from data. Skills included in this workshop are: working with formulas and functions (including regression analysis and best-fit lines), formatting a worksheet, working with charts, analyzing data using formulas, managing workbook data, using tables (including pivot tables & charts), analyzing table data, automating worksheet tasks, enhancing charts, macros & VBA, and using the “What If” analysis. Most training is conducted on an online platform with students using Excel in a simulated environment. Projects for each module are worked in Excel. Through the online platform, students follow along using the same source material that the textbook author uses throughout the lessons. Students work independently through the online content. The instructor hosts several office hours to provide support for students as needed. This 0.50-credit course is graded P/F and has no prerequisites.

ECON 313: Money and Banking

Analysis of bank and nonbank financial institutions. Topics include the S&L crisis, the impact of the 1980 and 1982 deregulation acts, the changing role of the Federal Reserve and the ability to conduct effective monetary policy, and bank asset and liability management. Prerequisite: ECON 220.

EDUC 501: Introduction to Teacher Research

This course provides the MAT candidate with an introduction to educational research. Topics include the context of teacher research, an introduction to multiple varieties of teacher research, with an emphasis on action research, as well as grounding in quantitative and qualitative research methods. A case study of action research will be completed. Prerequisite: Second year MAT licensure candidate status.

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105.

Math 115: Honors Calculus 1

Theory and applications of the calculus of functions of one variable, including trigonometric and exponential functions. Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and applications.

MUSC 264: History of Rock and Roll

This course covers the history of rock music from its origins in the blues and American country music to the diverse rock styles heard today. Analysis of performances and compositional styles of several familiar rock stars is included. Social and political influences will be addressed, but the focus will be on the music itself. No prerequisites.

Cross-listed as: AMER 264

PHIL 203: Business & Professional Ethics

Analysis and evaluation of ethical problems in business and the professions. Attention will be given to the moral foundations for and limits on business activities, the idea of professional responsibility, and the relationship between professional and business obligations and general moral obligations.

 

SOAN 208: Sociology of Terrorism

Terrorism has been part of the Western consciousness since the rise of anarchism a century ago. Events of September 11th, 2001, brought a new urgency to the examination of the global circumstances and forces that have given rise to the present brand of transnational and global terrorism. The newest mode of this phenomenon is visible in the public propaganda of ISIL and its affiliates in West Asia and North Africa. This course concentrates on sociological perspectives regarding specific traditions that have fostered terrorist ideologies and practices. The varieties of terrorism to be examined in this course include Christian (in the United States and Europe), Islamic (Shiite or Sunni branches), Buddhist, Sikh/Hindu, and secular terrorism of the left and the right. No prerequisites. (Meets FFC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

Cross-listed as: IREL 275

SOAN 240: Deviance

How society defines deviants - its outcasts and outsiders - and how the people so defined respond to this categorization; the nature of normal and abnormal, legal and illegal. Do these categories have absolute moral meaning, or do they always depend on the particular society and era in which they are defined? Topics to be addressed include stigma and stereotyping, cross-cultural variations in gender roles, the status of the inmate, deviance as blocked opportunity, and the political mobilization of outsiders. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

June Term: June 10–July 3

BIOL 118: Our Amazing Brain

This course will introduce students to the science behind how a human brain functions and produces behaviors. This amazing organ is composed of billions of neurons that form trillions of connections with each other. These neurons allow us to sense and perceive the world around us, integrate new experiences with old ones, form thoughts and actions, and develop consciousness and personality. In this course, students will discover how brain dysfunction is the root cause of many illnesses, including addiction, schizophrenia, depression, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Students will also have the opportunity to work with preserved brains. No prior experience with science is required to succeed in this course. No prerequisites.

Cross-listed as: NEUR 118, PSYC 118

BUSN 230: Financial Accounting

Methods, practices, and concepts underlying the communication of relevant financial information to external parties. Development of the accounting model, measurement processes, data terminology and classification, internal control, interpretation and uses of financial statements. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and either MATH 110 or MATH 160, both with grades of C- or better.

CHIN 109: Chinese in the Business World

The course is designed for students and working professionals who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, and are interested in conducting business in China. The objective of this course is to build a solid foundation of basic Chinese in the business context, with a focus on speaking and listening. Topics in the course cover basic daily corporate interactions and business-related social exchanges such as meeting people, introducing companies, making inquiries and appointments, visiting companies, introducing products, initiating dining invitations, etc. This course will also help you gain a better understanding of Chinese business culture, and assist you in overcoming the problems in cross-cultural communication from a comparative perspective. No prerequisite.

Cross-listed as: ASIA 109

 

ECON 129: MS Excel for Economics/Business/Finance Students#

(Beginning and Intermediate Microsoft Excel Workshop for Economics, Business, & Finance Students). This experiential course allows students to learn basic and intermediate Microsoft Excel skills. These skills will be applied in future economics, business, and finance courses and in the workplace using spreadsheet software. By the end of this course, students will be able to perform spreadsheet calculations, and create professional graphs and charts from data. Skills included in this workshop are: working with formulas and functions (including regression analysis and best-fit lines), formatting a worksheet, working with charts, analyzing data using formulas, managing workbook data, using tables (including pivot tables & charts), analyzing table data, automating worksheet tasks, enhancing charts, macros & VBA, and using the “What If” analysis. Most training is conducted on an online platform with students using Excel in a simulated environment. Projects for each module are worked in Excel. Through the online platform, students follow along using the same source material that the textbook author uses throughout the lessons. Students work independently through the online content. The instructor hosts several office hours to provide support for students as needed. This 0.50-credit course is graded P/F and has no prerequisites.

Students should have access to their own computers.

ENGL 245: Novel Writing Boot Camp

An intensive course focusing on the craft of novel writing. Students will study the novel form and the possibilities and frameworks of different genres of fiction and hybrid prose. Students will draft their own novels and develop plans for completing their manuscripts and submitting them to publishers within the framework of the course. Group discussions and individual conferences. Prerequisites: None, though ENGL 135 is recommended.

ENGL 267: BFFs: Female Friendship in the Time of Girls

“Besties” are found everywhere in contemporary fiction, television, and film. Usually placed behind romantic relationships, female friendship is now understood to be a powerful and even transformative dynamic, one that is central to female identity. Men and lovers take a back seat: Carrie Bradshaw describes her girlfriends as her “soul mates” in “Sex and the City.” A “Coldplay song plays in my heart” whenever Hannah Horvath sees her two closest friends in “Girls.” Are BFFs taking over the usual unions of romantic or erotic love? How much are girlfriends the focus of these stories? In this course, we examine these contemporary representations of female friendship, from the four character “types” at the center of “Sex and the City” and “Girls” to the erotic and dangerous “besties” of Emma Cline’s The Girls. Throughout, we discover the many sides of this complex, and contradictory, relationship.

ENGL 270: The Beatles: Their Words, Their Legacy

This course examines the lyrics and themes of The Beatles’ songs and compares them to those of classical poems from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. It explores The Beatles and their impact upon contemporary culture through their movies, concerts, and television appearances. It also includes analysis of their individual biographies, rare interviews, and critical essays about their works, and their profound influence on world literature, music, and current society.

 

ES 204: Summer Flora of the Great Lakes

(Summer Flora of the Western Great Lakes). This course introduces students to the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of the summer flora of the Western Great Lakes. This course includes extensive field work in the greater Chicago area, eastern Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Students learn to identify between 150 and 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and other plants, and learn the characteristics of 15 to 20 plant families. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Natural and Mathematical Sciences Requirement.) This Summer Session course in 2019 will be held in the afternoons on Mondays and Thursdays plus full field days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Cross-listed as: BIOL 204

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105.

Math 115: Honors Calculus 1

Theory and applications of the calculus of functions of one variable, including trigonometric and exponential functions. Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and applications.

PHIL 156: Logic and Styles of Arguments

Focus on the ‘rhyme and reason’ of language. Examination of the reasons arguments are constructed in the ways they are. Investigation of informal, Aristotelian, and propositional logics, with readings from magazine articles, advertisements, and classical philosophers.

POLS 246: Populism and Comparative Political Systems

Populism is a political ideology that believes politics favors the interests of the “elite” and the “establishment” over those of the “people.” Populists therefore seek to reform government and use it as a mechanism to empower the people, who are virtuous and incorruptible. This course studies the origins and evolution of populism, its relationship to other political ideologies, including liberalism, conservatism, and socialism, and its place in contemporary politics in the developed and the developing worlds. Country case studies include the United States, France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Brazil, the Philippines, and India. No prerequisites.

July Term: July 8–August 1

ART 142: Digital Design Foundations

Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. The curriculum decodes digital tools and culture while explaining fundamental visual design principles within a historical context. Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. There are no prerequisites for this course.

BIOL 103: Human Biology

This course examines the structure and function of many of the major organ systems of the human body. In so doing, it will introduce students to a range of important topics related to human beings. These will include the nature of science as a discipline, and the biological basis of health, disease, nutrition, exercise, sensation, and reproduction.

 

BUSN 331: Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting information for evaluation of planning and control decisions. Topics include budgeting, cost-volume analysis, product costing, and standards for planning, control, and performance measurement. Prerequisite: Business 230 with a grade of C- or better.

 

COLL 100: Personal Finance and Growth

Through class exercises and field research activities, students learn to manage their personal finances while developing pre-professional competencies (e.g. attitudes, dispositions, personal orientations/ethics, social skills). Personal financial planning topics include wise actions for managing budgets, taxes, consumer credit, housing decisions, insurance, investments, and the best ways to consider how you are financing education costs. Goal setting, creative problem-solving, team building, and working with a mentor will help students manage monetary stress and develop a plan for meeting their financial goals. Identifying and learning to communicate about personal qualities for career exploration are emphasized. Learning activities involve interactive experiences, case studies, and personal assessments to create a personal financial plan and professional development portfolio. No prerequisites.

ECON 129: MS Excel for Economics/Business/Finance Students#

(Beginning and Intermediate Microsoft Excel Workshop for Economics, Business, & Finance Students). This experiential course allows students to learn basic and intermediate Microsoft Excel skills. These skills will be applied in future economics, business, and finance courses and in the workplace using spreadsheet software. By the end of this course, students will be able to perform spreadsheet calculations, and create professional graphs and charts from data. Skills included in this workshop are: working with formulas and functions (including regression analysis and best-fit lines), formatting a worksheet, working with charts, analyzing data using formulas, managing workbook data, using tables (including pivot tables & charts), analyzing table data, automating worksheet tasks, enhancing charts, macros & VBA, and using the “What If” analysis. Most training is conducted on an online platform with students using Excel in a simulated environment. Projects for each module are worked in Excel. Through the online platform, students follow along using the same source material that the textbook author uses throughout the lessons. Students work independently through the online content. The instructor hosts several office hours to provide support for students as needed. This 0.50-credit course is graded P/F and has no prerequisites.

ES 365: Poetry and Nature

This course explores the long history of poetry and its relationship to the natural world, from its roots in Classical Asian and European poetry to its postmodern manifestations. Understanding the natural processes that served as inspiration and subject matter of nature poetry will enrich student understanding of the poem as work of literature and also the poetry-writing process. If enrolled in ES 365, students will respond to the poems with literary and natural history analysis; if enrolled in ENGL

365, students will respond with their own poetry and creative writing. Prerequisite: One 200-level English course or 200-level Environmental Studies course.

Cross-listed as: ENGL 365

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105.

Math 115: Honors Calculus 1

Theory and applications of the calculus of functions of one variable, including trigonometric and exponential functions. Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and applications.

MUSC 267: Disney, Music, and Culture

Walt Disney created an empire both influencing and being influenced by society and culture since its inception. Disney films, music, propaganda, media, business practices, and merchandise have been imbedded into popular culture. Disney, Music, and Culture is an introduction to the history and content of the Disney Corporation, the films and soundtracks, and a critical look at them through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability, among others. A major element of this course will involve viewing Disney films and analyzing critically based on the lenses mentioned above. The evolution of how Disney utilized music will also be examined at length. Cross-listed with American Studies. (Under the new GEC, this course meets the Domestic Pluralism and Writing requirements. Under the old GEC, this course meets the Humanities and Cultural Diversity requirements.)

Cross-listed as: AMER 272

POLS 243: Fake News, Free Speech and Foreign Influence in American Democracy

What are the strengths and weaknesses of using internet technology to organize people? How do social media platforms and their ad-driven algorithms bias our worldview? How are democratic elections and mass protests shaped by your unique news feeds? This course focuses on contemporary issues facing public discourse in the United States. A constitutional perspective on freedom of speech and the press will be presented. The course will explore the dangers inherent in online content. Substantive topics include analysis of online social movements, legal analysis of federal regulation of social media, federal election law, foreign interference in national politics, and a technical review of social media platforms.

 

RELG 105: Topics: Yoga: Culture, Theory, and Practice

What is the history of yoga, from ancient Asian religious origins to contemporary Western body culture? Taking a multidisciplinary approach towards the cultural, philosophical, and physical practices that we call yoga, this course analyzes a range of media from written texts and documentary films to Instagram and reality television. Each class meeting consists of both seminar discussion and a firsthand exploration of postures, meditation, and mindfulness. Topics include colonialism, orientalism, and cultural appropriation in yoga’s history, a comparative analysis of the Indian yogic subject and the Western modern subject, and their distinctive concepts of body, mind, and spirit. We ask what a “yoga body” looks like, from Lululemon and yoga as a competitive sport to the body positivity and disability rights movements, and consider how #metoo is precipitating change in the yoga world. We also explore the emergent scientific discourse around yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.