Steinhardt Liberal Arts CORE Undergraduate Courses
Fall 2016 Courses
For the full list of Steinhardt courses that satisfy the Steinhardt Liberal Arts CORE requirements, see here.
ARTCR-UE 55 – Art of Now (4 units)
This course examines the current developments in contemporary art over the past decade – the art of ‘now’ – from the viewpoint of an artist’s practice and working ideas, looking at current global art production in aesthetic, economic, and social contexts. The major movements in painting, photography, sculpture, installation and performance are examined. Readings will be drawn from first hand interviews and point-of-view accounts, reviews, and critique; a major emphasis on interviews and online studio visits will accompany the texts. Guest artist lectures and off-site museum and gallery viewings will complement the weekly visual presentations and theory conversations.
MPAET-UE 60 – Theatre as Art Form (4 units)
Recitation: Mon 12:30-1:45pm
Recitation: Mon 9:30-10:45am
This course introduces non-majors to theatre as a live and performing art through a variety of experiences including attendance at live performances, readings of play scripts and theoretical texts, and the creation of original plays. Through lectures, discussions, and written assignments, students will explore the roles of the playwright, actor, director, and designer in the production process, as well as examine the role of the audience in the live performance.
ARTCR-UE 10 - Art: Practice and Ideas (4 units)
Art: Practice and Ideas' examines key developments in the visual arts from modernity to the present. Focusing on the ways in which representations both create and reflect the values of a society, the course introduces students to the full range of expressive possibilities within the visual arts, covering painting and sculpture, as well as photography, film, video, conceptual art, and computer media. Topics to be covered include classical, modern, and postmodern relationships to politics, vision, the mind, the body, psychology, gender, difference, and technological innovation.
MPADE-UE 1278 - Dance as an Art Form (4 units)
Dance is an integral & defining component of cultures throughout the world & throughout history. This course introduces students to dance as a live & performing art through a variety of experiences including attendance at live performances, examination of videos & theoretical texts, & physical participation in the practice & performance of dance. Through discussions, written assignments, & the creation of original dance compositions, students will explore the history & cultural relevance of a variety of forms of dance within their own lives, larger society, & the global community beyond.
ASL-UE 95 -- American Sign Language: Level V (4 units)
Mon/Tue/Wed 6:30pm - 7:25pm (no advertised faculty)
Advanced ASL, focusing on sophisticated ASL grammar, syntax & semantics. Development of receptive & expressive skills at near-normal production rates. Use of ASL & its cultural implications in natural world settings, such as work, social services & the arts. Taught in a visual-manual format, using no spoken English
CSCD-UE 1045 – Science of Language (4 units)
Section 1: Mon/Wed 2:00-3:15pm
Section 6: Fri 1:45-2:35pm
Section 7: Fri 3:30-4:20pm
Section 8: Fri 4:30-5:20pm
Recitation 1: Thu 9:00-9:50am
Recitation 2: Thu 4:30-5:20pm
Recitation 3: Fri 9:00-9:50am
This course provides an overview of the scientific study of the human language faculty, focusing on the cognitive and neural processing mechanisms that underlie linguistic knowledge and use. We describe contemporary approaches to delineating levels of language structure and review various scientific methodologies used to study language. Topics include language knowledge and use as well as language change and variation.
NUTR-UE 119 – Nutrition and Health (3 units)
Approved on an individual program basis.
Section 2: Mon/Wed 3:30-4:45pm
Section 3: Mon 4:55-7:35pm
Introduction to nutrition science and its role in health and society: nutrient characteristics, requirements, and food sources, energy balance, weight control, dietary guides and food planning, and social and economic factors that affect food production and consumption.
NUTR-UE 1068 – Introduction to Human Physiology (4 units)
Introduction to Human Physiology is a one-semester course for students with an interest in health care. Little exposure to biology is assumed for this course. This course is heavily concerned with the basic concepts of structural and functional organization of the human body, the terminology involved in the areas of physiology and anatomy, and the understanding of the different anatomo-physiological systems.
SCIED-UE 212 - Science in Our Lives: Environmental Issues (4 units)
Introducing the notion of citizen science, this course provides students with opportunities to use scientific information to solve real-world problems related to environmental & public health. By exploring the practices of science from observing & measurement to analyzing & explaining data, students learn to use data & produce scientific knowledge for the public.
APSTA-UE 1085 – Basic Statistics I (4 units)
Lecture: Mon/Wed 3:30-4:45pm
Lab 1: Thu 3:30-4:45pm
Lab 2: Fri 11:00am-12:15pm
This introductory two-semester course is designed to prepare undergraduate and master’s level students to use statistics for data analysis. The course makes use of SPSS for Windows, a statistical computer software package for the social sciences. The first semester serves as a foundation for the second, covering methods for displaying and describing data. Topics include frequency distribution and their graphical representations, percentiles, measure of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, and simple regression.
FOOD-UE 1115 - Cracking the Code: Understanding Research in Health and Development (4 units)
Aimed at students who expect to read & interpret, rather than conduct, statistical analyses, this course is designed to help students become better & more critical consumers of quantitative evidence. Using research studies discussed in the popular media & focused on currently debated questions in health & human development, the course covers key concepts in quantitative reasoning, basic statistics, & research design. Research readings will focus on topical issues regarding food & nutrition, exercise, sleep, education, & child development.
Societies and the Social Sciences
APSY-UE 2 – Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles (4 units)
Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, emphasizing both the unity and the diversity of a field that spans major theoretical and research areas, including biological bases of human behavior, learning, development, motivation, and social and abnormal behavior. Links between theory and classic as well as contemporary research are a recurrent theme.
APSY-UE 10 - Developmental Psychology (4 units)
A comprehensive overview of human development from conception through adolescence. Theories of developmental psychology are related to research findings, & implications are drawn for practical issues.
APSY-UE 19 - Introduction to Personality Theories (4 units)
Consideration of the major theories of personality. The work of various theorists is discussed as it relates to personality development through the life span.
HSED-UE 610 - Education and the American Dream: Historical Perspectives (4 units)
The course will examine historical perspectives on the relationship between public schooling and the promotion of democratic ideals. Students will explore some of the central goals and purposes of American public education over the past two centuries, and the historiographical debates about those goals and purposes. In the second half of the course, students will the relationship between schooling and civic education, and between schooling and specific communities, in order to ask whether the goals of schooling might promote or contradict the goals of particular groups who seek to benefit from public education, and ways in which education does not promote democratic ideals.
HSED-UE 1033 - The "Culture Wars" in America: Past, Present, and Future (4 units)
Recitation: Mon 9:30-10:45am
Recitation: Mon 4:55-6:10pm
INTE-UE 10 - Intoduction to Global Education (4 units)
This survey course offers an introduction to the field of global education. Education in the 21st century is undoubtedly a central area for international collaboration as well as contestation. In this survey course, we will examine key debates about the role of education in national & international society, examining the multiple stake holders that work to improve education globally, & their diverse interpretations of that mandate. The course will introduce students to the history of mass education as a global phenomenon, & the comparative ways in which it is now studied. Students will examine both K-12 & higher education.
MCC-UE 1 – Introduction to Media Studies (4 units)
Lecture: Tue/Thu 9:30-10:45am
Recitation: Fri 9:30-10:45am
Recitation: Fri 11:00am-12:15pm
Recitation: Fri 12:30-1:45pm
Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated forms of communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include: the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values and behaviors; the role of media professionals; the impact of new media technologies.
MCC-UE 3 – History of Media and Communication (4 units)
Lecture: Mon/Wed 4:55-6:10pm
Recitation: Fri 9:30-10:45am
Recitation: Fri 11:00am-12:15pm
Recitation: Fri 9:30-10:45am
Recitation: Fri 12:30pm-1:45pm
This course surveys the history of media forms and communication technologies, charting the historical trajectory from the alphabet to the Internet. It explores mediation in and across time and the emergence and development of different media forms in relation to particular social, economic, perceptual, and technological conditions and historical moments.
Texts and Ideas
PHED-UE 10/EDST-UE 50 – Learning and the Meaning of Life (4 units)
What is the most important thing to which I should be devoting my life? This course explores the existential concerns animating questions like this, ones that inspire our lifelong, liberal learning. It focuses on classic works in Western philosophy, literature, and film and examines them as texts of education. Class meetings will be devoted to a mix of lecture and discussion.
Cultures and Contexts
MCC-UE 1310 - Culture and Media in Urban China (4 units)
What does it mean to be "urban" in China & how is Chinese urbanism mediated by new cultural formations? In this course we will examine the culture & media that define city life in China, including Chinese state & popular media, television & film, music, fashion, verbal art & literature (in print & online) & visual art. we will focus on the period from the building booms of the mid-to-late nineties to the present. Students will work in teams to make presentations on urban culture, & use primary sources in translation & secondary sources to write individual essays. Chinese language ability appreciated but by no means required.
MCC-UE 1016 - Religion and Public Education in an International Context (4 units)
The purpose of this course on religion & public education in an international context is for us to engage together in a critical analysis of what continues to be an important contemporary issue. The seminar is designed especially for students preparing for careers in teaching - in both public & private/religious schools, educational administration, educational research, or other professions which will involve them in the ongoing public debates about the uneasy relationship of religion & public education in the United States & other countries. The course will examine these issues historically & in terms of current policy debates & students will be asked to make connections to their own educational practice.