Course Spotlight

INT 35HD: History of Disease

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and led to worldwide orders that people stay at home. Yet, even as the death toll rose and medical systems strained in cities from New York to Rome to Wuhan, there were some who doubted the necessity of such stay-at-home orders or who argued that the cure was worse than the disease. As this recent example demonstrates, even in the twenty-first century the nature of disease and how to prevent it is not merely a matter of science, but an issue laden with cultural, political, and religious concerns.  This course will chart the history of disease both as a subject of scientific inquiry and a cultural and religious phenomenon. We will begin by providing a solid background in both the historical and scientific concepts related to disease, before moving on to discuss major outbreaks in World History including the Black Plague, Cholera, Syphilis, Influenza, and, of course, COVID-19. This course has a number of scholarships to award to qualified students. To learn how to apply for a scholarship and request an add code for the course, check back during Spring Quarter 2021.

INT 133C: Cognitive Social Science of Nonordinary Experiences

Across cultures, people have experiences that seem out of the ordinary, anomalous, or exceptional that can occur while dreaming, meditating, taking drugs, or engaged in everyday life. These experiences may seem personally significant and transformative, puzzling, or distressing, and may be appraised as religious, paranormal, or psychopathological. What people experience and how it affects them depends not only on psychology, but also on cultural expectations and practices. This 8-unit course, which is based on a new survey designed to investigate the effects of culture on the prevalence and interpretation of nonordinary experiences, will introduce students to methods they can use to analyze and interpret data collected prior to the start of the course. Student research teams will have humanities specialists, who will use historical and ethnographic sources to investigate the cultural expectations and traditions that shape people's experiences, and scientific specialists, who will analyze survey data and draw from psychological and neuroscientific research to explain the cognitive processes at work. This course has 40 scholarships available for interested students. Students who are awarded the scholarship will receive an add code upon acceptance. Click here for more information.

INT W 20: Introduction to the Research University (ONLINE)

Summer Sessions and the College of Letters and Science are excited to collaborate on an online course, INT W 20: Introduction to the Research University. INT W 20 is a 2 unit, fully online course that introduces students to the varying disciplines of study at UC Santa Barbara. The course delivers a series of videos featuring UC Santa Barbara faculty detailing their specific discipline, explaining how research is conducted within the discipline, and sharing information about what drives their own interest in that area of study. Students will not only learn about the varying majors on campus, but will also be prepared for success by being introduced, virtually, to renowned faculty. Click here for more information.

THEAT 43/143 The People’s Voice: A Joint Collaboration Between the Community and UC Santa Barbara

The People's Voice is an umbrella term for cutting-edge collaborations between the university and the community. The course was specifically named for the people to include a variety of arts initiatives for diversely marginalized populations where social justice is a concern. This course is for students who are passionate about their development as informed, engaged, and action-oriented citizen-artists. It is open to non-theater majors, as well as those students who are specializing in theater studies. Because of its permeability with social issues, The People's Voice can supplement educational and fieldwork objectives for teachers, therapists, social workers, and community organizers, as well as cultural workers in all arts disciplines. We look for novel combinations with media, citizen journalism, live theater and performance, and multimodal art strategies to destabilize the status-quo as well as celebrate society's disenfranchised voices throughout Santa Barbara and other parts of California. Click here for additional information.