INT 94GZ. Mummies, Myths and Magic: Surviving Death in Ancient Egypt (1 unit) / Dr. Stuart Smith, Anthropology
The ancient Egyptians and Nubians spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for the Afterlife, making mummies and providing them with the equipment that would allow them to live forever. Mummies have been a source of fascination for centuries — witness most recently the success of Universal’s remake of “The Mummy.” So what makes a mummy? What was the most important funerary equipment for a successful afterlife? Just how much did immortality cost an average or above average ancient Egyptian? Referencing his own archeological work at Luxor’s Theban Necropolis and in Sudanese Nubia, Professor Smith will explore some modern myths and the fascinating insights we can gain from mummies and their equipment.
INT 94IM. Research Methods and Opportunities in the Social Sciences (1 unit) / Dr. John Park, Asian American Studies
Leading professors in the social sciences are doing some exciting work at UCSB, and this course provides a glimpse into what they have been up to. Whether their research has been about banking policy, political behavior, mass communication and popular culture, or race, class, and gender inequality, their work has had a major impact on our understanding of complex social processes and problems. This course will focus on how your professors develop research projects, the methods they have used to gather new information, and then the brilliant theories they have proposed to explain their findings. Through this discussion, students will get a better sense of the multiple career opportunities available to students interested in the social sciences, including careers in law, business, public policy, and other related professions. We end with a discussion of the many opportunities available to undergraduates to engage in research, either on their own projects, or as a research assistant to a faculty member.
INT 94FC. Screen Classics: From The Gladiator to the Clash of the Titans (1 unit) / Dr. Dorota Dutsch, Classics
This class examines several Hollywood films dealing with classical subjects, both historical and mythological. We will view excerpts from the Gladiator (2000), Troy (2004), Alexander the Great (2004), the HBO series Rome (2005-2007), Lightening Thief (2010), and The Clash of the Titans (2010), and ask what social trends may be behind this renaissance of interest in classics; we will also attempt to find the generic patterns revealed by these films, whose target audiences range from children to adult audiences with taste for violent and explicitly sexual material. Our goal in noting tendencies and generic patterns will be to identify the role that the classical past has come to play in popular culture.
INT 94RG. Introduction to Engineering and its Applications (1 unit) / Dr. Hua Lee, Electrical and Computer Engineering
This seminar sequence provides an overview of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering in a concise and comprehensive manner. The full-spectrum topics include communications, signal processing, VLSI, control systems, robotics, and computer-aided design in hardware, software, system integration, as well as industrial applications. The seminars will also give you an excellent perspective of the curriculum, advancement in the industry, as well as research directions in graduate study. In addition to presentations by faculty, the course includes a tour of engineering research facilities.