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Course Title
Course Level
Units
OAKS 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 Oaks and Rachel Carson college members. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. (Also offered as Carson College 3L. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 10
Academic Success
Lower Division
2 units
Provides 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 explored. Enrollment by permission of college adviser.
OAKS 11
Foundation of Leadership
Lower Division
3 units
Teaches leadership skills to create effective teams, and motivates individuals to communicate effectively with teammates with different styles. Enrollment is restricted to first-year and sophomore college members and by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
OAKS 30
Thesis Writing and Editing
Lower Division
2 units
Substantial writing and revision for a piece of writing relevant to a student's field. Focuses on academic research, documentation, editing, and revision. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior college members. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 47
Building an Inner Sanctuary
Lower Division
2 units
Through experiential methodologies of self-leadership and mind-body practices, this course encourages students to discover and flex those internal resources which enhance resilience, foster psycho-emotional and community-building skills, and affirm their cultural dignity. Enrollment is by application and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 25.
OAKS 60
Oakes Literary Journal: Further Reflections on a Diverse Society
Lower Division
2 units
For publication in an Oakes College literary journal, students significantly refine an essay from the fall quarter Oakes College core course. Course work includes consideration of a substantive text that engages core course themes and promotes the focus of the essay. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B. Enrollment restricted to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 67
The Politics of Food: Labor and Social Justice
Lower Division
2 units
Engages the themes of Oakes College (respect for diversity and social justice) and the interests of UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Topics include the racial politics of food, farm labor, organic farming, and activism. Prerequisite(s): successful completion of college core course 80A, 80B, 80C, 80D, or 80H. Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 72
Building the Strength to Love and Dream: Oakes Oral History Project
Lower Division
5 units
Students study the founding and development of Oakes College's first 10 years through oral history. Students immerse themselves in thorough background research and build skills necessary to conduct oral histories with founding Oakes members, revising pieces suitable for publication. Prerequisite(s):satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to College members.
OAKS 73B
Oakes College Mentoring: Service Learning Practicum
Lower Division
2 units
Mentors introduce first-year students to campus resources, provide them with academic support, share academic successes and difficulties, and offer guidance on college adjustment. Enrollment is restricted to College members. Please apply to be a mentor or a mentee online on the Oakes College Mentoring website. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 75
Oakes Student Development and Leadership Theory
Lower Division
2 units
Overview of theories, methods, applications, skills, and special topics focusing on college student development and leadership. Uses a variety of learning modes including lecture, discussion, case studies, small group interaction, and presentations. Interview only: see Oakes coordinator for residential education during spring enrollment period. Enrollment restricted to Oakes College members. Enrollment limited to 30. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 76
Social Geography and Justice in Santa Cruz
Lower Division
5 units
Explores how social identities, life practices, and power are reflected and shaped by the spaces and places we live in. Combines local history and contemporary research with placements in the community focusing on justice for children, youth, and families. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B or 80D or equivalent. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor and restricted to College members. Prerequisite(s): course 80A or 80B or 80D or equivalent. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor and restricted to Oakes College members. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 80A
Introduction to University Discourse: Communicating Diversity for a Just Society
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Examines historical and contemporary aspects of multiculturalism in the U.S. Explores how social inequality based on ethnicity, race, class, and gender occurs among all levels of society. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80B. (Formerly Introduction to University Discourse: Values and Change in a Diverse Society.) Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): C1.)
OAKS 80B
Rhetoric and Inquiry: Communicating Diversity for a Just Society
Lower Division
5 units
Explores intersections of investigation, interpretation, and persuasion and hones strategies for writing and research. Examines historical and contemporary aspects of multiculturalism in the U.S. Explores how social inequality based on ethnicity, race, class, and gender occurs among all levels of society. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A. (Formerly Rhetoric and Inquiry: Values and Change in a Diverse Society.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): C2.)
OAKS 80C
Introduction to University Discourse: Communicating Diversity for a Just Society Writing Intensive 1
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse and provides intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Examines historical and contemporary aspects of multiculturalism in the U.S. Explores how social inequality based on ethnicity, race, class, and gender occurs among all levels of society. More writing-intensive than course 80A; prerequisite to course 80D. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 22.
OAKS 80D
Introduction to University Discourse: Communicating Diversity for a Just Society Writing Intensive 2
Lower Division
5 units
Continues to provide practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking, and to examine issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and power. Prerequisite(s): course 80C. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): C1.)
OAKS 80F
Cultural Immersion: Exploring, Connecting, and Collaborating with Oakes and Beyond
Lower Division
2 units
Focuses on two issues: isolation and building a U.S.-based cultural foundation, while introducing students to university-level discourse, collaborative discussion in small groups, and peer editing of writing. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Oakes students who have been placed in the Multilingual Curriculum.
OAKS 80H
Rainbow Theater Cultural Studies
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to multicultural theater and multicultural plays that aims to bring cultural awareness to all students interested in theater discipline. Students are required to read and critically analyze contemporary plays of color with emphasis on race and culture in contemporary American society. Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
Supervised off-campus study conducted under the immediate and direct guidance of a faculty supervisor. To be used primarily by lower-division students doing part-time off-campus study. Prerequisite(s): approval of student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, approval of provost. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 95
Directed Reading
Lower Division
5 units
Directed reading on selected topics in literature. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.
OAKS 128
Latino Media in the U.S
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the history and practice of Latino media in the U.S. with an emphasis on work created by, for, with, and about Latino constituencies. Course highlights the role that media plays in struggles for social change, political enfranchisement, creative self-expression, and cultural development. Course content varies with instructor. (Also offered as Latin American&Latino Studies 128. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 39. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
OAKS 130
Writing Resistance: Creative Writing Workshop
Upper Division
5 units
Engages diasporic and people of color (POC) writers whose work inspires social justice. Through course materials and creative exercises, students examine and break down the roadblocks that create silence. Focuses on the craft of writing, and revision and performance to create socially relevant and powerful words through community engagement. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 134
Diasporic Central Americans
Upper Division
5 units
Engages literature and culture from multiple generations of diasporic Central Americans in the U.S. whose work inspires conversations on politics and identity. Through course materials and oral history projects, examines the (in)visibility of this emergent Latinx group. Focus on oral history, aesthetics, poetics, and projects of representation. Enrollment limited to 25.
OAKS 150
Queer History and Theory in the United States
Upper Division
5 units
Gives students a broad overview of the historical and social construction of queer identities in the United States. The recent emergence of relatively stable LGBTQIAP+ identities in the U.S. presents a compelling historical problem: how can we know about queer people in the past when they were often "hidden from history" or if they identified themselves in ways that may seem strange to us in the present? Students grapple with these questions as they chart the emergence and eclipsing of queer identities in U.S. history and contribute to the project of documenting queer history in the present. Students also examine how queer theory addresses the meanings that U.S. politics and culture have placed on sexual orientation over time. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Oakes College members. Enrollment limited to 30.
OAKS 151A
Corre la Voz: Community Literacies and Power
Upper Division
2 units
Required seminar for first-quarter students in the Corre la Voz program. Examines theories and methods that emphasize social connection, leadership, verbal enrichment, multi-modal literacies, and community empowerment. Taken concurrently with field study. Enrollment is by interview only and successful application to the Corre la Voz program or the submission of a teaching-placement agreement. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Co-requisite(s): course 151B or 199. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Oakes College members. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 151B
Community Literacies Field Study
Upper Division
3 units
Field study for Corre la Voz interns. Intensive on-site training and participation in team teaching of dual-language (Spanish English) students (4th-5th grade). Literacies include social-emotional, expressive (artistic/dramatic), collaborative problem-solving, academic, and use of digital tools as well as traditional tools. Enrollment by interview only, and successful application to the Corre la Voz program or previous successful quarters in the program. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Concurrent enrollment in course 151A is required during the first quarter after which course 151B may be repeated by itself. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior Oakes College members. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 152
Transformative Literacies
Upper Division
5 units
Combines a seminar on critical inquiry into different theories and practices of transformative literacy work with community-service placement or a creative project to assist a local organization in its mission communicating internally and externally. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to Oakes College members and community studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 153
Community Mapping
Upper Division
5 units
Students study the theories and methods of community mapping, and work in research teams to design and conduct social-research projects. Emphasizes research questions that focus on assets and capacities, as well as on participatory-action research for justice. Prerequisite(s):satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to Oakes College members and community studies majors. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
OAKS 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing in Oakes; a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.
OAKS 193
Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Supervised off-campus study conducted under the immediate and direct guidance of a faculty supervisor. To be used primarily by upper-division students doing part-time off-campus study. Prerequisite(s): approval of student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, approval of provost. If taking two or more such courses in any one quarter, must obtain approval of academic adviser.
OAKS 195
Senior Thesis
Upper Division
5 units
Senior thesis related to college-sponsored individual majors. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Sponsoring faculty must be member of individual major committee. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
College-sponsored individual study programs off campus for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence). Up to three such courses may be taken for credit in any one quarter. Prerequisite(s): approval of the student's adviser, certification of adequate preparation, and approval by provost. May be repeated for credit.
OAKS 199
Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
Individual study for junior and senior members of Oakes College directed by a fellow of Oakes. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.