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  • Art of Understanding (Prof. Juan Mah y Busch, English)

    TR 8:00-9:30am (CRN 40855) First to Go Program Only 

    TR 10:00-11:30am (CRN 46758) 

    In this class, students learn to meditate. The elements of meditation become a foundation for their writing, which includes different forms of writing, from free writing to formal academic essays, including two research essays. No prior experience is expected or needed. Through meditation, class dialogue, and a lot of writing, students become familiar with different forms of awareness and how to manage them. It is there, in the interplay among these forms and layers, that students will discover the artistry of their own understanding. It is not found as much in answers or accuracy as it is in the questions we ask and the credibility of our responses. It is in a person’s ability to articulate various dimensions of experience, such as the wordless aspect of words, the temporal qualities of change, or the increased spaciousness found in a single exhale. 

    Meet the Professor:

    With a specialization in literary and cultural studies and formal training in meditation, Juan D. Mah y Busch teaches and writes about the interplay between awareness and agency. His current research interests focus on aesthetic knowledge as a foundation for agency and on the use of meditation in the classroom. He lives in Northeast Los Angeles with his family.

  • History of Television (Prof. Michael Daley, Film and Television)

    Collaboration in Media Learning Community Only

    T 4:30-7:00PM (CRN 40880) 

    This seminar will trace the history of television, chronicling the impact the medium has had on society. The coursework will cover: the formative years of television, the Golden Age of TV, Variety shows from early live TV to Comedy sketch shows, TV dramas from westerns to procedural (cop, doctor, lawyer) shows, Situation comedies from family shows to workplace shows, anthology series, miniseries and now limited series, Genres from fantasy to sci-fi to fairy tales and Pay TV, original cable, Internet TV (arguably The New Golden Age).

    The course is also designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of college writing, including structure, syntax and style.  Information Literacy will be emphasized, with research projects designed to teach how to find and evaluate sources.  Coursework will entail papers, oral presentations and viewing blogs.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Michael F.X. Daley is an experienced television writer whose five episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have won him three awards: a Genesis Award, an S.E.T. Award and E! Television’s The Soup Award.  Michael also served as a Staff Writer for the critical and fan favorite CW show Reaper, where he penned the series finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver.”  He’s worked for HBO on The Leftovers, Resurrection for ABC, Murder In The First for TNT, Boss for STARZ, Big Love for HBO, Crossing Jordan for NBC, That’s My Bush! for Comedy Central, and The X-Files for FOX. In addition, he developed a TV pilot with Alloy Entertainment, and is currently shopping that and other TV pilots.

    Michael also served as a Writing Producer for Blindlight, a video game company.  His video game writing credits include Ninja Gaiden for Tecmo, Jet Li’s ‘Rise To Honor’ for Sony, Igor for Legacy Interactive, Shrek 2 for Dreamworks, and Dead2Rights: Redemption for Volatile Games.

    Mike has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, where he’s now teaching Television Writing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He originally hails from Syracuse, New York, where he got his Bachelors in English Communication from another Jesuit school, Le Moyne College.


  • Principles of Scientific Reasoning 

    TR 10:00-11:30am (CRN 40857) 

    ACCESS Program Only 

    Communication and critical thinking skills are developed with an emphasis on science, nature, technology, and mathematics in multiple contexts. Mathematical and scientific reasoning are investigated through inductive and deductive arguments, the scientific method, and the notions of definition, classification and conjecture. The role and purpose that scientists and scientific educators play in society will be explored.

    Meet the Professor:

  • Black Los Angeles (Prof. Jennifer Williams, African American Studies)

    MW 2:00-3:30PM (CRN 41955) 


    This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the presence and contributions of Africana people in Los Angeles from the founding of the city in 1781 to contemporary social movements. We will concentrate on the geography, history, and social norms that transformed Black life and made the basis for its popularized representations in music, film, and tv. We will approach the course both thematically and chronologically, by addressing how Los Angeles is a racialized space and how Black people contribute to its cosmopolitan identity.

    Meet the Professor:

    Jennifer Williams is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies; She is a Philadelphia native, and attended Temple University for her graduate work. Her research interests are Black women’s history, Afrofuturism, and Black introversion.

  • On the Technological Sublime (Prof. Sue Scheibler, Film/TV Studies)

    TR 4:00-5:30PM (CRN 43412)


    This course looks at the notion of the sublime as it was articulated in the 17th and 18th centuries and extends it into the digital age of the 21st century. It takes as its starting point the understanding of the sublime as an aesthetic concept that extolls beauty that is grand and dangerous then asks where and in what form can we say the sublime exists in the technological and digital age. To answer the question, students will study a variety of literary, visual, musical, philosophical, and cinematic texts from the 17th through the early 21st centuries.

    Meet the Professor:

    Sue Scheibler has graduate degrees in New Testament Studies and Philosophy of Religion and a PhD in Critical Studies (Film and Television) from the University of Southern California. She has published in Theorizing Documentary, Alternative Media Handbook, War: Interdisciplinary Investigations, Signs and assorted journals. Her research and teaching interests include film theory, television studies, documentary, Asian film, science fiction, technologies of war, memory, video games and Asian philosophy.

    Scheibler has spoken at such engagements as the War, Virtual War and Human Security Conference where she presented on the topic of “Experiencing War the Video Game Way: Call of Duty 2” and the American Cultural Studies Association where she spoke about avatars, war and the documentary image.

    She is currently working on two projects: Windows, Frames, Screens: Understanding Media and The Meditative Gaze: Media and Eastern Philosophy.

  • Sex, Science, and Society (Prof. Mairead Sullivan, Department of Women's and Gender Studies)

    M 6:30-9:30pm (CRN 43243)


    This course will explore and interrogate the complex relationship between race, gender, sexuality, and science. Specifically, the course will utilize a feminist lens to understand how social differences are named, produced, and refuted through the use of scientific empiricism. The course is highly interdisciplinary, and is situated at the intersections of women’s and gender studies, critical race studies, the history of medicine, and science and technology studies.

    This course fits the theme “Science, Nature, and Society.” In the course, students will explore the social, political, and historical context in which scientific knowledge regarding race, gender, and sexuality is produced. In doing so, students will begin to identify how science circulates as an epistemic authority. They will be required to identify and critically engage the ways in which scientific inquiry and scientific knowledge shape current cultural narratives. The goal of the course is not to reject scientific inquiry wholesale but rather, to understand its contexts and contingencies.

    Course readings, discussions, and assignments will be motivated by the following questions: What is science? Who has been historically excluded from practicing or producing science?  How does science engage questions of embodied difference, specifically race, gender, and sexuality? And, most importantly, what tools does feminism offer for answering the preceding questions?  Students will use primary and secondary sources to investigate feminist interventions into the production of scientific knowledge, debate science’s role in shaping and defining social difference, as well as examine the critical resources that science offers for political responses to social inequality.

    Meet the Professor:

    Mairead Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Professor Sullivan’s research and teaching interests include feminist and queer theory, feminist methodologies, critical health studies, and identity based health politics.