Course Offerings

Spring 2003

Please consult the Spring 2003 Registration Supplement or registrar's webpage for ExCo CRNs.

ExCo instructors registering for credit, use the Exco-xxxc-01 section on PRESTO.

 The ExCos are split into the following large categories:

Humanities

Media Studies

Music, Theater, and Dance

Computers and Technology

Physical Activities and Games

Arts and Crafts

Social Issues

Practica and Do-It-Yourself

 

Humanities

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The ABC's of ASL (American Sign Language) 0-3 Credits

Miesha McClure and Grace Cooney EXCO-300

An intensive introductory course in American Sign Language. Our chief concern is the students' acquisition of fundamental fingerspelling, knowledge of grammatical structures, and receptive and expressive conversational skills. This course will also explore aspects of Deaf culture and history. Only serious students need apply. Course fee for workbook: $30.

Stephen King: Beyond the Horror 0-2 Credits

Andriana Baruffi and Courtney Baker EXCO-301

We consider popular fiction to be underrated and overlooked here at Oberlin, in part because many people think it is stereotypical and not worthy of scholarly study. We plan to show that much Stephen King's work falls outside of the stereotypical horror genre. Weekly meetings will consist mainly of discussion about the reading. After completing this course, students will be familiar with the unfamiliar aspects of Stephen King.

Applied Jewish Mysticism 0-1 Credit

Barya Schachter EXCO-302

The Jewish Mystical tradition provides a window into the inner dimensions of reality. The kabbalistic system outlines the essential nature of the universe, and Chasidic tradition developed the spiritual "technology" for meaningful transcendental experience. Drawing on traditional and modern sources, this course will examine the variety of Jewish mystical experience, providing student with the basic tools and know-how to engage in further mystical exploration. Together, we will delve into the secret world of the esoteric, and explore the hidden depths of our communal soul. No previous experience required.

The American Diner 0-1 Credit

Lindsay Baker and Chad Hill EXCO-304

An introduction to the history, culture, and ideology of the modern American diner. This

will be achieved through an interdisciplinary study of diners, facilitated by weekly trips (the actual class meetings) to various diner establishments in the area. Students will learn the fascinating history of diners, read classic literature about diners, and gain an appreciation for the culture of these archetypes of American society.

The Aesthetic and Decadent Movements in 19th Century English Literature 0-2 Credits

Russ Pennekamp EXCO-305

Do you love English literature? Would you like to increase your knowledge of a movement undertaught and underappreciated? Studying such authors as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pater, Ernest Dowson, and Oscar Wilde, we will examine the development of the Aesthetic and Decadent Movements, and the transition from Victorian to early modern literature, supplementing our study with contemporary paintings and illustrations. Class will meet twice a week. Some knowledge of English literature is preferable, but not required.

UFO Exco 0-1 Credit

Aaron Clark EXCO-306

The UFO Exco will take a serious look into the realm of UFO's and aliens. Topics will include ancient UFO's, the Roswell Incident, Men In Black, alien abductions, crop circles, and more. There will be weekly class discussions based on the most recent information available.

 

The Religion of the Spirit 0-1 Credit

James Johnston EXCO-307

This course will take an unconventional historical look at the mission and message of Jesus of Nazareth. We will review his public ministry using the manuscript for the book The Religion of the Spirit as the primary reading, supplemented by readings in other historical texts. Students can expect to develop their own clearer understanding of the religion that Jesus lived and taught, and will also become familiar with its seeming conflict with modern Christianity.

 

Thai Language 0-1 Credit

Ella Ornstein EXCO-308

Why Thai? Why not? Thai is a fun and beautiful modern language. This is a beginner's course, all are welcome. We will learn basic Thai, with some writing, but with an emphasis on practical speaking. Tam duai gan si! Come join!

 

Beginning Korean 0-2 Credits

Ye-Eun Erin Jang EXCO-309

This is an elementary course designed to teach students the fundamentals of the Korean language. The emphasis will be on conversation and understanding of Korean culture.

Intermediate Korean 0-2 Credits

Minji Noh EXCO-310

This course is designed for those who have successfully finished Beginning Korean, or who have previous experience with the language. Meets twice a week. Course fee: $3-5.

 

Visions and Revisions: Contemporary and Creative Writing By and About Jewish Women 0-2 Credits

Chanel Dubofsky EXCO-311

This course will examine Jewish women's identity as portrayed in contemporary Jewish women's fiction, essays, and poetry. We will focus on topics such as sexuali ty, mothers and daughters, biblical women, food, body image, and the media. We will also explore our own identities as Jewish women through creative writing exercises. Students will need to purchase The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis, and for the first class meeting read Merle Feld's "We All Stood Together" and do the first exercise on the syllabus.

Creative Writing 0-2 Credits

Katherine Hubbard and Kathleen Davis EXCO-312

This is a creative writing workshop designed for interested students who haven't yet taken Creative Writing 201. This is not a substitute for a workshop offered by the Creative Writing Department, but rather an opportunity for students to expand their portfolio while receiving and offering feedback on other students' work. Weekly writing assignments and a final portfolio will be required. Let's write and have fun!

Esperanto: Passport to the Whole World 0-1 Credit

Helen Hoskins EXCO-313

Students will be watching and listening to actors in costume speaking in Esperanto. An introduction to the course and the comments by the instructress are given in English. The students will also receive the Esperanto text and the 12 exercises for each lesson. Since the teacher is the only one with the video, is it important that students attend all classes. The exercises are designed to test comprehension of the lesson, the order of events, proper word endings, and proper verbs. Students will be expected to read, write, speak, and do role playing in Esperanto by the time the course is over.

Buddhist Thought and Practice 0-1 Credit

Paul Swanson EXCO-316

This course provides an introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of Buddhism. This is open to people of all religious backgrounds, provided they are sincerely interested in the teachings of Buddha. The course will be taught from a practitioner’s perspective, and will meet 2 hours a week.

 

Media Studies

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Sex and the City 0-1 Credit

Clare Cira and Rachel Markowitz EXCO-600

An analysis of the HBO sitcom "Sex and the City" as a reflection of American female sexuality and culture (as disturbing as some may find that). Three episodes well be viewed per meeting and much discussion can be expected. No previous knowledge of the show required.

Film Noir 0-1 Credit

Melanie Allen and Lev Rosen EXCO-601

This course will meet once a week to watch and discuss a classic noir or neo-noir film. Active discussion and weekly reading will enliven our viewing. Participation over a list serve and a final paper will be required.

 

The Art and Cinema of Buster Keaton 0-1 Credit

Rebecca Thompson EXCO-602

The purpose of this course is to watch as many Buster Keaton films as time permits, to gain an appreciation and understanding of his comedic and film techniques, and to view Keaton and his work within the larger context of silent-era and early sound Hollywood.

The Simpsons: Media and the Creation of Social Phenomena 0-1 Credit

Nicholas Calabrese EXCO-603

This course will examine the social phenomena created by The Simpsons television show. Class will meet every Sunday from 6:30-8:30pm to view episodes, and discuss readings and the effect of The Simpsons on social interactions.

Action Films of the Cold War Era 0-1 Credit

Justin Cohen and Charles McCulloch EXCO-604

This course will cover the social and political consequences of action films as a form of popular american propaganda and the extension of the Hollywood Red Scare. Films will include John Wayne's "The Green Berets," Patrick Swayze's "Red Dawn," and Chuck Norris in "Invasion USA."

Russian Cinema for the People 0-1 Credit

Viktor Shmagin EXCO-605

The Russian cinematic tradition has long been hailed as one of the most important and rich schools of film-making in the world. In this class I hope to show that this is no joke.

X-Co: The Mythology Episodes of the X-Files 0-1 Credit

Elizabeth Sorensen and Matthew Ragusa EXCO-606

This class will cover the mythology episodes of the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files." We will look at character development, plot progression, glaring inconsistencies, pseudo-science, and David Duchovny's choice of swimwear. Class will meet 3 hours a week. There will be homework, quizzes, and discussion questions.

Adult Themes, Juvenile Media 0-1 Credit

Julian Lee EXCO-607

This course will examine how the media of animation, claymation, and puppetry have transcended their traditional roles as juvenile education and entertainment. Examples range from large-scale commercial vehicles, the works that allowed some to direct such works later, and amateur works created by students not unlike ourselves. Discussion will focus on both substance and style, but works of solely novel style will not be treated. Note: Though elements of each may creep in, this is NOT a course in pornography, anime, nor kitsch thereof.

British Sketch Comedy of the 1970's 0-1 Credit

Canaan Boyer EXCO-608

This course will cover as many as possible of the Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes, with once a week viewing sessions, each with an introduction and a discussion. There will also be four supplemental, optional classes to watch their feature films.

The Filmography of Winona Ryder 0-1 Credit

Monica Schneider and Erin McDonough EXCO-609

What's not to love about Winona Ryder? She's cute, wide-eyed, and yet oddly edgy. In this class we will live the dream of watching as many of her films as possible, along with her Saturday Night Live, Simpsons, and Friends appearances, and discuss the Free Winona movement.

The Dead Hear Footsteps 0-2 Credits

Cedric Severino EXCO-610

The Dead Hear Footsteps is Oberlin’s only radio drama. Help create the adventures of Hardin Lovelace, a hard-bitten detective in the stormy city of Bayside. Write and act in episodes performed live weekly on WOBC, 91.5 FM.

Radio Production 0-2 Credits

Dave Levin and Aay Preston-Myint EXCO-812

Learn the ins and outs of creating and producing your own radio show, from both a technical and journalistic/creative standpoint. Skills you will learn include writing, interviewing, recording and digital editing. Students will produce 5- and 20-minute segments of their own choosing. Dedication, but not experience, is necessary. There may be a course fee of up to $20

Just Make a Film 0-2 Credits

Alex Morrison EXCO-813

Introductory film course open to all majors. Gives the students the freedom to express themselves in an open, flexible and relaxed environment on an audiovisual medium without the rigorous guidelines. Students will create open length, individually selected works to be screened in an community setting. Course consists of screening, the completion of a journal, and a finished piece.

 

Music, Theater & Dance

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Before Memory After 0-2 Credits (NEW COURSE!)

Ni'Ja Whitson EXCO-826

Through the study and performance of Black cultural art forms (specifically in the theater, dance, and art disciplines), students will examine the relationship between history, connection, and growth. Course will conclude with a performance in May. Performance will consist of eight pieces (students will receive outline of pieces at first meeting). Students will rehearse three times a week for two hours each, and will be given written and reading assignments to be more familiar with the material. Course entry will be by audition and/or application only.

Sonata Class for Violin and Piano 0-2 Credits

Min Jae Chay EXCO-400

A study of works from the violin sonata standard repertoire with emphasis on the concepts of style and ensemble.

Classical Music of North India 0-2 Credits

Hasu Patel; Oberlin contacts: William Burton and Amie Weiss EXCO-401

The course is offered by a professional musician and is aimed to give students an introduction to the theory and practice of the classical instruments of Hindustani music: Sitar, Tabla, and Vocal. Students will be given knowledge of Raga Sangeet and context surrounding this sacred music. The course will be taught in traditional style with certain rules regarding the instruments, practice, fellow students, and Guru. Instruments are available for learning through the teacher and Conservatory. A must for the students pursuing music major at the Conservatory to differentiate the music in its entirety.

Digeridoo Making and Playing 0-1 Credit

Brandon Oberlin and Kayle Sawyer EXCO-402

Weekly class teaches students to play the digiridoo, an aborigine wind instrument, including everything from tone production to the difficult circular breathing techniques. Students will make their own digiridoos out of PVC pipe. Class also teaches the fundamentals of teaching others to play the digiridoo.

Modern American Swing 0-1 Credit

Elisabeth Rubard and Kelly Porter EXCO-403

This course will provide students with a basic knowledge of East Coast Swing (6-count and triple step), Charleston, Savoy-style Lindy Hop, as well as form, technique, and basic musicality for these dances. The course is meant to prepare students for social swing dancing.

Continuing Modern American Swing 0-1 Credit

Elisabeth Rubard and Kelly Porter EXCO-404

This course is for those who have taken the Beginning Swing Exco or have instructor's permission. You must know the lindy hop basic . We will continue our lindy instruction, focusing on musicality, along with techniques for fast lindy, jazz movement, and Balboa, a fast dance from Southern California.

Beginning Contact Improvisation 0-2 Credits

Kimberly Madalinski EXCO-405

A comprehensive exploration into the skills and philosophy of Contact Improvisation. This dance form engages dancers in weight shifts, changes of momentum, relationships through space, and energetic connections. This class will meet three times a week for an hour and a half each time, and require participation in a number of Sunday afternoon Contact Jams. No dance experience required.

Sweep and Speak, Stretch and Scratch: Improvisational Dance 0-1 Credit

Kimberly Madalinski EXCO-406

Dave Matthews Band 0-2 Credits

Tim McKay EXCO-407

Their albums enter the top 200 charts at #1. They sell out 60,000 seat stadiums in ten minutes. Their unique blend of jazz, funk, rock, and bluegrass, along with their frequent jamming has earned them the title of being the top touring band in America for the past six years. Class will meet for at least 2 hours a week, and will cover the 11-year history of the Dave Matthews Band, the lives of the band members, and in-depth musical and lyrical analysis to nearly all of the band’s songs. Textbook ($13) is required.

Latin Dance 0-1 Credit

Melvin Jimenez EXCO-408

Our goal is to introduce beginner to intermediate levels of Latin dancing. We will introduce Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa.

Oberlin College Marching Band 0-2 Credits

Lisa Berman and Elizabeth Gendler EXCO-409

We need musicians, color guard members, drum majors, choreographers and drill designers! If you are interested in practicing your skills in any of these areas of acquiring skills in any of these areas, please join us. No application required. All ranges of experience welcome.

Steel Drum Ensemble 0-1 Credit

Patia Maule, Sarah Buck, and Scott Weaver EXCO-410

An introduction to the techniques and traditions of steel drum performance. Students will also learn to play other percussion instruments. The class culminates in a group performance at the Cat in the Cream.

Taking Another Step 0-1 Credit

Dimy Jeannot EXCO-411

Taking Another Step is a demanding, yet rewarding, opportunity for an intense semester of learning the art of stepping–a style of dance that uses synchronized foot-stomping, hand-clapping, and body-moving to create intricate, complicated beats, sometimes accompanied by music. You will learn a combination of simple and complex steps, culminating in a performance for an Oberlin audience. Note: Because no prior experience or rhythmic ability is required, a committed willingness to learn is a mandatory for enrolling.

Oberlin STOMP! 0-2 Credits

Jordan Balagot EXCO-412

Enter a world where music, theatre, and choreography blend into one and where anything can be your instrument. Student collaboration on writing music and choreography is required. OSTOMP! will rehearse 4 hours a week and have at least 2 performances a semester.

Intro to Tap Dance Technique 0-1 Credit

Eli Gerstenlauer EXCO-413

This course will explore basic tap dance for beginners. No experience is required or expected. There will not be a fee for this course, but you will have to acquire tap shoes if you enroll; this will be facilitated by the instructor. We will meet twice a week for more than an hour, and will put on a brief performance at the end of the term.

African Dance in Transition 0-1 Credit

Bernard Matambo EXCO-414

We will learn mostly modern dances coming from parts of Central, Southern, North, East, and West Africa. Class will meet twice a week. Experience in any kind of dance is encouraged although not necessary. Commitment, confidence, and a passion to learn are prerequisites.

B-Boy Skills 0-1 Credit

Christopher Bosworth EXCO-415

This class is primarily designed to facilitate a constructive environment for its students to develop their own skills, styles, and specific moves with the support of their peers and coordinator. Instruction will be limited only to the very basics of B-boying. The class may occasionally feature visiting experts. Students will be required to attend one hour-and-a-half-long class a week, wearing clothes that they find appropriate to b-boy in, and may occasionally be required to do outside research.

Rhythms of Resistance: Samba Drumming and Dancing 0-1 Credit

Paul Swanson EXCO-416

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the music and history of the Brazilian samba, teach them how to play carnivalesco-samba on a variety of percussion instruments, teach them the basic dance, and gain an appreciation for Brazilian Carnival. It will also serve as an introduction to the drumming group Oberlin Rhythms of Resistance, and the role that samba has played for social change and radical resistance. No music experience is required, but people with some experience, particularly in drumming, are encourage to take the class.

Drag Practicum 0-1 Credit

John Zajac EXCO-417

A course designed to turn your average hairy, flat-wearing man-in-a-dress into a sleek, flawless QUEEN. Drag Practicum will meet twice a week for 2 hours, first module only. Units include: History of Drag, strutting, vogue, makeup, frock design and construction, activism, and Drag Performance.

The Sketch Comedy Experience 0-2 Credits

Michael Connor and Brandon Phillips EXCO-418

Sketch comedy is truly the engine that drives this country, nay, the world. General Lafayette, Jimmy Carter, and even Ghandi each tried their hand at the art of the sketch, and now you can too. This course will give you an overview of some of the major sketch comedy talents, from the Marx Brothers to Mr. Show with Bob and David. We will then write, rehearse, and perform our own sketch comedy show. No previous acting or writing experience required. Class will meet once a week, with a second rehearsal time if needed.

Scenarios for Revolution: Oberlin Theater Activist Group 0-2 Credits

Allison Moon EXCO-419

This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of theater as an instrument of political activism and social change. Using exercises from such revolutionaries as Augusto Boal and the Bread and Puppet Theater, we will explore the process of creating live scripted and improvisational theatrical works from cooperative effort, culminating in a final project to be performed outside of Oberlin. We will meet once a week for 2 hours. Outside of class time, there will be weekly readings and rehearsals.

Peer Theatre Troupe 0-2 Credits

Aaron Mucciolo EXCO-420

Troupe members will develop short scenes and audience-participation programs on topics relevant to the Oberlin student body. Topics will rotate monthly and will probably include issues such as health and wellness, alcohol and drugs, MRC issues, and dorm life. The group will decide on topics and the format of presentation. No theatre experience necessary.

Techxco of Doom 0-2 Credits

Meg Morley EXCO-421

This class will survey the basic areas of technical theater: stage management, design, electrics, and special effects make-up, as well as diplomacy, tact, and professionalism. The focus will be preparing students to do technical work (stage manager, etc.) on student-directed productions on the Oberlin campus. Practical application of skills is essential to technical theater, so students are also highly encouraged to work on shows throughout the semester. No experience is required, but a desire to direct or work is.

Musical Performance 0-2 Credits

Daniel Holmes EXCO-422

This class will focus on audition technique and musical theater performance practice. The first portion will guide actors/singer through the audition process and give them a chance to fine-tune their skill to prepare them for a career in the theater. The second portion will focus mainly on performance practice. Each student will receive a scene, which will be rehearsed, coached, and then performed at the end of the semester. Audition required.

Bluegrass Music 0-1 Credit

Chris Eldridge and Rachel Hess EXCO-423

What is Bluegrass? In this exco we will explore the characteristics of Bluegrass music and trace its evolution from the early 1900s to the present. We will look at the social conditions around which bluegrass arose as well as its influence on other music. We will meet once a week with listening assignments outside of class. There will be brief response papers and a final project.

Pink Floyd: Pioneers of Psychedelic Rock 0-1 Credit

Michael Severino EXCO-424

A look at Pink Floyd, from the early Barrett years through the Division Bell, and their place as pioneers of a new genre of music - psychedelic rock, based on freeform improvisation and the LSD experience. Course meets once a week. Movies will be watched, music will be listened to.

The Life, Music, and Influences of John Lennon, 1969-1980 0-1 Credit

Nora Griffin and Kate Finnegan-Prans EXCO-425

A lecture- and discussion-based class with frequent listening sessions. Open to anyone interested in learning about John Lennon and 1970's culture, and to those who would like a forum to share their knowledge. The class will cover all of John's solo albums, and readings will include Lennon interviews and the written work of his contemporaries.

 

Computers and Technology

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How to Promote Yourself Online 0-1 Credit

Jon MacDonald and Cary Foster EXCO-700

In this class, participants will walk through the beginning-to-end process of making websites for presenting resumes, portfolios, and/or other promotional materials to potential employers or clients.

Object Oriented Software Development 0-2 Credits

Ralph Douglass EXCO-701

Students will work together to design, program, test, and release a multiplayer, networked real-time strategy game in Java, similar to the Starcraft or Warcraft series, with an emphasis on good design and object oriented programming. Students will be introduced to autonomous agent systems, threads in Java, JavaGL and the OpenGL API, basic networking in Java, path finding, and artificial intelligence. Prerequisite: experience with Java equivalent to CS150/CS151.

Objective C and Cocoa Programming 0-2 Credits

David Adamson EXCO-702

An introduction to the Objective C programming language and the Cocoa/OpenStep API. We will cover language basics, application design, and effective use of the tools provided by Cocoa. You don't need Mac OS X to take this course, but modern Mac programming is on of the more useful outlets for the material. CS 150 or equivalent knowledge is a minimum prerequisite. Some comfort with C, C++, Smalltalk, or Java is required, and a passing acquaintance with the concepts of Object Oriented Programming is ideal.

Introduction to Latex and Gnuplot 0-1 Credit

Burt Betchart EXCO-703

This course aims to provide students interested in physics and other sciences with valuable publishing skills, using the software programs Latex and Gnuplot. These programs allow authors to produce professional quality documents appropriate for student lab reports or professional journals. Class will meet for one hour a week.

 

Physical Activities and Games

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Beginning Karate 0-1 Credit

William Baldwin EXCO-100

The Beginning Karate ExCo has been offered to Oberlin College students and community members for the past 12 years. Training for mind, body, and soul, the ExCo is open to beginners as well as to those who have trained in a martial art before. Taking the ExCo makes one eligible to join the Oberlin Karate Kai, a chartered Oberlin College organization. The ExCo as well as the Kai are run completely by students, who have trained for a significant amount of time. There is no class size limit, everyone who is interested will get in.

Circus Aerial Arts 0-1 Credit

Florence Edwards EXCO-101

Learn to climb, bend, swing, and dance using the low trapeze and Spanish Web. Note: This semester this exco will be for advanced students only. Applicants should have previously taken Basic Circus Aerial Arts or should have analogous experience elsewhere. Contact instructor for details.

Basics of Bridge 0-1 Credit

Joshua Levy EXCO-102

Bridge has long been thought of as a game for grandparents. The past ten years, however, has seen many young people learn the game. This class will teach you the terminology as well as everything you will need to play this great game. The only requirements are to come prepared to learn and ready to have fun.

Chess 0-1 Credit

Jonathan Hirsch EXCO-103

This class is open to players with no experience as well as to tournament veterans. Beginners will learn rules, basic end-game technique, opening theory, etc. More advanced players will improve analytical combination visualization, mating combinations, etc. Teaching Assistants will take different groups according to previous playing experience.

Tricks are for Obies 0-1 Credit

Jonathan Needleman EXCO-104

We will learn a variety of card games and card game strategies. Games include the well-known Hearts, Spades, and Bridge, to the relatively unknown Barboo, 500, and Scott. No experience needed.

Co-Ed Competitive Volleyball 0-1 Credit

Emily Enderle and Darci Leonhart EXCO-105

Balls, balls, balls…like volleyballs? If you have experience and a few hours on Sundays, join us for some volleyball fun. This course will focus on intermediate and advanced skills to strengthen your own and the group's abilities.

Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 0-1 Credit

Gregory Lawson EXCO-106

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Participation will involve moderately strenuous physical activity. Gi (uniform) required.

Intro to Water Skills and Swimming 0-1 Credit

Kate McGlone EXCO-107

This course will introduce students to basic water skills in three parts: basic swimming and stroke work, water safety, and diving. No water experience necessary, but there may be a section for those with some experience. Class will meet 4-6 hours a week.

Aikido 0-1 Credit

Jeremy Van Cleve and Michael Thompson EXCO-109

The Aikido ExCo is an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of Aikido, a Japanese martial art. Aikido employs circular motion and blending in order to control and subdue an opponent without necessarily causing injury. Founded by Morechei Neshiba, Aikido is build around concepts of openness, relaxation, and being able to respond to any attack, no matter what its form, direction, or intensity. As Aikido is not dependent on strength, it is suitable for all ages and physiques.

Beginning Fencing 0-1 Credit

James McConaghie and Maxwell Teitel-Paule EXCO-112

Learn to enjoy not only the competition, but the art behind fencing. The exco is taught by two nationally ranked fencers. Choose from one of two featured weapons. Most of our students are beginners, but everyone is welcome!

Competitive Badminton 0-1 Credit

Joey Chen EXCO-113

Enrollment limit: 16. For players with some badminton experience and/or want to learn to play badminton competitively. Also, for those who just love the game and want to learn more than just hitting the birdie back/forth. Playing is learning, so obviously, that will be the focus — play.

Water Polo 0-1 Credit

Karin Swanson EXCO-115

We will learn all the basics of Water Polo, focusing on treading, ball skills, and some swim conditioning. All levels are welcome. We will be practicing with the water polo club and drawing from their collective knowledge and resources. There will be at least three women’s intercollegiate tournaments this spring, and two co-ed tournaments. Practice will be two to three afternoons a week.

Oberlin Skilled Hands in Training 0-1 Credit

Dan Reeves and Lyrica Hammann EXCO-116

An introduction to the art of juggling and all the sub-disciplines it has come to encompass. Students will meet for two separate one-hour meetings a week to work on group and solo juggling and discussion of juggling culture. No prior experience expected — interest and dedication are more important than skill.

 

Arts and Crafts

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Paper Craft - Origami 0-1 Credit

Arisa Otake EXCO-200

A basic introduction to Origami requiring no previous experience. We will meet twice a week for an hour each to learn a new piece and a little about Japanese traditions. There is a $10 course fee for materials.

Exploring Comics 0-2 Credits

Aay Preston-Myint and Steven Kwan EXCO-205

Comics are a medium unlike any other, with their own history, techniques, and vocabulary. This class will explore the medium of comics by reading, making, and sharing them. Examples and reading will mainly draw from contemporary American independent comics, but we will also look at work from Europe and Asia and anything else students are interested in. Discussions will cover art and writing styles, self-publishing, and experimentation across media, but will also incorporate social issues such as gender and sexuality, political commentary, race, and representation.

Advanced Pottery 0-1 Credit

Adam Greeney EXCO-208

This class is aimed primarily at students with at least some experience with wheel throwing, although experience is not required. The class will teach and further wheel-throwing-related skills. Class will meet twice a week for one and a half hours each.

Parade Exco 0-2 Credits

Catherine Goodman EXCO-800

This exco is big, big fun. In it, you get to make a big, big parade. Materials include, but are not limited to: kids, bikes, paper maché, giant dragons, dinosaurs, bands, barbeque, astrojumps, excitement, and more! it will culminate in a big, big parage and fair in May where all our efforts will be shown to all.

 

Social Issues

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Grassroots Organizing 0-2 Credits

Linda Mindrutiu EXCO-500

The goal of this course is to train students to become active and effective citizens through campaign work with OhioPIRG. We will read and discuss philosophies of activism such as those of Saul Alinsky and Ralph Nader. Also, each student will be responsible for developing and implementing a critical component of the campaign such as coalition building and media.

Congressional Debate 0-2 Credits

Munjot Sahu EXCO-501

Learn the workings of the US Congress through learning congressional debate. This course teaches proper speaking skills as well as how to become a better researcher. Students will learn parliamentary procedure as specified in Robert's Rules of Order. This course is designed for people of all speaking abilities, no prior experience is necessary. Debates only involve three minutes of speaking per bill. Course will meet two hours a week.

Re-evaluation Co-counseling 0-1 Credits

Steven Kleinman EXCO-502

This class is an introduction to Re-evaluation Co-counseling. There will also be discussion on the liberation of oppressed groups such as People of Color, young people, and those oppressed by classism. It will meet once a week for 2 hours.

HIV Educators 0-2 Credits

Sarah Colvario and Lori Makin-Byrd EXCO-503

In order to be a good HIV Educator, you yourself need to be educated in the physiology, biology, testing, treatment and other issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. One also needs to know how to facilitate, build strong groups, and understand how a person infected with HIV lives. This extensive training will prepare people to become HIV Educators so that they can educate the Oberlin College and greater community. The class will be split into two sections: in the first section people will learn about HIV, STI’s, facilitation, myths surrounding the disease, role-play/risk reduction methods, ice breakers and other group building activities, and hear from an HIV+ speaker. In the second section people will build a curriculum, present this curriculum to a group, learn how to contact a school to present there, and take part in the planning and implementing of one AIDS Awareness Week activity.

Issues in Women’s Health (Section 01) 0-2 Credits

Rosa Goldberg EXCO-504-01

Issues in Women’s Health (Section 02) 0-2 Credits

Lee Dolan and Victoria Ligon EXCO-504-02

Issues in Women’s Health (Section 03) 0-2 Credits

Katherine Shilton EXCO-504-03

How do different groups of women and individuals interact with the health care system, their bodies and popular health culture? What can we do about it? Through readings, discussion and informal research projects, we will address the day to day health concerns of ourselves and different women, and how these connect to larger theoretical and political issues. Themes connecting the whole semester include the ways class, race and sexuality change women’s health experiences and options, and the importance of informed choice in every area of health.

US Labor History 0-1 Credit

Gil Kudrin EXCO-505

This course will cover the movement of organized labor in the US from the inception of the Industrial Revolution to the present. It will explain the contributions by various political and social tendencies, the strategies that led to organized labor's greatest victories, and the frequent clash of interests inside the movement itself that often led to defeats. The instructor has participated in part of this history.

Marijauna: History and Subculture in the US 0-1 Credit

Eli R... and Jake L... EXCO-506

An in-depth study of marijuana and its subculture. We will try to cover every angle of marijuana use in the US, from the chemical level to political and social trends.

Sexual Assault Support Team 0-2 Credits

Katharine Eubank and Rebeccah Hempel EXCO-509

The SAST ExCo covers a broad range of topics pertaining to sexual and domestic violence, assault and abuse through readings, discussions, counseling, role-plays, practice sessions and outside speakers. Class meets once a week for 2 hours; role-play meets once a week for one and a half hours.

Sexual Information Center: SExCo 0-2 Credits

Alexandra DelValle EXCO-510

This course will explore many topics in sexuality, sexual health and sex-positivity, including but not limited to anatomy, safer sex, STDs, LGBT issues, kinds of sex, and counseling skills. The class will meet for two hours a week; role-plays will be scheduled separately for one hour per week. At the end of the semester students are invited to apply to be SIC counselors. There will be a small course fee for a reader.

RA Skills — Skills For Life 0-1 Credit

Matthew Hayden EXCO-511

This course is recommended for students who wish to become a Resident Assistant (RA). The course focus is on the skills needed for effective leadership, community building, interpersonal communications, problem solving and crisis intervention within the residence hall environment. The course incorporates theory with an emphasis on practical application. Participants in the RA Skills course will be given high priority in the RA selection process.

Rhythms of Resistance: Samba Drumming and Dancing 0-1 Credit

Paul Swanson EXCO-416

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the music and history of the Brazilian samba, teach them how to play carnivalesco-samba on a variety of percussion instruments, teach them the basic dance, and gain an appreciation for Brazilian Carnival. It will also serve as an introduction to the drumming group Oberlin Rhythms of Resistance, and the role that samba has played for social change and radical resistance. No music experience is required, but people with some experience, particularly in drumming, are encourage to take the class.

Scenarios for Revolution: Oberlin Theater Activist Group 0-2 Credits

Allison Moon EXCO-419

This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of theater as an instrument of political activism and social change. Using exercises from such revolutionaries as Augusto Boal and the Bread and Puppet Theater, we will explore the process of creating live scripted and improvisational theatrical works from cooperative effort, culminating in a final project to be performed outside of Oberlin. We will meet once a week for 2 hours. Outside of class time, there will be weekly readings and rehearsals.

Peer Theatre Troupe 0-2 Credits

Aaron Mucciolo EXCO-420

Troupe members will develop short scenes and audience-participation programs on topics relevant to the Oberlin student body. Topics will rotate monthly and will probably include issues such as health and wellness, alcohol and drugs, MRC issues, and dorm life. The group will decide on topics and the format of presentation. No theatre experience necessary.

 

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Parade Exco 0-2 Credits

Catherine Goodman EXCO-800

This exco is big, big fun. In it, you get to make a big, big parade. Materials include, but are not limited to: kids, bikes, paper maché, giant dragons, dinosaurs, bands, barbeque, astrojumps, excitement, and more! it will culminate in a big, big parage and fair in May where all our efforts will be shown to all.

Oberlin College Mentors 0-1 Credit

Marielle Ramsay EXCO-801

Oberlin College Mentors is an opportunity to develop a long-term, mutually rewarding relationship with a local child. This is a fun way to create ties to the city of Oberlin and the community. Note: In committing to this ExCo, you are making a commitment to a child. Serious applicants only, please.

Living with the Earth: Wilderness Skills and Philosophy 0-2 Credits

Elana Riffle EXCO-802

Come learn the Sacred Order of Survival. Learn to create fire through pure friction. Sleep in a debris shelter. Learn how to be invisible. All this and more will be taught using the coyote teaching style, where one learns by instruction, questioning, and then finding out the truth. By cultivating and using these abilities all but forgotten by modern humankind, one can begin to see and understand oneself as both a result of and an important link in the larger systems of creation.

Wilderness Leadership Skills 0-2 Credits

Chad Hill and Kiri Patel EXCO-803

An introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to lead an Outing Club trip. We will cover such topics as organization, packing, first aid, cooking, hiking, and orienteering in a fun, hands-on environment.

Students for Students 0-2 Credits

Jessica Randa, Will Goldstein, and Bettina Smith EXCO-804

Students for Students is a group whose primary goal is to create an enrichment program which draws upon the strengths and talents of college students to create a reciprocal learning relationship with local elementary students. We provide fun and educational activities for children in grades K-5. The primary requirements for this class are energy, dedication, and creativity.

Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) 0-1 Credit

Lorraine Leete and Mariana Padias EXCO-805

The first month will be spent learning basic skills related to teaching ESL and doing role plays to practice teaching skills. The rest of the semester, each student will teach one small class a week to spanish-speaking immigrants in Vermilion.

RRock and RRoll Spaghetti 0-1 Credit

David Brown and Rachel David EXCO-806

This is a class on autonomous living. It will cover self-publication and ideas on living freely. It is about Action. Action. Action. Action. Not just talk. You need openness to new ideas. Wiley people are preferable.

POP, Not the Drink, the Exco 0-2 Credits

Ben Taitelbaum EXCO-807

Art in the Great Outdoors? Biking and Mystery? A Capella Hiking? Backpacking and Philosophy? What kind of trip can YOU imagine taking a dozen new Obies on? The possibilities are endless, just think of what you love to do most. Come learn how to plan that trip and make your dreams a reality! In this course, you will acquire the skills to plan, organize, and lead a pre-orientation trip.

Refine Your Radiance 0-1 Credit

Jessica Jones and Alix Klingenberg EXCO-808

In this class you can learn the basics of face, body, and hair care, as well as make-up application, hair styling tips, and all the little extras. We will meet once a week. There will be supply costs as needed. Maximum 12 students.

Bikes and Kids 0-1 Credit

Gabe Peterson and Allison Shauger EXCO-809

Come learn bike repair then use that knowledge to teach local youth. This combines mentoring, hands on learning, and bike repair in the greatest course that could ever be created.

Innovations in Human-Powered Machines 0-1 Credit

Will Miller EXCO-810

This course will teach students the history and development of the bicycle, basic repair and building techniques, and then provide resources for them to work on their own projects. The first half of the semester will culminate in a final, monster bike project, and the second half will involve larger group projects, such as bike-powered floats in collaboration with children for the annual parade.

Healthy Living Naturally 0-1 Credit

Robert DeMaria, D.C. EXCO-811

An exciting course on taking control of your own health naturally. We will meet once a week. You will benefit by coming with an open mind and being able to think out of the box. If you or your family are not functioning at 100% energy and always appear sick, this time-tested information will propel you to optimal health and vitality to the surprise of your circle of acquaintances. This course is a pure necessity if your want to live a happy, long, quality life with all your parts remaining.

Radio Production 0-2 Credits

Dave Levin and Aay Preston-Myint EXCO-812

Learn the ins and outs of creating and producing your own radio show, from both a technical and journalistic/creative standpoint. Skills you will learn include writing, interviewing, recording and digital editing. Students will produce 5- and 20-minute segments of their own choosing. Dedication, but not experience, is necessary. There may be a course fee of up to $20.

Just Make a Film 0-2 Credits

Alex Morrison EXCO-813

Introductory film course open to all majors. Gives the students the freedom to express themselves in an open, flexible and relaxed environment on an audiovisual medium without the rigorous guidelines. Students will create open length, individually selected works to be screened in an community setting. Course consists of screening, the completion of a journal, and a finished piece.

Expert Mixology 0-1 Credit

Brian Hogan and Jamila Watkins EXCO-814

Do you want to mix drinks? Do you want to make good tips? Do you want to be a bartender? Come and hang with us as we start the weekend right. Make drinks, taste drinks, and find out why that one has the funny blue color. This is a course that seeks to explore the art of fantastic bartending. We will meet for 2 hours a week. There will be written quizzes and a $50 lab fee. No experience necessary. You must be over 21, NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Art and Mystery of Brewing (formerly "Microbrew and You") 0-1 Credit

Keith Griffith EXCO-815

Like beer? Tired of drinking PBR? Too poor to buy anything else? We will explore the finer points of beer brewing, and perhaps cultivate an even greater appreciation for the merry malt. Students will be required to brew a drinkable beer by the end of the course. Some outside work will be necessary. Course fee: $5.