Seminar Descriptions (Spring 2017)

Information about credit to the major is included when available; in other cases, consult the department. This site contains information received by November 23, 2016. Instructors reserve the right to alter the information provided. Course meeting times and locations will be listed on the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) system as they become available.

Berkeley

CSBK 360, Myth, Magic, Miracle, A Creative Writing SeminarCourtney Sender, MFA, writer. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of fairytales, Biblical and historical mythologies, and magical realism in modern and contemporary literature. Emphasis on short fiction, with some review of poetry, novels, and plays. Students write and workshop their own creative pieces in response to readings and class discussion.  

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).
 

Branford

CSBR 360, Reproductive Health, Gender, and Power in the United StatesZiv Eisenberg, PhD, Director of Advising and Fellowships, Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Lecturer in Yale College.

Women’s and men’s reproductive health from the nineteenth century to the present. Ways in which gender norms and social power structures have shaped medical knowledge, scientific investigation, political regulation, and private reproductive experiences. Topics include abortion, activism, childbirth, contraceptives, eugenics, fertility, pregnancy, reproductive technology, sexual health, and sterilization. 

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Calhoun

CSCC 360, HU & WR, Fantasy in Literature and FilmAlfred Guy, PhD, Director of the Yale College Writing Center, Assistant Dean of Yale College. Lecturer in Yale College.

Study of how fantasy ideas about race and gender, good and evil, and religion and culture reflect and influence changing ideas about what it means to be human. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Michael Swanwick. Major fantasy films include Prisoner of Azkeban and The Empire Strikes Back.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Davenport

CSDC 360, HU, Mastering the Art of WatercolorAdam Van Doren, artist. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Rendering color, form, perspective, composition, shade, and shadow. Analysis of works by artists such as J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, and Edward Hopper. Includes weekly painting assignments. Open both to seasoned artists and to beginners.

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Timothy Dwight

CSTD 360, SO, Trials of the Century. Jack Ford, television journalist. Lecturer in Yale College.

An examination of several famous trials of the twentieth century. The legal significance, political and historical context, social implications, and media coverage of each case. Trials include the Lindbergh kidnapping case; the Scopes “monkey trial”; the Rosenberg spy case; the Chicago Seven conspiracy case; the O. J. Simpson, Emmett Till, and Charles Manson murder trials; and the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

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Jonathan Edwards

 CSJE 360, Boombustology. Vikram Mansharamani, PhD., independent economic adviser, business consultant, and speaker. Lecturer in Yale College.  David Slifka, MBA, Senior Portfolio Manager, YMCA Retirement Fund. Lecturer in Yale College.

Exploration of financial market extremes. Focus on theoretical arguments for and against the existence of booms and busts, with discussion of corresponding policies. Evaluation of historic examples. Recommended preparation: introductory economics and/or a course in political economy.

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Morse

CSMC 360, The Craft of Narrative Journalism. Jake Halpern, author and journalist and Annie Paul, author and journalist. Lecturers in Yale College.

The craft of feature-length journalistic writing. The process from beginning to end, including composing a pitch, researching a reported piece, fact checking, organizing information, and rewriting. Attention to capturing dialogue and portraying a subject, as well as to journalistic ethics. Enrollment limited to 15. Requires a writing sample of no more than five pages e-mailed to college.seminar@yale.edu at the time of application.         

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).
 

Pierson

CSPC 360, The Psychology of Happiness and Human Flourishing at Work and in Communities. Emma Seppälä, PhD, Science Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine. Lecturer in Yale College.

An introduction to the emerging fields of Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship. Examination of factors that contribute to happiness, optimism, and finding meaning in individuals, as well as the generative dynamics in organizations that enable resilience, thriving, creativity, compassion, and other indicators of human flourishing.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).
 

Saybrook

CSSY 360, The Business and Science of Medicine. Gregory Raskin, MD, Vice President of Technology Development, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Yashodhara Dash, PhD, Director of Technology Management and Commercialization, Memorial Sloan Kettering. Lecturers in Yale College.

Exploration of the scientific background of today’s best-selling medicines, their huge commercial impact, and the companies that created them. Focus on the most compelling aspects of drug development and company formation in the context of topical issues like cancer treatment, DNA sequencing, stem cell therapy, and drug pricing controversies.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).
 

Silliman

 CSSM 360, SO, Identity, Development, and Transition in Early AdulthoodDavid Berg, PhD, organizational psychologist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of adult development theories, especially of identity and development in early adulthood. Topics include: self and others; family and community; ambition and accomplishment; agency and power; group and intergroup relations.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Ezra Stiles

CSES 360, HU, Innovation and Leadership in America. Sherman Baldwin, Managing Director of Communications, Media and Technology, Accenture LLP. Lecturer in Yale College.

Great American innovators who have driven change in industry, the military, and society. Conceptual frameworks from innovation and leadership theory; relations between innovation and leadership in the context of disruption and change. Case studies include Benjamin Franklin, John D. Rockefeller, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Steve Jobs.

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Trumbull

CSTC 360, Venture Capital and Private EquityTodd Wakelee Smith, MBA, operating partner, New State Capital Partners. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to how venture capital and private equity firms operate, using business-school cases and other selected readings. This course will mirror the life cycle of a fund, focusing on fund raising, sourcing deals, evaluating investments, adding value to portfolio companies, and exiting investments. Emphasis on cases involving Yale University and Yale alumni.  

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Yale College

CSYC 360, Power and Organizing in the CityPeter Crumlish, Executive Director, Dwight Hall at Yale University. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of adult development theories, especially of identity and development in early adulthood. Topics include: self and others; family and community; ambition and accomplishment; agency and power; group and intergroup relations.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).