Course Catalog

The following is from the 2010-12 course catalog.  Not all courses are offered each year.  Please see the Porter Schedule of Classes for current offerings.
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Course #
Course Title
Course Level
Units
PRTR 26
Navigating the Research University
Lower Division
2 units
Explores critical engagement in education in the context of a research university. Introduces first-year issues and success strategies and ways to participate in the institution's academic life. Investigates strategies for clarifying education goals and devising a plan for success. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Kresge 26 or Stevenson 26. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Porter and Kresge College members.
PRTR 35W
Working in TV and Film
Lower Division
2 units
Writers, directors, and technical workers in areas of TV and film discuss current work, paths that led to their creative endeavors, and constraints of working in the industry. Students research aspects of film and TV professional work. Cannot be repeated for credit. (Formerly course 38B.) Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 37L
Introduction to Laser Cutting, 3D Prinitng, and Vacuum Forming
Lower Division
2 units
Design functional objects, sculpture, and other digitally inspired forms in a variety of 2D (Illustrator) and 3D applications (Cinema 4D, Ketch UP, or AutoCAD), then produce those models as physical objects with a variety of rapid-prototyping methods including laser cutting, 3D printing, and vacuum forming. (Formerly course 38C.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25.
PRTR 41I
Improvisation
Lower Division
5 units
Theory and practice of improvisation in the performing arts with an emphasis on acting improvisation techniques. Readings and films develop a theoretical and historical understanding of spontaneous invention on stage. Students attend area theater improvisational performances. (Formerly course 80I.) Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, T4-Humanities and Arts, A.)
PRTR 41S
Solo Performance Works in the Theater
Lower Division
2 units
Explores solo performance works made for the theater. While all course texts fall within the narrative tradition, some center on performers' lives, others on socio-political issues. Course participants screen video recordings of live performances in class., ultimately creating their own brief solo performances. (Formerly course 20F.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 24. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 41W
Playwriting Workshop
Lower Division
2 units
Explores different aspects of written drama: scene and character development, plot, dialogue, monologues, soliloquies, stage direction, setting, and structure. Excerpts of late 20th-century plays serve as the basis for class discussion. (Formerly course 22H.) Enrollment is restricted to college members. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 47G
Gospel Choir
Lower Division
2 units
Instruction in vocal performance in the tradition of gospel choirs. Music is transmitted aurally rather than by notation. The ensemble prepares a range of traditional and contemporary gospel music for performance. Ensemble performs publicly at least once each quarter. (Formerly course 21C.) Enrollment limited to 60. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)
PRTR 47K
Korean Music and Culture
Lower Division
2 units
Introduction to the farmers band tradition. Theory and practice of drumming are emphasized, resulting in a group performance. (Formerly course 21A.) Enrollment limited to 20. Offered in alternate academic years. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 47S
Sound Art
Lower Division
2 units
Several composers and performers of contemporary "art music" discuss the processes by which works are conceived in imagination, transcribed in notation, and realized in sound. After a brief introduction to contemporary music aesthetics, students attend a series of related presentations, seminars, and concerts. (Formerly course 28.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 18. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 51A
The Artist's Novel
Lower Division
2 units
A cross-cultural survey of the kunstlerroman, or "artist's novel," from its origins in late 18th-century Germany to contemporary Latin America and the United States, this course explores how this genre understands artistic development and the role of artists in society. (Formerly course 32B.) Enrollment restricted to college members or by permission of instructor.
PRTR 61
Seminar in Arts
Lower Division
2 units
Theoretical and historical aspects of the arts from one culture or world area are explored through seminar discussion, library research, and film/video presentations. (Formerly course 33.) Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 61B
Handmade Books
Lower Division
2 units
This workshop teaches the history and construction of handmade books as a mode of personal and/or political expression leading to an exhibition of student work. (Formerly course 22C.) Enrollment restricted to college members or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)
PRTR 61J
Jewish Personal Narratives on Film
Lower Division
2 units
Considers Jewish-American filmmakers as they come to terms with their identity in autobiographical works. Students write responses to texts and create their own brief personal narratives. (Formerly course 39.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)
PRTR 61N
Personal Narratives in Theater and Film
Lower Division
2 units
Considers filmmakers and monologue performers as they come to terms with their identity in autobiographical works. Students write responses to texts and create their own brief personal narratives. (Formerly course 23B.) Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)
PRTR 61O
Documenting Oral History
Lower Division
5 units
Students learn basic techniques of interview and camera work to document on film oral histories collected from community elders. Students develop their skills in writing, theater, visual art, music, or film to reinterpret oral histories as artwork. (Formerly course 80L.) Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): T5-Humanities and Arts or Social Sciences, A.)
PRTR 61Q
Queering the Arts
Lower Division
2 units
Exploration of the arts as a way to understand and experience how queerness has been expressed, repressed, denigrated, and celebrated in visual arts, music, film, poetry, and dance. (Formerly course 32A.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 63F
Fractals, Chaos Theory, and the Arts
Lower Division
2 units
A consideration of chaos theory and fractal geometry as applied by 20th-century artists in all media. All necessary math and computer skills are covered. Students complete essays or art projects. (Formerly course 34B.) Enrollment restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)
PRTR 63W
Ways of Knowing
Lower Division
5 units
Creativity in different disciplines is developed via different ways of knowing. Musical, visual, scientific, and spatial literacy demand understanding which is not primarily logocentric. Explores how practitioners of arts and science develop their work and conceptualize its execution. (Formerly course 80K.) Enrollment restricted to college members. (General Education Code(s): IM, T6-Natural Sciences or Humanities and Arts.)
PRTR 71A
Awakening Compassion: Transforming Our Relationship to Self and the World
Lower Division
2 units
Develops the qualities of compassion and kindness toward oneself and others. Combining contemporary scientific research, mindfulness training, and traditional contemplative practices, this course supports students in the cultivation of a more discerning, thoughtful, and compassionate life. (Formerly course 60.) Enrollment limited to 30.
PRTR 80A
Introduction to University Discourse: Composition, Creative Inquiry, and the Arts
Lower Division
5 units
Explores rhetorical principles and conventions of university discourse, providing intensive practice in analytical writing, critical reading, and speaking. Study, discuss, and write about social, political, and aesthetic issues raised by selected works of literature and art in a variety of media. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80B. (Formerly Introduction to University Discourse: Writing Across the Arts.) Enrollment restricted to first-year college members who have not satisfied the C1 requirement. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts, C1.)
PRTR 80B
Rhetoric and Inquiry: Composition, Creative Inquiry, and the Arts
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the intersections between rhetoric (persuasion) and inquiry (investigation) and hones strategies for effective reading, writing, speaking, and research. Read, discuss, research, and write about social, political, and aesthetic issues raised by selected works of literature and art in a variety of media. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 80A. (Formerly Rhetoric and Inquiry: Writing Across the Arts.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment restricted to first-year college members. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts, C2.)
PRTR 80F
Composition, Creative Inquiry, and the Arts
Lower Division
2 units
Focuses on reading comprehension, the creation of a vocabulary of shared texts and concerns, and activities that are intended to build community across the freshman cohort at Porter College. Enrollment is restricted to first-year Porter students who have been placed in the Multilingual Curriculum. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 90A
Aesthetics and Politics: Spanish Civil War
Lower Division
5 units
Addresses questions of aesthetics and politics through a critical and practical examination of some artistic, literary, and broadly cultural developments proper to the political left during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War (1934-1939). Enrollment is restricted to first-year, Challenge Program participants from Stevenson College, Merrill College, Porter College, and Kresge College. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 90B
Art and Politics After Google
Lower Division
5 units
Addresses questions of aesthetics and politics through a critical and practical examination of some artistic, literary, and broadly cultural developments proper to the history of the Internet (1990s to the present). Enrollment is restricted to first-year Challenge Program participants from Stevenson College, Merrill College, Porter College, and Kresge College. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
PRTR 91F
Challenge Speakers Colloquium
Lower Division
2 units
Eight lectures, six by faculty about research problems in their disciplines. Students attend two dinners with the speakers; respond to research papers in each speaker's field; conduct a research interview with a professor; and investigate a research question. (Also offered as Stevenson College 91F and Merrill College 91F and Kresge College 91F. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 90B, or Merrill 90, or Kresge 90C, or Stevenson 90. Enrollment restricted to college members.
PRTR 95A
Arts Education in the Community
Lower Division
5 units
Organized in small teams, participants engage with students from public elementary classrooms to develop fully-staged group performance projects by end of term. Students are guided by instructor's models of teaching techniques, designed to stimulate the imagination, and by diverse readings. (Formerly course 80E.) Priority given to college members. Others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts, A.)
PRTR 130D
The Arabian Nights and Its Afterlives
Upper Division
5 units
Explores The Arabian Nights and some of its adaptations in literature, visual culture, and performance. Focuses on both the politics of the Nights and the politics of storytelling and adaptation more generally. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
PRTR 130E
Shakespeare in Asia
Upper Division
5 units
Transnational and intercultural Shakespeares have proliferated in Asian theatres and medias from the 1870s to the present. Explore Shakespeare without his language as interpreted by Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian artists in readings, film, comics, and projects. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
PRTR 131C
Curatorial Practice
Upper Division
2 units
Offers the opportunity to participate in programming interdisciplinary curatorial praxis, arts events, exhibitions, performances, lectures, and film screenings. Students are exposed to UCSC alumni and faculty members' research through visiting class lectures. Students learn basic protocol for arts programming and critical arts writing, and are required to create their own participatory curatorial project at Porter College. (Formerly course 100.) Enrollment is restricted to Porter College members. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
PRTR 135W
Women and the Silent Screen: An Interactive history
Upper Division
5 units
Students learn about women's engagement with early movie culture, conduct their own historical research, and collaborate on building a web site that brings this knowledge to a public audience. (Formerly course 130A.) Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 15. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
PRTR 141C
Shakespeare's Clown Characters
Upper Division
5 units
This performance-based course explores Shakespeare's clowns, jesters, and fools (the characters as well as the performers who originated them). Examines the comic traditions from which Shakespeare drew his inspiration, and considers how Shakespeare's work continues to influence contemporary comedy practices. No experience with Shakespeare or performance is necessary. (Formerly course 130C.) Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 141L
Long Form Improvisation
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on long-form (acting) improvisation, building participants' knowledge and skills through practical and theoretical readings, by viewing relevant performances, and by improvising in class and in small groups outside class. Participants perform in a final public showing. Course 41I, 80I, or equivalent college-level experience or coursework. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 141W
Improvisation Workshop
Upper Division
5 units
For practitioners of acting improvisation, this course deepens participants' knowledge and skills through practical and theoretical readings, by viewing performances, and by improvising in class and in small groups outside class. Participants perform in a final public showing. (Formerly course 180I.) Prerequisite(s): course 41I or equivalent college-level experience or coursework. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 147O
Opera Workshop/Music Practicum
Upper Division
2 units
Rehearsal of the principal vocal parts of an opera in preparation for a full production. Consideration of the dramatic aspects of each role and the interrelationships of the characters. (Formerly course 121C.) Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 147P
Advanced Music Practicum
Upper Division
2 units
The practice of music in a particular area of the world at an advanced level. Students learn the music of one world area or culture over the quarter and study the associated cultural background. Enrollment limited. (Formerly course 121.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): A.)
PRTR 151P
Building the Poem: Process, Form, and the Embodied Text
Upper Division
5 units
Investigates form as it guides poetic utterance. Students complete texts to fit forms including broadsides, pamphlets, and books. Composition is guided by production methods, from holographic texts to letterpress and digital composition. (Formerly course 130B.) Enrollment is restricted to college members. Enrollment limited to 12. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
PRTR 194
Group Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
A program of independent study arranged between a group of students and a faculty instructor.
PRTR 199F
Tutorial
Upper Division
2 units
Individual projects carried out under the supervision of a Porter faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.