EastWest Psychology: Art and Science of Mindfulness

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For the last 30 plus years, research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness approaches for treating many clinical conditions such as chronic pain, recurrent major depression, anxiety/stress, eating disorder and other health conditions. Researchers have also found them to be effective as a method for broadening and cultivating positive human qualities, personal growth and professional development. 

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Critical Reasoning

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In this intensive writing course, students will learn how to critically evaluate persuasive writing as well as how to write well-reasoned, persuasive writing of their own. Students will study informal reasoning and develop their own abilities to give good reasons in writing for their own views. Students will develop their reasoning and writing skills through sustained engagement with a particular theme. This quarter's theme will be the problem of writing good arguments to communicate across deep ideological differences. 

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EastWest Psychology: Cultivating Mental Well Being

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In what ways do our positive, constructive emotions/perceptions enhance our ability to see reality? Are there effective methods for training the mind to cultivate positive thought/emotions? How can we develop and maintain a mental well being in individual life or collective society?

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The Practice of Writing

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This course will give students a broad overview of prose writing and help them to broaden, deepen, and improve their own writing practice. We will explore every element of the writing process, learning to brainstorm, structure, draft, critique, rewrite, polish, share, and reflect. The course will also address key principles of good writing, challenges like procrastination and writer’s block, and ways to develop productive writing routines.

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On Reading Well

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This course will help students to develop clearer and more comprehensive understandings of literary texts, as well as to forge a more rewarding relationship with reading in general. In a supportive group environment, students will explore a range of reading strategies, including textual analysis, background research, response and summary writing, and recitation. Then they will apply these tools to an in-depth study of several works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Our overall goal is to become more resourceful, effective, and insightful readers.

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Visual Literacies

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Visual literacy skills enhance communication, advance learning, and expand thinking. They are essential for effectively navigating today's social and cultural environment. In this course we will explore Western and non-Western approaches to art while focusing on how we see, how we learn, and how visual information can be used generally in communication and specifically in education. Our study will be enhanced by weekly art and media workshops which will include work with digital photography, Photoshop, animation/video, and presentation software.

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Arts and the Child: Early Childhood

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All children enjoy singing, painting, and dancing. Yet, as we grow up, this natural ability becomes suppressed and often lost.  This course will reach out to the inner child in students and provide opportunities to support children in need of care and education in the community. Lectures, studio arts, research, field trips and volunteer work with children in the community will develop students’ competency as artists, parents, and educators. The course will also examine practices of education and self-cultivation from Eastern and Western perspectives.

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Physical Computing in the Arts

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Explore digital creation of, and interaction with, physical things. We'll use 3D printing, microcontrollers, and maker skills for projects in fine and performing arts of any field. Our main platform will be the Arduino ecosystem; we'll learn the basics of electronics, robotics, and digital crafting in addition to basic programming of the Arduino microcontrollers. Students will work on projects that use light, sound, motion, and/or interactivity. No programming experience is required.

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Advanced Web Design and Programming

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Explore advanced web design coding. We'll work with advanced CSS and introduce Javascript and PHP scripting for interactive and generated content. We'll also spend some time with raster and vector graphics for the web. Students will work on Wordpress templates, responsive layouts, and graphics-rich sites; we'll survey new technologies and trends in web communication. Familiarity with HTML and CSS are necessary; no programming experience is expected.

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EastWest Psychology: Transforming Destructive Thought/Emotion

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Are destructive emotions innately embedded in human nature?  Can they be eradicated?  A growing body of Western research has examined these and other questions through the perspectives of Eastern psychology and philosophy which view destructive emotions, perceptions, and behaviors as the primary source of human suffering.  To alleviate this suffering, Eastern psychology has developed a rich and varied methodology for recognizing, reducing, transforming, and preventing these destructive forms of mind and emotion.  After examining the nature and function of the afflictive mind/emotions, stude

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