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  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • Sunday, September 27, 2pm, Free
    Symposium: Centered on Clay

    Keynote speaker: Kathy Butterly
    East Los Angeles College | Rosco C Ingalls Auditorium | 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754 | 323.265.8650


    A symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty
    September 26 – December 6, 2015

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Social Science

Social Science
SSCI210

See LAS department for course offerings.

Examples from previous courses listed below:

Social Science
SSCI210 — 3 credits

Toy Design and the ACT Program offer Social Science courses that are specific to their curricula. All other majors choose one course from the following offerings:

Engaging Cultures
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Ideas regarding the taking, owning, or occupying of space by different cultural groups are discussed. This course addresses theories about permanent, ephemeral, and existential cultural spaces in art and culture. Field exposure and field trips are included. There will be a number of different topics explored as designated by theme.

Cultural Anthropology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This introductory social science course is a tool kit for looking at universal patterns and infinite variations of the human response. Course objectives are to introduce students to contemporary theories of anthropology, including Marxist, feminist, critical, and aesthetic points of view, and to prepare them for field research.

The Origins of African American Music
SSCI210 — 3 credits
From its earliest forms to today’s top ten, this course examines African American popular music in terms of its social and cultural significance. The main goal is to foster an understanding of how social conditions and music intersect in African American communities.

Science Fiction in Literature, Film, and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Science fiction stories, novels, and films are perused and analyzed to understand their influences and development. Science fiction inspired culture groups, their behaviors, and materials are discussed. The course emphasizes various perspectives regarding media and popular culture and their symbiotic relationships with culture and traditional folklore.

Video Game History and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
The course examines the world of computer and video games through a sociocultural lens. From the earliest experiments to the current hot sellers, including all major game genres and platforms, students delve into the images, symbolism, and narratives that shape the video game universe and captivate its visitors.

The Creative Process
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary theories of creativity. Students examine the lives of highly innovative thinkers to determine individual traits and environmental conditions that stimulate groundbreaking work, while gaining practical experience generating ideas in group and individual settings through in-class exercises and outside assignments.

Child Psychology
SSCI211 — 3 credits
A comprehensive overview of child development from conception to adolescence, including developmental stages, critical periods, effects of early stimulation, environmental enrichment, and how to apply this information when designing children’s toys, books, games, products, and entertainment. Special attention is given to toy design issues of aesthetics, safety, age-relevance, sociocultural parameters, marketability, and characteristics of successful toys.
Required for Toy Design majors.

Introduction to Psychology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This class will provide a foundation for understanding theories and basic concepts in psychology. The course will increase comprehension of the various applications of psychology to everyday life.