Some of these courses will feature Hamilton or excerpts from it. Others deal with topics that are central to Hamilton. Taking any of these courses will deepen your understanding of this year's work and the issues it raises.

Fall 2017

College Writing 133: Introduction to the Craft of Dramatic Writing

John Levine |

This course in creative writing focuses on the fundamentals of reading and writing dramatic scripts. Students learn dramatic writing as an art and as a set of skills. They learn the elements involved in the creation of scripts by analyzing published scripts, as well as by drafting their own scripts and critiquing their peers' work. Particular emphasis is given to the work of generating and revising drafts, in addition to the critique and appreciation of works written for the stage.

Music 128, section 1: The Mashup: Sample-Based Music in the Digital Age

Delia Casadei |

Music 128T: The American Musical

Melanie Gudesplatt |

A study of the American musical in the 20th century, beginning with its roots in operetta, vaudeville, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and focusing on its connections to politics, technology, film, opera, and a variety of musical styles, including Tin Pan Alley, jazz, and rock. We will consider a selection of shows through a series of theme units, including American mythologies (and counter-mythologies).

 

Undergraduate Business Administration 192AC: Social Movements and Social Media

David Evan Harris |

Spring 2018

Theater, Dance and Performance Studies 25AC: Drama in American Cultures

Angela Marino |

Fall Program for Freshmen

Legal Studies XBR1B: Democracy, Disobedience and Resistance

Kathryn Heard |

This reading and composition seminar takes its inspiration from the rich histories of protest and free speech in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the course of the semester, we will consider such questions as: Do ww— as citizens and residents of the United States—have an obligation to obey the laws enacted by our government? If democracy is understood to be government “by and for the people,” what do we owe to the state and our peers? Are we morally obligated to obey laws that we consider to be unjust? And, if the laws are indeed deemed unjust, what kinds of social protest, disobedience, and resistance are justified? To answer these questions, this course will engage with a range of classic and contemporary texts from philosophers, legal actors, and practitioners of disobedience on such themes as obligation, justice, non-violent versus violent action, coercion, responsibility, authority, and liberty. After considering foundational philosophical texts from thinkers like Plato, John Locke, and John Stuart Mill, we will devote significant time to analyzing tangible moments of democratically-oriented disobedience and resistance, including the American Revolution (which will feature the popular musical Hamilton, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and the 19th writings of Henry David Thoreau); the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s (which will draw from the speeches and writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Berkeley’s own Mario Savio); the Feminist Movement (which will incorporate writings from historical figures like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as well as contemporary political and legal theorists like Catharine MacKinnon and Judith Butler); and the present (which will examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, the Black Lives Matter movement, and popular responses to Donald Trump’s Executive Order to ban travel from Muslim-majority nations). Each of these moments will serve as “test cases” for thinking about expanding, altering, or otherwise rehabilitating the political and legal conditions of participatory and representative democracy. Where and when appropriate, students can expect to observe or analyze the coverage of protests occurring in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. This seminar is part of the On the Same Page program, recognizing the diverse and unique voices that contribute to the shaping of democratic life. 

Rhetoric R1A, section 1: Contributions

Kirsten Schwartz |

This class is aimed at improving your reading, writing and speaking skills so that your college work will be more effective and a bit easier.  With that in mind, I've chosen texts for us to read, discuss, and (in some cases) write about that will help the most to achieve that aim—and it turned out that the texts I chose were largely written by people of color, giving us insight into experiences rarely undergone by mainstream Americans.  Each one of them makes an important "Contribution" to our understanding of these experiences.  "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is not only brilliant, but a necessary part of everyone's civic education; Just Mercy, the On The Same Page book from last year, was so very successful with my students that I had to teach it again, and Stevenson eloquently warns us of the consequences of a broken justice system as well as giving us hope that we can improve it.  Hamilton IS the On The Same Page text for this year—a brilliant, juicy choice—and much of the course has been given over to it.  Students will read the book that inspired Miranda, Chernow's celebrated biography of the Founding Father, as well as reading the libretto with commentary, so that we get the full experience of the sweeping piece of art that is the cast recording.  Lastly, the utopian novel Kin of Ata is aimed to give us some relief and some hope at the end, so we end up with an easier and more uplifting last few weeks as things rush to the usual frantic semester end.  There will be reading, writing exercises, well-supported public speaking, a little research (fun), as well as essays done in several drafts.  Rapping: optional, but attempts are welcome.

Rhetoric R1B, section 2: Contributions

Kirsten Schwartz |

This class is aimed at improving your reading, writing and speaking skills so that your college work will be more effective and a bit easier.  With that in mind, I've chosen texts for us to read, discuss, and (in some cases) write about that will help the most to achieve that aim—and it turned out that the texts I chose were largely written by people of color, giving us insight into experiences rarely undergone by mainstream Americans.  Each one of them makes an important "Contribution" to our understanding of these experiences.  "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is not only brilliant, but a necessary part of everyone's civic education; Just Mercy, the On The Same Page book from last year, was so very successful with my students that I had to teach it again, and Stevenson eloquently warns us of the consequences of a broken justice system as well as giving us hope that we can improve it.  Hamilton IS the On The Same Page text for this year—a brilliant, juicy choice—and much of the course has been given over to it.  Students will read the book that inspired Miranda, Chernow's celebrated biography of the Founding Father, as well as reading the libretto with commentary, so that we get the full experience of the sweeping piece of art that is the cast recording.  Lastly, the utopian novel Kin of Ata is aimed to give us some relief and some hope at the end, so we end up with an easier and more uplifting last few weeks as things rush to the usual frantic semester end.  There will be reading, writing exercises, well-supported public speaking, some research to produce an annotated bibliography, as well as academic essays done in several drafts.  Rapping: optional, but attempts are welcome.