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The Experimental College—affectionately known as ExCo—is a credit-offering, student-run department of
Oberlin College. It was established in 1968 through legislation passed by the Educational Plans and
Policies Committee and the College Faculty. ExCo's main goal is to serve as a free community
educational program open to everyone, with a non-traditional definition of education. The number of
classes offered through ExCo varies each semester, but there are usually between 60 and 90. Because
the ExCo committee designs no specific curriculum for the department, each semester's courses reflect
the current interests of the Oberlin community. ExCo instructors may be townspeople, College or
Conservatory students, or faculty and staff members. Instructors are fully responsible for the content of
their courses: materials, class size, meeting places and times – everything.
The ExCo Fair for Fall 2010 courses will take place on Thursday, September 10 , 2010 from 6:00
pm to 8:00 pm in the Root Room in the Carnegie Building on the Oberlin College campus.
The ExCo Fair is a place for students to learn about and to sign up for ExCo courses (proxies may be
sent to sign up for absent students). Admission (receiving consent to register) to all classes is done by
lottery, except when an application or audition is used. Registration is done either through PRESTO or at
the Registrar's office.
To register for College credit for an ExCo course, students must be consented by the ExCo instructor and
can then register using PRESTO. The deadline for ExCo add/drop is Thursday, September 16, the
same as the Registrar's deadline for other College courses. No exceptions can or will be made,
and ExCo has no control over this deadline. Please consult the Fall 2010 Schedule of Classes on
the Registrar's webpage for ExCo Course Registration Numbers (CRNs).
For courses with enrollment limits, admission will be determined after the Fair has closed. Instructors are
also responsible for contacting all students who signed up about whether or not they were admitted.
Students currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and/or the Conservatory of Music may
receive academic credit for work in ExCo courses. Course work requirements vary from course to
course, as supervised by the Committee. At present, students may apply no more than 5 ExCo credits
ExCo courses are offered for a specific amount of credit (1 or 2 hours). However, PRESTO assigns 0
credit hours as a default, so students must use the Variable Hours Option to receive higher amounts of
credit. Students wishing to receive less than the standard amount of credit are still expected to complete
all the work required for the course. Instructors may receive credit for up to one credit more than the
number for which the course is being offered.
The ExCo Committee
The ExCo Committee is made up of Oberlin College students who volunteer their time and energy.
Committee members are responsible for reviewing class applications, coordinating registration and
paperwork, and dealing with public relations and the day-to-day concerns of ExCo instructors and
students. We also put together the catalog that you are now holding.
Currently, the officers of the ExCo Committee are:
If you have questions or comments about ExCo, or if you want to join the committee, please stop by our
office, Wilder Hall room 302. If the office is closed when you visit, please note the office hours posted on
the door, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.oberlin.edu/exco.
COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY
Changing the World: Theories and Methods of Nonviolent Social Action 0-1 Credit
Thomas Lock, Alexander Toutant, & Fajer Saeed EXCO-119
Sustained nonviolent movements don't just happen; they require planning, training, and strategy. This
course will cover the theory, methods, planning, organization, and management of such movements as
compiled by the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action & Strategies, which began as the Otpor student
movement that led the struggle to overthrow Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. Students will be
expected to fully participate in class discussions of the material and its application to current issues and
Outdoor Classroom 0-1 Credit
Amelia Jensen & Christina Appleby EXCO-122
With the Outdoor Classroom, you'll get to work with Eastwood Elementary teaching environmental
science to K-2nd grade students and helping them explore the school garden. You will learn invaluable
pedagogical skills, collaborate to develop lesson plans that meet Ohio state benchmarks and IB curricula,
gain teaching and gardening experience, and bond with an Eastwood classroom over the course of the
Antiracist Organizing & White Privilege ExCo 0-2 Credits
Carlyle Kash EXCO-130
Many white activists have been part of predominantly white activist organizations on campus that are
struggling to understand the ways white privilege and racism are playing out in our work, figure out what it
means to do anti-racist/multi-issue organizing, and/or change our work to reflect anti-racist priorities. This
course aims to help develop skills, support, analysis and strategy for activists to do anti-racist, anti-
oppressive work. The class will be explicitly about the activism the class members are doing. We hope
participants can develop strategies for doing anti-racist work in the organizations we are already a part of,
learn about the work of communities of color and anti-racist white organizers in broader movements, think
critically about our activism, and hold each other accountable to making our work more just and
productive. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with each other to support and sustain our work.
Meetings will be based on readings, discussions and reflective writing, and will grow to meet the needs of
the group. This course is designed for white-privileged folks, but is open to anyone.
Murray Ridge Storytelling Workshop 0-1 Credit
Hilary Finedore, Sam Rowe, & Paulena Papagiannis EXCO-134
Participants in this course will lead storytelling workshops for developmentally disabled adults at Lorain
County's Murray Ridge Work Activity Centers, giving folks with developmental disabilities an opportunity
for creative self-expression and giving College students an opportunity to interact with people in the
Oberlin community they might otherwise never encounter. In addition to running weekly workshops,
participants will be assigned readings and attend by monthly discussion sessions to talk about successes,
problems, and issues encountered in workshops and to discuss readings covering historical, sociological,
practical, and theoretical approaches to developmental disability, academic and otherwise.
IWP: Immigration, ESL, & Community Organizing 0-2 Credits
Meredith Diamond EXCO-156
This class will teach students how to teach English as a Second Language. You will spend most of the
ExCo time teaching, along with myself or another experienced ESL teacher. We will also have at least
four meetings as a class to familiarize you with teaching techniques and resources, evaluate class
progress, and share experiences and problem-solving techniques. We also hope to familiarize you with
and engage you in local immigration issues through assigned readings and facilitated discussions.
Permaculture 0-1 Credit
Dan Cook & Madalyn Berg EXCO-163
Permaculture as holistic management is a system of environmental design and ethics that encompasses
sustainability and regenerative principles in the ecological community and in human society. Students will
be required to complete 2-3 group design projects of their choice based on permacultural principles.
SexCo 0-2 Credits
Angelica Canizares, Lisa Yanofsky, Rose Wesche, & Jonathan Doucette EXCO-165
This course offers information about sexuality and sexual health issues, including sexual practices,
contraception, safer sex, anatomy, common sexual health problems, STIs, pornography/erotica, birth,
adoption, abortion, sex work/prostitution, gender issues, and sexual orientation. Class meets once a week
for 2 hours, and an optional counseling skills session is offered for an additional 1 hour a week. Students
successful in both sessions may apply to be SIC counselors, but you need not want to be a counselor to
take the class.
Death Penalty in America 0-2 Credits
Jacob Lamoureux EXCO-167
This course explores the political, social, economic, moral, and cultural issues that surround the death
penalty's use in America. Through intense reading and discussion, we will seek to get at the truth, and
through assignments incorporate action. We will attempt to make a difference based on the convictions
Mixed Dreams: Exploring 'Multiracial' Experiences in the U.S. 0-2 Credits
Nicole Nfonoyim EXCO-174
This course will provide an introduction to contemporary discussions, debates and narratives surrounding
"mixed-race" experiences in the U.S. Through group discussions and a final project, students will also be
encouraged to explore their own identities and subjectivities as they relate to larger discourses and
narratives around race and intersecting identities.
Issues in Women‟s Health 0-2 Credits
Kathryn McGehee & Elizabeth Aubert EXCO-185
How do different groups of women and individuals interact with the health care system, their bodies, and
popular health culture? What can we do about it? Through readings, discussion, and informal research
projects, we will address the day to day health concerns of ourselves and different women, and how
these connect to larger theoretical and political issues. Themes connecting the whole semester include
the ways class, race and sexuality change women's health experiences and options, and the importance
of informed choice in every area of health.
Bonner Life 101 0-1 Credit
Donna M. Russell EXCO-190
Bonner Life 101 will serve as an orientation to the College, the Lorain County community, and the Bonner
Scholars program. Divided into two parts, it is designed to give Scholars an opportunity to explore issues
relevant to new students in a college environment while learning more about issues of community service
and community building. Admission is limited to first-year members of the Bonner Scholars program.
You Don't Know Where You Live 0-1 Credit
Sarah Burnette & Madeline Marvar EXCO-199
One of the biggest tragedies and hypocrisies of Oberlin is that while so many of us have been to the
same tiny town in Central America or have explored the same shops in Prague, it is a rare Obie that has
left the comfort of Oberlin to explore the Midwest around them. This class is for anyone who loves
adventure and wants to explore beyond the Oberlin to see where you at.
LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND RELIGION
Beyond Bean to Bar 0-2 Credits
Andrew Liang EXCO-209
This This course will examine chocolate through the lens of the confectionery world, covering academic
subjects such as natural history and food politics, but will mainly focus on preparing students for work in
the kitchen. Students will be evaluated through journal entries, a midterm exam, and a final confectionery
project as a final evaluation. Course fee is $35.
Afterlife ExCo 0-1 Credit
Stacy Harrison EXCO-214
What happens when you die? This lecture and discussion combination class will examine how different
religions and cultures view the afterlife, including how popular culture and comedy use the afterlife as
entertainment. Plus, don't you want to know the answer to life?
Paul's Letter to the Galatians 0-1 Credit
Dexter Brown EXCO-217
A full reading of Paul's letter to the Galatians in the original Greek. The course will focus on translational
and grammatical issues, while situating Paul within his ancient context. Students with a background in
Classical Greek will have the opportunity to expand their skills into the Koine dialect. Other topics include:
textual criticism of the New Testament, ancient rhetoric, epistolary theory, and 1st century Anatolian
history. Prerequisite: some knowledge of Ancient Greek (1st semester or its equivalent). No prior
experience with the New Testament is required.
Storytelling Workshop 0-1 Credit
Sam Philips & Victoria Cox EXCO-255
Learn how to tell stories! We will explore a wide range of styles, approaches and genres from personal
experience to creation, love, and scary stories.
Elementary Korean I 0-2 Credits
Hae-Young Chung, Seung Yun Jee, & Sung Kyung Cho EXCO-257
Designed for students with no prior knowledge of Korean, this course is an introduction to basic grammar,
sentence formation, and vocabulary of the modern Korean language. Reading and writing Hangul, the
Korean alphabets, will be emphasized. Culture is an important thread that is tightly woven throughout the
course. Conducted in English.
Elementary Korean II 0-2 Credits
Hwan Choi, Ye Eun Shin & Hye Jin Park EXCO-258
Designed for students who already took Elementary Korean I, this course is a second introduction to
basic grammar, sentence formation, and vocabulary of the modern Korean language. Reading and writing
Hangul, having conversation in Korean, will be emphasized. Culture is an important thread that is tightly
woven throughout the course. Conducted in English.
History of Piracy 0-1 Credit
Anthony Bonifonte EXCO-262
This course will examine piracy from a historical perspective, primarily during the time scale of the Golden
Age of Piracy from 1650's to the 1720's. Discussion topics include the nature of piracy, famous pirates,
life on the sea, sea shanties, weapons and tactics, literature's treatment of pirates, and modern piracy.
Requirements include short readings each week, a 1-page midterm, and a 2-page final paper or creative
project. Jack Sparrow references will be punished with 20 lashes.
From Shtetl to Seinfeld: An Introduction to Jewish Humor 0-1 Credit
Amanda Nichols EXCO-272
This class is intended to aid in the student's understanding and enjoyment of Jewish humor. By the end of
the class, the student will be able to identify and explain different types of Jewish Humor.
Introduction to the Turkish Language 0-1 Credit
Gizem Iskenderoglu EXCO-277
Turkish is the native language of app. 70 million people, and is spoken worldwide by almost 100 million
people. The purpose of this course is to introduce the Turkish Language, to teach its basics, and this to
help students learn more about the Turkish culture. We will focus on the Istanbul dialect. The course will
give students an opportunity to read, write, and speak everyday Turkish. Classes will comprise mainly of
lecure, but will also require the students to participate in in-class activities. There will be two screenings of
Turkish films, aired to develop the student's listening skills and to present parts of Turkish culture to
COMPUTERS, MATH AND SCIENCE
Combat Robots 0-1 Credit
Michael Rowan & Siyang Wu EXCO-301
Yes, we will be building combat robots. Yes, they will be awesomely terrifying and terrifyingly awesome.
Join us, or be forever tormented by our future robot overlords.
Competitive Computer Programming 0-1 Credit
Emma Conner & Siyang Wu EXCO-360
In this course, we will meet once a week to learn techniques and discuss strategies for programming
competition. We will conduct mock programming contests using the same software environment used at
ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition and discuss methodologies for solving problems
quickly. Prior programming experience required; C, C++, or Java recommended.
Practical Software Development 0-1 Credit
Harris Lapiroff, Joseph Spiros, & Kriti Godey EXCO-367
Practical Software Development is intended to introduce students to the development of application
software--software which performs a productive task for users. Students will attempt to complete an
application during the semester, while learning skills and best practices essential to the process. The
course is open to both experienced and beginning programmers (you are a programmer if you have
already used a programming language).
Introduction to Herpetology 0-1 Credit
Marisa Ishimatsu EXCO-377
This is an introductory course on reptiles and amphibians, designed for both biology and non-biology
majors. We will focus on evolution, morphology, mythology, and general cool facts about these
misunderstood animals. You will learn that snakes are not slimy, handling toads will not give you warts,
and that birds evolved from reptiles.
Odigenous 0-1 Credit
Mary Claire Erskine & Corey Patrick Harkins EXCO-388
This course covers local plant life and history of Oberlin, Ohio, aiming to provide students with a basic
ability to identify plants and their usefulness. We will also incorporate the Native Americans of our region.
(Concepts: biology, field identification, home economics, history, and place-based learning).
MEDIA AND LITERATURE
Gender and Sexuality in Disney Films 0-1 Credit
Jacob Myers EXCO-400
Are you obsessed with the phallic imagery in The Little Mermaid? Does the relationship between Captain
Hook and Smee strike you as a queer one? Then this ExCo is for you! This course will examine Disney
films throughout the decades with the intention of identifying portrayals of gender and sexual identity and
discussing the ramifications of these representations. Topics include the construction of the princess,
homoeroticism, pedophilia, transvestitism, and exoticism.
Birding v. Ornithology: An Arian Affliction 0-1 Credit
Jordan Rutter EXCO-408
This course will provide a forum to learn and discuss the differences about bird watching - or birding - and
its scientific counterpart, ornithology. Bird watching is based on observation while ornithology is the actual
study and scientific research of birds. Current Oberlin research focused on birds will be presented to gain
an appreciation of how this topic relates to Oberlin. A new appreciation for these animals will hopefully be
achieved at the end of this course.
Steel Drum ExCo 0-1 Credit
Matt Gold & Rachel Saudek EXCO-413
Learn how to play steel drums! A portion of class time will also be spent learning auxiliary percussion
instruments. The class culminates in a required performance in the Cat in the Cream. For those
interested, this performance is the only way to audition for Oberlin Steel.
Gagalogy 0-1 Credit
Ron Shalom EXCO-423
Bondage, burlesque, exoskeletons, mass murder, and two Dalmatians. The purpose of this class is to
bring academic rigor to the study of Lady Gaga. Each week we will present research and discuss a
component of Lady Gaga Body/Event, culminating in a final paper.
Live Together: An Introduction to Lost Seasons 1-3 0-1 Credit
Katherine Lombardo EXCO-424
In this course, students will watch and discuss the mystery of television's Lost.
The Art of Animation 0-1 Credit
Samantha Conroy EXCO-432
Think you know your cartoons? Come learn about the art, process, and history of animation! This course
will function as an introductory survey course, with screenings of animation from around the world,
discussion, animation practice, and a final project of your own design. There are no prerequisites or
material fees, 'sides enthusiasm!
Introduction to Japanese Cinema 0-1 Credit
Joseph Campbell & Dashiell Robb EXCO-433
This course will examine the historical influences and criticism of the Japanese film industry through
viewing classics and lesser known landmark films ranging from Akira Kurosawa to Suzuki Seijun.
Readings will be incorporated as well as group discussions with each vieiwing. At the end of the semester
students will be given the chance to produce a short film of about 2-5 minutes in length, utilizing the
techniques/styles studied in the course. Some knowledge of Japanese modern history would be helpful.
It Takes A Village: Exploring “A Different World” Series & Black College Culture 0-1 Credit
Marissa Kennedy & Kyla Moore EXCO-433
The 'A Different World' television series was created in the late 1980's as a spin off to the now famous,
'The Cosby Show' helmed by comedian and social critic Bill Cosby. The series covers varied topics such
as the complex understandings of black identity, literature, Black activism, sexualized violence, and
ultimately the transition from youth to adulthood.
Introduction to 16mm Film Production 0-2 Credits
Stephen Graves & Adekemi Gbadebo EXCO-436
Students will be put into crews of four and each person will make a short film with the help of their crew.
Through writing, directing, and collaborating on films, complemented by in-class workshops, theoretical
readings, and film screenings, students will gain experience and knowledge of 16mm film, optics and
lenses, lighting, and editing equipment. In brief: we will provide the tools you need to shoot a 16mm film,
teach you how to use them, and then you will make a film of your own (and help out on others').
American Stand Up: A Look at the Historical Story 0-1 Credit
Anthony C. Cook Jr. EXCO-445
This course will begin with Vaudeuille comedy, more to early comics such as Bob Hope, and continue
through comedians like Richard Pryor and Robin Williams until we reach modern comedians, exploring
the social changes in humor along the way.
Laugh Track: The Sitcom ExCo 0-1 Credit
Victoria Neuman & Alanna Bennett EXCO-460
This course will examine in-depth the sitcom as a genre of television from its beginnings in the 1950's to
its modern incarnations, focusing on the more contemporary entries. We will cover topics such as family
sitcom vs. workplace sitcom, alternate universe episodes, and British comedy. Students with any amount
of experience with sitcoms are welcome. Some of the many shows watched include 30 Rock, The Office,
Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and Coupling.
Murder in the U.S. 0-1 Credit
Victoria Neuman EXCO-461
Find yourself wanting a good mystery to curl up with at night? Look no further than Murder in the US! The
course will compare and contrast British and American murder mysteries and associated genres, such as
courtroom drama. Each week we will view one or two different movies/episodes of television and discuss
them, sometimes augmenting viewings with games such as Clue and Mafia. Viewings include Poirot, Miss
Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote, Psych, House, Nero Wolfe, and many other excellent
shows. Students of all levels of familiarity with mystery are welcome. Come for a fun experience with
learning, mystery, laughter, fellowship, and much snarky commentary!
Honor and Mustaches: The Deadwood ExCo 0-1 Credit
Michael Druffel EXCO-468
The ExCo explores the history of the West, gender, language and other topics with HBO's Deadwood as
a starting place.
Documentary China 0-1 Credit
Yidi Wu EXCO-480
Students get a sense of modern China through watching documentaries from both Chinese and
Westerners' perspectives. Topics range from modern Chinese history, politics and society to the
environment and arts. There is no prerequisite, as long as students are interested in China and watching
documentaries, but proficiency in Chinese will be highly appreciated.
Library Science ExCo 0-1 Credit
Jane Sandberg EXCO-488
This course will give a broad overview of common concepts and issues in the field of Library Science.
Students will be introduced to library functions and structure, ethical issues in the field, and opinions on
the future of librarianship. In-class discussions will be supplemented with class time field trips to local
The Films of Jim Jarmusch 0-1 Credit
Aaron Botwick & Josh Meadow EXCO-489
Jim Jarmusch came into cinema right before an explosion of independent film. Following in the footsteps
of the European Art House and American directors like John Cassavetes, Jarmusch has spent twenty-five
years in and out of the mainstream, constantly eluding characterization or academic study. In this course,
we will loook at the major issues of Jarmusch's films, including the difficulty of studying him in this sort of
context. Furthermore, we will examine his career in relation to the rise of independent American film and
finish by studying some present-day filmmakers who picked up his stylistic and thematic concerns.
Rhetoric and Oratory: The History and Form of Speeches 0-1 Credit
Timothy Morgan EXCO-495
This ExCo will examine speeches and their style, context, and impact. The material will range from the
Ancient Greek orators to the present day. We will be discussing the historical context of the speeches, the
impact of the speeches, and how they made the impact. This wwill be done through analyzing the form
and delivery of the speeches, as well as other factors such as audience. Students will be asked to write
and deliver a 5-10 minute speech of their own at the end of the semester and they will be asked to make
a short presentation on a speechin history once during the class.
Adult Swim 0-1 Credit
Eamon Greigh Brennan & Timothy Guthrie EXCO-559
CHOSEN: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer ExCo 0-1 Credit
Gita Jackson EXCO-604
An intellectual reading of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the often underestimated cult hit and landmark
program in serialized television. This course will assume basic familiarity with the program, though new
viewers are certainly welcome.
DANCE AND THEATER
Argentine Tango I 0-1 Credit
Tim Pogros & Joanne Pogros EXCO-503
This class will present Dancing the Argentine Tango in the Close Embrace style of the Milonguero. Each
student will learn the art of Lead and Follow, dancing chest to chest, the technique of sharing the same
axis and moving along the dance floor in a straight line or in a very tight turn. Students will learn how to
communicate with each other without speaking a word, and to give the gift of one's self for 3 minutes to
each other. The key concept is how to move with liquid motion from spot to spot with the utmost elegance
without bumping into the people around us. Musicality will play a very important role in learning how to
move within the cadence of the music, hearing all the special sounds created especially for tango and
what makes the tango what it is. The tango is a dance of passion, grace, speed and intricate steps. It is
intensely individualistic and improvisational. The theme of tango is emotional and longing.
Argentine Tango II 0-1 Credit
Tim Pogros & Joanne Pogros EXCO-504
This course is a continuation of close-embrace style Argentine Tango, as presented in Argentine Tango I.
This intermediate level class will have emphasis on refining tango skills and creating elegance and style,
with the addition of some new choreography and adornments. More time will be spent on the dance floor,
as opposed to in instruction. Prerequisites: completion of Argentine Tango I or adequate demonstration of
skill to instructor.
Beginning Swing 0-1 Credit
Jo-Han Wang & Mira Levenson EXCO-505
This course will teach students the basic steps of East Coast swing (6-count) and Lindy Hop (8-count),
including some Charleston and Blues dance. Students will introduced to the following concepts: Social
Dancing, Choreography, Connection, Listening to Music.
Beginning Tap Dance 0-1 Credit
Alyssa Marcum EXCO-518
This class provides an introduction to tap dancing for students who have not done tap before, or who
have had very little experience with dancing. It will cover basic steps, choreography, stage performance,
and generally working with sounds produced from body movement. Students will be required to purchase
VIBE Jazz Dance ExCo 0-1 Credit
Robin Baird EXCO-530
This course will explore the wonderful world of jazz dance, which combines the technique of ballet with
the style of pop and hip-hop. Weekly dance lessons/rehearsals will culminate in an end-of-semester
dance showcase where you can show off your moves to all your friends! Requirements include a brief
midterm exam, involving individual choreography, and a final exam dependent on your involvement in the
Continuing Modern American Swing 0-1 Credit
John Andreoni & Mari Monosoff-Richards EXCO-571
This course is for the continuing swing dancer. In order to take the course, you MUST know the lindy hop
basic. Prerequisites are either the Beginning Swing ExCo or instructor consent (granted through a brief
So You Wanna Dance the Blues 0-1 Credit
Jeremy Blanks EXCO-576
This course is for the continuing swing dancer. In order to take the course, you MUST know the lindy hop
basic. Prerequisites are either the Beginning Swing ExCo or instructor consent (granted through a brief
placement audition This ExCo will provide an in-depth exploration of blues dancing fundamentals and will
cover several variations of technique and style that are commonly found in the dance. THis class is
intended for students with some dance experience, especially with swing or tango, though beginners are
also encouraged to join.
Introduction to Latin Dance 0-1 Credit
Angelica Canizares & Maria A. Wundram P. EXCO-591
The purpose of this ExCo is to teach the basics of different Latin dances. Because we can't teach all of
them fully, we will focus on Salsa. We will show the basics of other typical Latin dance styles, such as
Merengue, Lambada, Bachata and Reggeaton. By teaching these typical dances we hope to increase
the students' appreciation for the Latin culture, widen their dancing abilities, and expose them to new
musical styles as well as increase their confidence. This course has a fee of $5 for activity purposes.
Musicals of the Stage and Screen 0-1 Credit
Alanna Bennett & Sarah Jick EXCO-596
The musical genre combines countless forms of storytelling (music, dance, lyrics, written scripts) into one
dynamic medium, one that has quite voraciously claimed its place in the world. This course examines the
place of musicals of the stage and screen, from Broadway, to the silver screen, to television, and to the
pop culture world in general. By the end of the course, students will have a full understanding of the
importance of the musical and the integral role it plays in the media landscape.
Introduction to Japanese Taiko Drumming 0-1 Credit
Chloe Dalby & Amelea Kim EXCO-402
This class will teach the basics of taiko drumming. Taiko combines rhythm and movement into an
energetic group performance art. Students will learn traditional songs, and will spend time
choreographing, composing, and/or soloing on the drums. The class will culminate in a group
performance, and for those who wish to join the Oberlin College Taiko group, this class will function as
the audition process.
An Introduction to Music Therapy 0-1 Credit
Jara Stull EXCO-607
This course will present an introduction to music therapy. We will cover the populations that can be
reached through music therapy as well as a treatment model commonly used and music therapy
techniques. Students should be proficient on at least one instrument that they are able to bring to class
(just on specified days) and play for nursing home residents. (We do have pianos.) This course meets at
600 Kendal Drive which is Kendal at Oberlin, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in walking
distance from campus. There are reading assignments most of the weeks, two exams, one paper, and
brief, required performances. This course is offered for one credit.
Classical Music of North India 0-1 Credit
Doug Goldstein & Paul Denison EXCO-615
This course is offered by a Professional musician and is aimed to give students an introduction into the
theory and practice of classical instruments of Hindusthani Music: Sitar, Tabla, and Vocal. Students will
be given knowledge of Raga Sangeet and context surrounding this Sacred music. The course will be
taught in traditional style and certain rules regarding the instruments, practice, fellow students, and Guru.
Instruments are available for learning through the teacher and the Conservatory. A must for the students
pursuing music major at Conservatory to differentiate the music in its entirety. Course fee: $160.
History and Production of Electronic Music in Pop Culture 0-1 Credit
Julien Benichou EXCO-644
This class will attempt to look both at the history of where this electronic scene began, the music and
hardware roots, and some basics on producing music. We will look at things such as synthesis, recording
live audio, mastering, computer basics, and of course different production programs (Ableton, Logic, Pro
Tools) as well as the other hardware based method (we will use Reason as a base)... In terms of music,
we will explore a range from the very understanding to the more popular genres and what methods they
generally used to produce, create, and ultimately define their style.
Marching Band 0-1 Credit
Emily Robinson EXCO-645
During the fall semester, the Oberlin College Marching Band teaches field marching and music to perform
at our OC Football half time breaks, at other sports games, and football away games. We also play as a
pep band for fall sports. We offer opportunities for music composition and arrangement, as well as
planning for the spring Big Parade. We perform with brass, woodwinds, percussion and color-guard. All
levels of experience are welcome.
Music Mentors 0-1 Credit
Annie Gordon & Netta Rappaport EXCO-660
Music Mentors is a hands-on ExCo in which students in the Conservatory and College teach private
and/or group instrumental lessons to the Middle School band students at Langston Middle School once a
week. In addition to these private lessons, the ExCo students will attend bi-weekly meetings that will
cover topics pertaining to music education. It's our goal for students who take this ExCo to learn through
experience how to be positive, challenging, encouraging teachers and mentors, and for the middle school
students to receive a more positive, challenging and encouraging music education than is currently
possible with the limited resources in Oberlin public schools. No teaching experience necessary!
Introduction to Javanese Gamelan 0-1 Credit
Sean Hanson & Jane Sandberg EXCO-666
This course serves as an introduction to Javanese Gamelan, a percussion orchestra and musical tradition
over seven hundred years old. This course will serve as a pre-requisite for Jennifer Fraser's APST
course, and will introduce students to the gamelan, basic concepts, and beginning elaboration patterns
while fostering an appreciation of Javanese musical traditions. Students are recommended to have prior
musical expertise, particular with regards to playing in ensembles or dealing with rhythm.
Kyai Barleyan: Oberlin Gamelan Ensemble 0-1 Credit
Sean Hanson & Jane Sandberg EXCO-667
Kyai Barleyan is Oberlin's Javanese Gamelan ensemble, one of the oldest programs in the nation.
Students enrolling in the group should have ideally taken gamelan before, as fundamentals will not be as
heavily stressed and repertoire will be more advanced. The fall semester of Kyai Barleyan will focus
partially on contemporary music, while the spring semester will focus entirely on karawitan, the traditional
ARTS, CRAFTS AND DO IT YOURSELF
Practicum in Mosaic Making and Design 0-1 Credit
Sara Charme-Zane EXCO-713
This class will focus on designing and making mosaics, specifically after the style of Philadelphia artist,
Isaiah Zagar and will include learning how to cut glass, sheet rock, mix cement and grout. In addition to
the actual creation of either several smaller pieces or one large piece over the course of the semester,
students will engage in conversation about the function of public art in the context of a community and
community building and activism. Absolutely NO artistic "talent" or prior skills are required at all!
Kindergarten 101 0-1 Credit
Alex Densmore & Peter Edmondson EXCO-732
KinderCo attempts to revisit the psyche of exploration, imagination, and cookie monster. Class time will
be split evenly between doing typical kindergarten activities (such as playing imaginary games and
fingerpainting) and engaging in a serious analysis of the educational value of such activities for
kindergartners utilizing the week's readings. A fee of up to $10 will be collected for activities and field
trips, and students will be asked to bring in blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and legos (if available).
Jewelry Making 0-1 Credit
Lisa Yanofsky EXCO-736
This course will introduce students in the techniques, tools and materials used to make jewelry. We will
explore materials like gemstones, pearls, crystals, and vintage and salvaged materials. Projects will
include pearl knotting, chandelier earrings and resin jewelry. Students will pay a $25 course fee and will
leave with a minimum of 11 pieces of original jewelry. Successful completion of each week's project and a
demonstration of skills will also determine student's progress.
The „007 ExCo: An Introduction to Spying 0-1 Credit
Jordan Bounds & Terrance Embry EXCO-791
Acquire the basic skills and knowledge to become a spy.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND GAMES
Dungeons and Dragons ExCo 0-1 Credit
Tristan Haller & Jackson Kent EXCO-800
This course will provide interactive storytelling experiences through the medium of the tabletop role-
playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Students will create and flesh out dynamic characters, and, under
the guidance of the instructors, collectively create a story. In addition to exploring the principles of
character, storytelling, and setting, this role-playing will allow students to confront ethical dilemmas and
apply critical thinking to solve the problems their characters face. Students will split into small groups,
each administered by one of the instructors. In addition to in-class participation in these groups, students
will be expected to complete out-of-class assignments encouraging them to analyze their characters and
the unfolding story.
Circus Arts Skillshare 0-1 Credit
Sierra T. Zuber & Joshua Greenfield EXCO-805
Circus Arts Skillshare will work to improve how you perform, teach, and learn through a workshop
structure, theme lessons, and group learning. Circus and performance skills are recommended, but not
Aikido ExCo 0-1 Credit
Joseph Zummo & Matthew Miller EXCO-806
The Aikido ExCo is an introduction to the basic principles of Aikido, a modern Japanese martial art. Aikido
teaches peaceful conflict resolution by blending with and leading an attack, rather than fighting against an
opponent. As the martial effectiveness of this art is not dependent on strength or size, it can be practiced
Beginning Fencing 0-1 Credit
Alex Edwards, Emily Gazda, & Ricardo Barrios EXCO-810
Come learn the beautiful and sexy art of fencing! We will be teaching beginning foil, so no experience is
required. Next time you need to defend your honor, you'll be ready. $5 course fee for equipment
Starcraft 0-1 Credit
Dayv Doberne EXCO-813
Starcraft - the 1998 Blizzard Entertainment game that has realized the potential of E-Sports over the past
12 years. This ExCo will cover the way Starcraft is played (including mechanics, tactics, and strategy), the
professional Starcraft scene (focusing mainly on South Korea), and will provide a brief introduction to
Starcraft II. Experience with Starcraft strongly recommended, but not required.
Massage Therapy 0-1 Credit
Samuel Berger EXCO-817
In Massage Therapy ExCo we will learn the basic principles of Swedish massage therapy. Students will
both give and receive bodywork during each class. Students will learn musculoskeletal anatomy as well
as palpation skills. Students must come into this class with a willingness to touch and be touched, and
must have the ability to listen to what their clients tell them.
PokeCo: Master the Pokemon TCG 0-1 Credit
Abigail Mansfield EXCO-818
Remember those Pokemon cards you had as a kid? Want to learn how to play competitively with them?
Now you can! This class will function as a practicum in the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG), with a
strong emphasis on learning through experience in three separate units. We will begin the semester with
an introduction to rules and gameplay, move on to building and play-testing personal decks, and conclude
with a brief introduction to tournament formats and popular deck archetypes in the metagame. No
previous experience is required.
Go 0-1 Credit
Michael Stevenson EXCO-826
Go is an ancient board game originating in China and still very popular in Japan, China, and Korea today,
with growing communities in the West. Roughly, Go is about surrounding area and enemy stones. Simple
rules give birth to a wide array of strategic ideas and tactical situations; even at the professional level, go
is still being explored. This class is intended for beginners and everyone else.
OBehave: Improv Comedy Core Skills 0-1 Credit
Gregory Schram EXCO-829
OBehave is an improv theater ExCo designed to explore the boundaries of human spontaneity, and have
a ridiculously fun time doing so. This class focuses on short scene work with an emphasis on comedy.
ExCo activities include improv games and workshops, group discussions, and analysis of professional
works such as Whose Line is it Anyway?
Oberlin Skilled Hands in Training 0-1 Credit
Alexander Tartter EXCO-835
Learn beginning to intermediate juggling. All skill levels are welcome. Course will focus on ball and club
juggling and will include passing as well as individual juggling. Come learn to juggle so you can impress
yourself and your friends.
Fundamentals of Rock Climbing 0-1 Credit
Liz Whitcher & Benjamin Altheimer EXCO-850
The main purpose of this class is to train student to be staff and instructors at the Oberlin College
Climbing Wall, located in Phillips gym. The wall is entirely student-run. No experience is necessary for the
course, just enthusiasm and a commitment to advance the climbing community at Oberlin College.
Women‟s Self Defense 0-1 Credit
Lena Amick EXCO-876
In this course, we will learn and practice a variety of violence prevention and self-defense strategies and
techniques. Throughout the course, women will build up a repertoire of grab releases, effective kicks and
strikes, and groundwork while practicing de-escalation strategies, effective ways to confront harassment
and conflict, and strategies for strong communication and self care. We will practice using our voices and
body language to say what we really mean as we discover together what it is we mean to say. As the
class progresses, exercises will encompass a wide range of physical techniques and more in-depth role
playing situations. The classes are heavily movement-based and can be adapted to any level of physical
ability, but they also incorporate group and partner discussions, role-playing, and writing activities.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 0-1 Credit
Matthew Chaves EXCO-889
Students will learn basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques as well as the historical origins and development of
BJJ. The history of BJJ will be traced from its origins in the early 20th century to its present day roles in
self-defense, sport competition, and mixed martial arts fighting. Practical instruction will focus on
illustrating the fundamental principles of Jiu Jitsu and preparing students for further instruction. Jiu Jitsu
is designed to work for people of all shapes and sizes, and absolutely NO martial arts experience is
required or assumed for this class.
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