Take the classes you always wanted to take, without assignments, tests or grades. Our instructors are SDSU faculty and other recognized experts in their fields. Each semester offers a new set of courses and activities, on a wide array of topics.
Ever wonder what percentage of film directors are female in the United States? How about in other countries? See how female access to the director's chair has changed over the decades as we explore the works of female directors from nearly every continent — from the well-established such as Agnès Varda and Mira Nair, to relative newcomers like Cherien Dabis and Niki Caro. You’ll be exposed to films you may have never seen because of limited play of most foreign films in the U.S. We’ll discuss how cultures are portrayed, how co-production might shape the story, and learn about country-specific reactions to the films we watch. Note: You may purchase each course separately or the entire series under the Foreign Film Femme Series Bundle Deal for a discounted price.
Format: 25% Lecture, 25% Interactive discussion, 50% Film screenings
Just as cultures vary, human behavior varies across cultures. We’ll examine the basic factors that differentiate cultures, how people see themselves, and how Americans are seen by people of other countries. To learn the root causes of communication breakdowns across cultures, we’ll discuss perception, stereotyping, and ethnocentrism.
Format: 30% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion, 40% Hands-on activity
Do Chinese domestic issues impact Chinese foreign policy? SDSU Professor Yifu Lin will share his understanding of Chinese politics, economic development, and social change based on his extensive research and observations as a native Chinese.
Format: 40% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion, 10% Hands-on activity, 10% Demonstration
Can we trust our experience of reality? Do our senses accurately perceive the world around us? Can we rely on our memories? What about other kinds of knowledge? Join us as we examine the limits of human perception and whether there is any way to know what reality truly is.
Format: 75% Lecture, 25% Interactive discussion
Are you baffled by the level of public discourse today? Let’s explore how to make sense of the vast amount of information available, by focusing on current events. We’ll discuss different perspectives and analyses of national and international political events.
Format: 20% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion, 40% Hands-on activity
June 21 - June 28
Until his murder at age 29, Christopher Marlowe was the greatest playwright of his day, revolutionizing Elizabethan theater with his controversial subject matter and over-the-top villains. Edward II, his last complete play, tells the story of a corrupt king’s eventual downfall and death. Using a 1970 BBC production (with a young Ian McKellen as Edward), we’ll explore Marlowe’s treatment of homosexuality, rebellion, assassination, the actual historical characters, and his influence on William Shakespeare’s later plays. We’ll also consider the argument that neither Marlowe nor Edward II actually died when we are told they did, and that Marlowe went on to write Shakespeare’s plays.
Format: 30% Lecture, 20% Hands-on activity, 50% Film screening
July 18 - July 25