College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Course Offerings: Spring 2010

January 21, 2010

Click on the link below for more information about:
1. Landscape Architecture 198: Engaged Scholarship in Urban Forestry
2. DeCal: Learn Community Organizing Through Oakland Community Builders
3. Education 98/198: To the Capstone & Beyond
4. New 1-Unit Courses: Critical Dialogues Across Differences
5. ASUC Research DeCal
6. LA 258 California Water: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on California Water
7. Law School 101 DeCal

1. Landscape Architecture 198: Engaged Scholarship in Urban Forestry (2 credits)
Professor Joe McBride
Lecture: Thurs 9-10:30am, 315D Wurster Hall
CCN: 48562

The engaged scholarship course in community urban forestry is a service-learning component associated with the lecture course LA 225: Urban Forest Management and Planning. Students interested in learning more about local community forestry in the San Francisco Bay Area should enroll in this separate 2-unit course as LA 198.

The service learning component will consist of a weekly seminar with 1) discussions and readings on the role of community groups in urban greening, 2) training in tree measurements, condition rating, tree planting, pruning, and other arboriculture techniques, 3) workshops on working with diverse communities, 4) guest lectures from the leaders of local urban forestry non-profit organizations and municipal arborists. In addition, student teams will engage with local urban forestry projects, such as organizing and assisting in planting events, conducting tree inventories, developing educational materials, assisting with community-based research projects. Students will reflect on their experiences throughout the semester, and teams will present progress reports in class and deliver final reports to the community partners.

Students interested in enrolling in LA 198 are encouraged to take LA 198 concurrently with the lecture course. Students who previously completed LA 225 or who have scheduling conflicts with the lectures may be permitted to join as well.

For additional information about this new course, email Lara Roman (

2. Learn Community Organizing Through Oakland Community Builders
Application deadline: January 28, 2010, 12 pm*

Interested in community organizing? Want to learn how to plan and execute effective campaigns that promote social change? Then sign up for the Oakland Community Builders De-cal (SW 97/197). It's scheduled for Mondays 5:30-7pm and worth 2 units (P/NP). Classes will begin February 1, 2010.

This class asks you to analyze community organizing tactics and social issues rather than just read about them, offers you a chance to contribute to your local community, and lets you meet and interact with other students who share your interest in civic engagement. Students will also take with them tools and experiences that will be useful and applicable to their own community organizing projects. This curriculum combines academic work with experiential learning. In order to incorporate the knowledge gained in this course, each student will be placed in an internship with a community organizer currently working in the East Bay. Students must complete 60 hours of internship work.

More information or to apply: contact Romina or Tahiya at or

*Offers will be made: January 29, 2010, 9 pm
Deadline to Accept/Decline Offer: January 31, 2010 5 pm

3. Education 98/198: “To the Capstone & Beyond”
The Study Strategies & Resources Program, located at The Student Learning Center (SLC), is proud to once again offer a section of Education 98/198: “To the Capstone & Beyond”, a 2 unit P/NP course to support undergraduates who are preparing to, or are currently composing a
culminating senior thesis, research project, and/or other creative endeavor. Our course supplements existing departmental and campus resources that are available to students at various stages of their research processes.

Through individual written assignments and collaborative discussions, students will:
• Define their research objectives and project scope
• Practice written and oral presentation skills in framing their work
• Participate in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary conversations
• Strategize approaches to faculty/mentor feedback
• Learn to actively apply relevant study strategies (i.e., time management, goal-setting, reading & writing strategies, motivational techniques, etc.)
• Consult with the instructor to help monitor individual goals

Day & Time: Thursdays 2-4pm (beginning the first week of instruction), 151 Chavez


To learn more about the Study Strategies & Resources Program and other SLC services, visit us at

4. New 1-Unit Courses: Critical Dialogues Across Differences
Critical Dialogues Across Differences ( is a new 1 unit set of five courses (Education 98/198, P/NP, designed to provide UC Berkeley students with a space for learning about issues of difference, conflict and community through dialogue.

First Classes begin week of February 8, 2010

Through these courses, students will explore their own narrative and those of others in various social and institutional contexts, all the while learning from each others' perspectives and from the practice of dialogue. Some of the topics include issues on race, gender, sexuality, social class, body image and ethnicity.

To find more information please visit Interested students should complete an enrollment request form and submit it by 4pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

Spring 2010 Sessions are:
A. Slumdog Millionaire, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Wall Street - Are We Living in a Material World?
Education 98/198 (1 unit, P/NP), Section 24--Tues, 5-7pm

B. Beyond Pink & Blue: Illuminating Diversities of Gender & Sexuality
Education 98/198 (1 unit, P/NP), Section 25, Wed, 3pm-5pm

C. Fetal Attraction: How birth, socialization, culture and the media impacts our perceptions of beauty and who's attractive
Education 98/198 (1 unit, P/NP), Section 26, Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm

D. UC Berkeley: Little Asia on the Hill ? Really? What?s the Impact on the Community?
Education 98/198 (1 unit, P/NP), Section 27, Thur, 3:30pm-5:30pm

E. Color-blind or Blind to Color?: Views on Race at UC, Berkeley
Education 98/198 (1 unit, P/NP), Section 28, Thur, 4pm-6pm

More information at

5. ASUC Research DeCal
Want to learn more about research, and hear from professors and students involved in research? Want to learn about how YOU can get involved in doing research?

SIGN UP FOR THE RESEARCH DECAL: The Bear Necessities of Research! The goal of the decal is to introduce the students to the research that professors, graduates, and undergraduates at Cal are currently conducting, as well as provide them with tips for securing their own research position. We invite professors and researchers from a variety of fields so as to give students an idea of the broad range of research that is available. Ultimately, we hope to encourage students to pursue their own research or give them the resources to secure a research position with a faculty member. This class provides professional development in terms of research, teaching and informing students on how to get involved, starting their own projects, approaching professors, etc. The class will include lectures given by professors and students as well as a field trip to a research facility. The Bear Necessities of Research DeCal is ASUC-sponsored.

The Research DeCal will be held in Spring 2010, on Wednesdays from 4 - 5:30 pm in 160 Dwinelle. It is 1 unit, P/NP.

CCN (if freshman/sophomore): 69449
CCN (if junior/senior): 69647

Please contact us if you have any questions!
Find us on the facebook event
(search: "Bear Necessities of Research")

We are also looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are involved in research to participate in our panels. Please let us know if you are interested!

6. LA 258 California Water: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on California Water
Instructor: Tim Ramirez, SFPUC

WRCA is pleased to present the final schedule for our Spring 2010 seminar
class! Space is limited, and class starts on 1/26 - don't miss this
opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of water in

This seminar meets monthly during the California Colloquium on Water, and for small seminar meetings in between. Besides attending the colloquia themselves, course requirements are background readings, participation in seminar discussion, and short (<5pp) paper on a topic relevant to one of the colloquia subjects. (1 unit, S/U or P/F, can be repeated for credit)

Colloquia (Spring 2010) are held in 250 Goldman School of Public Policy (2607 Hearst Ave.) 5:30-7pm. Reception and meet the speaker, outside 250 Goldman, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m; lecture, including questions & answers - 5:30p.m.-7:00 p.m.

In addition to the lectures (see schedule and related readings below), the class will meet from 5:30-7:30pm in 217 McLaughlin Hall on the following Tuesdays: January 26, February 2, March 2, April 6 and April 27.

This semester's lecture schedule is below. Abstracts and course readings will be accessible through WRCA's blog, "On Water". The course listing may be found at the following link:
This link will be updated regularly as speaker abstracts and readings come in.

February 9
The Future of Irrigated Agriculture: Where's the Water? - Dr. Juliet
Christian-Smith, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute and Dr.
David Zoldoske, Director, Center for Irrigation Technology
Abstract: TBA
Readings: TBA

March 9
Salmon, Orphans Without a Home: An Historical Perspective of the Water and
Landscape Modifications to Salmon Habitat - Dr. Brian Cluer, Coordinator,
Science and Technology Team, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Abstract: TBA
Readings: TBA

April 13
Title: TBA
Meg Caldwell, Executive Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Woods
Institute for the Environment
Abstract: TBA
Readings: TBA

May 4
History of a ground water cleanup project: LLNL's Livermore Site - Peter
McKereghan, Site 200 Restoration Program Leader, Environmental Restoration
Department, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Abstract: TBA
Readings: TBA

7. Law School 101 DeCal
Law School 101 is designed to offer vital information and resources to disadvantaged and underrepresented students who are interested in applying to law school. Another important component of the course is that it will create a community where students support and learn from one another. The course has many workshops and panels that will provide insight and information on topics related to law school: personal statement workshop, attorney panels, and more. There is also an application process because there is a limited number of spaces available in the course.

**IMPORTANT: The first day of class and deadline application is WEDNESDAY (1/27/10) at 5:10 PM in 258 DWINELLE.

Here is the link:

Leana Taing