You’ve heard it all before: UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world, it was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, the home of the Campanile (the third-tallest bell and clock tower in the world), and of course, no matter how hard you look on the Periodic Table, you won’t find “Stanfordium,” but Berkelium is in spot 97! Some of us have found ourselves chanting “Roll on you Bears” from the seats of California Memorial Stadium, changing our trajectory to avoid stepping on a seal on Memorial Glade, and rubbing the 4.0 ball right before that big midterm. Since the moment we’ve stepped on campus, we have all in some way been truly inspired by the University of California.
This course will dive into the rich history, remarkable spirit, and spectacular traditions of Cal from its founding in 1868 to the present-day. We will touch on the origins of the Stanford Axe, the Free Speech Movement, and even some current events at the University. Our hope is that this course will allow you to love and appreciate Cal even more. The majority of our lectures will feature an expert on the subject at hand, including professors, alumni, and friends of the University. The course will include a paper, a midterm, and a final project. From “The Play” to the Cal Marching Band, we’ll explore it all in the Cal History, Spirit, and Traditions DeCal!
This is a one-unit course that will last for 14 weeks, with 1 hour of lecture per week. Each lecture will cover a particular concept related to the history, spirit, and traditions of the University of California, and will likely feature a speaker with personal experience or expertise on the topic. Classes will include guest speakers, history presentations, field trips, learning Cal cheers, and small weekly warm-ups. Students will be expected to attend lectures and give the guest speaker utmost respect. Course assignments will include a short paper, a midterm, a final project, and engaging with speakers during class. The attendance policy is about what you would expect: 2 unexcused absences allowed, any exceptions can be dealt with through email.
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