Feb 02, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 033 - My City Oakland

Lower division
Full credit
MTuThF, 12:00 PM - 2:35 PM

From Native American homeland, to Spanish/Mexican Rancho, to American boom town, to industrial and civic showcase, to migrant and immigrant destination, to city of protest, to city in search of revival and respect, to city of new growth, opportunities, and challenges–Oakland has changed dramatically several times in just two centuries. Today, Oakland is experiencing an unprecedented building boom in the midst of large-scale demographic, political, economic, and cultural change.

This class will explore the story of Oakland: its natural setting; social and racial history; political and civic development; commercial and industrial achievements; architectural heritage; and athletic, educational, arts, and religious aspirations. Getting behind headlines and common (mis)perceptions, students will discover Oakland’s storied history, beautiful settings, famous personages, vibrant culture, vigorous debates, deep challenges, and innovative opportunities. 

Two classes each week will be field trips to Oakland (all during scheduled class hours). Planned and possible sites include: the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Lake Merritt, City Hall and Downtown, the Oakland Museum of California, Chabot Space & Science Center, Redwood Regional Park, the Crucible, and Mountain View Cemetery. Students are responsible for their own transportation to field trips; most are BART accessible.

Instructor(s): Russell Yee
Email:  rmy1@stmarys-ca.edu

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  None
Course Fee:  50

Credits: 1

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