ExCo Course Catalog

Spring 2019

Spring 2019 ExCo Fair

The Spring 2019 ExCo Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 6th in the Carnegie Root Room (2nd floor of Carnegie, at the top of the stairs) from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Due to the chaos that generally comes with the Fair, we will reserve the first half hour, from 6:30pm-7:00pm, as a Quiet Space for anyone who finds the Fair otherwise inaccessible.

The Experimental College

The Experimental College is both a student organization and a department of the college that sponsors for-credit courses taught by Oberlin students, administrators, townspeople, and faculty. Run by a small committee of students, “ExCo” exists to give students, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn to teach and to push the boundaries of teaching in innovative ways. It also allows students to learn underrepresented and nontraditional materials, giving them a chance to broaden their horizons past the typical college academic experience. Originally chartered in 1968, ExCo supplements the regular curriculum by offering classes not typically available in traditional courses of study. The number of classes offered through ExCo varies each semester, but there are usually between 50 and 80. Each semester we have a selection of classes that have been taught before, some of them dating back several decades, and a group of brand-new courses. These courses reflect the current academic, cultural, social, political, and intellectual trends of the Oberlin community.

Applying for an ExCo

Most courses use an online application system (such as Google Forms) to get a sense of which students are interested in taking their course and to choose whom they accept based on the community they are trying to create in their classroom. Please note that this application process can be highly “competitive,” with some instructors receiving well over ten times the number of applicants as they have room to accept. We’ve tried to compile links to all the application forms, but you can also directly email the instructor(s) of the course you are interested in and they will send you the application. If you email them and do not hear back, contact exco@oberlin.edu and we will reach out on your behalf. For the application links on our website, please visit http://oberlinexco.org/exco-applications-students/. We ask that all prospective students apply for the course, including community members, high school students, and college faculty and staff. Each course has a capacity limit determined in joint by the instructors and the ExCo Committee. This limit applies to all students in the class, regardless of the number that are officially registered on Presto.


If you are a community member, high school students, or a member of the faculty or staff of Oberlin, you don’t have to worry about registering for the course, so feel free to skip over this next part. If you’re an Oberlin student, you have the option to register for your ExCo and have it show up on your transcript. 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 Wednesday, February 13th, 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. Consult the Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes on the Registrar's webpage (https://new.oberlin.edu/office/registrar/class-schedules/) for ExCo Course CRNs. Please note that NAME is the ExCo Committee Presto Coordinator, and is therefore listed as an instructor for all ExCo courses, but is not the instructor you should contact if you have questions about a specific course. For more information about registering for your ExCo, we recommend you check our website, http://oberlinexco.org/take-an-exco/. If you have any difficulties registering for your course, please contact your instructor(s) to make sure they properly consented you into the class, or email Jessica Lear from the Registrar’s Office at jlear@oberlin.edu.


Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and/or the Conservatory of Music may receive academic credit for work in ExCo courses. Coursework requirements vary from course to course, as supervised by the Committee. Up to eight credits of co-curricular courses (ExCo, Athletics, LEAD, PAL, etc) can be counted toward graduation. Most ExCos are either 1 credit courses or 2 credit courses. A “1 credit” class is the equivalent of 0.25 courses; a “2 credits” class is the equivalent of 0.50 courses. A select few courses can be taken for either 1 or 2 credits. All 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. Instructors who teach for no credit are still required to complete all ExCo duties and assignments. Those who fail to do so will be banned from teaching for a minimum of two semesters.

Many Oberlin students find that they do not have room in their schedules to add in any ExCo credits. For those who want to join an ExCo but not add it to your transcript, we ask that once you receive the email from your instructor(s) stating that you’ve been consented into the course, please respond letting them know that you will not be registering for credit but are still interested in taking the course. This way the instructor(s) can hold your place in the class list before contacting students on a waitlist. Please keep in mind that all students are held to the same standards, regardless of whether the course is listed on their transcript. That means students not taking the course for credit, often called “auditors,” are still expected to show up to class, participate, do the assignments, and be respectful of their classmates and instructor(s). We understand that the lack of a grade on your official transcript makes it harder for instructors to hold you accountable, but the integrity you demonstrate in your ExCo course is part of what has helped this program survive 50 years. We aren’t always taken seriously by other departments on campus or by various branches of the administration, and the continued participation and dedication of all ExCo students plays a significant role in establishing ourselves as a student organization and college program that is worth Oberlin’s time and money.

ExCo Committee

The ExCo Committee is made up of small number of Oberlin College students. Members of the Committee perform a variety of functions to maintain the ExCo Program, including reviewing course applications and interviewing potential instructors; planning and hosting the ExCo Fair; allocating SFC funds to instructors; working with administration to affect policy; and helping instructors brainstorm any problems that might arise throughout the semester. The ExCo Committee also makes itself available to all students and community members taking an ExCo course. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding their ExCo may always meet with a member of the Committee to address their course and brainstorm potential solutions. The Committee meets once a week on Sunday afternoons, and each member holds an additional two hours of “office hours” throughout the week. These are listed on our website, www.oberlinexco.org. If you have questions or comments about ExCo, email us at exco@oberlin.edu.

Currently, the officers of the ExCo Committee are:

        Lars Dreith (he/him/his)

Marah Ajilat (she/her/hers)

Emily Spezia-Shwiff (she/her/hers)

Serena Zets (she/her/hers)

Alex Jensen (he/him/his)



This catalogue is organized by course number, which correspond to ExCo division.

         Course Number                Division

                        100-199                Community and Society

                        200-299                Language, Culture, and Religion

                        300-399                Computers, Math, and Science

                        400-499                Media and Literature

                        500-599                Dance and Theater

                        600-699                Music

                        700-799                Arts, Crafts, and DIY

                        800-899                Physical Activities, Mindfulness, and Games

Community and Society

Reading the Oberlin Landscape        2 Credits

Will Wickham        EXCO-101

This course is designed to introduce you to the field of Natural History, broadly defined as the study of organisms and natural processes, as it applies to the Oberlin landscape. Through frequent field trips, readings, and journal entries, we will become more familiar with nature from a scientific perspective, think about our personal and emotional relationship with nature, and hopefully develop a stronger “sense of place” in Oberlin. Within the field of Natural History, there will be a particular focus on forest communities, ecological succession, geology, geography, and human histories as they relate to Oberlin; however, you are also encouraged to find your own particular areas of interest in this class. A final project will take the form of a collective publication of writings/drawings/other work we have done throughout the semester. Field trips are required and some involve hiking on uneven terrain in cold weather. The only required materials are warm layers (gloves, hat, coats, etc..) and a physical journal to keep throughout the semester. No prior knowledge or experience necessary; just curiosity about nature! Non-Biology/ENVS people are encouraged to apply!

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi1FM8cwCzBp1dZunMfU7oOyVtnHc7qcoDYhj9qRZohcxoQQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: wwickha2@oberlin.edu

Talking to Strangers        1 Credit

Andrea Wang

As the world becomes larger and more urbanized, interactions with “strangers” become an inescapable part of everyday life. Though one might interact with or brush past hundreds of strangers, the course aims to unravel these charged interactions with a critical eye, pulling from a variety of disciplines to contextualize and understand the nature of stranger interaction. This course pulls from readings and materials in politics, philosophy, sociology, economics, and art, in order to understand why we talk to strangers and the value of doing so on an interpersonal but also community level. The course will explore the history of strangers and the nature of this relationship, the psychology of perception of strangers and forming impressions and social judgements, the specific contexts that form “fleeting relationships”, and what aspects of urban spaces facilitate or inhibit stranger interactions.        EXCO-110

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/z0m3FiOuIrFV80jz1

Email:  awang3@oberlin.edu

Alternative Economics        1 Credit

Joshua Ashkinaze        EXCO-128

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: jashkina@oberlin.edu

Animal Rights        1 Credit

Haven King-Nobles, Lily Lu-Lerner

This course will provide an education to allow students to (1) survey the different ways in which nonhuman animals are used by humans, (2) critically analyze and construct their own arguments regarding what obligations, if any, humans have toward nonhuman animals, (3) understand the contemporary animal rights movement, and (4) examine the animal rights movement’s intersectional ties with other contemporary and historical social justice movements. This ExCo is open to everyone, regardless of dietary preference or prior beliefs about issues of animal use and abuse.        EXCO-130

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/JnY0utvuBFvIguJ83

Email: hkingnob@oberlin.edu, llulerne@oberlin.edu

DogsCo        1 Credit

Emma Edenbaum, Max Kramer

Dogs are dubbed the best friends of humans, but are often misunderstood by their human companions. This is a lecture-based course designed to give students insight into the minds of their companions by discussing the history of dogs, the differences in breeds, the thought processes of dogs, and the dynamic between dog and human that contributes so deeply to their shared bond.

The class will meet twice a week for one hour and will be mostly lectures, though it will also frequently include discussions and presentations. Because a dog, Penny Lane, will be in attendance for every class, it is advised that students with dog allergies be cautious.

Assessments include identification tests and a research project. All homework assignments will be due the second meeting day of every week. Students may take handwritten notes but note-taking on computers or tablets is allowed. There are no required fees to take this course. Students need not have any background knowledge to take the course, only a love of dogs.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/ewH1lFE5nzxUdKG73

Email: eedenbau@oberlin.edu, mkramer@oberlin.edu

SexCo I        2 Credits

Multiple Sections        EXCO-165

Section A: Amanda Stavis, Sadie Munter

Section B: Elana Rosenberg, Maya Walsh-Little

Section C: Zite Ezeh

SexCo I is a comprehensive sexual health education course taught by the Sexual Information Center (SIC), where we discuss consent, safer sex, anatomy, STIs, pregnancy, contraception, abortion, birth, sexualized violence, and more. We cover basic sex ed info, while also critically examining these topics through the lens of privilege, power, and oppression. Not your high school sex ed.

Note: this ExCo is required (along with taking Counseling Roleplays) for students who wish to apply to become SIC Staffers in the future.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/BxGHynmfZUZRYAve2

Email: sic@oberlin.edu, astavis@oberlin.edu, smunter@oberlin.edu, erosenb3@oberlin.edu, mwalshli@oberlin.edu, cezeh@oberlin.edu

CultsCo        2 Credits

Olly Millar        EXCO-180

In this course, we will discuss the history of many popular American cults as well as their media and social significance. The first half of the course will go over the history of the Manson family, People’s Temple, the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, the Unification Church, and Scientology by watching documentaries and other media created about them. We will also develop a class definition of “cult” and discuss what makes a cult, a cult. My goal is that this section of the course will give you a basic knowledge of popular culture surrounding cults. The second half of the course will discuss specific social topics (race, gender, class, religion, etc) surrounding cults, and will work in time for students to create a final project. Focusing on social relations surrounding cults, and how they affect pop culture is the goal of the second section. The class will generally function as discussion-based. Students are expected to come to class ready to discuss. This class is Pass/No Pass, and is a 2 credit academic course.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/5dH7IFH5aFEgmTGF3

Email: omillar@oberlin.edu

Drugs, Harm Reduction, and Counterculture        2 Credits

Rachel Clark        EXCO-420

Drugs are a fundamental part of society, both visibly and invisibly. Everything ranging from caffeine to Adderall to MDMA to research chemicals has been, and continues to be, ingested by people around the globe – however, due to the controversial nature of the subject matter, conversations about drugs in K-12 schools are often limited or clouded with misinformation.

This course will consist of three distinct topics, often overlapping: Specific information about drugs, ways to implement harm reduction techniques, and the legal and societal roles that drugs currently play/have played throughout history. Upon completion of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the physiological mechanisms by which major drugs work, how to identify different general groups of drugs, principles of harm reduction, the legal underpinnings of the drug war, and background on some of the communities which have been molded substantially by substances.

Students do not need to have ANY background in biology to take this course, but science-based information will be available to those who are interested in a more quantitative understanding of the material. Please email rclark@oberlin.edu for a copy of the syllabus, which details the contents of each class.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/kiZBsd2cIbfKD1dd2

Email: rclark@oberlin.edu

Language, Culture, and Religion

Intro to Deaf Culture        1 Credit

Maddie Hinkle, EmmaLia Mariner        EXCO-219

This course will give students an introduction to Deaf culture with a strong emphasis on American Deaf culture. You will learn basic American Sign Language (ASL) and how to interact with and around d/Deaf people. Topics covered in this course will include Deaf media and how Deafness is depicted in mainstream media, introductory ASL, disability theory in regards to Deafness, audism, Deaf spaces, Deaf history and achievements, and other aspects of Deaf culture. We will also be integrating more language, with the first hour of class being a voice-off space for learning ASL and the second hour a voice-on space for Deaf culture elements.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: mhinkle@oberlin.edu, emariner@oberlin.edu

Introductory Wolof        1 Credit

Francesca Ott, Brandon County        EXCO-221

This course focuses on the basic grammar, vocabulary, and culture of Wolof speakers as an introduction to West African linguistics and lifeways. Based in conversational learning and written assignments, the course emphasizes grammatical analysis, oral expression, and aural comprehension across multiple media. By the end of the course, students will have developed a basic (if limited) vocabulary, an understanding of the fundamental grammar, and insight into the cultural contexts in which the language is used.

Course Application: N/A

Email: fott@oberlin.edu, brandon.county@gmail.com

Elementary Korean I        2 Credits

John Jihong Son, Yeim Lee        EXCO-224

This is an introductory course to Korean language and culture and requires no previous knowledge of Korean. The course begins with the alphabet and introduces students to a range of topics such as self-identification, family, travel, food, housing, study, weather, etc. Basic grammar and vocabulary will be introduced and practiced through intensive oral and written practice.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfea6y4kmwOvIQ9q-Qs3AOnTSlFHm1HYxCCDkpmXttqfqb7xg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Email: ylee@oberlin.edu

Elementary Korean II        2 Credits

David Lee, Sarah Dabin Baek        EXCO-225

ExCo Elementary Korean II is the continuation of the ExCo Elementary Korean I. Korean II is designed for those who have passed or have the equivalent knowledge of the previous course. This course provides students with further conversational and grammatical skills in order to further develop the students’ writing, reading comprehending, and speaking skills. All students who wish to skip the prerequisite course are required to take a placement test. The course instructors will place them into each level according to the test result.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: dlee3@oberlin.edu, sbaek@oberlin.edu

Computers, Math, and Science

So You Think You Can’t Science?        2 Credits

Abby Galantowicz, Alaina Turocy        EXCO-340

The goal of this class is to provide students with practical biological knowledge and thinking tools. With such tools, we want you to be able to go out and understand the world better, make decisions, and advocate for yourself. Hopefully, you’ll also come away from this class realizing that you can, in fact, science. The topics covered in this class were chosen specifically with non-natural science majors in mind, and we anticipate them being relevant to other classes you might take, or even just discussions with fellow students. Topics covered include vaccines, GMOs, drugs, mental health, sex/gender, and much, much more!

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: agalanto@oberlin.edu, aturocy@oberlin.edu

Configuring the Figure: The Art of Data Visualization        2 Credits

Clara Margaret Flood

This ExCo will explore data visualizations as art, as science, as deceit, and as truth. We will examine and challenge traditional techniques used to represent reality and develop new ways to use quantitative data and personal experience to create visualizations that consider the diversity by which we experience reality and understand design. Because of the rising prominence of trending data on social media and news platforms, we will also critically examine how data are developed, analyzed, and visually communicated to persuade viewers. Students in the class will learn how to use mapping and design programs such as Illustrator, Excel and ArcGIS to design their own figures that tell stories and not only communicate information, but do so in creative and effective ways.        EXCO-375

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwTXYTFCat5eEySt8de83oNQwoJmvFlwlktJHoFtR3_9Q46Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: cflood@oberlin.edu

ToadsCo        1 Credit

Matthew Sato, Kristoff Magnus        EXCO-378

Toadsco is an interdisciplinary study on anurans (frogs and toads) around the world. We will examine the biology and ecology of the creatures, as well as their social and cultural impacts. Students will be given the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test during the lab section when we go into the areas around Oberlin to search for and identify local anurans.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: msato@oberlin.edu, kmagnus@oberlin.edu

Marine Biology        1 Credit

Kaitlyn Tonra        EXCO-380

Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE) will be an introduction to learning science as well as a survey course of several topics in marine biology, ecology, and oceanography. MBE is designed for a general audience with no background knowledge in science, but will be thorough enough that an experienced marine ecologist will still learn plenty. Over the semester we will study a different theme each week and read a published paper that has to do with the topic. In class, there will be a brief lecture as well as a discussion about the assigned paper. There will be two assessments in this course: a cumulative practical covering a number of organisms from the course, and each student will help lead a discussion about the weekly paper. We'll cover things like biogeochemistry of the ocean, why whales don't get the bends, the difference between algae and seaweed and kelp, what sea cucumbers are, how octopuses think, and how life can survive in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/OjzeF2VbkySg4t3W2

Email: ktonra@oberlin.edu

Media and Literature

Rewriting Literature        2 Credits

Alexander Metz        EXCO-400

Course tries to be a mix between a Short Story Survey and a traditional creative writing course. Each week the students will read selections and write a short exercise in the style of that author. Course requires no previous experience with creative writing but most of the work of the course is creative writing and students will be expected to share their work. Grading will be based on two short stories, several smaller exercises, as well as student presentations and participation. Readings will be provided as PDFs.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: ametz@oberlin.edu

DisCo        1 Credit

Erica Lowry, Emilee Taxman        EXCO-410

Walt Disney Animation Studios has changed the world of childhood, art and imagination over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. How did this monolith begin? How has Disney evolved over the years? What affect has Disney had on media today? In DisCo, we'll examine the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios, watch and analyze a number of the company's most influential films, and delve into the mysteries of the magic.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/2gzSB5bAuHXIUptA3

Email: elowry@oberlin.edu, etaxman@oberlin.edu

Poetry, Reading and Writing        2 Credits

Isabelle Kenet        EXCO-425

In this course, we will read contemporary and archaic poetry, discuss it, and then write and workshop poems of our own. This course is for anyone who felt they wanted more out of the creative writing department here at Oberlin, people who were denied entry into it, and anyone else who loves to read and write poems.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18EZFmEvkMEOcoWu3YGEVMSQn158G-T7_usJkZSJrbrE/edit

Email: ikenet@oberlin.edu

Horror ExCo        1 Credit

Kai Becker        EXCO-427

This course is intended to expose horror newcomers to a wide variety of horror films and subgenres, and to challenge newcomers and longtime horror fans alike to define horror for themselves and to ask questions about its cultural significance in America and beyond. Students will question the long-standing link between horror and female sexuality, explore distinctly international horror subgenres such as Giallo and J-horror, and study the relationship between horror and the current political climate, among other things. In doing so, they will develop a broad horror vocabulary centered around ten different subgenres.

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: mbecker@oberlin.edu

Twilight ExCo        2 Credits

Daisy Vollen, Heather Sundaresan

A critical analysis of the Twilight franchise through a feminist lens. The class serves to repurpose the harmful impacts that the Twilight franchise had on our generation into productive learning opportunities--preparing students to engage with media and the way it influences society, as well as challenging topics surrounding identity. Students will view the five films, read excerpts from the books, discuss the series (particular emphasis on themes of gender and race), write responses relating to material covered in class, and present on individual research topics relating to our guiding questions. We will meet once a week for 2 hours. In order to pass, a student cannot miss 25% or more of classes. We will hold biweekly screenings on Tuesday nights. Students are expected to watch films independently if they cannot make it to screenings. If you have the books, feel free to bring them! All required readings will be provided.         EXCO-430

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbOOaT9QkmFFxMaBlbamtqqUEhttE-Zkth8vvvQUYWMew4RA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Email: dvollen@oberlin.edu, hsundare@oberlin.edu

Tolkien 101        2 Credits

Madison Donnelly, Mac Atkinson        EXCO-435

This is an introductory course on Tolkien's book, the Silmarillion; we will read the entire book over the course of the semester, and discuss each chapter as we go along. The focus of this class is reading comprehension and discussion; please understand that there is a significant amount of reading involved with this class, which both Mac and I have worked hard to divide into manageable sections. Students should be prepared to sign up for this course for credit, or express a serious amount of commitment in order to be accepted into this Exco. Be aware that skipping the readings is unacceptable, as they are absolutely required for each class – seeing as they're the point of the entire Exco and all – so please do not sign up for this course if you think you cannot read the expected chapters each week. Attendance is also mandatory, of course, and any more than two missed absences, without email notifications to either Mac or I, will force us to drop you from the class. If you've read to this point, we appreciate your commitment! Don't let the warnings scare you! We're eager to make this course comprehensible and open to you; opinions are welcome in this course, and if you love Tolkien, and want a place to talk about him and his world, this is the Exco for you!

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKJqLd-Vq3qBrukLymQ9NSyClAXAa9PZDFkRpb-4s0CZPXUg/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Email: mdonnell@oberlin.edu, matkinso@oberlin.edu

Tolkien 201: Myths and Motifs        2 Credits

Dan Russo, Justin Biggi        EXCO-436

This course will allow students to engage with Tolkien’s work in an academic setting and approach one of the largest pop cultural events of the 20th and 21st centuries from a critical viewpoint. Throughout the class, we will be discussing the role of myth in Middle Earth, the languages and linguistics of Tolkien, as well as themes of colonialism, racism and identity in his works and world. We will be reading not only works by Tolkien himself (including his letters), but also academic articles concerning his world and ideas, as well as primary sources such as the Beowulf and articles addressing larger themes in linguistics, mythopoetics and folklore studies.

While having taken the Tolkien ExCo is not a prerequisite of this class, the course is structured as an expansion of themes already explored in the Tolkien ExCo. Regardless of whether one has taken the class or not, previous knowledge of Tolkien’s major works (such as The Silmarillion, The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit) is required.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: drusso@oberlin.edu, lbiggi@oberlin.edu

Warrior CatsCo        1 Credit

Sarah Passannante, Mark Scott        EXCO-438

The goal of this course is to facilitate discussion about the Warrior Cats books. In this class, we will be taking a topic-by-topic approach to the series, examining individual components carefully, as opposed to a chronological approach. This class is designed for people who have some prior knowledge of the Warrior Cats series. Although it is not required or expected to have read all or most of the books, a basic level of familiarity is needed.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/g7AdGnx9jBr3YDNk1

Email: spassann@oberlin.edu, mscott2@oberlin.edu

Queer Women on Screen        1 Credit

Natalie Passaro, Tala Clower        EXCO-466

This course examines the ways that queer women are represented  on screen. We will discuss a wide range of media, including TV  shows, movies, and independent web series. The setting of the course is in a book club-style discussion group, and the only requirement is willingness to engage with the material. Each week is broken  down into themes and tropes that exist from outside, and within, communities of queer women. We will review the ways that these shows are successful and unsuccessful in their representations. We will also analyze the stereotypes and norms that the piece of media makes visible, and look at intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, age, and other identities. In addition to interpreting what these shows are saying about queer women, we will discuss what these shows are saying to queer women and how they influence young queer viewership. The purpose of this ExCo is to generate conversation about the queer women we see on screen in a safer, thoughtful, and fun space.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: npassaro@oberlin.edu, tclower@oberlin.edu

DegrassCo        1 Credit

Julia Halm, Alice Lawton        EXCO-475

DegrassCo is a celebration of all things Degrassi! Our class seeks to appreciate the show both for its dramatic plot lines and larger-than-life characters, influence on popular culture, and educational value. DegrassCo is a discussion-based class that depends on participation! We will watch and discuss episodes as a class along with related readings. We will discuss themes and the significance in how they are portrayed, but we will also discuss the show’s characters and plot. Class discussions will range from lighthearted (ex. learning about Drake’s childhood acting career) to serious, delving into what makes Degrassi so special. No prior knowledge of Degrassi is needed, but the class is open to students with any level of experience!

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and complete one midterm and one final assignment.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: jhalm@oberlin.edu, alawton@oberlin.edu

Connection Through Short Story Writing        2 Credits

Ella Causer        EXCO-481

This class will add character and voice your journaling, develop your short story writing, and bring you close to a group of writers through movement, discussion, and conversation. Through the close reading and discussion of short stories, personal narratives, works of fiction, and even poetry, students will begin or continue to learn new ways to express themselves through creative writing.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/YxThwe7rvOAxPg2q1

Email: ecauser@oberlin.edu

The Political Relevance of Star Trek        1 Credit

Adina Zeth        EXCO-491

This course will analyze how Star Trek examines modern social, moral, and political issues. These include issues such as gay rights, the holocaust, injustice and many more. You do not need to be familiar with the world of Star Trek as this course does not examine the world of Star Trek itself (though this may come up), but rather the way in which it analyzes the real world.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: azeth@oberlin.edu

Dance and Theater

Contact Improvisation        1 Credit

Multiple Sections        EXCO-501

Section I: Barret Carr

Section II: Zach Arfa, Becca Janovic

This course will be an introduction to Contact Improvisation, a dance form in which contact between bodies is the basis for improvisatory movement exploration. This contact is often physical, but can also be visual, rhythmic, or communicative in other ways. We will focus on the acquisition of physical skills such as rolling, learning when and when not to give weight, how to receive weight, and how to fall softly. This class is open to any level of dance training because learning is maximized in groups of varying experience levels. The dance form is accessible to those of all abilities/disabilities. The only required material is a journal or notebook for writing weekly entries.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/8DLZDRs6ShFdph6w1

Email: bcarr@oberlin.edu, zarfa@oberlin.edu, rjanovic@oberlin.edu

Advanced Improv ExCo        1 Credit

Gabi Shiner        EXCO-505

In this ExCo, students will practice scene-driven and longform improv comedy. In the first half of the course, we'll focus on finding the "game" of a scene, being a supportive scene partner, creating characters, and building a world within a scene. Then, we'll apply our scenework skills to the longform, a 30ish minute sequence of scenes that all take place in the same world. As we get to know what our group brings to the table as comedians/performers/individuals, we'll practice using our skills to bring out the best in each other onstage. There will be two performances during the semester (mid-semester and end-of semester).

Prior improv, comedy, drama, or other related experience is preferred for the class, but please sign up if this ExCo sounds at all like a good fit for you and what you do. Students who have taken the Beginning Improv ExCo at Oberlin are strongly encouraged to sign up. Our first class session will be a relaxed audition to figure out our group.

Course Application: Audition during first session9

Email: gshiner@oberlin.edu

SketchCo: The Sketch Comedy ExCo        2 Credits

Keifer Ludwig, Miranda Purcell        EXCO-520

Hey you! Yeah, you! No not you! You! Do you like sketch comedy? Of course you do. But do you have a hankering to learn more about it and maybe try it on for yourself? Well that’s perfect because that’s exactly what we’re here for. You’re welcome. Drawing on Monty Python, SNL, Key and Peele, Mr. Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Tim and Eric, and many others, this course will meet weekly to watch, discuss, create, and perform sketches. Each week, we will cover a completely new comedy concept---like alliteration (that won’t actually be a theme), culminating in one great big show written and performed by all of you genius comedy kids. And then all of your friends can come and realize how funny you are and damn, they’re lucky to be your friend in the first place. There will be laughs! And kooky ideas being shared! Like what if humans went to a beaver party pretending to be beavers only to find out that it was actually a human party filled with beavers pretending to be humans? Pretty silly, we know. Anyway, if you want a fully non-judgmental space where you can goof and generally grow your comedy, look no further.


The Beavers

AKA Doobie Ingenuity (a sketch group Keifer and Miranda are in)

AKAKA Keifer and Miranda

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOXxX417RDQpWzEt423Dm4GLpqDJFnB9PXRPDrTGitCntHPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: kludwig@oberlin.edu, mpurcell@oberlin.edu

K-Pop Koreography ExCo        1 Credit

Emily Reeves, Keyi Feng        EXCO-525

With an emphasis on style and movement, this course delves into the dance craze of Korean Pop (K-Pop). Choreography of popular K-Pop groups will be taught while learning the history and origin of this cultural art form. Students are expected to learn and be able to perform the dances in front of certain audiences. Other requirements include weekly class attendance and an in-class presentation. No prior dance experience is necessary. The class might be tiring, but no physically strenuous movements will be included. One credit may be earned for taking this course.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerddoI06vGFb2l8J4q4xXRvTKDpOhHwkTOrtJzh-eXLcPhZw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: ereeves2@oberlin.edu, kfeng@oberlin.edu

Introduction to Rapper Sword Dancing        1 Credit

Lauren Blaudeau        EXCO-534

In this course we will be learning how to dance traditional English Rapper Sword Dancing. We will begin by learning about the history and tradition of sword dancing and continue learning traditional stepping and figures throughout the semester. Rapper dance figures will build on each other, eventually culminating in the student’s ability to comfortably perform a full rapper sword dance. We will also discuss the process of choreographing a dance and students will work together with instructors to choreograph their own dance to perform at the end of the semester, either in the Student Dance Showcase or at a Contra Dance Night. FULL MOBILITY OF ALL LIMBS REQUIRED

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNVoOz7etpKDOZz9M3ovJJfxk7GYJgGQ0W-CAo5wSMdz-2Qg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Email: lblaudea@oberlin.edu

Beginning Swing        1 Credit

Sarah Goodstein, Sophie Collier        EXCO-541

Do you want to learn how to Swing Dance? Then come to our class! We will teach you how to move to the soundtrack of the Roaring Twenties. The objective of this class is to give students experience with and basic knowledge of the fundamental dances of swing (East-coast, Lindy Hop, and Charleston), to teach good social dancing skills, and to introduce some basic understanding of musicality. There are no requirements other than a body ready to move, a sturdy pair of shoes, and a good attitude.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/LUyHjoa7Dsn0kENq2

Email: sgoodste@oberlin.edu, scollier@oberlin.edu

Continuing Swing Dance        1 Credit

Clara Wolfe        EXCO-542

Welcome to the next level of swing! This course is for those with a solid grasp of the lindy hop basic, swing out and simple turns, as well as the Charleston basic. This means that you should have either passed the Beginning Swing Exco or have explicit consent from Clara and Gavin. This class will focus on further developing both technique and creativity in your dancing, so that you increase your swing vocabulary, look even better dancing, and have more fun. We will focus on refining the lindy hop and Charleston, as well as learning a wide range of more complicated variations. In addition, we will introduce you to new styles of swing, such as shag, balboa, and solo jazz steps, and to the fundamentals of swing history and the contemporary social dance scene. By the end of the course, every one of you should be able to dance to a variety of tempos and types of music, all while developing your own unique dancing style.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgjSm5UKvfkNeQ7b1isS0C2pzGvkSoK3VjkX0q4kS8XHlx7w/viewform

Email: cwolfe@oberlin.edu

Beginning Tap ExCo        1 Credit

Rosemary Shin        EXCO-545

The Beginning Tap ExCo is a 1-credit practicum in tap dance at the introductory level. Tap dance is a unique art form in that it provides the opportunity to move in an expressive or theatrical manner, as any other form of dance might allow, while simultaneously producing music through this movement. This course will expose students to basic tap steps in both the rhythm tap and Broadway tap styles. Students will build up a vocabulary of steps that will enable them to work on developing their own choreography in addition to performing a combination with the rest of the class. Students who have completed this course are encouraged to take the Continuing Tap ExCo in the following semester. This course requires that students be able to be active and on their feet for 30 minutes at a time over 2 hours. Students are also required to perform in the Student Dance Showcase.        

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9ukyy2VapJY07Jhun1b728Zd_otj9wyTdM1G5xghdggOE1Q/viewform

Email: rshin@oberlin.edu

Continuing Tap Dance ExCo        1 Credit

Michelle Ravitsky        EXCO-546

​In​ ​this​ ​course,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​build​ ​on​ ​the​ ​basic​ ​tap​ ​dance​ ​vocabulary that​ ​was​ ​taught​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Beginning​ ​Tap​ ​Dance​ ​ExCo​ ​and/or​ ​from​ ​previous​ ​experience.​ ​We will​ ​go​ ​over​ ​important​ ​advanced​ ​building​ ​blocks​ ​and​ ​classic​ ​moves.​ ​The​ ​end​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​the class​ ​is​ ​a​ ​group​ ​performance​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​Dance​ ​Showcase.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​learn choreography​ ​for​ ​the​ ​final​ ​piece​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​semester.​ ​A​ ​typical​ ​class​ ​will​ ​consist​ ​of warm​ ​ups,​ ​learning​ ​new​ ​steps,​ ​review,​ ​learning​ ​choreography,​ ​improvisation,​ ​and​ ​a question-and-answer​ ​help​ ​session.

Course Application:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1t_9HXGnfkiqZ5Z2imKnEG-HJKtqrlZd2rAyupFwTKbg/edit?usp=sharing

Email: mravitsk@oberlin.edu

Girls in Motion        1 Credit

Zoe Guiney, Audrey Morrow        EXCO-566

Girls in Motion is a unique after-school program for girls in the Oberlin public schools that uses dance to build trust, collaboration, and body positivity. In after-school classes taught by Oberlin College student mentors, we introduce students to fun and integrative movement forms, including dance, improvisation, and theater games, as well as creative activities such as journal writing and arts and crafts. This ExCo course will prepare college students to be mentors in the program by helping to teach facilitation, lesson planning, and to consider the role of race, gender, class, and body diversity in an after school dance program.  This course will give you a practical and theoretical approach that can support you in future education opportunities, but no dance, theater, or education experience is required. The course requires just over 3 hours/week (1.5 hours in the ExCo and 1.5 in the school itself). Regular and serious attendance is required.

Please note that the name of the organization "girls in motion" refers to the perception of middle and elementary schoolers as "girls" and is not meant to exclude any prospective mentors or students, regardless of whether or not they identify as a "girl".  We hope to create an inclusive and welcoming community for dancers of all identities!

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhxxs3UXdc0G4vlMJPa7gIumwUZdPW8HDoLGOC_YdA3pO6oA/viewform

Email: zguiney@oberlin.edu, amorrow@oberlin.edu


Intro to Taiko Drumming        1 Credit

Cora Hasegawa, Will Tokunaga        EXCO-602

Introduction to taiko drumming will familiarize students with the fundamentals and culture of Japanese American taiko. In addition to studying correct beta and naname form, students will learn two and a half pieces and one dance/song. As a cultural performance group, we want to promote a culturally respectful classroom so we the instructors along with other members of OCTaiko will be teaching a few history lessons introducing students to the history of Japanese American people and culture. The class will culminate in a group performance, and for those who wish to join the OCTaiko group, this class and final performance will function as the audition process along with a written application. It is important to note that while no experience is required taiko is a physical art form and will require students to build physical strength through warmups and exercises. If you have any concerns please talk to the instructors and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: chasegaw@oberlin.edu, wtokunag@oberlin.edu

Steel Pan        1 Credit

Dorothy DeBiasse, Liam Smith        EXCO-623

In this ExCo, you will learn how to play steel pan. Previous musical experience is not required. The ExCo consists of around 20 people in a rotating system of 15 on pan and 5 in the engine room (auxiliary percussion). Everyone will play around three songs on the pans and one on percussion, culminating in a performance with Oberlin Steel at the end of the semester at the Cat in the Cream. There will also be an academic component of the course involving listening to music and learning more about Trinidadian history and the world of steel pan!

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: ddebiass@oberlin.edu, lsmith2@oberlin.edu

Wind Ensemble        1 Credit

Ryn McWhirter, Giulian Favrin        EXCO-625

This Exco provides an opportunity for Oberlin College, Conservatory, and community wind and percussion players to participate in an ensemble devoted to classic and modern wind ensemble music. Hopefully this Exco can be a first step in bridging the gap between college and conservatory musicians! We are aiming for as big an ensemble as we can get-- the more the merrier! Class will be held as a weekly Wind Ensemble rehearsal (entire ensemble and sectionals). Every wind instrument player will sit in their section of instruments (and play the part they wish to/can play, not by audition for chairs).

Requirements: This Exco is open to wind and percussion musicians at or above high school proficiency level. It is expected that members will do 1 hour of individual practice of the repertoire outside of rehearsal per week. The (required) midterm assignment will be a one page “research” paper on your favorite band composer or favorite band piece. At the end of the semester, we will play around five pieces in a final concert!

Materials: Your wind instrument (or percussion mallets. Percussion instruments provided). If you need a wind instrument we may be able to help you rent one from the Conservatory before the end of add/drop. We can also help you obtain financial aid for instrument rental.

Course Application: 


Email: amcwhirt@oberlin.edu, gfavrin@oberlin.edu

Studio B Workgroup        1 Credit

Jane Rissover-Plotke        EXCO-649

This workgroup focuses on the work that goes into producing Live From Studio B, a live performance program featuring local and touring artists that is filmed, recorded, and broadcasted on WOBC 91.5 FM and wobc.org. Every semester, the Studio B staff offers a small group of students and community members a series of short, introductory workshops in a highly collaborative learning environment through the Studio B Workgroup ExCo. You’ll help us run our program by assisting at live sessions and completing a final project of your own design that promotes, benefits, and/or uses the resources of Studio B. We can’t promise that you'll all be professional videographers and engineers after taking our course, but you’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience and insight into one of Oberlin's most unique student-run programs! NO EXPERIENCE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY!

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: jrissove@oberlin.edu

TunesCo        1 Credit

Adam Work, Daphne Pickens        EXCO-660

Do you play an instrument? Do you want to learn to think about music in a new way? Do you want to learn a whole bunch of great tunes and play them with other people? In Tunes ExCo, you’ll learn to play music that gets toes tapping and dancers moving. For the first half of the semester we’ll be diving into learning tunes from a variety of traditions around the North Atlantic region, including the British Isles, French Canada, Appalachia and New England, as well as developing the rhythm and style that gives the music drive and lilt. After building up a healthy stock of reels, jigs and more, in the second half of the course we will focus on playing with an ensemble, coming up with new accompaniment ideas, making arrangements and building cohesion. If you’re interested in learning a new style of music, developing your sense of rhythm and improvisation skills, and playing fun music with other people, Tunes ExCo is the place to be!

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: awork@oberlin.edu, Daphne.Pickens@oberlin.edu

Arts, Crafts, and DIY

Sock Monkey Making        1 Credit

Emily Highkin        EXCO-730

Sock Monkey ExCo teaches the craft of sock monkey making in a workshop-style class.  Students will begin with the basic monkey pattern, as an introduction to the process of transforming socks into creatures.  Then, the class will progress to constructing other animals out of socks and gloves - past projects have included elephants, cats, octopi, penguins, pigs, horses, zebras, and seahorses.  

This class has three goals: The first is to teach and practice basic sewing skills.  All experience levels are appropriate for this class.  The class will focus on hand sewing and embroidery, but students will have the opportunity to try machine sewing as well.  The second aim is to welcome and celebrate creativity.  A wide array of colorful socks and gloves are provided for students to choose from and take inspiration.  Any idea for a project will be supported - we can find a way to make anything out of a sock! The third objective of Sock Monkey ExCo is to create a fun and thriving class community.  This is two hours a week to relax and sew with a group of people who all want to be there, sewing together.   Collaboration on projects and helping each other is highly encouraged.  

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: ehighkin@oberlin.edu

Mollusk Shell Form through Crochet        1 Credit

Rowan Lee        EXCO-731

Evolutionary change is a fascinating process that has created a wide variety of body forms suited for different environments and roles in certain ecosystems, and the evolution of mollusks exemplifies this. In this course, students will learn the concepts of form and function, evolution, and gastropod and cephalopod anatomy and life habits through lecture and will learn to visualize these concepts through learning crochet and creating these shell forms. While this is scientific material with a focus on paleontology, a scientific background is not necessary for this course. Scientific material will be taught through lecture and introductory crochet and techniques will be taught through in-class demonstrations, instruction, and trouble-shooting with students. Office hours and a variety of supplemental material will be provided for crochet help. Weekly assignments will consist of finishing the piece that was started in class and practicing the weekly for technique for a total of 1 hour of work outside of class. By the end of the class, students will be able to crochet their own shell forms and critters. The final assignment consists of creating your very own friend and writing a short analysis of its morphology. There is a material fee of $3.50, and this can be waived if needed.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/6iLberiyL6E1czEA3

Email: mlee@oberlin.edu

Tatting Lace        1 Credit

Susannah Brodnitz        EXCO-732

Tatting is a kind of knotted lace which is intricate yet durable. Google image search it to see some of the cool stuff you could make! While lace making as a whole is an ancient art, tatting developed relatively recently in the early 19th century. The history of tatting shows the potential today for experimentation in textile arts. This course will be mainly about learning this skill, but we'll also cover some history of lace and tatting and learn about how other kinds of lace are made. Tatting is a great introduction to making lace because it involves repetitive movements and only a shuttle and thread, unlike the complicated set-up needed for bobbin lace for example. It can be helpful to have some experience working with yarn or thread but it's definitely not necessary. There's a $10 materials fee, but if this makes the course inaccessible to you in any way please reach out to me and we will work something out!

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNARMQBwP04u8rB0OC8pD0SeqJhjdkwKjxl5PpYqictjvHug/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: sbrodnit@oberlin.edu

Embroidery ExCo        1 Credit

Tempe Shrenker, Kristen Mayhew        EXCO-733

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: tshrenke@oberlin.edu, kmayhew@oberlin.edu

Introduction to Jewelry Making        1 Credit

Cecilia Larson        EXCO-735

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: clarson@oberlin.edu

Introduction to Pottery        1 Credit

Tory Eichler, Tamar Eckstein        EXCO-743

In this intro course we will teach students the basics of pottery: how to center the clay, drop the hole and raise the walls, as well as how to trim and glaze pieces. We will work on and off the wheel to make a variety of vessels and pots, such as bowls, cups, plates, mugs, jars, and vases. Intro students will also assist in kiln firings and with making clay. As part of this course, you will be required to join the Oberlin Pottery Co-op ($30 fee per semester). No prior experience is necessary for this course, nor must students provide any of their own materials. By the end of the semester, we aim to have all produced a number of vessels that we are proud of!

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/R88Dyy8AvJvEhX9B2   

Email: teichler@oberlin.edu, teckstei@oberlin.edu

Intermediate Pottery        1 Credit

Louisiana Scherman        EXCO-744

This course builds on fundamental ceramics skills. Students will gain confidence in their existing skill set and expand it to include new techniques and processes. We will increase our proficiency in functional forms as well as experiment with decorative ones, and focus on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of all our pieces. Each class will include demonstrations as well as individual instruction. $30 semesterly Pottery Coop fee.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKFc9K-kAoFnaRXuQKlsImZ1mVeVz4wJ_PWhrHabBJvkBHEw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: lscherma@oberlin.edu

Bob Ross Painting ExCo        1 Credit

Veronica Mahoney        EXCO-750

Want to chill with Bob Ross? Or maybe make some art to decorate your dorm with? Then you’ve come to the right place! This class will follow twelve Bob Ross tutorials, and will also cover some extra tips and techniques to improve painting. Students will complete one in class painting per week, and get to keep and display their artwork proudly. This is designed to be a fun and stress free working environment for those who have never held a brush before, and even professional artists. There is a twenty dollar materials fee, but if that makes this course inaccessible, please let me know, and we can work something out! So welcome to our happy little ExCo, where everyone can paint.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/kTkdkHykySTBpN9k1

Email: veronica.mahoney@corebaby.org

Making Comics        1 Credit

Roger Ort        EXCO-770

This course hopes to introduce students to the methods of comic creation. Via a combination of analyzing the work of others as well as starting to produce one's own work, we will investigate the processes behind sequential art.

Materials required: Pencil, eraser, felt-tip inking pens, ring-bound sketchbook, ruler or triangle/set square

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/rRaD433bIUFaUuf82

Email: rort@oberlin.edu

Physical Activities, Mindfulness, and Games

TaeKwonDo Fundamentals        2 Credits

Thibault Irissou, Ruiqi Liu                                                                                                          EXCO-805        

TaeKwonDo is a Korean martial art and Olympic sport which loosely translates to “the way of kicking and punching”. This course will cover the fundamental techniques necessary for traditional poomsae (choreographed patterns of techniques) and kyorugi (Olympic regulation point-based fighting). No prior experience is necessary.

Class on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Joining practice for an hour or two during the weekend is strongly encouraged.

In terms of physical requirements, classes 1) will consist in large part of moderate to strenuous exercise and 2) may contain heavy contact as part of regulated combat. Safety will always remain our utmost priority as we teach.

Required materials: uniform and belt, which cost $40 total.         

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/k0X1DJOLmK6tRfmA3

Email: tirissou@oberlin.edu, rliu2@oberlin.edu

Aikido ExCo        1 Credit

Kevin Greenwood, Julia Martin, Liam Hefta        EXCO-806

The Aikido Exco is designed to provide students with a gentle but engaging introduction to the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Beginning students will gain and develop abilities leading to the rank of 6th Kyu, learning to focus on movement, balance, coordination, timing, and technique. The Exco course is designed for complete novices and experienced martial artists alike. Our course centers on basic techniques so that those with no experience can learn the basic movements and footwork, while those with more experience can work on more advanced and subtle concepts necessary to mastering the simplest techniques.

We will introduce you to safe rolling and falling, fundamental movements like entering and turning, and learning to move in response to an attack. Classes will begin with warm-ups and stretching, and will focus primarily on various open-hand techniques of Aikido, mostly in paired practice.

If any of this intrigues you, come visit our booth at the upcoming ExCo Fair, and we will be delighted both to meet and speak with you. Or alternatively, send any one of us an email, and we will respond as soon as we are able. We are eager provide a safe, honest, and fun environment for you to learn about Aikido, and we hope to see you training with us soon.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: jmartin4@oberlin.edu, lhefta@gmail.com

Badminton        1 Credit

Justin LiXie, Felipe Ferreira        EXCO-809

The Badminton ExCo welcomes players of all levels. We teach the basics of the games from techniques to footwork as well as the rules with the goal of developing you into a better badminton player. Training is about 2 hours per week, but this course is not very physically intensive. NO EXPERIENCE is required to attend the course, and we also welcome players with some prior background to attend as we have something to offer to players of all levels. You DO NOT have to bring a badminton racket, but please come dressed in sports attire.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdG7ytROXB6VkmEUSpKBIvqAHL2HMptPy409W2cxj1_pYWnwQ/viewform

Email: jlixie@oberlin.edu, fferreir@oberlin.edu

FenceCo        1 Credit

Michelle Liu, Arman Luczkow, Silas Pelkey        EXCO-810

FenceCo is a course that will teach the fundamentals of fencing. In this class, we will teach you footwork as well as give you a general understanding of the three weapons: foil, epee, and sabre. We ask that participants be relatively fit and no prior fencing experience is needed.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: mliu2@oberlin.edu, aluczkow@oberlin.edu, spelkey@oberlin.edu

Rock Climbing        1 Credit

Henry Coe        EXCO-815

The goal of this class to introduce new climbers to a challenging and incredibly rewarding sport. Students will begin by learning basic technical skills, and eventually will work their way up to more advanced styles of climbing. This is a place for people completely new to climbing who wish to learn a new and rewarding sport.

No experience is necessary for the course, we just look for enthusiasm and a commitment to advance the climbing community at Oberlin College. This class aims to improve the climbing skills and knowledge of its students of all climbing backgrounds. No personal equipment is required, however if you’d like to climb in your own shoes and harness, feel free to bring your own gear.  

Each class consists of a lesson followed by time to practice climbing skills. These lessons are on topics such as technique, climbing outdoors, climbing skills, and skills associated with working at the Oberlin Rock Climbing Wall.

You are encouraged to attend screenings of climbing movies to improve your understanding of outdoor climbing, climbing culture, climbing locations, and the current frontiers of the sport. We also encourage you to visit the climbing wall outside of the class once a week, since the less than two hours of climbing we have each week in the class is not enough to radically advance your climbing ability, if that is your goal.

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: hcoe@oberlin.edu

Beginning Archery        1 Credit

Andy Larson        EXCO-820

This is an introduction in basic archery skills. We will begin with safety on the range and proper use of an archer’s equipment. Students will learn correct form and posture; the class will focus more on technique than simply “hitting the target”. This class will be taught with recurve bows and an upright, stationary shooting position. Accommodations for different abilities can be made, though use of both arms and ability to lift ~40 lbs is necessary for this course. The main goal of this exco is for each student to develop the necessary foundation of archery in a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment. The class will meet once weekly for two hours, with ~1 hour of work to complete outside of class.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O5xIkDeZja_n_Qb-vlBAr7MuJa1MF994gxXAsPZrEsc/viewform?edit_requested=true

Email: slarson@oberlin.edu

Beginning Partner Acrobatics        1 Credit

Peri Levin, Avery Grace        EXCO-835

Make new friends and learn how to stand on them! Beginning Partner Acrobatics requires no background experience, no partner, and no special skills! Come as you are and we will teach you the basics of acrobatic yoga, circus acrobatics, and therapeutic acrobatics. Focusing mostly on L basing techniques and partner flow, this exco explores body connection, trust, and learning to fall. We will slowly guide students through the preliminary poses of acrobatic yoga, including inversions, and standing acro. By the end you wont believe how many skills and moves are at your disposal.

Course Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEVG0arsLwh_mfIn5dhPV47noIYJrRHpmBdDdfKqF2CWlaMQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: plevin@oberlin.edu, Agrace@oberlin.edu

TumbleCo        1 Credit

Teague Harvey, Keshia Yap        EXCO-837

The goal of TumbleCo is to nurture an appreciation of the joys of acrobatic movement (mainly tumbling and tricking). The class will introduce the principles of gymnastics and tricking to people who have had little to no experience with it in the past, as well as foster and continue the learning of more advanced students, those who have already begun dabbling in the wonderful world of tumbling. Students will—depending on skill level—learn the fundamentals of physical movement in this genre, hone groundwork moves (e.g. rolls, cartwheels, round-offs, and handstands), branch out into more advanced, attainable challenging techniques (e.g. front and back handsprings, aerials, and tucks), and have the opportunity to self-select a particular advanced skill and sequence of skills to master.

No prior experience is necessary. We welcome participants of all skill backgrounds and will teach to each individual participant’s level. We aim to provide a safe, collaborative environment where you have the support you need to succeed. It is our goal to enable your learning by giving you access to equipment and guidance that you might not otherwise have, so that you can grow and experiment in new ways.

Course Application: Email the instructors for more information

Email: tharvey2@oberlin.edu, kyap@oberlin.edu

Body Positive Exercises        1 Credit

Jojo Scott, Jocelyn Cavins        EXCO-850

Do you want to work out but dread stepping on the treadmill? Are you overwhelmed by the gym? Do you feel like exercise just isn't for you but wish it was? Do you love exercise and want to explore your relationship to it?

This exco aims to expose participants to various types of movement in a fun, supportive, and safe environment while dismantling common barriers that prevent people from exercising and/or developing positive relationships with their body.

Through discussion, journaling, and a variety of workouts, participants will have the opportunity to explore their relationships with exercise and their bodies, and how those relationships are connected. Topics of discussion include fatphobia, diet culture, self care, fitness and more. The ultimate goal of this class is to help participants build healthy and happy relationships with movement and their bodies!

All levels of experience, bodies, and humans welcome!!

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/vNs5CPixsqLS6kCz2

Email: jscott2@oberlin.edu, jcavins@oberlin.edu

ChessCo        1 Credit

Samuel Waranch        EXCO-860

The goal of this ExCo is to teach students how to play, or play better, the game of chess.  After briefly introducing the basic rules of the game, the course will focus on some more intermediate concepts of the opening, middle, and endgame.  More specifically, students will become familiar with chess notation, various opening principles, middlegame attacking and defensive concepts, tactical motifs, typical mating patterns, and various endgame ideas.  By the end of the course, students should be approaching the ability to play chess at tournament-level, or at the very least be able to beat most amateurs.

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: Swaranch@oberlin.edu

SmashCo        1 Credit

Lucky Lai        EXCO-876

"The Super Smash Bros. series has come a long way. Originally released in 1999, the games have found a place in the hearts of many, as well as earning their fair share of criticisms. To many, Super Smash Bros. is just a fond memory or a party game played sparingly among friends or family, similar to Mario Party or Rock Band. However, in the nearly 16 years that the series has been around it has also transformed into being one of the most praised competitive games in eSports. To those willing to invest the time and creativity into learning the culture and complexity behind the games, Smash can be more than just a party game. It is a thorough, fulfilling, and (arguably unintentionally) competitive fighting game with an involved backstory that has been largely influential in modern eSports. This section will focus primarily on advanced techniques and upper-level meta-game in the second installment in the series, Super Smash Bros. Melee.

We have two main goals. First is to expose each player to the technical complexities involved in the game in order to improve their overall playing ability while having as much fun as possible. Second, our goal is to foster a Super Smash Bros. community centered around teaching and learning from one another as well as general merrymaking."

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: dlai@oberlin.edu

Dungeons and Dragons ExCo        1 Credit

Sydney Garnett, Noah Freeman        EXCO-885

In this course we teach the basics of D&D, including a 10-week premade campaign. By the end you will have a full understanding of how to play fifth edition dungeons and dragons, as well as a framework for understanding other systems. This course requires regular attendance and occasional out of class reading.

Course Application: Email the instructor for more information

Email: sgarnett@oberlin.edu, nfreeman@oberlin.edu

Competitive Magic: The Gathering        1 Credit

Kabir Karamchandani        EXCO-890

Many students at Oberlin already play Magic: The Gathering semi-competitively. This course aims to take them to the next level of competition. This is not a course aiming to teach novices Magic, but rather one that allows established players to reach a level where they can compete in tournaments, and regularly post good results. By the end of the course, students should be able to enter a PPTQ, or other event of equal size and player skill, and have a reasonable chance at winning it.

The course will focus on strategy, primarily draft strategies and in-game decisions. Within this, concepts looked at will include reading signals, knowing when to turn the corner, and broader, more widely applicable strategic concepts such as the sunk-cost fallacy. There will also be focus on specific formats, including but not limited to standard, sealed, and modern, based on class requests.

Course Application: https://goo.gl/forms/sF6c5kvgUUNCrNTV2

Email: kkaramch@oberlin.edu


You have reached the end of the Spring 2019 ExCo Course Catalog. We hope to see you at the ExCo Fair (Wednesday, February 6th from 6:30-8:30pm, in the Root Room). Please feel free to email the instructors of any courses you are interested in for more information on how to sign up for the class. If you have general questions about the ExCo Fair or how the ExCo program works, email the ExCo Committee at exco@oberlin.edu.

~ The ExCo Committee