Common Courses

Common Courses

The heart of the Bellarmine Forum is a cluster of courses that invite students into the deepest engagement with the theme. All Bellarmine Forum common courses meet at the same class time, and gather monthly for interdisciplinary seminars and events.

Bellarmine Forum fall 2018 common courses include:

  • APAM 4350: Immigration and Los Angeles

    APAM 4350 Immigration and Los Angeles
    Taught by Edward Park, professor and chair of Asian and Asian American Studies

    An interdisciplinary and comparative examination of the historical role of immigration and migration in shaping the Los Angeles region as well as the social, political, economic, and cultural impact of immigration in contemporary Los Angeles.

    University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections

  • POLS 4250: Public Policy Analysis

    POLS 4250 Public Policy Analysis
    Taught by Lance Blakesley, associate professor of Political Science

    An examination of the processes by which public policy is formulated, implemented, and evaluated. Emphasis will be placed on policy planning and evaluation competencies.

  • POLS 4390: Politics of Los Angele

    POLS 4390 Politics of Los Angeles
    Taught by Fernando Guerra, professor of Political Science and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles

    A study of the structure and dynamics of county, city, and special district governments in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. There will be an emphasis on theoretical and historical perspectives, formal governmental structures, contemporary policies and current elections. Local government will also be placed in a federal and state context. Public opinion analysis will be extensively used.

  • URBN 3010: Metropolitan Los Angeles

    URBN 3010 Metropolitan Los Angeles
    Taught by Peter Hoffman, associate professor of Geography and director of Urban Studies

    An introduction of the social, economic, political, environmental, and spatial characteristics and dynamics of metropolitan Los Angeles in the context of postmodern urbanization in the United States.

All common courses will meet on Tuesdays from 4:20 – 7:20 p.m. Special events for students to participate in will be scheduled during these same time blocks. The lineup includes invited speakers, exhibits on campus, student presentations of collaborative interdisciplinary research projects, and various programming and practices.

Students will have the opportunity to visit/tour locations in Los Angeles that tie in with common courses and events.

    A Bellarmine Forum fall research seminar of faculty and invited graduate and undergraduate students will also participate in ongoing scholarly research, writing, and dialogue on "Los Angeles: A Place for the Future."