Content with Disciplines : Social Sciences and Humanities

In the News Discussion Guides: February 2017

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University is offering a series of resources that will act as framings for a few issues that developed over the past several weeks, including possible readings, sources, and discussion questions. Think of these as starting points for purposeful, educational classroom and co-curricular discussions. Read more about the importance of these conversations in our blog post on the power of these teachable moments Read More from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University More on the In the News Discussion Guide Series from IDHE

Shared Spaces Issue: Metropolitan Universities Journal

This issue of Metropolitian Universities published by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) focuses on the impact of shared learning spaces on communities and what approaches higher education institutions have taken to promote “shared space for shared work.”  The issue includes 10 best-practices articles that provide insights, road blocks to avoid, pathways to navigate, funding structures, and everything in between related to the emerging interest in universities creating physical spaces to center their community engagement and anchor work within. The issue in particular highlights the work of universities internationally to create strong partnerships that benefit both the universities and their…

Partnerships that Challenge Inequality (Institute 1 – Princeton)

Campus Compact President, Andrew Seligsohn, and Vice President for Strategy and Operations, Maggie Grove, shared this presentation on community partnerships that challenge inequality at the Civic Action Planning Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

Developing Metrics to Assess Community Impact: The Anchor Dashboard (Institute 1 – Princeton)

This presentation on  was given by Steve Dubb of the Democracy Collaborative at the first Civic Action Planning Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

Realizing Place-Based Strategies (Institute 1 – Princeton)

Steve Dubb, Senior Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative shared this presentation on place-based strategy at the Civic Action Planning Institute in Princeton, NJ.

Multi-Year Community Engaged Programs for Students,

This reporting assignment was undertaken to describe a range of exemplary, independently managed, multi-year community engaged programs for students. Given that each program that we focus on was developed independent of one another, with its own distinctive name, origin story and characteristics, we felt it important to document the breadth of innovative practices being used to develop engaged citizens and scholars. It is the rm belief of the authors that these types of programs can and should be considered deeply by other institutions of higher education wishing to create a distinctive and engaged educational experience that will help students stand…

History Course on Race Inequality in DC

Washington, DC is “a city where the American dream and the American nightmare, pass each other daily, on the street and do not speak,” wrote an anonymous American some time back. Today she could be speaking about the plight of many in the nation’s capital: African Americans, Latin Americans, the homeless, many of them veterans, and others who had not benefited from the American Dream, in this city. In fact, DC is only capital city in the world where voters do not select their own voting representative to the national Congress. In this course, we will explore the “other Washington”…

Psychology SL Internship Course

Course Description Provides students with opportunities for learning through practical experience in a professional setting. The intern will be given the chance to relate principles presented in textbooks and classroom settings to real-life situations, under responsible supervision. Course Objectives This course will: Provide the opportunity for students to actively examine their values, with respect to their roles both as individuals and professionals, within the broader social context Provide the opportunity for students to understand the need for a sense of community and shared endeavor, while concurrently appreciating professional, cultural, and personal diversity Help students develop sensitivity to the close interdependence…

Psychology Integration SL Year-long Course

This Capstone Seminar in the fall is part of a 2-course sequence. The overarching theme for both courses is “Culmination and Integration— A Year in Living the Mission of LMU.” The Capstone Seminar in Fall 2015, drawing on the Bio-Psycho-Socio/Cultural model and the gifts of discernment and Ignatian Spirituality lay the theoretical foundation for a more practical aspect of the year-long objectives in Spring 2016. The seminar in the fall (Part I) is designed to enliven the first 2 pillars of the LMU Mission, the Encouragement of Learning (in all its forms) and the Education of the Whole Person. The…

Anthropology Field Study SL Course

COURSE CURRICULUM SCHEDULE The 2016 archaeological field school will continue investigations designed to identify, investigate, and interpret the physical remains of Fort St. Joseph (20BE23) and contemporaneous sites in the St. Joseph River valley of southwestern Michigan. This year we will expand our excavations on the floodplain (Fort St. Joseph—20BE23) and continue to explore adjacent areas. Students in the field school will receive instruction in surveying techniques, proper field excavation, artifact processing and analysis, and interpretation of findings as part of a long-term program devoted to exploring colonial interactions between Native Americans and Europeans in the North American fur trade….

Community Nutrition SL Course

Course Description: The focus of this course is to examine the role of the dietitian/nutritionist in identifying health and nutrition problems and integrating nutritional services with medical and social services within the community. Prerequisite(s): NTRN 1513 Introduction to Nutrition or NTRN 1483 Personal Nutrition. This course will provide basic knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of community nutrition. We will cover the concept of community, the role of nutrition in health promotion and perspectives for resolving community nutrition problems. Needs assessment issues and national and state community nutrition programs, determinants of health outcomes, measurement of nutrition and health status,…

Sociology SL Course: US Poverty, Welfare & Social Justice

Student Course Learning Goals: Students will be able to define poverty and identify the underlying causes and consequences of poverty in the US. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of poverty on people’s lives, particularly in the Cleveland area. Students will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness and fairness of social welfare policies & programs. Students will be able to discuss various strategies for reducing poverty, including the programs at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) Students will work together in research teams and learn how to conduct a program evaluation for LMM Connection to the Department Student Learning…

Community Issues SL Course

Course Description and Objectives The course will draw from students’ collective learning experiences in their community-based service learning. Core concepts about democracy in America, the land-grant university’s historic mission, and about how everyday citizens collectively can build a strong democracy will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the range of ways that citizens participate in democratic decision-making and will practice some of these forms. The course is based on the reciprocal relationship between practice in the community and readings, reflections, and exercises in class. Assignments ask you to reflect on your community-based practice and apply concepts in the…

Writing & Reading SL Course

Course Overview: Storytelling … becomes a positive and powerful way to bring everyone to the table, validating what everybody has to bring, and using that as a way of studying this complex society we all share but in which we live differently depending on where we are positioned in it. Even though we may see it differently, because we’re sitting in different positions around that table, we all have something to add to this developing story about who we are as a nation, where we are going in terms of addressing our racial history, and other aspects of justice. “The…

Writing SL Course

Course description: Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. These skills are the basis for success in all college courses and in professional careers. By reading, analyzing, and interpreting material from a variety of writers and, in turn, writing and thinking about the ideas, the student should become more proficient at communication skills. This course fulfills open and liberal arts electives. Course objectives (writing) Students will: 1. Use the writing…

Education SL Course: Poverty Matters

Course description: This course explores current theories, research, beliefs, and myths surrounding poverty and its effects on people, the environment, and various communities of practice. Opportunities will be provided for students to deepen their understanding of diversity by developing relationships with local organizations and by working side by side with marginalized populations in the Front Range of Colorado through action research.     Course objectives and outcomes: The students will: Participate in applying new knowledge with local educational organizations that are addressing the cycle of poverty, marginalized populations, and/or very young children and their families; Explore various definitions of poverty and…

Catholic Imagination SL Course

Course Description: This course will offer a multi-disciplinary approach to three primary themes: the practice of serving goodness & beauty of Creation; a practice of mercy; and doing Justice. These not only reflect a sacramental imagination intrinsic to Catholic imagination but also put our faith into action. They are a response to Pope Francis’ call to living this year of 2016 in mercy as a Jubilee year, beginning Dec 8, 2015. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Discuss Catholic concepts of God, creation and sacrament. Discuss basic Catholic social justice teaching. Explain selected Catholic phenomena found within history and/or contemporary culture and analyze how…

Sculpture in the Social Field SL Course

Course Description: This is a studio course designed to provide the beginning sculpture student with a foundation in sculptural processes and theories that contribute to the current field of sculpture with an emphasis on social practice, viewer participation, and broad inclusion. In this class we will work to define a field of sculpture and then survey its aspects, including process, material, ethics, historical contributions, the current zeitgeist (look it up, it will be on the quiz), and professional practices. Students will create elementary and advanced spatial constructions using a variety of tools, materials, and methods as the above topics are…