Fall 2012 CBL Courses

Anthropology 310  Visual Anthropology in the Material World

Debbora Battaglia

This course (cross-listed with Film Studies 320) focuses on visual activism and ethics, considering how popular portrayals of our own society and of others’ both shape and are shaped by hierarchies of value in the material world.

Architectural Studies 280  Topics in Architectural Studies – Issues in Sustainability:  Adaptive Reuse

Stephanie Brown

This design studio looks at regenerative design and sustainability through the lens of adaptive reuse, restoration of buildings and damaged sites.  This course will involve direct contact with local community members as well as numerous field trips to local sites.  

Curricular Support Courses 202   Community-Based Learning: Networks, Reflection, and Meaning

Alan Bloomgarden

This course is designed to facilitate learning and impact for students working within the local community. Monthly discussions will enable networking, problem solving, and information sharing, informed by key civic engagement readings.  Open only to CBL Community Fellows and Mentors.

Dance 154  Community Crossover

Jodi Falk

This introductory course will train students to teach dance in such settings as senior centers, hospitals, health clinics, and youth recreation centers.  Students will learn how to construct classes for specific community sites.

Education 205   Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society

Sandra Lawrence

This course focuses on historical, social, psychological, and legal underpinnings of the social construction of race and examines how perspectives on race have influenced lives of students and teachers in schools.

Education 233   Educational Psychology

Amy Grillo

This course (cross-listed with Psychology 233) examines issues of learning, teaching, and motivation central to educational psychology. Students explore the (dis)continuities between classroom and home cultures, students’ prior experiences, teachers as learners, ethnic and gender identity in the classroom, and learning in out-of-school settings.

Education 325   The Process of Teaching and Learning:  Developing Math/Science/Technology Instruction and Curriculum

Michael Flynn

This course is designed to construct more extensive understandings of science/math instruction by developing lessons that implement the Massachusetts Frameworks.  Emphasis is on learning diverse management and instructional practices, such as the use of manipulatives, problem solving, cooperative learning, and project-based learning.  

Education 330(01)  The Process of Teaching and Learning in Secondary and Middle Schools

Sandra Lawrence

This course is intended to help prepare prospective secondary and middle school teachers for effective classroom instruction.  Specific course activities focus on teaching in multicultural ways, establishing the classroom climate, choosing instructional approaches, designing curricula, assessing and attending to the needs of learners, evaluating student performance, and providing for classroom community leadership.  

Environmental Studies 321  Conference Courses in Environmental Studies – Environmental Justice and American Literature

Chiyo Crawford

 This course will study literary works grounded in this material reality of simultaneous ecological and human devastation specific to U.S. minority groups and raise questions about the power of literature to document, illustrate, arouse, and instruct in the face of environmental crisis. Topics will include ecofeminism, environmental racism, urban ecology and planning, sexuality and environment, and U.S. environmental imperialism.   

Environmental Studies 390(01) Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies

Timothy Farnum

This is a capstone course for environmental studies majors designed to provide students with opportunities to develop individual and cooperative projects that link the various disciplines of the environmental studies major.

Environmental Studies 390(02)   Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies

Timothy Farnum

This is a capstone course for environmental studies majors designed to provide students with opportunities to develop individual and cooperative projects that link the various disciplines of the environmental studies major.

Film Studies 320  Seminar in File Studies – Visual Anthropology in the Material World

Debbora Battaglia

This course (cross-listed with Anthropology 310) focuses on visual activism and ethics, considering how popular portrayals of our own society and of others’ both shape and are shaped by hierarchies of value in the material world.

Gender Studies 290   Field Placement

Martha Ackmann

This course presents an opportunity for students to apply gender theory to practice and synthesize their work in gender studies. Students will arrange for a placement at a nonprofit organization, business, or institution that incorporates a gender focus.

History 214   History of Global Inequality

Holly Hanson

This course explores patterns of exchange that developed among regions of the world, with an eye towards the role of power in the establishment of practices of production and exchange. Students will also consider how cross-regional productive systems benefited some participants at the expense of others.

Philosophy 280   Philosophy for Children

Thomas Wartenberg

 In this course, students will learn how to conduct discussions of philosophical questions, such as ‘How do you know you are not dreaming right now?’ among elementary school using picture books. After developing the necessary skills, students will teach an introductory philosophy course to 2nd graders.

Politics 252  Urban Political Economy

Preston Smith

This course draws on both historical and contemporary sources to address critical issues and problems facing cities.

Psychology 233  Educational Psychology

Amy Grillo

This course (cross-listed with Education 233) examines issues of learning, teaching, and motivation central to educational psychology. Students explore the (dis)continuities between classroom and home cultures, students’ prior experiences, teachers as learners, ethnic and gender identity in the classroom, and learning in out-of-school settings.

Psychology 340   Laboratory in Perception and Cognition: Cognition and Literacy

Katherine Binder

This course explores the various theories of reading and examines how the cognitive abilities of adults are different from those of children. Students will become a tutor for an adult enrolled in an area literacy program.

Spanish 350   Advanced Studies in Concepts and Practices of Power Community Narratives:  Digital Storytelling in Springfield, Massachusetts

Rogelio Miñana

This course examines how digital storytelling enables communities to express themselves and gain social visibility through literary and media discourses. Students will work with the Springfield-based Latino Youth Media Institute to produce digital stories on issues that affect the North End community in Springfield, Massachusetts.