CBL 115 - GATEWAY TO SERVICE This course will introduce students to the philosophy, theory, and best practices of academically based community service work. Working with faculty and concepts from a wide range of academic disciplines, students will gain knowledge about community action and community service, while developing first-hand practical skills and applications for effective work in Baltimore City. Topics and skills to be learned include community building, effective mentoring, developing community partnerships, perspectives on learning development, and others. One hour lecture and two hours community service required per week.
ES 230 – POLITICAL ECOLOGY: CULTURE, POLITICS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE This course examines various interpretations of political ecology, outlining the crucial theoretical and methodological problems in the field. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation that views political ecology as an analytical tool that seeks both to unravel the political and cultural forces at work in environmental change and to provide for a more comprehensive understanding of how global and local environmental issues relate to each other.
ES 245 - PSYCHOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS This course outlines current environmental problems and their historical bases. The course then explores how different psychological perspectives view the relationship between individuals and the environment, as well as reviews psychological research related to environmental sustainability. Guidance for improving environmental sustainability based on the different psychological perspectives are examined. A major goal of this course is for students to develop an understanding of how psychology can contribute to promoting sustainability of the environment.
FRO 100.002 LIVING IN THE MARGINS: EXPERIENCES OF VULNERABILITY All of us have had moments when we felt nearly invisible: times when instead of being the story at the center we were just a note jotted in the margin. This class will explore the realities of being marginalized by looking at groups of people who are frequently not visible. In the first part of the semester, we will read personal stories, agency reports, and scholarly works to learn about vulnerable populations. Some of the vulnerable populations we will consider are: homeless people, immigrants, the elderly, and children who have been separated from their birth parents. We will consider the history of marginalized people and may explore policies and attitudes that impact them. Together, we will formulate questions, gather information, and share our newfound knowledge. Each student will be expected to be a vital component of the learning environment as we seek to understand the realities of complex situations and people. During the second part of the semester, each student will work independently and with the support of the class and college resources to explore the realities of a marginalized group that they are particularly interested in.
FRO 100.005 - WRITING BEHIND BARS In this writing-intensive course, Goucher ("outside") students will join with a group of incarcerated ("inside") students to learn about the criminal justice system and experiment with a range of creative, reflective and analytic approaches to writing. The seminar will meet once a week inside a correctional institution near campus. In this writing workshop, we will craft profiles, reflections, and personal essays and will also consider a range of questions, from "What is the purpose of prison?" to "What are the causes and consequences of policies that have put 2.3 million Americans behind bars?" This intensive course requires a strong commitment to step out of your comfort zone, to participate actively and engage collaboratively with others, and to write weekly in a range of creative and analytic genres. To apply, submit a one-page essay in which you 1) reflect on any past experiences that prepare you for this off-campus writing workshop and 2) explain what you hope to learn from, and contribute to, this unique workshop community.
FRO 100.014 - COMMUNITY RADIO This course explores the philosophy behind community-oriented radio and enables you to put this theory into practice by partnering with an off-campus community organization to create documentary programs. We will study how media skills empower communities around the country and around the world. Students will learn the fundamentals of producing audio documentaries and will have the option of airing their work on local radio stations and local and national Internet sites. (No experience is required, but students must purchase recording equipment (under $100)). Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the value of community-based media; collaborate with others to tell community stories; write radio scripts and academic essays; and perform fundamental audio production tasks, such as recording and editing.
FRO 100.028 - LATINO EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES There are more than 50 million Latin@s living in the United States, making them the nation's single fastest growing and largest ethnic group. By 2050, Latin@s are projected to account for more than 30 percent of the U.S. population. If Latin@s in the United States today formed a country, they would rank as the 12th largest global economy. This course draws on the interdisciplinary field of Latin@ Studies and on a variety of sources from the colonial period to the present to introduce students to the social, political, and cultural history of this vital ethnic group. Readings and assignments will focus on Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Central and South American communities, examining their experiences living as individual groups and amongst each other. Key course topics include: past and present immigration; Latin@ identity and perceptions of Latinos in the U.S., the formation and transformation of cultural identity; and the Spanish language in media and education. Central to your active learning will be the community-based learning component of the course through which you will participate in Goucher's Futuro Latino Learning Center.
PSY 226 - RELATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Moving away from a framework of psychological research, theory, and evaluation that unduly values objectivity, independence, and personal achievement, students explore collaboratively the ramifications of a psychology that places human relationship, connection, community, and care at the center of psychological health and development, where mutual empowerment and empathy, rather than separation from others, are the goals. This feminist, antiracist, and critical psychology recognizes the powerful impact of the sociocultural context in impeding mutuality, and provides an interpretive framework for understanding and reshaping culture, lives, and theory. Specific topics vary from year to year, but include the following: the works of Carol Gilligan, the relational psychology of Jean Baker Miller and the Stone Center, the psychology of gender (e.g., girls’ development, the construction of masculinity), the psychology of oppression, and relational classrooms and environments.
SP 130S - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH WITH COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING This is a four-credit course, with three hours a week face-to-face and one hour a week online, in which students will conduct interactive activities with classmates and students abroad. This course is designed to expand knowledge of the Spanish language and explore the cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This is the third and final course in the lower-division language sequence Successful completion of this course will fulfill the language requirement.
SP 263 - SPANISH IN THE WORKPLACE: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture in preparation for their work in the United States bilingual workplace. The students will have the opportunity of completing 1 credit worth of work working with the Hispanic community in Baltimore City through a community-based learning approach. The combination of community service and class discussions will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the barriers the Hispanic community face, as well as, the successes achieved in the areas of health care, education, social and legal services.