Community-Based Learning Courses


For additional courses and more information, see the academic catalog.

ART 393:  Junior Seminar: Art and Audience (formerly ART 293) (4 credits)


Art and Audience serves as an introduction to contemporary practices in the visual arts. The course is designed as a seminar and critique course, and emphasizes the relationship between art making, culture, and audience. Students will create artwork based on personal interests, and current and previous art classes. Class discussions and assigned readings develop students’ critical and conceptual skills, while artist lectures and gallery/museum visits help students contextualize their artwork in contemporary artistic practices. Students will receive regularly assigned readings, attend artist presentations and galleries, and participate in class discussions about their own art work. This course is a core requirement for the Art major and minor. Prerequisite: three studio courses, one of which must be a 200-level class or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Program faculty.



BIO170: Environmental Alternatives (LER-NS AND ENV) (GCR ENV) (4 credits)


Critical evaluation of pressing environmental issues such as population growth, acid rain, biodiversity, global warming, ozone depletion, and toxic wastes. Special emphasis on how these problems affect the Chesapeake Bay. Examination of conflicting views about the seriousness of these threats and examination of alternative solutions within the context of economic, cultural, and political factors. Four hours classroom/laboratory. Laboratory includes several field trips. This course fulfills the college laboratory science requirement. Prerequisites: none. High school biology or chemistry strongly recommended. Spring semester.



CBL 115: Gateway to Service (2 credits)


This course will introduce students to the philosophy, theory, and best practices of academically-based community engagement. Through readings from a wide range of disciplines, students will reflect their role as thoughtful and engaged members of a community, and investigate assumptions about race, class and privilege. In investigating the various meanings of leadership, students learn how to develop beneficial, sustainable community collaborations. Topics include the nature and meaning of leadership, building capacity for change, gaining a greater understanding of community challenges, asset mapping, ethics of leadership, perspectives on learning development, and building collaborative community partnerships. This course includes a community-based component. Graded pass/no pass. Fall, spring.



CPEA 201: Art of Observation (4 credits)


Are you tempted to watch the grass grow or follow the traces of cloud shadows scudding over the earth? Do you hear music in the hubbub of a crowded marketor in passing traffic? Would you like to experience the ocean in a humble puddle? We live in an age of point and shoot immediacy and instantaneous commentary which demands our constant attention. But attention to what, exactly? What if you had time to think more quietly, to look with abandon, to reach conclusions slowly and with deliberation? In this course, we will delve into the differences between looking, seeing and observing and we will immerse ourselves with places, people and ideas over time.Using photography, writing and sound recording and working in groups and individually, we will spend a semester of intense looking and listening. We will use many forms of recording and responding to our observations including working collaboratively on a book that features image and text, playing with image and sound and writing from multiple perspectives. Over the course of the semester, using observation as your foundation, you will develop a project that is connected to your deep interests. Restricted to first-year and sophomore students or others with instructor permission.


DMC 101 - Data Analytics (GCR DAF) (LER-MR) (4 credits)


Trillions of terabytes of data are generated and recorded daily by just using a smartphone, driving a car, or using a credit card. In this course, students examine how data is created, obtained, examined, and used to shape everyday life. Students will collect, represent, analyze, and interpret data from a variety of interests including social justice, environmental studies, social media, and business. Students perform statistical analysis and learn graphing techniques using data software such as R, Stata, and Microsoft Excel. Fall and Spring semester.


PSY 239 Health Psychology (Formerly PSY 239) (4 credits)


Selected topics relevant to the ways in which the mind, body, and behavior interact in health and disease, including health behaviors and behavior change, coping with illness, self-management approaches to physical illness, the impact of stress and coping on disease and on immune function, and the relationship between psychopathology and physical health. Course involves a community-based learning component related to Goucher College’s move to being a smoke-free campus. Prerequisite: PSY 105 or PSY 111 (inactive). Spring semester. Offered in 2018 and alternate years.


RLG 130 - Introduction to World Religions (LER-DIV) (4 credits)


This course will introduce students to the major beliefs and historical development of the world’s religions. Attention will be paid to how myth, doctrine, symbols, rituals and ethics shape these traditions. Students will engage with primary texts and will explore how these traditions have manifested in the United States and, through field trip opportunities, the Baltimore area. Fall Semester.


RLG 240 – Special Topics in Religion (4 credits)

Intermediate study in a historical period, theme, issue, or thinker in religious studies. Topics for a given semester are posted for registration. May be repeated with a different topic. Prerequisite: one course in religion or sophomore standing. Variable semesters.


SOA 243 - Ethnographic Fieldwork (formerly ANT 243) (4 credits)


This course engages with ethnographic fieldwork and representation in its practical and theoretical dimensions. How can we meaningfully, accurately, and ethically come to understand and represent the lives of others? We will look at the history, challenges, and contributions of ethnographic fieldwork and undertake a sustained ethnographic inquiry. This course will be of interest to writers, researchers, artists, and activists who want to connect deeply with people and represent them with respect, insight, and purpose. Prerequisite: SOA 100 or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2017-18 and alternate years.


P 130S - Intermediate Spanish with Community-Based Learning (GEN. ED. # 2) (LER-FL) (4 credits)


Spanish 130S is designed to improve students´ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of interactive and cultural activities inside and outside the classroom. Students will take an active role in the learning experience by participating in the community-based learning component of the course, which involves direct contact with the Spanish-speaking community of area neighborhoods at Goucher’s Futuro Latino Learning Center. This is the final course in the 100-level language sequence. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: SP 120 or SP 120V with a minimum grade of C-, or placement test. Fall and Spring semesters.



SP 230S - Intermediate Conversation and Compositions with Community-Based Learning (GCR RPP) (4 credits)

Special section of SP 230. Development of conversation and writing skills through the study and discussion of texts, audio, short videos, and full length films. An integrated community-based learning component will provide the students with meaningful opportunities to increase their language skills while engaging with the local Spanish-speaking community. This interaction time will replace one hour of class each week and will allow students to identify the factors that contribute to various types of differences, inequalities and power structures, whether they be historical, social, or political factors. Prerequisite: SP 130 or SP 130G or SP 130S or SP 130V with a minimum grade of A- or,  SP 229 or equivalent placement. Variable semesters.


SPE 100 - Special Education: Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations (LER - DIV) (4 credits)


Changing roles of individuals with exceptional learning needs in society. Historical and philosophical development of treatments, educational provisions, institutions, programs, and services for children with exceptional learning needs. Characteristics of children with exceptional learning needs and their education needs. Various contemporary models of treatment and teaching. The legal rights of individuals with exceptional learning needs. Thirty hours internship; one morning, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from fieldwork schools. Prerequisite: ED 101 (inactive), ED 103 (inactive), or ED 104 recommended. Spring semester.