J-Term 2019 Courses

Four Credit Courses


Note:  LERs are Liberal Education Requirements, which apply to students who enrolled at Goucher prior to the fall of 2017. GCRs are Goucher Commons Requirements and apply to new students beginning in the fall of 2017.

ART (COM) 201:  Photography I (fulfills Artistic Expression LER), meets 8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., with a half hour break from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: MAC 220
Instructor:  Laura Burns  

This course will introduce the basic concepts of camera vision and black and white photographic materials. The chief goal of the course is to provide you with technical skills and visual theory to produce photographs that reflect your interests and your view of the world. You will learn to operate all the major controls of film and digital cameras, expose negatives accurately, and produce a range of black and white prints. Through lectures, demonstrations, readings, and discussions, you will be encouraged to pursue your own ideas and interest in response to assignments. This course is designed for students with previous experience and for beginners with no experience.  Students must have their own 35mm film camera OR their own DSLR. 

CPEC 205:  Evolving Networks:  Beyond Facebook  (fulfills CPEC GCR), meets 10 a.m. – noon and 12:50 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: VM 101
Instructor:  Kathy Cottle

Evolving Networks: Beyond Facebook explores the impact of networks in historical, current, and future applications. By locating and analyzing visualizations of networks in a range of interdisciplinary fields and mediums, students will determine how past and present societies' perspectives of the connections between people, places, and words both help and hurt its members. Students will create their own networking visualizations in independent, paired, and small group teams which depict personal mappings, Goucher and community links, and new and/or revised local and/or global connections. The course, itself, will be addressed as a network which grows and shifts with the vision of its members as it explores the big course questions.

CPEB 203:  Green Gentrification and the Right to the City  (fulfills CPEB and Environmental Sustainability GCR), 10AM-12:10PM and 1:30PM-2:30PM
Location: VM G02
Instructor:  Marko Salvaggio 

Cities and government officials are leading the way in responding to the global ecological crisis, especially in dealing with the effects of climate change, by “going green.” This course focuses on the way that “going green” shapes social life, specifically through green gentrification. We will critically assess green gentrification in terms of how it promotes urban sustainability in a broad sense, which involves understanding its contributions and limitations to economic, environmental, and sociocultural sustainability. We will also identify and describe the different political discourses and community debates surrounding green gentrification in different cities, as a method to inform urban sustainability planning.

DMC 105: Computational Thinking with Data  (fulfills Mathematical Reasoning LER and Data Analytics Foundational GCR), meets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 – 3 p.m.
Location: JR 128
Instructor: Tom Kelliher

This course introduces computer programming in order to answer questions using real data sources. Programming constructs such as loops, conditionals, and counters will be used to compute descriptive statistics and visualize data. Additionally, a machine learning system will be used to discover patterns in data and make decisions.  Students who have earned a grade of C- or higher in CS 116 may not take this course.

EC111: Essentials of Economics 1 (fulfills Social Science LER), meets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 – 3 p.m. 
Location: VM 209
Instructor:  Gina Shamshak  

You think like an economist. You just don’t realize it yet. This course will introduce you to basic concepts of economics and to give you a sense of what the field of economics is (and isn’t). Both directly and indirectly, economic theory influences your daily life; therefore, we will discuss a variety of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts both in theory and through real world applications throughout the course. By the end of the class you will be able to apply basic economic concepts to a variety of contemporary economic issues. This course is the first sequence in a two-course exposure to the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics.


LIT 285:  Contemporary Literature from India, Africa, and Australia  (Fulfills diverse perspectives and textual analyses LERs and Race, Power, Perspective GCR),  meets 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 1:40 p.m. 
Location: VM 201
Instructor:  Antje Rauwerda

How do the time you spend abroad and the time you spend on campus fit together? What is the legacy of colonialism in the modern world? This contemporary literature course may allow you to find some answers by examining works from three very different locales (India, Africa and Australia).We will pursue our literary study of novels, plays and poetry while also considering the socio-cultural contexts that produce these works and the historical events and legacies that have made them what they are. Prerequisite: WRT 181 or instructor’s permission.

PL 208/ JS 208/ RLG 208:  Philosophy of Religion (fulfills LER-TXT and LER-DIV and Race, Power, Perspective GCR), meets 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with a 20-minute break at 10:30 a.m. 
Location: JR G46
Instructor:  Martin Shuster

In a historically sensitive and comparative manner, this course examines classical and contemporary philosophical accounts of the nature and existence of ultimate reality. Topics covered include conceptions of ultimate reality, evil, immortality, religious experience, and human subjectivity as well as arguments for and against theism, atheism, and agnosticism. Our approach will draw on both Eastern and Western traditions, and will be sensitive to the social and political relations that animate religious traditions.

PSY 105:   Introduction to Psychology (fulfills Natural Sciences LER), meets 10  a.m. – noon and 1 – 2:30 p.m. 
Location: VM 103
Instructor:  Joan Wilterdink 

This course provides an overview of the contemporary discipline of psychology, integrated with experiential learning activities designed to develop scientific thinking and research skills. Topics include fundamental issues in psychology, brain and behavior, perception, learning and cognition, personality theories, psychological disorders, and humanistic, developmental, and social psychologies. Students will learn the philosophical and methodological foundations of psychology as a scientific study of mind, brain, behavior, and human experience. For students under the LER system, PSY 105 satisfies the Natural Science LER. 


RLG 266: Special Topics in Religion: Introduction to Buddhism (Fulfills diverse perspectives LER and Race, Power, Perspective GCR), meets 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:50 – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: VM 103
Instructor:  Ailish Hopper  

This course is an introduction to Buddhism, from its origins in India, its spread throughout Asia to the West. We will examine the historical and cultural contexts in which Buddhist beliefs and practices developed and are still developing, and the views of contemporary Buddhist teachers on the how Buddhism is being integrated in the modern world. Experiential components include some meditation and mindfulness instruction as well as visits with local Buddhist teachers and practitioners. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

SP 110:  Elements of Spanish 1, meets 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with a 20-minute break at 10:30 a.m.
Location: VM 102
Instructor:  April Knupp

Intended for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Students will develop communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: Completion of placement exam.


SP 120:  Elements of Spanish II, meets 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 pm and then 12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: VM G05
Instructor: April Knupp

This course is designed as continued development of the four basic language skills---listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing---within the context of Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SP 110 or SP 110V with a minimum grade of C- or placement exam.

SP 130: Intermediate Spanish (fulfills the Foreign Language LER and GCR - Platforms 1 & 2), meets 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: VM G11
Instructor: Frances Ramos-Fontán 

This course is designed to expand your 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 of the lower-division language sequence. Satisfactory completion of the course fulfills the Foreign Language LER and GCR Platforms 1 & 2. It also fulfills half of the GCR FL - Platform 3 requirement for students placed in SP 130. Prerequisite: SP 120 or SP 120V, with a minimum grade of C- or placement test. 


WGS 250:  Selected Topics – Feminist Blogospheres:  Race, Gender, and Sexuality Online  (counts toward WGS, AFR, and PCE elective course credit).  NOTE:  This online course takes place entirely in an online learning environment. Students may complete the learning modules and interactive assignments from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. 
Instructor:  Mel Lewis

Feminist Blogospheres is an innovative online course that will take place in Canvas, and other online learning environments. This course is an exploration of online political discourse; through the lens of feminist cultural studies, we will analyze and situate discussions about race, gender, and sexuality that appear in blogs and other online social media formats. We will explore online access to subversive knowledges, modes of online communication, organizing and activism, and the role of the public intellectual in formulating the contemporary political landscape. Students will work together to produce a course blog and their own online social justice resource projects.