J-Term 2021 Courses

4 Credit Courses

Note: All are 4-credit courses, unless otherwise noted.  Courses that fulfill Goucher Commons Requirements are noted in parentheses with “GCR” and the requirement it fulfills.


AMS 230:  Religions of Baltimore (GCR RPP)
This course will provide an introduction to the world religions through attention to the religious life of Baltimore, MD. The course will explore how religious communities in the city engage in social justice work through attention to the theme of immigration. Readings and course work on the religious histories and theologies that inspire this work will be combined with activities that increase the religious literacy and interreligious engagement skills of students. 

Format:  Synchronous with some asynchronous elements, Monday – Friday, 10:20 a.m. – noon and 1-2 p.m.
Instructor:  Ann Duncan


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.

Format:  Synchronous, Monday – Thursday, 2:30 – 4:10 p.m.
Instructor:  Lindsay Johnson


CPEB 206:  Getting Healthcare  (GCR Social and Behavioral Sciences area)
Healthcare is one of the defining issues of our age. When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it introduced a number of healthcare reforms, including a ban on pre-existing condition exclusions and a requirement for health plans to pay for certain services like mental health, prescription drugs, and maternity care. Despite its gains, some have argued that the law did not go far enough in extending healthcare coverage, while others have claimed that the law is nothing more than an example of governmental intrusion into the most intimate areas of our lives. Thus, over the last few years, we have witnessed, on the one hand, the rise of the rallying cry of “Medicare-for-all,” and on the other hand, the reoccurring and impassioned effort to undo the law through repeal. This course will bring together perspectives primarily from medical anthropology and healthcare policy to consider how we got to where we are with our healthcare system and how people, whether as patients, providers, insurers, or as policy experts, participate in that system today. We will work individually and collaboratively to address the varied implications and processes of “getting healthcare” in the United States, both in terms of the everyday practices involved in healthcare-seeking and in terms of gaining a clear understanding of what has gone into the makings of a unique and very complex system for healthcare delivery and payment. (Restricted to first-year and sophomore students, and others with instructor permission.)

Format and Time: Synchronous, with some asynchronous activities, Monday – Friday, 4 – 6:40 p.m.
Instructor:  Carolyn Schwarz


CPEB 252:  Individuals, Groups, and Institutions:  Understanding Identity and Working Towards Change (GCR RPP) (GCR Social and Behavioral Sciences area)
In this course you will use theoretical frameworks from social science and personal reflection to answer the questions:  How do I articulate my identity?  How does my identity shape the way I interact with individuals, groups, and institutions?  What are my assumptions about ability, class, gender, immigration status, race, religion, and sexual orientation and how do they impact how I interact with individuals, groups, and institutions?  What are the institutional, cultural, and structural factors of race and power that shape my perspective and experience?  You will work in small collaborative groups to research current examples of tension/discrimination related to race, power, and perspective in the world then create an original plan to improve race relations/discrimination in the world around you.

Format and Time: Synchronously, Monday – Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.; additional hours asynchronous
Instructor:  Robin Wilson


CPED 201:  Thirsty For Change? A Hands-On, Immersive Class on Local Water Quality (GCR-ENV)(GCR Biological and Physical Science area)
Do you know where your water comes from? Do you know if it is safe to drink or for animals to live in? Do you know how water is monitored and tested to ensure it is safe or clean water? Water is essential to life, and clean water is vital for any thriving community or ecosystem. Unfortunately, clean water is not guaranteed, especially in congested, urban areas. As concerning as this is, there is something you can do about it (yes, you)! This course will empower you to learn about water systems and sources and provide you with the tools to affect positive change. You will learn about water quality and water challenges facing Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay that has been caused by human activity. You will learn how water is monitored and tested and gain hands-on experience testing water. With that knowledge, you will work in teams on a final project to identify a specific water quality problem, apply the scientific process to develop water testing kit and compose a grant proposal enabling local citizens to implement your kit and foster a healthier environment. I will give you feedback on your grant proposals as part of your course grade and encourage students to submit strong proposals for external funding. You can make a difference and this course will give you the tools to do so!  Please note, this course includes mandatory field work. 

Format:  Asynchronous
Instructor:  Anna Jozwick


DMC 101:  Data Analytics (GCR DAF)
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. 

Format and Time:  Synchronous, Monday – Friday,10:20 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor:  Joe Cutrone


HIS 217:  Survey:  Modern Europe, 1789-Present  (GCR Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies area)
Over the course of the past two centuries, the map of Europe has undergone several dramatic transformations. Empires disappeared off the map while new types of states and regimes were created. The forces of industrialization, modernization and nationalism brought about dramatic political, economic, social and cultural changes. At the same time, Europe extended its reach over other parts of the world. During the semester, we will study the trends that have shaped European history in this period to better understand how we arrived at where we are today. In order to do so, we will work with a variety of secondary and primary sources – from official documents and reports, to personal memoirs and accounts, to literary materials – which will allow us to gain insight into how different individuals and groups experienced the key events of the epoch. 

Format and Time:  Synchronous, Monday – Friday, 1 – 3:40 p.m.
Instructor: Jazmine Contreras


PSC 143:  American Political System
This course examines the American national political system with attention to political culture, governmental institutions, and political behavior.  While the range of topics in this course approximates that of a survey course, the materials allows for more critical analysis and greater contemplation of the subject matter than a survey course.

Format:  Asynchronous
Instructor:  Nina Kasniunas


PSY 105:  Intro Psychology
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.

Format and TimeSynchronous, Monday – Friday,10 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Joan Wilterdink


PSY 238:  Psychological Distress and Disorder
This course presents different approaches to understanding and conceptualizing psychological distress and disorder. The major psychological disorders will be examined in cultural context. Different theoretical perspectives will be considered, as well as the ways in which psychological disorders have been and are currently treated. Prerequisite: PSY 105 or PSY 111 (inactive).

Format:  Asynchronous
Instructor:  Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky


SOA 280:  Themes in Sociology and Anthropology:  Introduction to Archaeology (GCR Social and Behavioral Sciences area)
This course provides an introduction to theory and methods in archaeological research, data collection, and analysis. The objective is to familiarize you with the strategies that are employed in the investigation of archaeological remains and how these strategies further the aims of an anthropological archaeology. We explore the various ways archaeologists use the material remains of mundane objects like ceramic sherds, lithic debitage, and broken pipe stems to define the occupational history of a site and reconstruct early human activity. Furthermore, we cover innovations in geospatial analysis, absolute dating, and other techniques.

Format:  Asynchronous
Instructor:  Alexandra Jones


SP 120:  Elements of Spanish II
Continued development of the four basic language skills – listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing – withing the context of Hispanic cultures.  Prerequisite:  SP 110 or SP 110V with a minimum grade of C- or placement exam.

Format and Time:  Synchronous, with some asynchronous activities, Monday – Friday, 2 – 4:40 p.m.
Instructor:  Maria Gomis-Quinto


SP 130:  Intermediate Spanish (GCR FL – Platforms 1 & 2)
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 of the lower-division language sequence.  Successful completion of this course fulfills Platforms 1 and 2 of the Foreign Language and Culture Requirement. Prerequisite: SP 120 or SP 120S or SP 120V, with a minimum grade of C- or placement exam. 

Format and Time:  Synchronous, with some asynchronous activities, Monday – Friday,10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Instructor:  Frances Ramos-Fontán