Summer Session 2023 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.

CPEA 211 – To Walk with Nature: Environment and the Artist (4 CR) 

This course will examine the multiple relationships that exist between art and environment. We will look at ways in which the natural environment has inspired artists and arts movements, and we will look at the Environmental Art Movement that uses art to advocate for environmental change. We will also explore ways in which specific environments (galleries, place-based installations, outdoor exhibitions, for example) have on the perception of art, we will examine environmental art movements, and study art exhibits that are related to specific environments. We will learn about artists who work in sculpture, music, dance, theater, photography and architecture to address environmental issues, and we will meet and talk with artists for whom the environment is an inspiration. Students will engage in making environmental art projects based on their individual interests and art backgrounds, and they will work on collaborative art projects in media that may be new to them.   

Summer Session II 

Synchronous Online, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM 

Instructor: Michael Curry 

CPEB 251 – Improvement Science (4 CR) 

Personal goals like New Year's resolutions usually fail by February and organizational change efforts also notoriously don't stick. Want to stop spinning your wheels towards the change you want to see in yourself or your organizations? Want to be part of a team coming up with innovative ideas that lead to meaningful, enduring change? Methods in improvement science can guide us in developing more effective strategies for reaching these goals. In this course, we will look at examples of how improvement science has been used to solve problems in education and health care. We will practice skills that can shift our frame of mind to one of systematic and innovative improvement rather than aimless efforts leading to stagnation. As a class, we will apply these skills by developing and implementing change processes to reach a common aim on campus. Restricted to first-year through junior students and others with instructor permission. 

Summer Session II  

Asynchronous Online  

Instructor: Ahmed Ibrahim 

CPEC 207 – Society in the Age of Intelligent Machines (4 CR) 

The world is currently undergoing an immense social transformation brought about not only by the emergence of powerful new technologies—the implications of which we have only begun to consider—but by an additional set of intersecting issues concerning the future of work, the viability of our economy, the effects of climate change, the legitimacy of political institutions, and even the status of truth. Despite the gloominess of these considerations our current historical moment is, in fact, an ideal standpoint from which to do the work of contemplating the future and this will be the purpose of our course, to consider the consequences of the largescale deployment of autonomous machines and to anticipate the ways in which these, and other, cutting-edge technologies will interact with a wide range of other social and environmental changes. 

Summer Session I   

Synchronous Online, Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 1:15pm 

Instructor: Steve DeCaroli 

CPED 207: The Addicted Brain: America’s Drug Crisis

(GCR Biological and Physical Science area)

The opioid crisis is one of the deadliest drug epidemics in U.S. history. “Opioids” include illegal recreational drugs (such as heroin), but also powerful pain relievers often prescribed for patients with chronic medical conditions. In this course, we will dive into the neurobiology of opioid drugs, the effects they have on the brain, and how this contributes to the development of an addiction. We will also examine the many intersecting factors (education, class, race, cultural background, genetic predisposition, psychological health, and others) that influence who becomes addicted to opioids, and what help they receive. Students will then conduct collaborative investigations of a drug of their choice in a specific local or national setting (for example, methamphetamine abuse in the rural Midwest, or Ritalin abuse by urban teens), working to understand the factors influencing the abuse of this drug from social and biological perspectives.

Summer Session II

Synchronous Online, Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM

Instructor: Gillian Starkey

DMC 101 - Data Analytics (4 CR) 


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 Microsoft Excel.   

Summer session I 

Asynchronous Online 

Instructor: Joe Cutrone 

SP 120 - Elements of Spanish II (4 CR) 

Continued development of the four basic language skills-listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing-within the context of Hispanic cultures. Four contact hours. Prerequisite: SP 110 or SP 110V with a minimum grade of C- or placement exam. 

Summer Session I 

Synchronous Online, Monday - Friday, 10:30 AM - 1:15 pm 

Instructor: Maria Gomis-Quinto 

SP 130 – Intermediate Spanish (4 CR) 

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. 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.  

Summer Session II 

Synchronous Online, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM 

Instructor: Frances Ramos-Fontán 

WGS 210 — Introduction to Disability Studies (4 CR) 

This course is an introductory survey to the field of disability studies. We will read materials across a wide variety of disciplines to understand the histories, politics, and cultures of disabled communities. We’ll consider different models for how to understand disability, including the medical and social models of disability. A primary focus of the class will be understanding how disability intersects with other aspects of social identity and systems of power such as race, gender, sexuality, and class. Given how white histories and depictions of disability often are, we’ll give special attention to how racism and ableism are co-constituted, particularly within the United States. 

Summer Session I

Synchronous Online, Monday - Friday, 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM 

Instructor: Tamsin Kimoto