Fall 2008 Courses (Enroll now!)
Community service is a requirement for all courses
Sustainability and Process
PHRU-3962-SL1: Professor Jude Jones, MR 8:30–9:45am (Rose Hill)
This course will address issues of "sustainability" in practice through a lens of Process Philosophy, including American Pragmatism. We will look at "system-level" questions about the nature and functioning of the human environment as embedded in and part of the natural environment. These systemic understandings will facilitate insight into the deep and extensive relationships that exist between individual practices and among all practices, as well as the relationships between how we think and the kinds of practices we tolerate. The goal will be, through what pragmatists call "intelligent inquiry", to ascertain and understand the value of those practices that better embody "sustainability" as a moral norm in response to urgent questions of climate change, environment, and social justice (and the deep relationships among these questions). We will also evaluate the legitimacy and scope of "sustainability" as such a norm.
Introduction to Sociology Through Community Service
SORU-1100-SL1: Professor Orlando Rodriguez, MR 10:00-11:15 (Rose Hill)
SOLF-1100-SL1: Professor James Wilson (Lincoln Center)
This course has three objectives: First, to introduce students to the basic methods and approaches of sociology, to some of the discipline’s areas of intellectual interests, and to the application of sociological concepts to individual, social group, and societal problems. The main idea that the course tries to convey is the extent to which individual interests, view points, and feelings are social in their nature - how they shape and how they respond to social group and societal forces. The second objective is to provide an opportunity to do community service through work in a human services or social action organization. Finally, this course aims to explore how you can integrate community and public involvement with your career and personal objectives.
The course’s three objectives are intertwined. Service in a community organization that addresses the problems of vulnerable populations and learning active involvement in public life will help you to better understand the key ideas of sociology. To achieve these objectives, you, your fellow students, and your instructor will work out ways to approach the readings and community service experiences.
Politics in Film
SOLU-3256-SL1: Professor Heather Gautney, TF 2:30-3:45 (Lincoln Center)
Film has played a central role in shaping the political landscapes of the 20th and 21st centuries and our collective understandings of them. The objective of this course is to enable students to read and analyze global and domestic politics through the medium of film and provide them with a firm grasp of theoretical and empirical issues in contemporary world politics from a sociological perspective. The course makes use of documentary, short- and feature-length films to interrogate key themes in
political sociology and analyze the most important political developments of our time. It also aims to provide students with an appreciation of the complex relationship between art and politics, history and mythology. Substantive areas of study will include: (1) terrorism and war (including civil war, military intervention, and the Cold War); (2) globalization, human rights and “development”; (3) transnational and domestic social movements; (4) democratic and undemocratic political regimes; and (5) colonialism and imperialism. Readings will be drawn primarily from the
field of sociology, but also from political science, history, and film and cultural studies.
Community Service & Social Action (FCRH seniors only)
SORV-4970-SL1: Professor Orlando Rodriguez, TF 2:30-3:45 (Rose Hill)
This Senior Values Seminar explores the student’s long-term involvement in and commitment to community service and social justice. Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of three hours per week in a community service or social action project while taking this course. By seeing the vulnerable people that you serve as your teachers, you will be asked to reflect on your service experiences to further understand the meaning of the novels and sociological works assigned for the course. At the same time, you will use these readings to give additional meaning to your service experiences. Ultimately, we will use these two types of learning toexplore how you can integrate community and public involvement with your career and personal objectives.
POLU-2506-SL1: Professor Joachim Rennstich, TF 10:00-11:15 (Lincoln Center)
Religion in Public Life (FCRH seniors only)
RSRV-3500-SL1: Professor Brad Hinze, MR 10:00-11:15 (Rose Hill)
Spanish in New York City
SPRU-2640-SL1: Professor Cary Kasten, TF 4:00-5:15 (Rose Hill)
This course is an advanced language course that examines the Latino experience in the United States while also promoting community engagement, greater linguistic fluency and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. Special attention is paid to the diverse history of Spanish-speaking populations in NY, emphasizing the specific cultural and linguistic practices of these communities. The service-learning component of this course treats the topic of Hispanic migration as a contemporary—not just historical—occurrence. Students will work in the community every week using their Spanish and improving their language skills in a highly contextualized environment unmatched by the classroom experience. At the same time, they will gain first-hand knowledge about the immigrant experience while seeing real-world applications for their language skills. Prerequisite SPRU 2001.
Service- Learning Interdisciplinary Seminar program
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The interdisciplinary seminar program allows students to earn one academic credit by bringing together community service with reflection and academics. It integrates course work and community action experiences to help students develop an understanding of the economic, educational, cultural, and social issues facing our larger community. Students connecting with a course must also participate in a curriculum created by the Community Service Program which includes 2 essays and 5 interdisciplinary seminars throughout the semester.