Bruce Lindsey, Kenneth Tracy, A46 ARCH 241
This course builds on the investigations of Arch 121, Community Building, Building Community, and concentrates on the connections among place-based economic, political, and social dynamics. The class will immerse itself in the urban laboratory of St. Louis while relating local issues to broader trends. The course is centered around the first phase of a multi-year inquiry into the potential of design to improve the reality and perception of public safety through targeted projects. Students will assemble relevant research on applicable design techniques, brief project partners in the Mayor´s Office of the City of St. Louis, and work with representatives of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to define focus areas, and assess the applicability of design strategies to specific focus areas. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Class is divided into a lecture/discussion session on Thursday and a lab section on Friday. The lab section will be divided between independent research and bi-monthly facilitated meetings with city representatives. 3 credit course.
The course is an opportunity to develop critical skills in video production and media literacy. We begin by addressing theories of documentary production. This includes an understanding of film forms and the various tools and techniques available to visual storytellers. We also explore the challenges of representation and the ethical considerations involved in video production. For the final project you will combine your technological skills with theoretical principles developed throughout the semester to produce a short documentary film. There is no technical prerequisite. Each reading and class exercise is designed to provide the skills necessary to produce the final project. Semester: Fall- annually. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
This program emphasizes application and analysis of specific content area method strategies in an elementary school classroom. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Elementary teacher education majors are required to take this course during the spring semester before the year in which student teaching is done. Additional Info: 2 credit course.
Section 1: Earn credit for non-classroom learning in the life sciences in a variety of activities arranged by the student: accompany a physician on rounds and prepare a paper on an organ system or disease, participate in a clinical or applied ecological study and report on it, participate in science outreach teaching, etc. Must meet regularly with a supervisor and commit at least 140 hours over two semesters. A work plan is approved prior to registration. A progress report is due after one semester and a final paper after two semesters. Section 3: Conduct a clinical research project with an emergency-medical faculty member. Activities may include screening/enrolling patients, chart reviews, collecting and analyzing data, and clinical shadowing time. Goals include submitting an abstract for a national research meeting and coauthoring a manuscript for publication. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: BIOL 2652 or BIOL 2653 Additional Info: Each section is Credit/No Credit only and does not count towards major. Credit: 1.5 units per semester, contingent upon completion of two semesters. http://www.nslc.wustl.edu/research.html
We are currently in the sixth known mass extinction of life on earth; it is estimated that 60,000 species now go extinct annually. Although conservation and management of biodiversity are needed to address these changes, the solutions are often controversial. The course is divided into three modules. In the first, we will explore popular literature on conservation biology to gain a general understanding of common topics and concerns. In Module 2, current scientific literature and news articles will be used to evaluate both sides of a controversial issue in conservation biology. The last module will allow students to focus on a topic of their choice, present it to the class, and send a letter to a political figure. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: The topics presented in this course are designed for freshmen and sophomores in the field of environmental sciences. 2 credit course.
Through seminars on culture, health, and medical anthropology, this course creates an academic foundation for student internships in community health placements in St. Louis. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Enrollment is limited to 20 first-year students who apply before matriculating. Two admission essays are required. 3 credit course.
Students who participated in L61 Focus 208, and who wish to participate in the accompanying two-week trip to the Republic of Georgia must register for this course. Semester: Summer. Prerequisite: L61 FOCUS 208. Additional Info: None.
Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
Maxine Lipeles, Beth Martin, L82 ENST 539
This course constitutes the technical component of an interdisciplinary environmental clinic based at the Law School. Engineering and Arts & Sciences students participate in interdisciplinary teams with law students, handling environmental projects for public interest, environmental or community organizations or individuals. Projects may involve representing clients in federal and state court litigation and administrative proceedings; drafting proposed legislation; commenting on proposed regulations, permits, environmental impact statements or environmental assessments, and similar documents; and evaluating matters for potential future action. Non-law students must work at least an average of 12 hours per week on clinic matters. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: The clinic is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduates with coursework and/or experience in environmental engineering, environmental science, or related fields. Additional Info: Students from other schools need permission of instructor. Enrollment is a two-step process including the submission of a Request for Permission to Enroll form (found at: http://law.wustl.edu/intenv/index.asp?id=429) and online registration. Course credit varies.
Internship in Psychology
Brian Carpenter, L33 PSYCH 225
This course is an opportunity to gain supervised, applied experience in a nonacademic, community service agency. For a description of prerequisites, goals, agency selection, registration policies, and course requirements, obtain a copy of “A Guide to Internship in Psychology” available outside of room 221 and room 419A, Psychology Building or available on-line at: http://psychweb.wustl.edu/files/psychweb/imce/internship_brochure_2012-13.pdf. In addition to work at their internship site, students are required to meet regularly with the Internship Coordinator. This course can be taken only once. Credit/No Credit only. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
Interrogating Health, Race, and Inequalities: Public Health, Medical Anthropology, and History
Shanti Parikh, I50 INTERD 4001
This interdisciplinary community-based learning course combines public health, medical anthropology & history in understanding racial inequalities in health. In addition to readings, students intern with a health-related partner agency. Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: Intended for graduate students in the School of Social Work and in Arts & Sciences. For undergraduate students, this course requires either L48-4003 or permission from the instructor. Additional Info: This course is not offered during the 2013-2014 academic year. It will be held annually starting in 2014-2015. Community partners include: Planned Parenthood, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Maternal Child Health Coalition, Integrated Health Network, and St. Louis Drug Court. 3 credit course.
Introduction to Education: Educating in the 21st Century
Madonna Riesenmy, U08 EDUC 203
This course is a broad look at diverse issues surrounding education in the U.S. and around the world. Students examine schooling in areas such as the Pacific Rim, Middle East, Europe, and America. This course also explores educating children with special needs. Students will work in small groups throughout the semester in projects designed to deepen their understanding of education in the 21st century. Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Different instructor and different description each year. 3 credit course.
Literacies, Schools, and Communities
Korina Jocson, L12 EDUC 314
The well-known "literacy crisis" has forced scholars from many nations to turn their attention to learning about linguistic, cultural and class diversity of students and what this means for learning in schools. In this course we will engage with the perceived disjuncture between homes, communities, and schools in an era of higher literacy standards, local literacies, and community knowledge. We will examine the contribution of sociolinguistics to what we know about language and literacy education, achievement, and how this relates to social transformation within and across communities. Students can expect theoretical and methodological conversations as we use critical discourse theories, systemic linguistic approaches, and empowerment theories as lenses to formulate, challenge and critique the existing status of language and literacy education. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program- Experiences in Life Sciences
Janet Luhman, Kristina Williams, L41 BIOL 2652
The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (PEMRAP) offers undergraduate pre-medical students an opportunity to participate in clinical, patient-oriented research projects in a hospital setting. Students have the opportunity to work in the St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Department, a nationally recognized pediatric emergency medicine and trauma care facility. Research associates are expected to work two 4-hour shifts per week in the St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Department and to attend a weekly 2-hour lecture. Registration contact, Erin Gerrity: email@example.com. Semester: Summer, fall, spring. Prerequisite: All students must have two negative TB tests within the last year. May not be taken concurrently with Bio 2654: MEDPREP II. Additional Info: Community partners include: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Offered as credit/no credit option only. 3 credit course. http://www.nslc.wustl.edu/courses/Bio2652/index.html.
Julia Walker, L15 DRAMA 4234
In this course, students draw upon recent research in cognitive studies to explore the relationship between learning and the arts. Then, in consultation with a COCA Interchange artist and a local elementary school teacher, they design and implement a lesson plan for K-3 pupils which teaches a core subject through a performing arts activity (e.g., math through dance, history through drama, etc.). Through this community-based activity, students will be asked to reflect on both the theories studied earlier in the semester and their own experience as learners. Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: The community partners for this course are COCA, and St. Louis and Normandy Public Schools. 3 credit course.
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism/PDD
Leonard Green, L33 PSYCH 235
This practicum provides the opportunity to be trained in applied behavior analytic techniques and to work with a child with autism/pervasive developmental disorder. Training and supervision is arranged and coordinated by the family of the child and their consultant. To receive credit, students must undertake a year's work with the child, complete the minimum number of hours of training and therapy, and attend regular therapy meetings. In addition, students must attend all seminar meetings for discussion of assigned readings and presentations on autism and therapy. Completion of a paper is also required. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: For details, see the brochure "Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism/PDD,” available from the Department of Psychology office or webpage. 3 credit course.
The WU Psychological Service Center is an outpatient community mental health center that offers low cost psychotherapy and psychological assessment to members of the community and provides training to WU graduate students who are working on their Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course. www.psych.wustl.edu/psc
Rediscovering the Child: Interdisciplinary Workshops in an Urban Middle School
Gay Lorberbaum, L98 AMCS 316F
In this class students create 2D/3D hands on problem solving workshops for middle school students. The first six weeks of the semester, students experiment with the creative process of lateral thinking. Students then work in teams to develop an exciting curriculum for middle school students from economically disadvantaged urban families. The last eight weeks of the semester, students present 2D / 3D hands-on problem solving workshops to the middle school students. This course seeks students from all disciplines, schools, freshmen through seniors. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Meets AMCS multidisciplinary requirements and the same as the same as L56 CFH 416, LI8 URST 416. Community partner: Compton-Drew Middle school. 3 credit course.
Senegal Summer Program
The Senegal Summer Program is an interdisciplinary study of a West African nation. Students engage in independent research, academic inquiry, and language study while engaging in a community service that impacts Saint Louis, Senegal - our sister city. Semester: Summer 2014. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: This course is only available for even number years & is not offered during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Service-Learning: Girls’ Studies
Amy Eisen Cislo, L77 WGSS 3132
This class will look back at girlhood over the last hundred years to today by exploring topics that include literature for girls, the education of girls, sports and girlhood marketing to girls, girl’s health and sexuality, and, of course, the history of organizations for girls in the U.S. and abroad. This course introduces students to the emerging field of Girls’ Studies within the field of Feminist/Gender Studies research. Students must take Introduction to Women and Gender Studies or Introduction to Sexuality Studies before enrolling in this course because the course builds upon basic knowledge of women’s movements in the United States and builds upon an understanding of core women and gender studies readings. This course includes a field work component in addition to regular course meetings. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Any 100 level Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course. Additional Info: 4 credit course.
Service-Learning: Projects in Domestic Violence
Jami Ake, L77 WGSS 3942
In this course, we explore the links between the theories and practices of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies through a combination of research and direct community engagement. Course readings focus on the ways that poverty and violence, along with race and gender expectations, shape the lives of women. A required community service project for this course asks students to examine the relationship between the course readings and the lives of actual women in St. Louis. Over the course of the semester, students design and execute programming for women at a local community agency. This is a writing intensive course. Students must contact instructor for permission to enroll. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 4 credit course.
This interdisciplinary service-learning course begins with a fundamental question: What makes a good mother? Students will have opportunities to deepen their understanding of motherhood (both as an institution and as a practice) through interviews with mothers, reflections on their service-learning experiences, and course readings. Students will learn to identify interconnections between motherhood, the social construction of gender, and systems of oppression in women’s lives. Readings include cross-cultural myths and mythologies, transnational, historical, and contemporary personal narratives, feminist analyses, a novel or play, and journal articles from the social sciences. Grades based on attendance, service-learning participation, web-based journal entries, an art project, short papers, and a final project for Kids´ Place, our community partner. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Course. Additional Info: 4 credit course.
Service-Learning: Women and Prison
Barbara Baumgartner, L77 WGSS 3171
Since President Reagan declared a war on drugs in the 1980s, the numbers of women in prison has increased dramatically. Due to mandatory minimum sentencing requirements and increasingly punitive prisoners for non-violent offences, women are the fastest growing population in prison. Men still make up the vast majority of prisoners and the system is largely geared toward men and their needs. In this course, we will explore the historical and contemporary issues of girls and women who are convicted of a crime. Through readings, films, reflective writings, and facility tours, we will explore the impact of incarceration on women and their families. While our scope will be national, we will focus on the corrections system in Missouri. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies or Introduction to Sexuality Studies. Additional Info: 4 credit course.
Sexual Health and the City: A Community-Based Learning Course
Shanti Parikh, L90 AFAS 4363
This community-based learning course provides students an opportunity to learn theory and concepts related to gender, sexuality, and sexual health, and to partner with a community agency to gain hands on experience in understanding how theories and concepts play themselves out on the ground both within the agency and in the lives of the people they serve. Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: This course is not offered during the 2013-2014 academic year. Community partners include: The SPOT/Project Ark, Planned Parenthood, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Almost Home, and Covenant House. 3 credit course.
This course is an introduction to the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. Specific attention is paid to demographic trends, physical health and illness, mental health, intergenerational relations, work and retirement, living arrangements, social programs, and the end of life. Semester: Spring- every other year. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and completion of 6 advanced units in Psychology. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
Swahili Language Courses I, II, III, IV
Mungai Mutonya, L90 AFAS 103D, 104D, 203D, 204D
These language courses enhance a learner's acquisition of Swahili language and cultural skills for appropriate communication in real life situations. Such skills facilitate meaningful interactions and participation in local community-based learning projects targeting immigrants from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and DR Congo. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: Each section builds off the preceding course and must be taken in order. Additional Info: 103D/ 104D- 5 credit course, 203D/ 204D- 3 credit course. The community partners include St. Louis Public Schools and the International Welcome School. http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/102164/175/
Things at Home? Family, Domestic Life & Material Culture Since the Civil War
Heidi Kolk, U89 AMCS 5400
This multidisciplinary course is a study of the cultural meanings of the objects Americans use to surround themselves and define their worlds – particularly in the spaces of the home. These have animated the cultural imagination richly in the last 150 years, evoking ideas of individualism, private enterprise, personal identity, national security, the nuclear family, the dangers of industrialization and greed, and many other things. They have served as targets of cultural critique, as in the work of Marx, Veblen and Baudrillard. We will consider influential theories and models of material culture study. Local cultural sites and museum collections will serve as laboratories for our work, and will require visits outside of class time (scheduled with input from the students). Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Community partners include Campbell House Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum. 3 credit course.
Topic in American Politics: Globalization, Urbanization, & the Environment
William Scott Krummenacher, L32 POL SCI 3752
The rapid spread of urbanization has profound consequences for environmental quality--some positive, some negative. As the world economy continues to integrate across traditional political boundaries, such growth in urban areas is likely to continue. This course explores the causes and consequences of urbanization on environmental health and how local environmental conditions may facilitate the growth of modern mega-cities. Among the topics addressed are the effects of demographic changes on rural communities as younger generations seek better economic opportunity in faraway cities; the benefits to environmental quality from an expanding middle class; and the robustness of traditional institutions to changing political-economic demands. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
Topics on Africa-Summer Program in Kenya
Mungai Mutonya, L90 AFAS 305C
An interdisciplinary course that focuses on a broad range of topics relevant to understanding contemporary Kenya society. The immersion experience enriches a student's knowledge of complexities of a densely multicultural nation through field study, home stays, guest lectures, and excursions in Kenya. This is a summer abroad course. Semester: Summer. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a course in Africa-related field and must have a demonstrated commitment to service. Additional Info: Community partners include WEMA Center for the Rehabilitation of Street Children - Mombasa, Kenya (http://www.wemacentre.org/) and SOLGIDI (Solidarity with Girls in Distress) - Mombasa, Kenya.
World-wide Translation: Language, Culture, Technology
Ignacio Infante, L16 COMP LIT 394
This course considers the crucial role played by translation across the world today: from new technologies and digital media, to the global demands of professionals working in fields as diverse as literature, law, business, anthropology, and health. Students will examine how different cultures have historically required translation in their encounter with each other, studying how translation constitutes a necessary bridge both from a colonial and postcolonial point of view. The class analyzes, from practical and real-world perspectives, whether concepts such as war, human rights, democracy or various deadly illnesses have the same meaning in different societies by considering the diverse frames of reference of linguists, lawyers, anthropologists, and medical doctors across the world. Semester: TBA. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: This course is not available for the 2013-2014 academic year. Readings include works by Robert McCrum, Talal Asad, Lawrence Venuti, Michael Cronin and Vicente Rafael among others. 3 credit course.