Community Studies Courses

Current & Upcoming Courses:

Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Focus on Italy, Spring 2016 - Pending Approval
Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center) and Marcelo Borges (History)

"The Doors of Learning Shall be Open": Assessing American and South African Education Since Civil Rights and the End of Apartheid, Fall 2015 - Pending Approval
Jeremy Ball (History and Africana Studies) and Sarah Bair (Education)

The Arts and Activism: Trinidad and Tobago Mosaic, Spring 2015
Jerry Philogene (American Studies) and Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy (Africana Studies)

Peru: Global Climate Change Mosaic - COP 20, Fall 2014
Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education) and Jeff Niemitz (Earth Science)

The Eco-Entrepreneurship Path Mosaic, Spring 2014
Helen Takacs
(International Business and Management) and Emily Pawley (History)

Ghana & Sea Islands of SC: Transatlantic Slave Trade/Middle Passage Fall 2013
Lynn Johnson
(African Studies), Jeremy Ball (History) & Joyce Bylander

Selection of Past Courses:

Community Studies 290: Dealing with Data: Accessing, analyzing, and presenting social science data (Fall 2013)
Susan Rose and Anna Kozlowska

This course is designed to support student research and presentation in the social sciences. The first week will introduce students to various databases and data visualizations with concrete examples. The following 5 weeks will focus on one of the following areas related to social data, issues, and policies: Health and Inequality (including quality of life indices within and across countries, AIDS, teen pregnancy, diabetes); Violence, Crime, and Incarceration; Demography and Population, Family Household Structure (by Sex, Race and Ethnicity, SES, national origin, language spoken in household, religion); Immigration; Millennium Development Goals, Voting Behavior. While addressing social problems, issues, and policies, the course is skills-based and focuses on how to access relevant and reliable data, and then assess, analyze, and visually present those data in order to build strong arguments. There will be weekly readings that use empirical data to argue points of view on a particular social issue and/or policy, debates, visual presentations, and a final short policy brief. No pre-reqs but it will be useful to have had at least 2 social science courses.

Community Studies 230: Documentary Film Production
Susan Rose 

Mediterranean (Im)migration Mosaic Spring 2013
Marcelo Borges
(History), Sylvie Toux (French & Toulouse) & Susan Rose

Morocco: Jewish and Muslim Religion and Culture, A Mini-Mosaic, January 2-20, 2013
Shalom Staub

Natural History Mosaic Fall 2012
Marcus Key
(Earth Sciences), Gene Wingert (Biology) & Ash Nichols (English)

Community Studies 225: Community and Environment (Spring 2006)
Jim Ellison and Lauren Imgrund

This course provided students with knowledge and skills to be active participants in solving environmental problems. Students in this course learned an array of social science fieldwork methods, an appreciation of how such methods are applied to ascertain community knowledge and needs, and the means to negotiate the interests and needs of local communities and local government to produce a positive environmental outcome. Students examined the intersections of community lived experience, appropriate environmental practice, and the interests, abilities, and constraints of local government. In the Spring 2006 semester, the course focused on the issue of stormwater management, using the Borough of Carlisle as a unifying theme. Students worked together to develop a multidisciplinary project that provided direct community benefit.

Mini-Mosaic: Oral History and Jewish Immigration to Argentina (Fall 2009/Spring 2010)
Sociology 313 Oral History and Jewish Immigration to Latin America

Susan Rose
and Shalom Staub, with Winter 2010 research trip to Argentina
A 1/2 credit in Fall 2009, Winterim in Buenos Aires with a 1/2 credit in Spring 2010.
This course focused on Jewish immigration to Argentina, engaging students in the collection and analysis of oral histories with members of Jewish communities in and around Buenos Aires. We began the course by focusing on oral history methodology, drawing upon relevant oral histories and ethnographies of Jewish immigration to and experience in Latin America. Students who took this course were concurrently enrolled in Religion 260/Sociology 230-03, and participated in the Winterim research trip to Buenos Aires. This trip involved home stays and an additional program fee and airfare. While in Buenos Aires, students worked in research teams with Argentine students to collect oral histories. Upon return, students processed, transcribed, translated, analyzed, and presented their research.