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FALL 2013

EDUCATION 221: Educational Psychology
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 311/SUSTAINABILITY 301: Practicum in Sustainability: Building Sustainable Communities
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT 230: International Organizational Behavior
SPANISH 239: Spanish for Health Professions


EDUCATION 221:  Education Psychology
HEALTH STUDIES 250: Health and Aging in Cross Cultural Perspectives
HEALTH STUDIES 400:  Health Studies Senior Seminar
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT 300: Applied Empirical Analysis of Middle School Obesity
POLITICAL SCIENCE 206: Multiculturalism
PSYCHOLOGY 375:  Research Methods in Community Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY 475: Seminar in Community Psychology


HEALTH STUDIES 560: Health and Wellness in Later Life: Comparative Research on American and Japanese Practices

Fall 2013 Service-Learning and Community-Based Research Courses

EDUCATION 221: Educational Psychology
Instructor: Elizabeth C. Lewis

An examination of physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and moral developmental theories as well as theories of learning and the teaching and assessment practices in middle-school and secondary classrooms derived from those theories. The course also provides an introduction to designing, delivering, and adapting instruction for special needs students with a range of disabilities and for English Language Learners. The course includes an introduction to standardized tests and teacher-made assessments. In this course, students continue to develop their individual philosophies of education begun in EDUC 121 and to reflect on how their beliefs about learning, teaching, and assessment compare with those of major theorists.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 311/SUSTAINABILITY 301: Practicum in Sustainability: Building Sustainable Communities
Instructor:   Neil Leary

Dickinson College, along with several hundred other colleges and universities, has made a commitment to advance sustainability in higher education by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. Students in the course will work as a team to evaluate the climate action plans of Dickinson and other institutions, evaluate additional measures that could be taken to meet Dickinson's target of zero net emissions by 2020, develop recommendations for action, and present their recommendations to senior officers of the college. To place their analyses and recommendations in context, students will be introduced to climate change science and policy and will explore the implications of climate change for environmental, social and economic sustainability. Students will gain practical skills for climate action planning and team work. They will also build literacy about sustainability and climate change.

Instructor:   Steven J Riccio

This course looks at how human systems function within the structure of the organization and how individual and group behaviors affect collective organizational culture and organizational effectiveness. Students study individual, interpersonal, and group processes; the relationship between attitudes and behavior; ethical decision-making; and the management of organizational conflict and change. Approaches for developing leadership, managing conflict, communicating effectively, enhancing efficiency, and encouraging organizational adaption to changing environments are explored. Examples taken from domestic and international organizations are used throughout the course.

SPANISH 239:  Spanish for Health Professions
Instructor:  Asuncion Arnedo-Aldrich

The coursework relies on developing skills in medical Spanish to tackle a pressing problem - the provision of culturally and linguistically competent healthcare to Spanish speakers.  Coursework educates students in appropriate vocabulary for medical settings, an understanding of the importance of language and culture to medicine, and the problems that arise from a cultural divide in healthcare delivery.  The class discusses language, public policy, anthropology, and sociology as such disciplines are related to cross-cultural healthcare.

Students are required to serve once a week in a setting where healthcare is being delivered to Spanish-speakers.  Many students accompany nurse practitioners from Keystone Migrant Health to labor camps for migrant fruit workers to register clients for health service at Keystone's clinic in Gettysburg.  Students assist with filling out forms and paperwork for Spanish-speaking clients.  Bilingual students may serve at the Wellspan Health Connect van in Biglerville as receptionists and medical interpreters and help with paperwork and medical interpreting during patient appointments.  Other students will volunteer at the Hamilton Health clinic in Harrisburg serving as interpreters and providing document translation.

Spring 2014 Service-Learning and Community-Based Research Courses

HEALTH STUDIES 250:  Health and Aging in Cross Cultural Perspectives
Instructor:   David Sarcone/Shawn Bender

This course is designed for undergraduates from all disciplinary backgrounds.  It is an introduction to and prerequisite for students participating in Health and Wellness in Later Life:  Comparative Research on American and Japanese Practices, a summer field-study course offered in 2014 by Global Education in collaboration with Akita International University.  In the course, students initially explore the meanings and relationships between health and aging across cultures, with an emphasis on Japanese and American perspectives.  Students then examine how culture, economy, and social organization influence national aging policies and practices.  They explore further how these policies and practices have been taken up in the Carlisle area, and interact in a classroom setting with practicing professionals serving this community.  In anticipation of the field-study portion of the summer course, students also study qualitative and quantitative research methods, including structured interview techniques, survey design and implementation, data analysis, and reporting. 

HEALTH STUDIES 400:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
Instructor: David Sarcone

The Senior Seminar in Health Studies is an interdisciplinary, topics driven course, with specific foci dependent upon the specialization(s) of the instructor. Students will survey the relevant literatures of at least two disciplines; identify specific problems or topics; complete a research project based on secondary and/or primary sources; and offer a final presentation of interdisciplinary work (in the forms of academic papers, oral presentations, or some other creative project (including film, narrative, performance, etc.). Prerequisite: 201 and at least two other courses in Health Studies (as accepted by Health Studies Coordinator), or permission of instructor.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT 300:  Applied Empirical Analysis of Middle School Obesity
Instructor:  Stephen Erfle

Obesity and chronic diseases associated with obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Fully one-third of School-aged children in Pennsylvania are overweight or obese. PA Department of Health instituted the Active Schools Program during the 2009-10 school year with middle schools to require daily physical activity and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a control school analysis of this program in the 2010-11 school year. This course will analyze the date obtained from this program. Pre- and post- activity and stature measures on 10,000 middle school students will be available for analysis as well as data sets that allow the analysis of spatial variation in obesity and academic performance. Students will learn how to use SPSS and Arc-GIS throughout the course of the semester. The class culminates in presenting your own findings in a poster presentation that is open to the public.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 206-:  Multiculturalism
Instructor:  Jason Reiner

How can ethnic minorities be incorporated into Western democracies as equal citizens? Must the state support the continuation of cultural practices and traditions? What if those practices conflict with the freedom and equality of members of minority groups, especially of women or children? These are among the most vexed and pressing issues for many democracies and a key part of recent debate in political theory. They raise major philosophical questions, such as how we can treat people as equals while respecting the differences between them and what the limits of toleration are. We will survey the main recent responses to these questions. Prerequisite: 180, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.

PSYCHOLOGY 375:    Research Methods in Community Psychology
Instructor: Sharon Kingston

This course will emphasize gaining advanced knowledge and skills in the research methodologies of community psychology, answering the question: How does community psychology seek to scientifically understand relationships between environmental conditions and the development of health and well-being of all members of a community? Students will gain and practice skills in consultation and evaluation of programs to facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, and prevent disorder. Specifically, students will: (a) consider ways to assess and be responsive to the needs of people from marginalized populations with diverse socio-cultural, educational, and ethnic backgrounds; (b) become familiar with innovative programs and practices geared towards prevention and empowerment of disenfranchised groups; (c) apply learning (of theory and research strategies) to a problem in the community; and (d) develop skills in collaborating with Carlisle-area community members in identifying, designing, implementing, and interpreting community-based research. Prerequisites: 175, 201 and 202. 

PSYCHOLOGY 475: Seminar in Community Psychology
Instructor: Sharon Kingston

The practice of community psychology is typically directed toward the design and evaluation of strategies aimed at facilitating empowerment, preventing psychological disorders, and promoting social justice and change. The goal is to optimize the well-being of individuals and communities with innovative and alternative interventions designed in collaboration with affected community members and with other related disciplines inside and outside of psychology. This course is an advanced seminar that focuses in depth on special topics in the field of community psychology. Topics may include substance abuse and addiction, delinquency, stress and coping, prevention vs. intervention, social support, and program consultation and evaluation. Students will develop their understanding of topical issues by reading primary and secondary sources and participating in class discussions and applied exercises. Prerequisites: 201 and 202.

Summer 2014 Service-Learning and Community-Based Research Courses

HEALTH STUDIES 560: Health and Wellness in Later Life: Comparative Research on American and Japanese Practices
Instructors: Shawn Bender, John Henson, Yoshitaka Kumagai, David Sarcone,

Dickinson, in partnership with Akita International University (AIU), and co-funded by a grant from the Japanese government, is undertaking an in-depth research project considering quality of life questions and community health access in two structurally similar but geographically distinct regions, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States and Yurihonjo, Japan. Dickinson students with an interest in health care, health policy, sustainability, and/or East Asia will participate in an international and interdisciplinary research team with AIU students and faculty.  The summer research will consist of community-based research in Carlisle and Yurihonjo, with opportunities to interaction with state-level and national leaders in the field and policy makers, both in the US and in Japan.