Fall 2014

  •     Health Studies 400:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
  •     Spanish 239:  Spanish for Health Professions

Spring 2015

  • Environmental Studies 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
  • Judiac Studies 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
  • Psychology 475:  Seminar in Community Psychology
  • Religion 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics

Fall 2014  Service-Learning and Community-Based Research Courses.

HEALTH STUDIES 400:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
Instructor:  James A. Skelton

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.

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.

Fall 2015  Service-Learning and Community-Based Research Courses.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 215:   Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  Andrea Lieber

JUDIAC STUDIES 215:   Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  Andrea Lieber

RELIGION 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  Andrea Lieber

Since the 1960's many writers on environmental issues have blamed our contemporary environmental crises in part on a so-called "Judeo-Christian" worldview, rooted in the Hebrew Bible. Such writers assert that the biblical heritage shared by these two religious traditions, advocates an unhealthy relationship between humanity and nature, one in which human beings are destined to conquer the earth and master it. In this course we will explore Jewish perspectives on nature and the natural world through close readings of biblical and other classical Jewish theology, history and ritual practice, we will also examine the ways in which this motif is re-conceptualized in modern secular contexts (ie, Zionism, and the kibbutz movement). We will conclude by studying contemporary varieties of Jewish environmental advocacy. In addition to texts focused specifically on Judeo-Christian traditions, the syllabus will include other classic works of Environmental ethics foundational to the field of Environmental studies.

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.