Fall 2014

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

Spring 2015

  • Art and Art History 260:  Post Studio Projects
  •       Environmental Studies 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
  • Judiac Studies 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
  • Psychology 475:  Seminar in Community Psychology
  • Religion 215:  Jewish Environmental Ethics
  •       Sociology 313:  Oral History:  Gay Lesbian
  • Theatre and Dance 214: Special Topics in Dance: Community Engagement & Artistic Citizenship
  •       Women's and Gender Studies 300: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

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

HEALTH STUDIES 400Senior 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.

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

ART AND ART HISTORY 260:  Post Studio Project
Instructor:  Anthony M. Cervino

Permission of Instructor Required. This special topics class will investigate art making outside the traditional studio or art classroom. Students will devise and execute multiple art projects through individual and collaborative research. Projects may include performances, site-specific interventions and installation-based art, among other non-media specific approaches to making art.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 215:   Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  Andrea Lieber

JUDIAC STUDIES 215:   Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  Andrea Lieber

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.

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.

SOCIOLOGY 313:  Oral History:  Gay Lesbian
Instructor:  Amy C. Steinbugler/Lonna M. Malmsheimer

Cross-listed with WGST 300-04.This course is focused on collecting and recording the individual life stories of LGBT people in central Pennsylvania during the latter half of the twentieth and the first years of the twenty-first centuries. Life for LGBT Americans has changed substantially over the past 50 years. As recently as the 1960s, gay citizens could be and were arrested, incarcerated, and hospitalized (against their will) as either sick, sinful or criminal. Gays and lesbians were widely seen as a threat to the family, religion and law to the American way of life. This social hatred and fear drove LGBT individuals to suppress their desires and hide their orientation. With the sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies, related movements for both womens and gay liberation developed. LGBT people came out and sought to change not only this ideology, but also the laws and structures that institutionally enforced sexual and gender conformity. In this course, students will be trained in oral history methods and will collect the stories of LGBT residents in our area. These interviews will contribute to the developing archival project that is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Center (www.centralpalgbtcenter/lgbt-history-project) and the Dickinson College Archives. In addition to collecting oral histories, students will transcribe their interviews and share their findings in research papers and class presentations. Please note that in addition to scheduled course meetings, students will schedule and conduct off-campus interviews with residents of central Pennsylvania.  

THEATRE AND DANCE 214:  Special Topics in Dance:  Community Engagement and Artistic Citizenship
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods

Special Topics in Dance: Community Engagement and Artistic Citizenship is a project-based learning course in which students will seek answers to questions such as: How do the arts affect social change? How do we define community? How can we engage with our community through the arts? Why does it matter? Through theoretical discussion and hands-on scholarship-in-practice, students will examine not only the societal role of the arts, but what we can do as artists to be active local and global citizens.

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES 300: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 
Instructor:  Amy C. Steinbugler/Lonna M. Malmsheimer

This course will focus on specialized topics within Women's Studies, such as women and creativity; women and film; health issues for women; global feminism; and feminist theologies.
Prerequisite: one WGST course.