Upcoming Courses

Fall 2019

Service-Learning Courses

BIOL 450: Plant Ecology

This course will give students a better understanding of plant growth, reproduction, anatomy and physiology as they relate to whole plant adaptation. Students in Plant Ecology will incorporate community service into the experiential portion of the course by partnering with a local entity responsible for the management/conservation of natural land. Specific partners and projects vary from year to year, with students working closely with agency officials in all cases to determine the experimental questions and design that will provide the partner with ecological data that will inform management decisions.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Cindy Bennington, Ph.D, at cbenning@stetson.edu.

EDUC 275V: Human Exceptionalities

The overall objective of this course is to understand the characteristics and needs of students with exceptionalities and their families. Students will also be able to articulate general knowledge of the main concepts and educational theories of special needs populations and recognize the historical development of the field of special education. Students will become familiar with the state and federal laws that address students with disabilities and the implications of these laws. *This course only counts as service-learning when taught by Fran Duvall, Ph.D.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Fran Duvall, Ph.D. at fduvall@stetson.edu.

EDUC 302: Improving Reading and Writing Skills in the Middle/Secondary School

The overall course objective is to learn strategies for improving literacy among middle and secondary school youth. Students will demonstrate mastery of these strategies through their field experiences. Students will volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and are also required to create content literacy lessons and complete one-on-one tutoring sessions using these lesson plans. Students must integrate at least one content area literacy strategy, which has been covered in the class material, into each lesson plan, reflecting an understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy.

*This course only counts when taught by Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.

For more information, contact Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., at rshankar@stetson.edu.

Community Engagement Theory Courses

BADM 209V: The Legal, Social, and Ethical Environment of Business

This course is designed to investigate the broad range of ethical issues that contemporary managers face. From false advertising by local companies to environmental calamities caused by global corporations, students will examine ethical issues in business with the goal of developing an analytical framework for thinking about ethical problems in business. One of the primary learning outcomes for this course is for students to utilize critical thinking skills in confronting ethical issues in the context of business management. Students will be required to complete a Case Analysis, in which they choose a case study included in the course texts and complete a written analysis of their chosen case, where they will identify the ethical issues at stake in the course, describe who is affected by the issue, and propose ways in which the issue can be resolved.

For more information, contact Jim Beasley, Ph.D., at jbeasley@stetson.edu.

BIOL 450: Plant Ecology

This course will give students a better understanding of plant growth, reproduction, anatomy and physiology as they relate to whole plant adaptation. Students in Plant Ecology will incorporate community service into the experiential portion of the course by partnering with a local entity responsible for the management/conservation of natural land. Specific partners and projects vary from year to year, with students working closely with agency officials in all cases to determine the experimental questions and design that will provide the partner with ecological data that will inform management decisions.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Cindy Bennington, Ph.D, at cbenning@stetson.edu.

COMM 336V: Food and Nutrition in the Media

Through critical analysis of the media and cultural performance (gender, race, class, sexuality, age), this seminar is designed to explore possible influences on the perceptions of food and nutrition, and how, in turn, this may affect individuals’ well-being. In this class, students will design a workshop that could be presented to the community to increase media literacy about food/nutrition. Students will also identify problems with current media artifacts and present better approaches to constructing these artifacts.

For more information, contact Tara Schuwer, Ph.D., at tschuwer@stetson.edu.

EDUC 245H: Social Foundations of Education

This course examines the historical, philosophical and social forces affecting education today. Students will analyze current issues in education such as access to education, religion in education, student’s rights, curriculum and ethics. The main focus of community engagement in this course, however, is on bullying and how it impacts the community. Students in this course will work to propose solutions to stop bullying and analyze different preventative and responsive initiatives currently undertaken by schools.

For more information, contact Christopher Colwell, Ed.D., at ccolwell@stetson.edu.

EDUC 275V: Human Exceptionalities

The overall objective of this course is to understand the characteristics and needs of students with exceptionalities and their families. Students will also be able to articulate general knowledge of the main concepts and educational theories of special needs populations and recognize the historical development of the field of special education. Students will become familiar with the state and federal laws that address students with disabilities and the implications of these laws.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Fran Duvall, Ph.D. at fduvall@stetson.edu.

EDUC 305V: Cultural Diversity Education

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to sensitively relate in culturally appropriate ways to individuals with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In this course, students will develop perspectives on cultural diversity that enhance their abilities to analyze contemporary cultural issues and respond to the issues impacting culturally diverse populations. Students will view the film Shadow of Hate and recommend two practical strategies to combat racism, sexism, economic discrimination, prejudices and racial discrimination. They will also discuss the potential benefits for creating a more harmonious and inclusive culture and discuss personal prejudices.

For more information, contact Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., at pcoggins@stetson.edu.

EDUC 370V: Celebrating Diversity

This course considers diversity in film, books and literature. Students will investigate how society has hidden, ignored and celebrated different types of disabilities through reading multiple books. Varying types of disabilities will be explored: impaired mental functioning and developmental delay, autism, depression, schizophrenia, and physical disabilities. Through class discussions and projects, this course also examines historical and contemporary political and ethical issues related to diversity and disability.

For more information, contact Kathy Piechura, Ph.D, at kpiechur@stetson.edu.

ENSS 310V/JS: Cultural and Political Ecology

This course functions as an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the tensions between economic development and management of natural environments. The course emphasizes the dynamic (dialectical) influences of humans and environment on each other. The concept of nature is questioned through the exploration of various paradigms for understanding the effects of economic development and underdevelopment on natural systems. An international context is stressed.

For more information, contact Tony Abbott, Ph.D, at tabbott@stetson.edu.

PUBH 303: Global Health

This course introduces students to the values, concepts and functions of public health applied to solving global health problems. Students will learn how social, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors influence and interact with global health challenges. Students will also learn about the global burden of disease, risk factors and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways. With an interdisciplinary focus on low- and middle-incomes countries and the health of the poor, this course will cover key concepts and frameworks in a practical context of global health issues.

For more information, contact Asal Mohamadi Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H, at ajohnso2@stetson.edu.

SOCI 375: Medicine and Health in Society

In this course, students will identify health and health delivery problems of substantial sociological significance, explain their importance, and propose solutions, while recognizing the strengths and limitations of those perspectives. Students will also investigate and analyze the social determinants and social construction of a disease or condition using at least four peer-reviewed social science sources. Through class discussions and a final paper, students will be able to articulate the challenges of the heath movement and/ or organizations and how they can overcome them.

For more information, contact Rachel Core, Ph.D., at rcore@stetson.edu.