ECG 100 A - Foster Youth in America (Filling-Brown) W/F 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
In this course, we will look at the youth of America and how social injustices exist for children, teenagers, and young adults that stifle their ability to realize their dreams.
More specifically, we will be working with the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, Pennsylvania Youth Advocacy Board, and the Education Law Center to learn about injustices within the foster care system. The course will involve learning how foster youth often struggle through the "aging out" process and how changes in policy could improve their transition to being "on their own." ECG 100 B - Peace and Non Violence (Johnson) R 1:55 - 3:10 p.m.
This ECG course explores the themes of peace and nonviolence by examining the ideas of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and other notable peace theorists. Students will consider how as engaged citizens we can work to promote peace and nonviolence.
This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives. This course makes students increasingly prepared to see solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual engagement as social justice. Through reading, writing, classroom discussion, and co-curricular activities, students will come to a greater understanding of some ways to construct their identities as persons of peace ECG 100 C - Foster Care (Persichetti) M/W 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
In this course, Foster Youth in America, we will look at the youth of America and how social injustices exist for children, teenagers, and young adults that stifle their ability to realize their dreams.
More specifically, we will be working with the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, Pennsylvania Youth Advocacy Board, and the Education Law Center to learn about injustices within the foster care system. The course will involve learning how foster youth often struggle through the "aging out" process and how changes in policy could improve their transition to being "on their own." ECG 100 D - Social Commitment & Personal Freedom (Lape) W/F 1:55 - 3:10 p.m.
Although we experience our lives primarily as self-conscious individuals, we continually find ourselves having to negotiate our place in the world around us. The most difficult aspect of this negotiation involves our relationships with other persons, whether in the form of individuals or of groups.
Most of us could not “go it alone:” nor would we choose to do so even if we could. We need and want to be part of societies. Families, nations, schools, and economies are among the ‘societies’ it would be difficult to do without.
In this course, we will question; through a discussion of classic and contemporary readings, through viewing films and through off-campus exploration, whether this seemingly necessary involvement with society is best viewed as competitive or cooperative.
Along the way, we will ask and try to answer some the most basic questions about human nature and social organization.
ECG 100 E - Civil Rights & Social Justice (Smith) T/R 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
This writing-intensive and discussion-focused course is designed to introduce students to Cabrini College’s social justice mission. This course also is designed to provide students with opportunities to hone their writing skills, learn critical information literacy strategies, and explore their own views in regards to social justice.
Throughout the semester, the course will focus on civil rights in the United States from the end of the Civil War until the present time. At the heart of this course is a Reacting to the Past activity on the Civil Rights Movement. All students will participate in the activity and will complete several writing assignments associated with the Civil Rights Movement.
ECG 100 F - Film & Media Studies (Owens) W/F 9:10 - 10:55 a.m.
This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives by exposing and interrogating the tension between the individual and society.
It also examines the individual's position in various communities: family, nation, race, class, gender, and other categories of identity.
ECG 100 G - Immigration: Coming to America (Ross) M/W 9:40 - 10:55 a.m.
In the spirit of Mother Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants, this writing intensive course explores the struggles of American immigrants and investigates how the influx of new cultures, languages and backgrounds impact our future together. This course is designed to offer opportunities to engage with various resources in a quest for the understanding of immigration through various viewpoints. Students will study history, current events, and relevant laws pertaining to immigration.
Through this coursework, students will write critical essays, participate in co-curricular activities, and engage in constructive conversation on immigration and what it means to be an “American.” Students will have an opportunity to meet and hear from immigrants on why they made the choice to leave their homes and journey to the United States. The first half of the course will focus on the history of immigration in the United States, with each class period focusing on different immigrant groups, including discussion of reasons for immigration, employment, settlement patterns, ethnicity and integration, and particular challenges faced. The second half of the course will focus on current policy and social issues relating to immigration. The course will concentrate on the following topics: The shifting origins of immigration; Historical immigrant group; Immigration and settlement of various groups; Ellis Island and Angel Island; Employment; Ethnicity and identity; Naturalization; Language and education; Undocumented migration; Policy implications and debates.
ECG 100 H - Immigrants in America: English with an Accent (Jacquet) M/W 9:40 - 10:55 a.m.
This course will examine issues surrounding the language struggles of immigrants in America today. Since spoken language is often the main way we communicate with others, immigrants and individuals who are not fluent in English or speak with an accent may encounter discrimination.
The lack of empathy toward foreigners on the part of many Americans is relevant for immigrants who require English proficiency for employment in a competitive, service-oriented economy. We will explore the relationship between maintaining one’s native language and suffering discrimination based on one’s accent. We will also consider the consequences for immigrants who arrive in the United States with accents and/or little English.
Through the semester, we will reflect on the right of immigrants and other foreign language speakers to maintain their native language and what we can learn about different ways of living, talking and thinking. ECG 100 LC - Our Interconnected World (Zurek) T/R 9:40 - 10:55 a.m.
How to combine your talent in Communication with your desire to make a difference in the world: that's the goal of this course. You'll learn how the world is interconnected in unexpected ways and how your Communication skills can bring people together and make the world a more fair place for everybody.
This course is a Learning Community for students especially interested in Communication and enrolled in Introduction to Mass Communication. ECG 100 LC1 - Growing Old Together (Cordes) T/R 1:55 - 3:10 p.m.
The quality and meaning of life for the elderly are becoming a key concern and issue in the nation’s and the world’s strategic planning. What is the aging experience? How is it the same and different across cultures and times? What is its meaning? What does it mean to a culture, to a society, to you as an individual who will probably become aged? What should it mean?
This course is designed to offer you opportunities to understand aging from multiple perspectives. You will study attitudes, opinions, and knowledge about aging and old age among different races, nationalities, religions and cultures.
You will learn of some of the successes and deficiencies in eldercare in the U.S. and other cultures. You will study how society’s media portray the elderly and aging. Through this course you will also meet elderly people and experience first hand some of their life experiences.
ECG 100 LC2 - Words in Action (Watterson) M/W 9:40 - 10:55 a.m.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s powerful assertion about how change happens remains a vibrant touchstone for anyone interested in how to understand others and our roles in the various communities we belong to or in which we participate.
In this ECG seminar we reflect on our own worldviews—our understandings not only of where we come from and who we are, but also of what we can become. Transformation—of ourselves and others—stands at the heart of this course.
We begin with what’s familiar to us by reflecting upon assumptions about the places we come from, our sense of “belonging” in various contexts, and then move outward to investigate others’ worldviews and experiences. As we explore how people, ideas, and cultural expressions move and migrate, we take a closer look at our own attitudes and dispositions.
At every step we will use the practice of deliberative dialogue—of words in action, of words as action—as our catalyst for understanding both how “community” matters and what strategies help affect change in communities.
Through reading, writing, classroom discussion, and co-curricular activities, students will come to a greater understanding of the formal and informal social structures that help construct their identities. ECG 100 LC3 and LC4 - Reacting to the Past (Richie Gebauer) LC3: M/W 4:35 or LC4: T/R 4:35
ECG 100 is the first in a series of courses that students take each year they are at Cabrini College. This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives by exposing and interrogating the tension between the individual and society. It also examines the individual’s position in various communities: family, nation, race, class, gender, and other categories of identity.
Often, the relationship between individuals and others is thought of as competitive. This course complicates that understanding by exploring relationships that work towards greater dignity, solidarity, and equality. This course makes students increasingly prepared to see solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual engagement as social justice.
Through reading, writing, classroom discussion, and co-curricular activities, students will come to a greater understanding of the formal and informal social structures that help construct their identities. The central focus of this course will be the “Reacting to the Past” curriculum.
“Reacting to the Past” consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles with “victory objectives” informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to draw students in to the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve speaking, writing, and leadership skills.
ECG 200 A - Democracy & Diversity Democracy and Diversity is a course in which we will be concerned with the problems that countries, and in particular democracies, have in making one country out of diverse social, ethnic, cultural, economic, and religious groups.
Here in the United States, that has been an especially interesting problem since most Americans are immigrants or are descended from immigrants and these immigrants were not all alike!
The United States has been amazingly successful at creating a democratic society from such diversity when compared to other countries like Iraq, for instance. But there are many tensions and even injustices in the United States that have their origin in the differences between various parts of the larger population.
Making one out of many, or as it says on the penny, "e pluribus Unum," is a continuous process that we in the United States have done with deliberateness and with difficulty at times. ECG 200 B - Watershed Citizenship This course will involve community-based research at an interdisciplinary level, bringing together biological and psychological perspectives on current environmental issues, namely those involving local and global watersheds.
Students will engage in a variety of interactive, interdisciplinary and scientific activities, including interviewing community members and reporting qualitative data. Along with the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC), students will sponsor and attend a Speaker Series, highlighting invited members from various constituencies within the community.
This course provides valuable exposure and experience to community-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate research opportunities by working alongside the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership (VCRP), the SWRC, and the local Valley Creek Watershed residents, to name a few. Projects and materials presented from both a life and social science help students integrate various perspectives of the watershed impact.
This course also provides an opportunity for sustained contact and work with the various partnerships begun during the course through the potential for summer internships, and through the continued series of courses (annually). ECG 200 C - Multicultural Churches This course will focus on the challenges faced by faith-based communities whose membership is comprised of diverse ethnic, linguistic, and racial groups.
The course will be taught at St. Patrick’s Parish in Norristown which is comprised of European American, Latino, and African American groups. Transportation will be provided by the Wolfington Center from campus to St. Pat’s and back. Christian spiritual ideas will be an integral part of the course. ECG 200 D - Bridges to Swaziland This course presents the partnership with Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland as an opportunity for a group of Education majors to study the educational needs of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Swaziland. Through readings and research, the students will discuss their ideas and perceptions about issues relating to the education system in Swaziland and the United States.
Through practical experience in serving the needs of the partnership, students will move toward a deeper understanding of OVC. As a result of this course and through the Cabrini Ministries partnership, students will develop educational resources to enhance the teaching and learning at the Cabrini Ministries Hostel.
ECG 300 A - Hands-On Justice
It will use multi-media presentations in most lectures. It will make each one of us to touch and reflect deeply about who we are; our pains and our hopes.
It will enable us to analyze and critique few of the glaring injustices in the world today, such as Global (including domestic) Oppression against Women, Personal and Corporate Greed, and/or Slavery of Resident Illegal Aliens.
It will enable us to move beyond the paralysis of anger and despair to concrete action. It will enable us to use logic of coolest mind with warmest heart towards justicemaking.
This class is for those students who want to be real. This class is for those students who want to make a difference in the world today. This class is for those students who strive to live their lives to the fullest!
ECG 300 B - Dating & Domestic Violence Students in this course will learn about Dating and Domestic Violence while becoming provisionally certified by Laurel House and the PCADV as a crisis counselor.
At the same time, students will conduct research in local communities to assist efforts to eradicate domestic violence through education and prevention. ECG 300 C & E - History of Mental Health This course explores how History and Psychology intersect in the investigation of historical practices for the treatment of the mentally ill. Partnering with the Norristown State Mental Hospital this course provides the opportunity to research community and cultural effects on human thinking and behavior throughout the history of the Norristown State Mental Hospital.
Students will connect the history of social justice around the treatment of and perceptions about those who suffer from mental illness with current policy and practices in the mental health profession. Students will root this experience in the Norristown community and will tour the Norristown State Mental Hospital facility. ECG 300 D - Working for Global Justice How to advocate for social justice through your major after college will be the focus of this course. We will work within the college’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
As part of the course, you will research and create a social justice advocacy project using your professional skills. You will also learn and practice how to advocate for global social justice, including the experience of lobbying with your members of Congress during a day-long trip to Washington, DC. ECG 300 F - Northern Ireland: Post Conflict This course will focus on the evolution of Ireland from the early 1900s to the present day. It will look at British influence as it relates to the formation of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
This course will also focus on the socio-cultural problems that exist between Catholics and Protestants in the North due to the separation and look at the peace process and the path forward as it relates to restorative justice. ECG 300 G - Our Interconnected Hemisphere
The ECG 300 Our Interconnected Hemisphere seminar is designed for Spanish minors and interested majors. Students will continue their involvement with the established community-based partnership (Norristown Area High School) and lay foundation for a participatory action research project that will come to fruition in the ECG 400 capstone course.
This seminar will strengthen the relationship established by the mentor/mentee project launched in the fall ECG 200 and sustained through the following spring and begin to assess concrete evidence in the following areas -academic assistance, family outreach efforts and mediating needs with the District.
Students will work to sustain and build the capacity of Latino students by advocating for interventions known to improve academic performance and support their efforts toward the completion of their secondary education requirements.
Students will study the power and lure of the American Dream for many people around the world and then look at how the promises of such a dream impact the Hispanics living in the United States, both as newly- arrived immigrants and in subsequent generations. Students will improve their ability to look at complex issues from a broader and multifaceted perspective, and work in conjunction with the District and other community entities toward the implementation of nationally proven interventions.
The knowledge gained on successful strategies to improve retention and graduation will also be used to advocate for systemic changes in order to bring about greater educational equity in the community.
Please Note: Students enrolled in Dr. Green's ECG 300-Our Interconnected Hemisphere on Mondays/Wednesdays 11:05 a.m.-12:20 p.m. are also required to mentor Latino students in the Norristown Area School District one afternoon a week from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on either Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Therefore, they cannot take either a 1:55 or a 3:10 p.m. class on the day they select.