A list of all Undergraduate courses in JCL:


10 The U.S. and Us

This course introduces students to program themes of justice, community and leadership. Lectures and discussions are complimented by a visit to Glide Memorial Church and community engagement.  In addition, the course gives special emphasis to the theme of social justice in American society and culture—its roots, development, nature and impact. Throughout the course, we will explore possible answers to the question: Can we create here in America the kind of “Beloved Community” envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King? Students are required to devote time each week to a service-learning project, write essays, intellectual integrations and a self-assessment. Class sessions are supplemented by a biweekly activity lab. Satisfies Common Good, Community Engagement, and American Diversity core requirements. Offered fall and spring.


120Theory and Inquiry in Justice, Community and Leadership

This course is intended as an advanced introduction to the critical social theory utilized in the JCL program to evaluate political, social, cultural, economic, educational, and environmental justice issues that confront local, regional, national and global communities. Critical social theory is distinct from other forms of critical theory (philosophical, political, literary) yet it is in conversation with them. We will explore the relationships between oppression, power, society, education and social change.

Prerequisite: JCL 10 or permission of the instructor. Offered in the fall and spring.


130 Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community

This course focuses on the natural world in which we live, and the complex interrelationship between human activities, the values which determine these activities and their consequences for the environment. Different societies’ belief systems along with their responsibility and attitudes toward the environment are examined. Students are required to devote time each week to community engagement, write essays, intellectual integrations and a self-assessment. Class sessions are supplemented by a biweekly activity lab. Prerequisites: JCL 10 or permission of  instructor.  Satisfies Community Engagement and Common Good of the Core Curriculum. Offered in the spring.


140 The Global Community

The purpose of this course is to gain broad-based exposure to some of the cultural, political and economic issues related to and arising from the processes of globalization. Students will study recent critical dialogues and philosophies of globalization, including issues of ethnicity/race, gender, identity, urban culture, post-nationalism, multiculturalism and postcolonial studies. Students are required to participate in class, lead discussions, write essays and news article responses, give an oral presentation and complete a midterm exam. Prerequisites: JCL 10 or permission of instructor. Satisfies Global Perspectives
and Common Good of the Core Curriculum. Offered fall and spring.


150  Leadership in Justice & Community

As a core course in the Justice, Community & Leadership Program, this course addresses the necessary connection between understanding community and becoming advocates for and agents of change.  The course builds on prior JCL courses and deepens the exploration and application of leadership theory and research.  The course addresses the questions, "How does knowing leadership theory contribute to my disposition about justice and my ability to enact change with and in communities?" This course serves as the catalyst for putting together the theory and practice of leadership and social change.  Moreover, this course emphasizes Friere's notion of praxis, action and reflection within the world in order to transform community. Students will also develop proposals for their senior capstone community engagement projects. Prerequisites, JCL 10, JCL 120, junior standing. Offered in the spring.


125 Text-Based Discussion in the Middle School Classroom (.25)

This field-based course trains and gives students hands-on experience in facilitating seminar-style, text-based discussion groups for children. After introductory training workshops, students will lead such discussion groups on-site in a middle-school classroom. Students will learn about and practice an educational style that develops critical skills, speaking, reading, and thinking in open discussion. This course is required of all Teachers for Tomorrow students. Education track students would benefit from this course, as well. This course must be taken before Senior Capstone II. Offered in the fall and spring.


123 Praxis: Anti-Racist Pedagogy (.25)

The Praxis courses for Education concentration students that coincide with Educ 20, in which students read and discuss anti-racist pedagogy in conjunction with a placement at a Title I elementary school. Offered in the spring.


124 Praxis: Mini-Math Methods (.25)

The Praxis courses for Education concentration students that usually coincides with Math 101 in which students learn strategies, techniques and games to teach elementary school math. Offered in the spring.


126 Praxis: Advising (.25) 

This advising praxis course is required for all students in the Education concentration (Including TFT). Offered in the fall and spring and meets for eight sessions.


127Praxis: Community Service (.25)

129Praxis: Education (.25)

The Praxis courses are a sequence of optional .25-credit courses. Offered every semester, these courses enable students to involve themselves in structured community service, environmental, public policy or education-related fieldwork. In addition to fieldwork, students meet to discuss their experiences and produce a culminating paper or project. These courses may be repeated for credit as content varies. Satisfies Community Engagement of the Core Curriculum. Offered in the fall and spring


196 Senior Capstone I

This is the capstone course of the Liberal and Civic Studies Program.. Students complete an individual thesis that is designed to integrate L&CS core courses with a group community engagement project, and culminates in a  group presentation to the SMC community. Prerequisites: all LCS core classes and senior standing.  Satisfies Common Good and Community Engagement of the Core Curriculum. Offered in the fall.


190 Senior Capstone II (.25)

Students take this course in the semester immediately after Senior Capstone I. The course, which consists of eight sessions, assists students in preparing their academic portfolios and themselves for their assessment interview, which occurs in the latter part of the semester. Prerequisites: Senior Capstone I. Offered in the spring.

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