CBL Courses

Spring 2015

CBL 101-1: Leadership Development Studies
Instructor: Robert Cowser

Day/Time: Thursday's, 2:20pm - 3:50 pm
Half-unit course designed to highlight the academic facet of your current and future service-learning work and assist you in developing collaborative, socially-oriented leadership skills. Your Community-Based Learning placement requiring 2 hours per week with a community agency which will be the centerpiece of your experience, your best opportunity to experience, apply, and evaluate what we talk about in class.  It will be your richest source for class discussion and journaling material, we will also incorporate films and course texts into our discussion. The culminating project for CBL 101 will be a presentation at the Festival of Community-Based Learning. Community placement themes may include schools, farms, local agencies that serve community needs, work with the elderly, local meal programs, and more.

CBL 100-1: Community Based Learning: Civic Engagement
Instructor: Elizabeth Regosin
Day/Time: Tuesday's, 2:20pm - 3:50 pm
Half- unit class that introduces students to the notion of civic engagement. We’ll focus on what it means to be an engaged member of a community, why it matters, and what obligations we might have to make the world, from the local community outward, a better place. And what more productive way to learn about that than actually to engage in the community?  Students in CBL 100 can expect to complement class readings and discussions of civic engagement through community placements requiring 2-3 hours per week throughout the semester. The culminating project for CBL 100 will be a presentation at the Festival of Community-Based Learning. Community placement themes may include schools, farms, our county correctional facility, local agencies that serve community needs, work with the elderly, local meal programs, and more.

EDUC 3006-01: Multicultural Education
Instructor: Sharon Williams
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thursday's, 10:10am - 11:40am

In this course, students explore both theory and practice for education in a multicultural society. The course addresses questions such as: What is culture? Can we really have an objective point of view? How does the right to difference relate to the right to equity in schooling? Can teaching be indifferent to matters of social class, gender, ethnicity or exceptionality? How do society’s views on multiculturalism impact educational equity? How do these questions and answers impact you as a teacher? Focus topics include; Individual attitudes and interpersonal relations; Prejudice; Cultural foundations of oppression in America; Confronting oppression; Pluralism in schools; Culturally responsive teaching, and Critical Race Theory.  The course offers a specific focus on the experience of Native Americans in mainstream schools. In addition, the course includes a CBL component at the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation which will take place every other Thursday from 2:00pm-6:00pm.

SOC 3012-01: Children & Poverty: Global Perspective
Instructor: Karen O'Neil
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thursday's, 10:10am - 11:40am

A 200-level course with integrated Community Based Learning component.  We will explore the causes and consequences of child poverty from the macro-structural level (e.g. the imperatives of global capital) to the micro-level dynamics of family and community.  We will also explore resources and advocacy efforts on behalf of children.  Topics include cultural factors, education, nutrition and health, the environment, the law, and exploitation (sexual/ trafficking/child labour); other topics will be constructed by students according to their particular interests.  Although considering child poverty in a global perspective, we will engage local resources that work on behalf of North Country children in need through our community based learning opportunities.  This course fulfills the Experiential Component for Sociology majors.  Restricted to Sociology majors and minors.

CHEM 3002-1: Environmental Justice w/CBL
Instructor: Samantha Glazier
Day/Time: Monday's 11:00am-3:30pm (tentative)
:  Upstate Correctional Facility, Malone NY , transportation provided
Distribution Requirement:  Fulfills environmental literacy, EL
Prerequisites:  None but seeking students with interest in the environment, ethics, justice, and/or science.  Permission is required because the course takes place inside a correctional facility

The course will examine several case studies, using a variety of texts and films, where human activities lead to harm of the environment and the people of the surrounding areas, on both a localized and global scale.  We will explore how these environmental problems were discovered and how a group or individual resolved them.  All of the topics will include the chemical hazard involved.  These case studies will cultivate writing, presentation, discussion, short answer, and conceptual skills.  These skills will develop as we explore how human activities can produce consequences for natural systems, how cultural/economic/political forces affect environmental policy making, and how natural settings when disrupted influence the environment, human quality of life, health and welfare.

FYS Courses:

Utopia and Dystopia in the Modern World (CBL): http://www.stlawu.edu/fyp/utopia-and-dystopia-modern-world-cbl
Instructor: Elun Gabriel
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thursday's: 10:10am - 12:20pm

From Plato’s Republic to the US Constitution to the ideas of contemporary libertarians and the members of WikiLeaks, visions of a better society (utopias) have been an integral part of the Western political, philosophical, and literary tradition. In this course, we will briefly survey classic literary utopias before turning to an extended study of modern utopian fiction, as well as the place of utopian themes in modern social and political thought. We will also cover the rise of dystopian fiction (from Brave New World to The Hunger Games) and film in the twentieth century and their relationship to the utopian tradition. As we encounter various portraits of good societies and warnings about potentially dark futures, we will ask questions such as these: how do the envisioners of better societies and the critics of current societies understand the characteristics of the good, or at least a better, life? What do they regard as the obstacles to its achievement, and how do they propose to overcome these? From what premises about human nature, education, gender relations, politics, religion, and economics (among other dimensions of human experience) do they proceed? How do the artistic genres of utopia and dystopia provide a perspective from which to critique current society?  Note: This FYS will include a community-based learning component of approximately 20 hours during the semester. Community placement themes may include schools, farms, local agencies that work with the elderly and the environment.

In the Making: Researching Communities and Their Social Needs through Documentaries (CBL): http://www.stlawu.edu/fyp/making-researching-communities-and-their-social-needs-through-documentaries-cbl
Instructor: Kara McLuckie
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thursday's: 12:00pm - 2:10pm

Have you ever video recorded a family party? Snapped a selfie at a concert? Written a journal entry that reflects on your activities for the day? If so, you are a beginning documentarian. In the Making will help you take your inclination to document the events and people around you to a higher level. Working directly with a North Country community agency you will document the social needs and solutions that agency addresses. You will also spend time investigating the local and global significance of the social needs identified by the agency with which you are working. In the Making will include plenty of hands-on field research and, along the way, will introduce you the practice of engaging with documentary film on a critical level. Note: This FYS will include a community-based learning component of approximately 20 hours during the semester. Community placement themes yet to be confirmed.


Fall 2014


Reiff College: [Meg Flaherty, Tom Ryan, and Elisa VanKirk]
Priest College: [Matt McCluskey and George Repicky]
Ford College: [Karen Gibson]
Herrick College: [Cynthia Bansak]

Other Courses:

CBL 100-01: Community Based Learning [Bob Cowser]
EDUC 3002-01: Museum Education with CBL [Sharon Williams]
PCA 4005-01: Theatre for Youth with CBL [Ann Marie Halstead (.5 credit, start date: 10/20/14)]
SOC 238-01: Social Services, Agencies & Advocacy with CBL [Karen O'Neil]
PSYC 413-01: Community Psychology [Cathy Crosby-Currie]


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