Recent Sophomore Seminars

Fall 2021:

SSES/PH 3024: Somatic Transformation: From Self-Care to Social Justice with CBL

Marianna Locke

T/TH 12:40-2:10, 1-unit

What does it mean to be healthy? Is wellness a choice? How does positionality shape health and wellness experiences? This seminar will discuss these questions and others related to the health and wellness industry in the United States. We will explore multiple dimensions of wellness through scholarly literature and popular sources. Most importantly, we will examine how social factors influence health outcomes.

EDUC 3056: Well-Being and Liberal Education

Jeff Frank

M/W 10:30-12, 1-unit

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested us in innumerable ways, threatening our individual and collective well-being. This course will explore how a liberal education can promote well-being, and our focus will be actions we can take as individuals and a community to increase well-being at St. Lawrence and after we graduate.

SSES 3023, On the Move? ---The Physical Activity of America’s Children

Matt McCluskey

M/W 8:50-10:20 AM, 1-unit

Movement can be a source of joy, health, and well-being for kids---yet many barriers often stand in the way of children’s physical activity and their enjoying positive athletic experiences. We will look at historical sources and current scholarship to see why this is, talk to leaders in the local sports community, and observe Canton’s landscape through a child’s eye.

AAH/AFAM 211: African American Art and Visual Culture

Mark Denaci

T/TH 2:20-3:50, 1-unit

This course will examine the history Why does visual media representation matter, when it comes to gender, race, sexuality, nationality and social class? In this Sophomore Journeys course we will examine films and TV, advertising, social media and video games to learn about the history of media representation along social identity lines, and to understand how media representation is linked to structural discrimination and oppression. You will also learn how to create innovative and visually exciting ways to showcase your work!of artworks and other visual images produced by and about African-Americans: How do images construct (or help to construct) identities, and to what extent can they be used to combat as well as reinforce stereotypes? What kinds of responsibilities should or shouldn’t artists, critics, and audiences have in relation to goals of social progress or justice?

GSS 103: Gender and Society

Jenny MacGregor

M/W 10:30-12, 1-unit

Why does visual media representation matter, when it comes to gender, race, sexuality, nationality and social class? In this Sophomore Journeys course we will examine films and TV, advertising, social media and video games to learn about the history of media representation along social identity lines, and to understand how media representation is linked to structural discrimination and oppression. You will also learn how to create innovative and visually exciting ways to showcase your work!

Summer 2021: 

ECON 3033 

Money Management Matters: Financial Literacy in a Dynamic World 

Sahar Milani; 1-unit

Prerequisite: Econ 100

This course introduces critical personal financial management topics with the goal of helping students develop successful financial skills. Specific topics include budgeting and planning, interest rates, taxes, financial institutions, loans, credit, insurance, and investing. Students will reflect on their own financial objectives through activity-based assignments.

REL 3036

Examining Extremism

Damon Berry; 1-unit

In this seminar, we will discuss key case studies of “extremism” to help students critically assess how something gets to be described as “extremism” or not, and the consequences of such a designation or lack thereof for individuals who occupy marginalized spaces in society.

Spring 2021:

ENG 200-02 
The Object Project: A Campus Storytelling Program

Nicole Roche; 1-unit 

Participants in this sophomore seminar will develop a variety of communication, editing, and digital skills while helping to produce a grant-funded campus storytelling program. “The Object Project” asks students to reflect on significant objects in their lives: the tools and talismans that connect us to our passions, our people, our identities, and our stories. From planning and executing a promotional campaign, to recording and editing interviews with fellow students, to working with a range of digital tools and platforms, students will produce content culminating in an online exhibition that documents—and celebrates—their stories and the stories of their fellow Laurentians.
 

EDUC 3045
Creating Learning Organizations: Social Innovation and Liberal Education

Jeff Frank; 1-unit;

This course will consider the ways that organizations can facilitate learning. I mean this in two senses. First, how can we build organizations that promote the learning of the individuals in the organization? Second, how can we build organizations that learn? Here I will emphasize the ways that organizations can get smarter by becoming more inclusive and more democratic. Instead of relying on habits of thinking that validate patriarchal or racist views, what would it mean to create an organizational culture that is deeply self-reflective? The course counts toward the educational studies minor and as a “Social Context” elective in the BUSLA major.

Fall 2020:

AAH/FILM 269

Digital Media and Culture

Amy Hauber; 1-unit

This is a combination studio art/seminar course. Over the course of the semester you will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. At the same time, through readings, media, group discussions and exercises, we will explore some of the major theoretical issues surrounding digital communications and technology, and how they affect contemporary society/life/identity.

ND 3033:

The Sophomore Experience: Stories of Agency, Engagement, and Change

Matt McCluskey; 0.5-unit

Develop a positive vision for your time at St. Lawrence---one that meshes with the values and commitments you are developing as sophomores---and explore the rich history of engagement, agency, service, and advocacy demonstrated by college students,, including here at St. Lawrence.

Spring 2020:

PALS: Promoting Active Laurentian Safety---Action and Awareness

ND 3011; 0.5-unit

Evelyn Jennings and Victoria Lederer

Ever wonder how you could shift campus culture in a positive direction and develop the knowledge and tools to do it?   We’ll learn and practice actions that can interrupt bias, help build a sex positive and safe community, and work towards a more inclusive campus culture…and you’ll develop a proposal for campus programming on an issue you care about.

Math and Social Justice

MATH 3006; 0.5-unit

Patti Frazer Lock

We will examine how mathematics can help us measure and understand social justice. In our time together, we'll talk about such topics as fair voting methods, gerrymandering, how to measure inequality, and the effects of prejudice on population dynamics.

Exploration of Leadership

ND 3028; 0.5-unit

John Robert O'Connor, Laura Lavoie, and Ashlee Downing-Duke

Explore your strengths and leadership style through self-reflection and writing of your own “Leadership Story” through the lens of a children’s picture book. Some of the themes we'll explore together are leadership, exploration, discovery, strength, and character.

Gender & Disability in Global Cinema

FILM 3075; 1-unit

Kristen Loutensock

The stories that we tell about the body and health are also stories about families and nations. This course will look at films about disability from around the world, and we will explore together what these stories tell us about science, power, and what it means to be a citizen in a globalized world.

Rural Planning and Land Use Decision-Making

GOVT 3047; 1-unit

Matt McCluskey

Join us for digital mapping, community walks, photographic analysis, discussions with local officials, and much more, as we learn about why small towns---places like Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, and Massena---look like they do, how land use policy is made in places like St. Lawrence County and other rural areas, and what the hot-button issues are across the country in this complex field.