Students - You have a great opportunity available in the fall: Linked Class Learning Communities! These consist of two great courses taught by professors in two different departments, that are linked in terms of their learning goals and learning activities.
Please consider joining one of these two communities by registering for the two linked courses. (You will not be able to register for any linked course unless you also take the other.) It will be a wonderful opportunity to experience interdisciplinary collaboration and an experiential learning process. It will also be a great way to get to know your classmates better by taking two of the same courses and engaging in outside activities together.
Descriptions of the two Learning Communities:
Linked Courses: Fall 2012
MLCH 171 Elementary Chinese I
ENGL 110 Expository Writing
Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester (Modern Languages)
Dr. Kelly Matthews (English)
This learning community will link classes in Elementary Chinese I and Expository Writing. Students will read about and research contemporary issues in Chinese culture and US-China relations while they gain initial competence in Mandarin Chinese. Students will tour Yin Yu Tang, a Qing dynasty Chinese house re-constructed at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and will visit Boston’s Chinatown on multiple occasions, for a dim sum breakfast, a dinner banquet, and a historical walking tour. Throughout the semester, students will be linked to Chinese student “e-pals” in China, and will be able to ask them about their attitudes toward family, work, relationships, and other social issues. Guest speakers will introduce Chinese history, politics, and film. By learning about Chinese language and cultural issues, students will have the opportunity to expand their perceptions of today’s world and reflect on their own cultural heritage and values.
GREENING URBAN CLIMATES
Linked Courses: Fall 2012
GEOG 165 Global Cities
EASC 131 Conversations with the Earth
Dr. Judith Otto (Geography)
Dr. Larry McKenna (Physics & Earth Science)
Our linked learning community will give students the tools to understand and address the challenges and opportunities of increasing urbanization in the world, through understanding of population growth, energy flows, and resource management. The linked course integrates earth systems science (understanding, measuring, and anticipating anthropogenic changes within earth systems) with urban geography, organized around the central concept of sustainability. In Geog 265, Global Cities, students will answer the question: what general principles can be used to solve urban problems, and where might solutions be unique to the particular place? In EASC 131, Conversations with the Earth, students learn that humans influence earth’s climate through subtle changes to the “levers” that control climate. Students see that sustainability involves not only consuming materials at rates lower than they are replaced, but also consuming them in a way that minimizes humans’ effect on those control levers. Students then move on to discover how societies can, if they wish, either adapt to or mitigate the effects of changes.