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Fall 2012 Courses with a Community Component

Students! If you are interested in taking more CBL-type courses or courses with a component that teaches students about Baltimore and other communities, come check out this page frequently. We will continue to update it as listings change and as we learn about courses that engage the community. Please share this resource with your friends. Classes that have * are courses where you will actually work in the community or with community agencies AND participate in reflection activities that connect your experiences with course learning objectives.

An asterisk (*) denotes a CBL course

Course Title

Course No.




Course Description

Architectural History of Baltimore


M. Perschler

3 credits/ Limit 10 (per section)

7 – 9:30 pm

Focusing on Baltimore's built environment and drawing upon primary sources, this course will explore the major European and American design theories, values, and practices of the last several centuries with an eye towards establishing Baltimore's place within a national and global urban environmental context. Topics addressed in this course include city building, class and race, architectural revivalism, transportation, urban renewal, and post-industrialism. Section 01 - Seniors, Section 02 - Juniors, Section 03 - Sophomores, Section 04 - Freshmen.

Archaeology at the Crossroads: The Ancient Eastern Mediterranean through Objects in the JHU Archaeological Museum


E. Anderson

3 credits/Limit 10

TR 10:30 – 11:45 am

Limited to Freshmen. This seminar investigates the Eastern Mediterranean as a space of intense cultural interaction in the Late Bronze Age, exploring how people, ideas, and things not only came into contact but deeply influenced one another through maritime trade, art, politics, etc. In addition to class discussion, we will work hands-on with artifacts from the JHU Archaeological Museum, focusing on material from Cyprus. Cross-listed with Museums and Society and Near Eastern Studies.

Craft and Craftpersons of the Ancient World: Status, Creativity and Tradition


E. Anderson

3 credits/Limit 15

T  3-5:30 pm

This course explores the dynamic work and social roles of craftpersons in early Greece, the eastern Mediterranean and Near East. Readings and discussion will query the identities and contributions of these people—travelers, captives, lauded masters, and even children—through topics including gender, class, and ethnicity. Special focus on late third-early first millennia BCE; local field trips. Cross-listed with Near Eastern Studies.

Practicum in Language Disorders*


B. Rapp

1 credit/Limit 4


Prerequisites: Students with a junior or senior status. Students must have taken and earned an A-or above in: 080.203; or 050.203; or 050.105; or 050.311. A minimum major GPA of 3.5 is required. Please see additional instructions on: the Neuroscience Department Website This course provides the opportunity to learn about adult aphasias; language disorders which are one of the most common consequences of stroke. You will receive training in Supportive Communication Techniques and work as a communication partner with an individual with aphasia for two hours per week. Three class meetings for orientation and reading assignments will be held on campus; training and practicum will be conducted at a local aphasia support center. Transportation required.

Africa & The Museum*


J. Guyer

3 credits/Limit 20

T 1:30 – 3:50 pm

An introduction to Africa, artistic creativity, collection and exhibition: as African history, as anthropology of art and objects, and as public controversy in our national institutions. Works with the Baltimore Museum of Art. Cross-listed with Africana Studies and Programs in Museums and Society.

Careers in Psychology


J. Halberda

1 credit/Limit 100 (each section)

R 6 – 7pm

An introduction to the varied career paths offered across the field of psychology, hosting a diverse representation of speakers from various Johns Hopkins institutions and the local Baltimore community.

Teaching French in Public School*


C. Guillemard

3 credits/Limit 10

M 3-4:15 pm,
T/R 1 – 2:45 pm

A Community-Based Learning (CBL) language course for upperclass students that: 1) establishes a mutually beneficial relationship between JHU students, a neighboring Elementary School, and their common community; 2) combines academic components (linguistic, pedagogical and social) with the experiential work with the community partner as a way to reinforce learning. Students participate in weekly meetings in French on campus to prepare for their classes and teach twice a week to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th graders at the Elementary school. Prerequisites : Completion of one year of Advanced Writing and Speaking 210.301-302

Spanish Language Practicum*


L. Sanchez

3 credits/Limit 12

T 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Prereq: 210.411 Spanish Language Practicum involves a specially designed project related to student’s minor concentration. Provides an opportunity to use Spanish language in real world contexts. May be related to current employment context or developed in agencies or organizations that complement student’s research and experimental background while contributing to the improvement of language proficiency. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory

Documentary Production Practicum: “the Cure:” the History and Culture of Breast Cancer*


B. Wegenstein

3 credits/Limit 8

T 4 – 6:20 pm

This class will accompany Bernadette Wegenstein during some months of producing her feature documentary “The Cure” on the history and culture of breast cancer. It will be a hands on experience with director/producer Bernadette Wegenstein, editor/producer Patrick Wright and cinematographer Allen Moore filming at the GBMC’s Breast Care clinic, the Halsted Medical Archives, and some other Baltimore locations. This class will meet once a week, but some weeks the class will consist in the hands-on experience on the field rather than the actual class meeting.

Population/Comm Ecology


K. Szlavecz

3 credits/Limit 30

T/R 10:30 – 11:45 am

Prereq: 270.103 or permission of instructor. This course explores the distribution and abundance of organisms and their interactions. Topics include dynamics and regulation of populations, population interactions (competition, predation, mutualism, parasitism, herbivory), biodiversity, organization of equilibrium and non-equilibrium communities, energy flow and nutrient cycles in ecosystems. Field trip included. Cross-listed with Public Health Studies

Baltimore and The Wire: A Focus on Major Urban Issues


P. Beilenson

3 credits/Limit 40 (2 sections)

MW 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Section 01: Freshmen and Sophomores Only. Section 02: Juniors and Seniors Only. Playing off the themes raised in the HBO series "The Wire", this course will provide an introduction to major issues confronting Baltimore and other American urban centers through a series of lectures by policy makers in the region.

Food, Nutrition, and Public Health


S. Lee

MW 1:30 – 2:45 pm

3 credits/Limit 25

This course explores an array of questions related to nutrition, food access, socioeconomic and demographic factors that affects individuals, communities, and public policy. Students will seek answers through field trips, guest lectures, and discussion seminars. Deans Teaching Fellowship Course.

Practicum Community Health Care – Community Based Learning*


L. Bone, J. Goodyear

3 credits/ Limit 40

M 4:30 – 6 pm

Seniors & Juniors only. Perm. Req'd. This course is designed to expose students to urban health with focus on Baltimore City through lectures, class discussions, and experiential learning. Students will select a community-based organization (CBO) according to their expressed interests and schedule in order to complete 45 hours of service based learning. Grades are based on participation, completion of service learning project, presentation, and papers.

Documentary Photography


P. Berger

3 credits/Limit 9

F 2 – 4:50 pm

In this course, we will explore different genres of documentary photography, including the fine art document, photojournalism, social documentary photography, the photo essay and photography of propaganda. Students will work on a semester-long photo-documentary project on a subject of their choice. Digital SLRs will be provided.

Teaching Practicum: Making Neuroscience Fun (MNF) AS.080.402 L. Gorman 1 credit/Limit 10
(10 sections!)

M/T/W/R/F 7:30 – 11:30 am OR M/T/W/R/F 11:30 – 4 pm

(only one day for 4 hours)

(only one
This is a one (1) credit S/U course organized by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Committee. Making Neuroscience Fun (MNF) is a community outreach program which brings age-appropriate interactive presentations about the brain and nervous system to Baltimore City and County elementary school students. MNF is an effort aimed at fostering appreciation for science in general, emphasizing the importance of the brain and the nervous system in everyday life, and enhancing the science curriculum in Baltimore’s City and County schools. You will receive initial training and then volunteer four (4) hours per week for four (4) weeks. One class meeting for orientation will be held on campus; one exit meeting will be held on campus; the practicum will take place at Baltimore City and County Schools. Students willing to drive are encouraged to register. Zip Cars will be provided.
*Research Practicum: KEEN (Kids Enjoying Exercise Now) AS.080.401 L. Gorman 1 credit, Enrollment Limit: 10 Su 11:15 – 4:15 pm This is a one (1) credit S/U course, organized by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Committee. This course provides the opportunity to learn and interact with children who have neurological disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome in weekend exercise and recreational activities. You will receive a profile for the KEEN athlete that you will be paired with during a session. You will receive initial training and then volunteer three (3) hours per week for five (5) weeks on consecutive Sundays during the first or second half of the semester. One class meeting for orientation will be held on campus; one exit meeting will be held on campus; practicum will take place at KEEN centers in Maryland. Transportation will be provided. Registration restricted to Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology majors only


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