Fall 2017 Courses


Supported by the Ethics Center

EL 16a  – The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum (IP)
Instructor: Marci McPhee, Director of Campus Programs, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Time: Wednesdays, 12:00–12:50 PM

Waltham Family School

This 2-credit course offers hands-on experience through community work with immigrants, applying frameworks and analysis methods of a base course (see below). Students contribute to an organization that addresses the needs of immigrants and reflect on and explore other social justice/social policy issues of interest. Usually offered every semester.

Hands-on community work (3 hours/week) may include opportunities such as: tutoring immigrant mothers and/or their preschool children learning English at Waltham Family School, Moody Street OR: supporting technology access for underserved populations at Charles River Public Internet Center, Moody Street OR: assisting with afterschool enrichment for elementary and middle school children at Prospect Hill Community Center, a low-income housing neighborhood in Waltham, OR assisting with adult English classes at "Breaking Barriers" at WATCH CDC, off Moody Street. Community work shifts are available in the morning, afternoons, or evening, depending on the partner. In addition to volunteering with immigrants, participants will meet weekly as a group (1 hour/week) to reflect on their learning, and will complete written and oral assignments that connect their community experiences with the frameworks and analytical methods of their base course.Base courses include AAAS 177a, AMST 55a, ANTH 1a, IGS 10a, POL 184a, and SOC 122a. Base courses may be taken concurrently or within the past year.

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CAST 150b – Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformationcast

Instructor: Cynthia Cohen, CAST chair and Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00–4:50 PM

How can music, theater, poetry, literature, and visual arts contribute to community development, coexistence, and nonviolent social change? In the aftermath of violence, how can artists help communities reconcile? Students explore these questions through interviews, case studies, and projects. Usually offered every year. This is the core course for the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). More about CAST.

May not be taken for credit by students who took PAX 250b in prior years. Open to undergraduates and graduate students

PAX 89 Presentation 2013PAX 89a - Internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies

Instructor: Pat Chu
Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:50 PM

This course is a requirement for returning Sorensen Fellows. Others are accepted by application the previous spring. Weekly seminar for students who have undertaken a summer internship related to peace, conflict, coexistence, and related international issues. Examples of internship sites include arts organizations, international courts and tribunals, human rights organizations, and democracy organizations. Students write extensively about their internship experience in the context of previous academic work that they have done in PAX, politics, anthropology and other disciplines. Offered every fall.