Fall 2014 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

EL 94a  – The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum (IP)
Instructor: Marci McPhee, Associate Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Time: Wednesday, 12 noon - 12:50 PM, starting Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Waltham Family School

This is a 2-credit course that may be taken in conjunction with a base course, which changes each semester (see below). The supplemental practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on experience with community work and applying some of the frameworks and analysis methods they are learning about in the base course. The practicum is also intended to provide students with an opportunity to realize a social justice aim by collaborating with an organization that is addressing needs of immigrants, and other social justice/social policy issues of interest to the student.

Students spend 3 hours a week in the community working with an organization that supports immigrants in some way, and 1 hour a week in class reflecting upon the experience and integrating it with the learning in the base course.

Base courses:

  • Introduction to Comparative Study of Human Societies (ANTH 1A), taught by Prof. Sarah Lamb
  • Introduction to International and Global Studies (IGS 10A), taught by Prof. Gregory Freeze
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Culture (AMST 55A), taught by Prof. Thomas Doherty
  • Students who took ANTH 1a, taught by Prof. Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, or IGS 10a, taught by Prof. Chandler Rosenberger, in the spring of 2014 are eligible as well.

Read the syllabus for this course.

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LGLS 124b – International Law and Development
Instructor: Guive Mirfendereski
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM

Surveys public and private forms of international law with special application to developing countries, and to political and social development in the global economy. Examines basic legal concepts of property, contract, and rule of law in the context of national and cultural transformations. Usually offered every second year.

PAX 89 Presentation 2013PAX 89a - Internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies
Instructor: Cynthia Cohen

Time: Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 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.

Supreme Court

POL 197a - The Supreme Court Colloquium
Instructor: Daniel Thomas Kryder and Jeffrey A. Lenowitz
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM -4:50 PM

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Yields half-course credit. May be repeated once for credit. Two semesters of POL 197a are required to fulfill the social science distribution requirement.

Intensive interdisciplinary study of the Supreme Court, with a particular emphasis on its current docket. After introducing students to the procedures of Supreme Court decision-making, the clash of interpretive methods, and the ebb and flow of the breadth and depth of the court’s power, the course will evaluate select cases from the 2014-2015 docket in real time, focusing on, among other things, social and political origins, institutional factors, legal argument and advocacy, and likely rulings and their possible effects. The Colloquium will also host numerous distinguished speakers to present on individual cases. Special yearlong offering in 2014-2015.