Fall 2015 Courses


Supported by the Ethics Center

EL 16a  – 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, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, starting Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Waltham Family School

This is a 2-credit course that may be taken in conjunction with or following one of several base courses, which change each semester. This 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.

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 programs for homeless individuals and those in need at Community Day Center, off Moody Street (Spanish speakers especially needed but Spanish is not required). 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. Base courses may be taken concurrently (fall 2015) or within the past year (fall 2014 or spring 2015).

Read a syllabus for this course.

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

Instructor: Dan Terris
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 Paul Herron
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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016.