Course Cluster Faculty

 

Meghan Burke

SOC 230 - Race and Ethnic Relations

"This class explores contemporary US racism from historical, institutional, ideological, and interpersonal perspectives. Our task in this course is to consider A) how history has had different economic, political, and personal consequences for different racial and ethnic groups, and B) how laws, policies, and practices have sustained racism among various racial and ethnic groups in similar ways.  Students will also explore ways that racism and ethnic inequality can be challenged and minimized."

 


Irving Epstein

EDUC 225 - Education and Social Justice

“This course looks at the ways in which schools promote and address inequality. We look at the treatment of various groups and examine issues including racism, sexism, homophobia, and immigration reform. We also examine school policies including bilingual education, assessment and high-stakes testing, bullying, sex education, and the charter school movement.”

 


Daynali Flores-Rodriguez

SPAN 280 - Reading and Writing Cultures

"This class requires students to read and write in Spanish, and furthermore, present an argumentative piece on Latino life in the U.S. Topics that students can choose can be on any aspect of Latino situation, which will entail issues in social justice, for example, how language (not speaking English) can hinder possibilities for Hispanics."

 


Rebecca Gearhart

ANTH 171 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH/ENST 274 - Peoples & Cultures of East Africa

"Both of the courses I teach this semester are intrinsically connected to inequality. Anth 171 looks at issues such as the European colonial project of proving "unilineal human evolution" / "social Darwinism," Ebonics as a rule-governed language like all other human languages, the "culture of poverty" paradigm, anthropological insights into "race" as a category of human analysis, among many others. Anth/Enst 274 unravels contemporary inequities among hunter-foragers, land rights issues among cattle-keepers, healthcare inequities among coastal populations, the roots of genocide in Rwanda, child labor (including in conflict areas as soldiers), and many others."

 


Wendy Kooken

NURS 280 - Nursing Foundations II

"Aside from the frameworks in healthcare promotion and disease prevention, students will also be introduced to inequality in healthcare services, for ex: how limited resources are spent for the elderly or the financially disadvantaged. Students will also be able to develop basic nursing skills, some of which pertain to different ethnicity and culture - such as Latino or African Americans - and how these groups of people might experience inequality in their treatment."

 


William Munro

PSCI 325 - Conflict Areas in the Third World

"This class will examine the conflicts and revolutions in the Third World countries, for ex: the wars in Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, or other African countries, the Arab Spring in Egypt and other Muslim countries. Revolutions and conflicts usually stem from the unequal treatment of a particular group of people, and students will see how human rights are rarely enforced in such places."

 


Carolyn Nadeau

SPAN 230 - Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency of Health Care
SPAN 280 - Reading and Writing Culture

“In Spanish 230 students learn about the medical practices that relate to the Latino community. Differences in treatments and healthcare plans usually happen because of disparity in social status. One prime example visited in class is Obamacare. Students will also work at a community clinic as part of the class.

Spanish 280 uses literature in Spanish to teach students about the Latino society in the U.S, as well as the Latin American countries, on topics of social justice, inequality, economic disparities throughout history."

 


Marie Nebel-Schwalm

PSYC 369 - Intro Clinical/Counseling Psychology

“This course raises the students' curiosity with the much debated question of whether universal mental health practice should be given to every patient, regardless of their cultural background. The first part of the class will cover cases in which an ethnicity group was abused/ignored in their mental health treatment, and student will take it from there to keep the issue of inequality in mind, for other class as well as later in their career.”

 


Greg Shaw

PSCI 101 - American Government
PSCI 281 - American Social Policy

"The survey American National Government (PS 101) course introduces students to the major institutions and practices of our nation. It self-consciously focuses on how our institutions channel and sometimes warp popular preferences, but also the various competing perspectives on what America is supposed to represent and the unmet promises involved here, and the equality and inequality and the various democratic ideals that our practices have used and sometimes abused through time.

This course on American Social Policy (PS 281) introduces students to many of the normative debates surrounding redistributive politics, ranging from Social Security, to welfare, to health care, to affirmative action. A chief task is for students to confront the ways in which economic and social inequalities have led us to strive to do better as a nation, and to examine the still uneven terrain of the market and the state. Students engage in many lively debates throughout the semester. Almost no one comes away unchanged."