Learning Communities: Spring 2016

What are Learning Communities? Learning Communities are widely recognized as a powerful pedagogy that promotes deep learning and student engagement leading to student success. Learning Communities provide students the opportunity to take two linked courses and work closely with one another and with their faculty.

What do QCC students have to say about Learning Communities? QCC students noted both social and intellectual benefits of participating in Learning Communities including feeling more connected, less intimidated, receiving more individualized attention, and were motivated to do better.

Note: Academy Adviser registration required for enrollment in Learning Communities.

LEARNING COMMUNITY #1 (Seat limit 23 students)
English Composition I ENGL101 LC1 45166 M 10:10 - 12:00 pm H436 Gray, Peter
W 10:10 - 12:00 pm H405
Sociology SOCY101 LC1 38189 T 9:10 - 12:00 pm S434 Ryersbach, Marga
LEARNING COMMUNITY THEME: Representing Ourselves, Representing Others: Writing and Exploring the Sociological Imagination
LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: In this Learning Community we will study how self and society are imagined and represented in language, media, and music by linking individual experiences with larger sociological understandings drawn from critical theory. Using the materials and theoretical concepts from English 101 and Sociology 101, we will consider how the complexity of “self” is a process shaped through interactions with each other and larger social phenomena, such as the media, and explore the resistance of representations.

LEARNING COMMUNITY #2 (Seat limit 25 students)
English Composition I ENGL101 LC2 45182 MW 2:10 - 4:00 pm H232 Lau, Matt
Introduction to Human Biology BI111 LC2 69897 T 2:10 - 3:00 pm S319 Stark, Julian
Th 2:10 - 4:00 pm S319
LEARNING COMMUNITY THEME: What Does It Mean to Be a Modern Person? Evolution and Shifting Perceptions
LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: This Learning Community examines essays written by researchers in the fields of evolution and anthropology in the context of an examination of the human body. In the English composition course, students will study and write about a variety of issues that broadly correspond to the themes of perception and misperception in the context of modern life. In relation to the Biology course, particular attention will be given to essays written by Stephen Jay Gould on evolution – its history and politics – and to essays exploring the myth of race. Students in the learning community will write one essay selected from material covered and connected both to anatomy and to their work in English composition.

LEARNING COMMUNITY #3 (Seat limit 24 students)
English Composition I ENGL101 LC3 65898 M 10:10 - 12:00 pm H406 Atik, Aliza
W 10:10 - 12:00 pm
Intro. To the Criminal Justice System CRIM101 LC3 65151 T 10:10 - 1:00 pm S424 Sporer, Celia
LEARNING COMMUNITY THEME: Narrative and Knowledge in Criminal Justice and English
LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: This Learning Community is designed to explore the foundations of the criminal justice system alongside the fundamentals of English composition and reading. The courses will be connected through an exploration of narrative: narratives of those experiencing the criminal justice system, and narratives written by students reflecting upon their personal histories and knowledge of the criminal justice system. Students will develop a greater knowledge about the ways in which the criminal justice system informs their lives, and the skills it requires to discuss and analyze the complexities of criminology.

Learning Community #4 (Seat limit 28 students)
English Composition I ENGL101 LC4 54440 T 2:10 - 4:00 pm H436 Sexton, Danny
Th 2:10 - 4:00 pm
Criminology CRIM102 LC4 37947 M 12:10 - 3:00 pm M130 Weissinger, George
LEARNING COMMUNITY THEME: Criminology and Composition in the American Experience
LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: This Learning Community explores the relationship between criminology and composition as they pertain to the American experience. Criminology provides theoretical explanations for crime causation and its impact on every person living in a society while composition develops techniques for reading, thinking, and writing about these ideas. In a collaborative effort, students will think, read, and write about topical criminological issues such as inequailty, the administration of justice, and the immigrant experience. In addition to relevant essays on these issues, the course will also consider how prose, song lyrics, and other media impact on American criminology.

LEARNING COMMUNITY #5 (Seat limit 24 students)
English Composition I ENGL101 LC5 69798 M 8:10 - 10:00 am H344 Dolan, Michael
W 8:10 - 10:00 am
Contemporary Education Principles & Practices EDUC101 LC5 38035 MW 10:10 - 12:00 pm M130 Ferdenzi, Anita
LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: By participating in this Learning Community, students will have the opportunity to experience the exciting connection between composition (reading/writing) and foundations of education. They will read a wide variety of materials (essays, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles and research papers) while learning how to apply essential educational foundation and critical thinking strategies. At the same time, they will learn about effective writing strategies and apply these strategies in their own writing. Students will do an observation project and write two different reports for the two courses.

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