This course explores crucial issues in the history of Latin America, from the Independence period through the present. It will expose the class to a range of people, movements, ideologies, and events, which will allow students to critically examine the causes and outcomes of revolution and counterrevolution in Latin America, 1800-Present. Intimately tied to this history, the class will critically examine the role of the United States in Latin America as imperial actor and a destination for refugees seeking a better life.
Algebra and Trigonometry provides a comprehensive exploration of algebraic principles and meets scope and sequence requirements for a typical introductory algebra and trigonometry course. The modular approach and the richness of content ensure that the book meets the needs of a variety of courses. Algebra and Trigonometry offers a wealth of examples with detailed, conceptual explanations, building a strong foundation in the material before asking students to apply what they’ve learned. By Jay Abramson with additional revisions made by Keino Brown, Forest Fisher, and Jared Warner.
Using the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to prompt the discussion about rights and equality in US society, this interdisciplinary course introduces social justice theory and practices. Students examine and conduct research on significant social justice issues in the United States today through an integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The course focuses on systems of discrimination and oppression, methods and communities of resistance, and transformative visions of democracy and freedom, with emphasis on how current conditions impact students’ lives and local communities. Through project- and inquiry-based learning, students will practice implementing qualitative and quantitative methods to explore course material.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles and concepts of genetics, including the principles of heredity, including gene transmission, mutation, recombination, and function. The course will also explore ethical issues related to the field of research genetics and the implications of the use of genetics in treating modern disease. This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue a degree in the biological sciences and/or professional school (i.e., medical school, pharmacy school).
This course will explore global social movements and multiple approaches toward social change using a comparative approach. Students will conduct interdisciplinary research on U.S. culture and history in a global context. Students will identify and analyze various methods of civic engagement, advocacy, and activism, focusing on individuals who act, organizations that mobilize action, and contexts that prompt collective action leading to significant social change on the local and global scale. The course highlights the roles of students themselves as civic actors and agents of change, within their educational setting, the communities to which they belong, and the world at large. Through project- and inquiry-based learning, students will practice implementing quantitative and qualitative research methods into action plans that address injustice and conflict.
Composition I is a course in critical thinking, reading and writing. It will provide a thorough introduction to the writing process and academic discourse: generating ideas, developing a thesis, supporting a thesis with evidence, and revising and editing. Students will be introduced to a variety of research resources, including the NYPL and CUNY library systems and learn basic research techniques. Because good writing starts with good reading, attention will be paid to critical reading strategies.
The purpose of this course is to enhance students' abilities to write in different genres, with an
emphasis on developing a project involving research for a real-world audience. With readings
and writing assignments drawn from a range of disciplines, the course prepares students for
writing in a variety of contexts and supports their developing strategies for writing in various
genres. The course will also further develop elements of the writing
process: generating ideas, developing a thesis, supporting a thesis with evidence, seeking and
receiving feedback on work in progress, and revising and editing.
This course teaches the fundamental parts of an economy and the factors that affect individual economic choices. Topics include consumer theory, producer theory, behavior of firms, market equilibrium, competition, international trade and the role of governments in the economy. Students will be introduced to methods economists use in economic analysis and research. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to relate issues in economics to their own lives and the operations of businesses of different sizes and market structures.
Ethnographies of Work I introduces students to sociological and anthropological perspectives on work as they investigate a range of careers. The course approaches work as a cultural system invested with meanings, norms, values, customs, behavioral expectations, and social hierarchies. Students pose key questions through the lens of ethnography in order to investigate workplaces, occupations, and career pathways in an urban context. Guided by the ethnographer's assumption that there's "always more than meets the eye," students are encouraged to uncover myths and stereotypes about the work world and gain appreciation of how and why work matters to individuals in a range of occupations. Students explore dimensions of work life in the context of contemporary dynamics of disruption, uncertainty, innovation, and diversity, and draw connections between the self and work through readings, films, interviews, and fieldwork.
This is an Open Educational Resource for the teaching of an Ethnography class. It was specifically designed for Ethnographies of Work taught at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. This currently represents a draft. We are working on ensuring that references and attributions are correct and that images, case studies and examples are representative. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email us:
Ethnography Made Easy is a textbook hosted on Manifold and the Academic Commons. The textbook has been written by current and former instructors at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. The textbook covers the steps in planning, conducting, and writing up ethnographic research. The text is open and regularly updated.
The activity described herein can be implemented in introductory chemistry and high school chemistry courses. The main goal of the project is to integrate a ubiquitous biodiesel production with experiential learning by providing a community-based project. The students work in groups, research the benefits of using biodiesel over petroleum-based diesel, collect waste cooking oil from home or restaurants, develop simple and cost-effective methods to produce biodiesel, as well as making soap.
This course is recommended for students who will transfer into STEM or health-care-related programs.
The course will introduce students to the major concepts of cell biology, including cell physiology and
structure, molecular biology, genetics and evolution. The course will also cover the major themes of
biology, with particular focus on the characteristics of living things.
An in-depth introduction to chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics. This course focuses on developing the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and chemical equilibria and the applications of these principles to aqueous solution chemistry.
This course will examine urban issues and the processes of urbanization in an international context. Topics and themes explored will include: the influence of globalization on cities worldwide, and the influential position of cities in the process of globalization (from colonialism to transnational neoliberalization); the significance of cities for addressing the issue of global climate change; comparative perspectives on how cities internationally address pressing challenges such as transportation, housing, and economic development in a post-Fordist economy; the roles of different cities in a global economy: from command and control centers to the rapidly growing megacities of the global south; historical perspectives on global urban development, including the role of certain cities in anchoring and shaping culturally, politically, and economically significant geographic regions; uneven development within and among world cities, and the relationship between urbanization and economic and social inequality; comparative perspectives on the cultural dimensions of urbanism and urbanization; and the role that culture has in shaping the governance, design, and function of cities worldwide.
This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts and computational methods of statistics. These concepts will be developed through the question of how to estimate an unknown quantity using sample data. Students will learn to incorporate the foundational concepts of mathematics with statistical analysis to describe and solve real-life problems and questions. The topics addressed include: displaying categorical data using tables, bar graphs, and circle graphs; drawing conclusions about categorical data; displaying quantitative data using dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms and box-and-whisker plots; describing data distributions using measures of center (mode, mean, and median) and measures of spread (standard deviation, range and IQR); Displaying bivariate data using scatterplots; analyzing bivariate data using linear regression; elementary probability; normal probability distributions, sampling distributions; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing of the proportion and the mean.
This course examines the development of urban communities across the United States and beyond both temporally and geographically. It examines the patterns of cleavage, conflict, convergence of interest, and consensus that have structured urban life. Social, cultural, and economic forces will be analyzed for the roles they have played in shaping diverse communities of America’s cities. Because we this class is involved in an international exchange program we will be comparing NYC to Cairo specifically.
This site contains Fieldwork I and Fieldwork II course materials. In the Fieldwork and Integrative Seminar, students will discuss the theoretical and practice implications of experiences in the field. Students learn about agency structure and function, the activities of health and human service professionals, and the application of health and human service skills.
This course examines the interaction between states and markets in economic policy formulation and implementation, in a globalized economy. We first review three school of thoughts in political economy — liberalism, Marxism, and nationalism (mercantilism). We present key institutions (WTO, IMF, World Bank) of the global economy and analyze how nations’ policy decisions are constrained by these institutions. We present two frameworks for analyzing nations’ policy decisions, the society-centered approach which emphasizes the role of interest groups in policy setting and the state-centered approach which assumes that governments can set policies independently from domestic interest groups’ self-interested concerns. We use these two frameworks to study trade and exchange rate policies, both in developing and developed nations, for economic systems that are free market, socialist or mixed. Finally, we explore key topics in international finance: the origins and evolution of the global financial system, especially focusing on the rise of the Bretton Woods system after World War II and its collapse, financial globalization and crises, and governments’ policy responses to crises.