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Service Learning Courses

The following is a list of Service Learning/Academic Community Engagement courses offered in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. This list provides examples of the types of courses offered at Wake Forest, but not all courses will be available in every semester.  For the list of service learning courses offered for the spring semester of 2011, click here.

Accountancy 782: Business Analysis and Valuation

Professor: Yvonne Hinson ()
Develops skills useful for determining the fair values of individual tangible and intangible assets and the overall value of a business, consistent with the AICPA Business Valuation Analyst model

Anthropology 362: Medical Anthropology

Professor: Jeanne Simonelli ()
Examines the impact of Western medical practices and theory on Western and non-Western cultures and anthropological contributions to the solving of world health problems.

Anthropology 381 & 382: Field Program in Anthropological Archaeology

Professor: Paul Thacker ()
Integrated training in archeological field methods and analytical techniques for researching human prehistory. Students learn archeological survey, mapping, excavation, recording techniques, and artifact and ecofact recovery and analysis.

Biology 101: Biology and the Human Condition

Professor: Pat Lord ()
An introductory course that focuses on the relevance to society of recent breakthroughs in biology. Basic principles of biology will be covered, but the course will emphasize recent advances in biology placed in the context of their ethical, social, political, and economic implications.

Business and Enterprise Management 211: Individuals in Organizations

Professor: Arran Caza ()
This course focuses on individual behavior and processes within organizations. Emphasis is on developing knowledge and skills regarding topics such as personality, values, ethics, diversity, perceptions, decision making, emotions, attitude, leadership, power, self-motivation, and team development.

Business Enterprise Management 389: Management Internship

Professor: Holly Brower ()
The internship is a supervised learning experience that applies business coursework to an actual work environment for academic credit. The internship is subject to approval and consists of both academic and on-the-job learning components.

Communication 370: Special Topics

Examination of topics not covered in the regular curriculum.

Communication 780: Expressions of Democracy and Justice

Professor: Alexandra Beasley ()

Counseling 738: Counseling Practicum

Professors: Donna Henderson ()
Supervised experience for the development of individual and group counseling skills under individual and group supervision in a school or community agency. Involvement in direct service work and activities similar to those of regularly employed professional staff.

Counseling 744/745: Counseling Internship I/II

Professor: Donna Henderson ()
Supervised counseling experience in a school, college, or community agency under a regularly employed staff member professionally trained in counseling. Observation of and active participation in direct service work to clients. Monitoring of audio or videotaped interviews. Case review.

Counseling 746: Counseling Children

Professor: Donna Henderson ()
Theory and practice of counseling with children in schools and community agencies. Elementary school counseling; models, methods, and materials. Counseling children with special emotional, learning, psychological, or behavioral concerns.

Counseling 748: Life Span Development: Implications for Counseling

Professor: Donna Henderson ()
Examination of major theories and principles of human development across the life span, including physical, psychological, intellectual, social, and moral perspectives.

Education 201L: Field Lab I

Professor: Carol Vogler ()
Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on school and society. Weekly public school experience and seminar.

Education 250: Student Teaching/Seminar: Elementary

Professors: Patricia Cunningham ()
Kristin Bennett ()
Beverly Parnell ()
Supervised teaching experience in grades K-6. Full-time. Includes a weekly reflective seminar.

Education 300: School Collaboration, Service, and Leadership

Development of leadership skills within the context of school and community
collaboration.

Education 311L: Field Lab II

Professor: Carol Vogler ()
Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on classrooms and learners. Weekly public school experience and seminar.

Education 312: Teaching Exceptional Children

Professor: Kristin Bennett ()
Surveys the various types of learning differences in K – 6 students. Emphasis is on effective teaching and assessment techniques to support diverse learner needs.

Education 315: Literacy Interventions

Strategies for assessing the literacy skills of students who struggle with reading and writing and providing them with appropriate interventions. Students attend seminars focused on diagnosis and remediation, provide remedial instruction for one student, and complete a research case study on that student.

Education 354: Methods and Materials

Methods, materials, and techniques used in teaching particular secondary subjects (English, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies).

Education 354L: Field Lab III

Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on pedagogy and content. Weekly public school experience and seminar.

Education 364L: Field Lab IV

Supervised teaching internship in grades 9-12 (K-12 for foreign language). Full-time, 15-
week field experience.

Education 654: Content Pedagogy

Methods, materials, and techniques used in teaching particular secondary subjects
(English, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies).

Education 681: Special Needs Seminar

Professor: Patricia Moody ()
Analysis and discussion of practial problems and issues in the teaching of special needs students in the secondary classroom. Topics include classroom management, reading and writing in the content area, inclusion, diversity, and evaluation. Meets 4 hours per week the first 6 weeks of the semester.

Education 716: Professional Growth Seminar

Professors: Leah McCoy ()
Ann Cunningham ()
Reflection and self-evaluation of student teaching experience and definition of professional goals.

Education 721: Educational Research

Professor: Leah McCoy ()
Theory, construction, and procedures of empirical research on teaching and learning. Analysis and evaluation of research studies.

Education 788: Teaching Foreign Language in the Elementary Grades

Professor: Mary Lynn Redmond ()
Intensive period of observation and instruction in an elementary school setting with aforeign language specialist. Methods for development of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness using content-based instruction and thematic units.

English 111: An Education in Writing

Professor: Anne Boyle ()
Training in expository writing; frequent essays based on readings in a selected topic.

First Year Seminar 100: Development Wars: Applying Anthropology

Professor: Jeanne Simonelli ()

First Year Seminar 100: Life Perspectives

Professor: Eric Stone( )

First Year Seminar 100: Media Literacy and Service Learning

Professor: Mary Dalton ()
This is a hybrid course that is both an introduction to media studies through the rubric of media literacy and a service learning course. As such, the seminar engages students in theory and praxis.

First Year Seminar 100: Pyramids, People, and Politics

Professor: Jeanne Simonelli ()

First Year Seminar 100: Seeing with a Native Eye

Professor: Steven Boyd ()

First Year Seminar 100: Vocation of Healing

Professor: Ulrike Wiethaus ()

First Year Seminar 100F: Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make (Scientific) History

Professor: Rebecca Alexander ()
Students will review sociological perspectives on women in science, study who have made significant contributions in their fields and work with girls in public school science classes. Includes at least 10 contact hours outside the classroom.

French 199: Service Learning in French Language

Professor: Kendall Tarte ()
Experiential learning that links classroom instruction and community service done as an adjunct to specially-designated courses throughout the French curriculum.

Health and Exercise Science 384: Special Topics in Health and Exercise Science

Professor: Gary Miller ()
Intensive investigation of a current scientific research topic in health or exercise science with focus on a specific topic.

History 350: World Economic History, Globalization, Wealth & Poverty 1500-Present

Professor: Robert Hellyer ()
Explores the growth of globalization and its role in the creation of wealth and poverty in both developed and underdeveloped nations. Focus on trade, industrialization, and agricultural & technological advances in global contexts.

History 364: The American South since the Civil War

Examination of sharecropping, segregation, political reform, the Sunbelt phenomenon, the Civil Rights Movement, and southern religion, music, and literature.

Humanities 216: The Writer and Society in Central America

Professor: Jane Albrecht ()

Humanities 285/Religion 265: Culture & Religion in Contemporary Native America

Professor: Ulrike Wiethaus ()
An interdisciplinary survey of American Indian cultures, including the arts and literature, religions, and historical changes. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of the Conquista, encounters with Northern Atlantic societies, and contemporary developments.

Journalism 283/ESE 203: Introduction to Professional Writing

Professor: Mary Martin Niepold ()
A hands-on course in writing across a number of disciplines–website copy, brochures, public relations, corporate statements, marketing proposals. The course partners with a local non-profit organization for the length of the semester and provides writing solutions, including website copy, for that organization. Local experts visit to address specific skills.

Journalism 286/Communications 117: Writing for Advertising & Public Relations

Professor: Mike Horn ()
Principles and techniques of public relations and applied advertising. Students use case
studies to develop public relations and advertising strategies.

Law 520: Children’s Law Externship

Professor: Iris Sunshine ()

Law 548: Appellate Advocacy Clinic

Professor: John Korzen ( )
The Appellate Advocacy Clinic represents low-income clients in all sorts of appeals, both civil and criminal, and in a variety of appellate courts, including the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. Working in pairs, students handle an actual appeal from start to finish, with advice and assistance from their professor, who is counsel of record. Students also travel to Washington, D.C., to observe arguments at the United States Supreme Court. The Clinic is for third-year students who have displayed proficiency in Legal Writing and Research I and II and in Appellate Advocacy.

Law 563: Child Advocacy Clinic

Professor: Iris Sunshine ()
The Child Advocacy Clinic focuses on the representation of children in three settings: deciding the custody of children in high conflict cases, deciding the custody of children in civil domestic violence actions, and representing children of indigent parents in issues involving the public school system. Students study the various models for representing children – as lawyer advocate, as lawyer guardian ad litem, and as non-lawyer guardian ad litem – and analyze theethical issues raised in the various settings. Students also study the procedural and substantive law involved in deciding the custody issue in both the family law and the domestic violence settings and in representing children in the educational setting.

Law 601: Community Law & Business Clinic

Professor: Steven Virgil ()
The Community Law & Business Clinic is a new clinical education program within the Wake Forest University School of Law which will launch during the spring 2009 semester. CL&BC will provide law and graduate business students with an opportunity to develop skills
needed to practice in the increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment they will encounter as professionals. In addition, CL&BC will bring the resources and expertise of Wake Forest University to enhance community development efforts in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and regionally.

Law 604: Elder Law Clinic

Professor: Katherine Mewhinney ()
Responding to the rapid growth of elder law practice, Wake Forest’s School of Law and School of Medicine have created the Elder Law Clinic, a unique service that exposes students to both the legal issues and medical aspects of this practice area.

Law 622: Innocence & Justice Clinic

Professor: Carol McGuckin, Stephen Rabil ()
The Innocence & Justice Clinic is a new clinical offering at Wake Forest University School of Law that commenced in Spring 2009. The I & J Clinic has its origins in the Innocence Project where Wake Forest student volunteers reviewed and investigated claims of innocence to determine whether DNA evidence existed that could exonerate inmates. The I & J Clinic expanded the mission of the Innocence Project by providing students with the opportunity to review and investigate all types of innocence claims and pursue litigation when appropriate.

Law 602: Litigation Clinic

Professor: Carol Anderson ()
Featuring a unique, combined focus on both civil and criminal law, the Litigation Clinic is a semester-long “lab” experience with a complementary classroom element.

Music 161/162: Applied Instruction in Classical Guitar

Professor: Pat Dixon ()
Technical studies and repertoire of progressive difficulty selected to meet the needs and abilities of the student. Students perform at senior services agencies, nursing homes and schools.

Music 207: American Music

Professor: Susan Borwick ()
A study of the musical sources of American culture and the six streams of music in the United States: folk and ethnic musics, offsprings of the rural South (country music, blues, rock), jazz and its forerunners, popular sacred music, popular secular music, and art music.

Physics 307: Biophysics

Professor: Dany Kim-Shapiro ()
An introduction to the structure, dynamic behavior, and function of DNA and proteins, and a survey of membrane biophysics. The physical principles of structure determination by X- ray, NMR, and optical methods will be emphasized.

Political Science 114/252: World Political Economy, Vietnam in Comparitive Perspective

Professor: Peter Siavelis ()
An analysis of political institutions, processes, and policy issues.

Political Science 215: Citizen and Community

Professor: Bryan Shelly ()
Examines the role and responsibilities of citizens in democratic policymaking. Includes discussion of democratic theory, emphasis on a policy issue of national importance (i.e. poverty, crime, environment), and involvement of students in projects that examine the dimension of the issue in their community.

Political Science 219: Political Participation

Examines political participation in the U.S., with emphasis on electoral and non- electoral avenues through which individuals and groups wield influence in politics and government, including voting, interest groups, and social movements.

Political Science 222: Urban Politics

Professor: Kathleen Smith ()
Political structures and processes in American cities and suburbs as they relate to the social, economic, and political problems of the metropolis.

Political Science 282: Gandhi

Explores the life, political philosophy, and the method of non-violent coercion (satyagraha) of Gandhi. Students define and implement group projects designed to promote change within the context of Gandhian methodology.

Psychology 241: Developmental Psychology

Professor: Lisa Kiang ()
Survey of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development in humans from conception to death.

Religion 288: Field Program in Religion and Public Engagement

Professor: Ulrike Wiethaus ()
Integrated study of major themes in religion and public engagement carried out in partnership with one or more communities off campus.

Religion 342: Religion and Public Life

Professor: Stephen Boyd ()
Study of the various manifestations of religious intolerance in the United States from the colonial period until the present.

Sociology 318: Social Stratification in the American South

Explores social stratification in the labor force, the school system, the justice system, and the family. Comprises an examination of theories of stratification, a 2-week field seminar in the South and a service learning project.

Sociology 360: Social Stratification and Social Inequality

Professor: Angela Hattery ()
The study of structured social inequality with particular emphasis on economic class, social status, and political power.

Spanish 198: Service Learning in Spanish Language

Professor: Maria-Teresa Sanhueza ()
Experiential learning that links classroom instruction and community service done as an adjunct to specially-designated courses throughout the Spanish curriculum.

Spanish 384: Internships for STL & SI

Professor: Olgierda Furmanek ()
Under faculty supervision, a student undertakes a translation/interpreting project at a translation bureau or translation department of a company/public organization. A community service-oriented internship is preferred for interpreting.

Women’s and Gender Studies 101: Window on Women’s and Gender Studies

An opportunity to experience and reflect analytically in writing on the diverse cultural and intellectual life of Wake Forest, with an emphasis on women’s and gender studies events and topics.

Women’s and Gender Studies 377: Special Topic: Human Rights – Theory and Practice

Professor: Dr. Patricia Willis
This course focuses on various human rights documents, as defined and promoted by the United Nations. In recent years human rights issues have come to the forefront of world and local agendas as activists, lawyers, and others have sought to promote justice on all levels of human life: indigenous rights, economic rights, women’s rights, gender and sexuality identification rights, the rights of the disabled, etc.

Women’s and Gender Studies 377: Special Topic: Arts and Activism

Professor: Dr. Patricia Willis
This course bridges the world of the arts and entrepreneurship with social justice and feminist activism. It looks at artists who use their art to do social justice work in dance, music, film, visual arts, and theater, and to challenge the status quo, our social perceptions and values in the spirit of pro humanitate.

Women’s and Gender Studies 397: Internships in Women’s and Gender Studies

Pro Practicum opportunities for work and for research in conjunction with a local women’s or justice organization, such as Family Services, NOW, N.C. Center for Laws Affecting Women, AIDS Care Service, etc.