UG Course Announcements For Fall 2011

Growing up in America: Communities, Families, Youth Culture, and Education  SOED-UE 21 Class #15387

This course engages students in the study of “growing up in America” through histories of families, schools, communities, and youth culture. The seminar also asks students to consider race, gender, and sexuality as key categories of historical and sociological analysis. Topics include, but are not limited to, studies on interracial relations, dating and courting, women’s experiences in education, race and beauty pageants, Gay men’s friendships, and the impacts of sex education. While this course is offered through the Sociology of Education program at Steinhardt, it is designed to be of interest to students of history, social studies education, American studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and other related disciplines.  Open to all undergraduate students in all programs and schools.

For further questions and copy of the syllabus, e-mail: John Palella,

This Praxis course will explore avant-garde movements in Paris, focusing on the relationship between theory and artistic practice.  Through studio and museum visits, reading, and films, students will gain a deeper understanding of the intersections of art and theory in French culture.  These investigations will provide the context for students to create a cohesive body of studio work during their time in France.  As an added bonus students will work and have class at a large atelier at the Sorbonne, interacting with art students and faculty. Visit for more info

Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders CSCD-UE 17 Class #2935

This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to answer initial questions about the basis of communication, the causes and characteristics of communication disorders across the lifespan, and the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.  For example, how do children develop normal speech and language?  What anatomy and physiology is relevant and necessary for normal communication?  How can communication become impaired after neurological damage? What are some examples of communication disorders that can occur throughout the lifespan?  What makes them disorders?  The role of speech language pathologists and audiologists in evaluation and treatment of communication disorders in both pediatric and adult settings will be explored as will the interdisciplinary nature of their work with teachers, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists and medical professionals.  Open to all undergraduate students; no departmental consent required.

Science of Language CSCD-UE 1045

LGBT Topics in Education: Identities, Coming Out and Current Issues in Schools  SOED-UE 1050 Class# 14508

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 – 3:15 pm  All undergraduate students from all schools are welcome to enroll in this course.

This course focuses on LGBT experiences and the ways in which LGBT young people experience school. The course is designed to help students develop vocabulary and a general understanding of LGBT identities, particularly as these identities are depicted through sexual identity development models and popular coming out narratives. The course also asks students to apply social theory to coming out narratives to gain a critical perspective on how LGBT identities are produced. Students will examine how schools have responded to issues relating to sexual and gender diversity. The course pays particular attention to obstacles to, and potential solutions for creating inclusive educational environments for LGBT people. In light of the past year’s spate of LGBT youth tragedies, the course will examine current issues including schools’ responses to bullying and the creation of additional support mechanisms for LGBT youth in schools. Please contact the course instructor, Maggie Fay (, with any questions.

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