ABCS Courses

Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) is at the core of the Netter Center’s work. ABCS students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith, and community organizations to help solve critical campus and community problems in a variety of areas such as the environment, health, arts, and education.

To register for an ABCS course: You can browse and register for ABCS courses on Penn In Touch using your PennKey and password. To find ABCS courses, use the advanced search tool and find the program labeled ABCS.

View current courses below. Note: If an ABCS course is cross-listed across multiple departments, it will appear more than once in the list below.

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2020 Spring Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

ABCS of Everyday Neuroscience

Biological Basis of Behavior 160
Loretta Flanagan-Cato

This course is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for neuroscience with students in grades 9-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. The course will allow Penn students to develop their science communication and teaching skills. Students will prepare neuroscience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and assessment tools. In parallel, the course aims to engage local high school students, increasing their interest and knowledge in science, and ultimately promoting lifelong science literacy.

Academically Based Community Service-Chemistry Outreach

Chemistry 010
Jenine R. Maeyer

CHEM 010 is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for science, specifically chemistry, with students in grades 6-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. In this course, undergraduates will create and facilitate chemistry outreach experiments in Penn’s general chemistry labs, as well as prepare and implement effective chemical demonstrations and hands-on activities in local public school classrooms.

Advanced Writing for Children

Africana Studies 123 English 123
Lorene E Cary

Advanced Writing for Children is a response to our fast-and-faster learning culture. We ll take the term to write and re-write several fiction and non-fiction pieces for children or teens. Let s call it Slow Write, like the Slow Food movement. The idea is to take time to write better, deeper, more beautifully, funnier, to respect stories and how you choose and render them. Using community among ourselves and with select partners outside the university we will work to help you harness various intelligences to figure out the stories you need to write.

Case Study - Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion

Nursing 354
Dalmacio D Flores Monique Dowd Terri Lipman

This case study offers students experiential learning to develop an in depth understanding of social determinants of health invulnerable, undersereved populations and to collaboratively design and refine existing health promotion programs based on the needs of the community site. Grounded on an approach that builds upon the strenths of communities, this course emphasizes the development of techniques to lead effective, collaborative, health-focused interventions for underserved populations.

Civic Studio

Fine Arts 300
Paul M. Farber

Civic Studio is an engaged research course that explores significant theories, methods, and practices of public and socially-engaged artwork. Students draw from arts- and place-based modes of inquiry toward collaborative projects with fellow classmates, artists, and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, while pursuing semester-long individual projects that build on their own independent interests and pursuits. Each semester, students work with and as embedded practicioners in exhibtions, installations, research projects, and other artistic platforms throughout the city.

Community Based Environmental Health

Environmental Studies 406
Marilyn Howarth

From the fall of the Roman Empire to Love Canal to the epidemics of asthma, childhood obesity and lead poisoning in West Philadelphia, the impact of the environment on health has been a continuous challenge to society. The environment can affect people's health more strongly than biological factors, medical care and lifestyle. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the neighborhood we live in are all components of the environment that impact our health.

Community Math Teaching Project

Mathematics 123
Idris Stovall

This course allows Penn students to teach a series of hands-on activities to students in math classes at University City High School. The semester starts with an introduction to successful approaches for teaching math in urban high schools. The rest of the semester will be devoted to a series of weekly hands-on activities designed to teach fundamental aspects of geometry. The first class meeting of each week, Penn faculty teach Penn students the relevant mathematical background and techniques for a hands-on activity.

Deaf Culture

Linguistics 078
Jami N. Fisher

This course is an advanced/conversational ASL course that explores several key topics related to Deaf Culture. Using only ASL in class, students will read and discuss books, articles, and films related to the following topics: Deaf History, Deaf Identity, Deafness as Asset, Communication Issues and Pathological Perspectives on Deafness, Deafness and Education, Deaf/Hearing Family Dynamics. Language growth will stem from direct instruction as well as through the course of class conversation.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Research teams help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as the improvement of university-community relations. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy

Urban Studies 140
Brian Peterson

A central premise of the "American Dream" is economic freedom, implying opportunity, security, and in the minds of many, wealth. The statistical and experimental reality, vividly evidence throughout the nation's urban cities, is a staggering inequitable distribution of resources and growing economic instability for scores of households, including those identified as middle class.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018 Urban Studies 018
Molly Jean Mcglone

Music in Urban Spaces explores the ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives and how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. We will read musicologists, cultural theorists, urban geographers, and sociologists who work to define urban space and the role of music and sound in urban environments.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Public Philosophy & Civic Engagement

Philosophy 148
Michael Andrew Vazquez

In recent years professional philosophy has witnessed numerous efforts to break down the barriers that stand between the academy and its neighboring communities. Such work has invited a lively debate across the discipline about the role philosophy can and should play outside the classroom.

The Art of Speaking

College 135
Elizabeth Sue Weber

This course is designed to equip students with the major tenets of rhetorical studies and peer education necessary to work as a CWiC speaking advisor. The course is a practicum that aims to develop students' abilities as speakers, as critical listeners and as advisors able to help others develop those abilities. In addition to creating and presenting individual presentations, students present workshops and practice advising. During this ABCS course, students will practice their advising skills by coaching and mentoring students at a public school in Philadelphia.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

The Role of Water in Urban Sustainability and Resiliency

Environmental Studies 410
Howard Mark Neukrug

This course will provide an overview of the cross-disciplinary fields of civil engineering, environmental sciences, urban hydrology, landscape architecture, green building, public outreach and politics. Students will be expected to conduct field investigations, review scientific data and create indicator reports, working with stakeholders and presenting the results at an annual symposium. There is no metaphor like water itself to describe the cumulative effects of our practices, with every upstream action having an impact downstream.

Tutoring School: Theory and Practice

Education 323 Urban Studies 323
Aliya A Bradley

This course represents an opportunity for students to participate in academically-based community service involving tutoring in a West Phila. public school. This course will serve a need for those students who are already tutoring through the West Phila.Tutoring Project or other campus tutoring. It will also be available to individuals who are interested in tutoring for the first time.

Urban Education

Education 202 Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper

This seminar focuses on two main questions: 1) How have US schools and urban ones in particular continued to reproduce inequalities rather than ameliorating them? 2) In the informational age, how do the systems affecting education need to change to create more successful and equitable outcomes? The course is designed to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Each class session looks at issues of equity in relation to an area of practice (e.g. lesson design, curriculum planning, fostering positive student identities, classroom management, school funding, policy planning...), while bringing theoretical frames to bear from the fields of education, sociology, anthropology and psychology.

Urban Environments: Prevention of Tobacco Smoking in Adolescents

Environmental Studies 407
Michael Kulik

Cigarette smoking is a major public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control reports that more than 80% of current adult tobacco users started smoking before age 18. The National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 12.8% of middle school students and 34.8% of high school students in their study used some form of tobacco products.

Graduate

Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health

Nursing 587
Heather Klusaritz Walter H Tsou Terri Lipman

Grounded in a social justice perspective, this course aims to provide the student with a foundational overview of the field of community health and leadership skills in public health advocacy. The course encourages critical thinking about health outcomes framed by the broad context of the political and social environment.

Child Advocacy Clinic

Law 649
Kara R Finck Jennifer R Nagda

Civic Studio

Fine Arts 500
Paul M. Farber

Civic Studio is an engaged research course that explores significant theories, methods, and practices of public and socially-engaged artwork. Students draw from arts- and place-based modes of inquiry toward collaborative projects with fellow classmates, artists, and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, while pursuing semester-long individual projects that build on their own independent interests and pursuits. Each semester, students work with and as embedded practicioners in exhibtions, installations, research projects, and other artistic platforms throughout the city.

Developmental Theories & Applications with Children

Education 580
John W Fantuzzo

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to consider mandates, models, and methods related to enhancing the learning and development of preschool and early elementary school children. This course emphasizes the application of developmental psychology and multicultural perspectives to the design of effective classroom-based strategies. Students will consider a "whole-child" approach to understanding children's classroom behavior in context.

Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Health Education for Incarcerated Women

Nursing 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphia jail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

Interfaith Dialogue in Action

Education 598
Stephen R Kocher

This ABCS course explores religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue and action on college campuses. It brings together students with diverse faith commitments (including atheism) to engage with and learn from one another in academic study, dialogue, and service.

Men and Incarceration

Nursing 556

Students in this course will develop and implement health and wellbeing education programming for incarcerated men in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. Most of the classroom time is in the Philadelphia Prison interacting with male inmates. Evidence suggests improved self-regulation may enhance other therapeutic methodologies consequently reducing the frequency of reoffending. Students will explore the social and legal trends driving the incarceration of urban men and the resulting health and wellbeing needs of this population.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Professional Role and Intermediate Clinical Practice

Nursing 735
Ruth M Lebet Jessica A Strohm Farber

This course focuses on the implementation of the professional role of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC). Particular emphasis is placed on the role components of the nurse practitioner in pediatric acute care. Applications of nursing, biological and behavioral science are emphasized in the advanced clinical assessment, clinical decision making and management skills needed to care for complex, unstable acutely and chronically ill children and their families. The role of the advanced practice nurse in promoting optimal child/family outcomes is emphasized.

Public Interest Ethnography

Anthropology 516 516 Urban Studies 516
Gretchen E. L. Suess

This is a Public Interest Ethnography workshop (originally created by Peggy Reeves Sanday - Department of Anthropology) that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to exploring social issues. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, the workshop is a response to Amy Gutmann's call for interdisciplinary cooperation across the University and to the Department of Anthropology's commitment to developing public interest research and practice as a disciplinary theme.

Public Interest Workshop

Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 516
Gretchen E L Suess

This is a Public Interest Ethnography workshop (originally created by Peggy Reeves Sanday - Department of Anthropology) that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to exploring social issues. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, the workshop is a response to Amy Gutmann's call for interdisciplinary cooperation across the University and to the Department of Anthropology's commitment to developing public interest research and practice as a disciplinary theme.

Reforming Philadelphia Schools: A Research Practicum on Community Engagement

Education 722
Rand Quinn

In EDUC 722 (a new ABCS course), students will be paired with a local school to teach about civics, local governance and voting to high school students in social studies classes. Beyond teaching, students will also work with their high school students to organize peer-to-peer voter registration drives in the school communities, in advance of the primary elections this spring. Students will simultaneously have the opportunity to conduct actionable research surrounding youth civic engagement with broad policy relevance in the education sector, presenting this work to a public audience.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Women and Incarceration

Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphiajail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

2019 Fall Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

ABCs of Everyday Neuroscience

Biological Basis of Behavior 160
Loretta Flanagan-Cato

This course is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for neuroscience with students in grades 9-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. The course will allow Penn students to develop their science communication and teaching skills. Students will prepare neuroscience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and assessment tools. In parallel, the course aims to engage local high school students, increasing their interest and knowledge in science, and ultimately promoting lifelong science literacy.

Activism Beyond the Classroom

Education 545
Krystal Sharice Strong

Activism Beyond the Classroom (ABC) is a course co-designed with Penn students and Philadelphia community activists. In working groups, l we engage in participatory inquiry and public scholarship related to grassroots activism and advocacy around educational issues and social justice. Together, we produce a podcast, op-eds, and a website. Learn more at: www.activismbeyondtheclassroom.com. Undergraduate students are welcome.

Air Pollution: Sources & Effects in Urban Environments

Environmental Studies 411
Marilyn Howarth Maria-Antonia Andrews

This is an ABCS course designed to provide the student with an understanding of air pollution at the local, regional and global levels. The nature, composition, and properties of air pollutants in the atmosphere will also be studied. The course will focus on Philadelphia's air quality and how air pollutants have an adverse effect on the health of the residents. The recent designation by IARC of Air Pollution as a known carcinogen will be explored. How the community is exposed to air pollutants with consideration of vulnerable populations will be considered.

Anthropology and Policy: History, Theory, Practice

Anthropology 305
Gretchen E L Suess

From the inception of the discipline, anthropologists have applied their ethnographic and theoretical knowledge to policy issues concerning the alleviation of practical human problems. This approach has not only benefited peoples in need but it has also enriched the discipline, providing anthropologists with the opportunity to develop new theories and methodologies from a problem-centered approach. The class will examine the connection between anthropology and policy, theory and practice (or 'praxis'), research and application.

Arts and Well-Being

Music 016
Carol Ann Muller

The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to provide every freshman the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Specific topics will be posted at the beginning of each academic year. Please see the College Freshman seminar website for information on current course offerings http:/www .college.upenn.edu/courses/seminars/freshman.php. Fulfills Arts and Letters sector requirement.

ASL/Deaf Studies - ABCS

Linguistics 077
Jami Fisher

For this course, students will attend Pennsylvania School for the Deaf on a weekly basis where they will participate in and contribute to the school community via tutoring or other mutually agreeable activities. Students will also have formal class on a weekly basis with discussions and activities centering on reflection of community experiences through linguistic as well as cultural lenses.

Case Study: Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking

Nursing 357
Marion Leary

Innovation, defined as a hypothesis-driven, testable, and disciplined strategy, is important to improve health & healthcare. Employing new ways of thinking, such as with design thinking, will help open up possibilities of ways to improve health & the process of healthcare. Incorporating current & emerging social & digital technologies such as mobile apps, wearables, remote sensing, and 3D printing, affords new opportunities for innovation. This course provides foundational content & a disciplined approach to innovation as it applies to health & healthcare.

Case Study: Self-Care of Chronic Illness

Nursing 355
Barbara Riegel

Self-care is done by lay people to prevent or manage chronic illness. In this case study, we will discuss the history, definitions, predictors, and outcomes of self-care in various chronically ill populations. A focus of discussion will be an in depth exploration of the factors that influence self-care. Understanding these factors will prepare nurses for their role in promoting self-care. Fieldwork experiences are designed to provide practical experience in engaging well individuals in preventing illness and helping chronically ill perform self-care.

Community Physics Initiative

Physics 137
Masao Sako Philip C Nelson

This is an Academically Based Community Service Course (ABCS). It will be aligned to the Philadelphia School District curriculum in introductory physics at Paul Robeson High School. The Robeson curriculum roughly parallels the contents of first semester introductory physics (non-calculus) at Penn.

Converging Landscapes: Art, Ecology and History

Fine Arts 307
Paul M Farber

Studies of landscape are at the core of multiple fields of fine art making, historical inquiry, and environmental research. Christopher Tilley defines "landscape" as "a holistic term" that frames relationships between living beings and locales, "forming both the medium for, and outcome of, movement and memory." For interdisciplinary arts practitioners in Philadelphia, the landscape may conjure such relationships at points of convergence: when the physical and symbolic layers of the city lay bare social dynamics and truths.

Creative Writing and the World

English 127
Rachel Sydney Zolf

A creative writing workshop devoted to writing in and across various social, political, geographical, and historical contexts. Offerings may include Writing Toward Diaspora, Writing the City, Writing and the Environment, or other topics and themes. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a description of current offerings.

Diplomacy in the Americas - The Penn Model OAS Program

Latin American & Latino Studies 328 Political Science 328
Catherine E.M. Bartch

"Diplomacy in the Americas" an academically based community service course in which students work with Philadelphia and Norristown public school students to explore solutions to critical problems facing the Americas. Entrenched political, economic, and social inequality, combined with environmental degradation, weak institutions, pervasive health epidemics, weapon proliferation, and other issues pose formidable hurdles for strengthening democratic ideals and institutions.

Education in American Culture

Education 240
Charles Adams

This course explores the relationships between forms of cultural production and transmission (schooling, family and community socialization, peer group subcultures and media representations) and relations of inequality in American society. Working with a broad definition of "education" as varied forms of social learning, we will concentrate particularly on the cultural processes that produce as well as potentially transform class, race, ethnic and gender differences and identities.

Embed Controlled Gardening

Engineering & Applied Science 097
Jorge Juan Santiago

A service course intended to integrate concepts of basic physics, biology and electronics and systems engineering for the benefit of Penn engineering students, teachers and students from two minority centered community public schools.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Research teams help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as the improvement of university-community relations. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

High School Ethics Bowl

Philosophy 248 Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 248
Karen Detlefsen

In this course, teams of undergraduate students, each joined by a graduate student in philosophy, will coach teams of high school students for participation in the National High School Ethics Bowl, an annual competitive yet collaborative event in which teams analyze and discuss complex ethical dilemmas.

Latinx Communities and the Role of Cbo's in Social Change

Latin American & Latino Studies 424 Sociology 424
Johnny Irizarry

The purpose of this course to create a Latino Studies/Service Learning ABCS course that cultivates dialogue and knowledge about the social, political, cultural and historical complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States (Philadelphia in particular) and the roles Latinx CBO's play in meeting the needs of Latinx communities and in impacting social change.

Men and Incarceration: Healthy Mind, Strong Body, Better Life

Nursing 556
George Cronin

Students in this course will develop and implement health and wellbeing education programming for incarcerated men in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. Most of the classroom time is in the Philadelphia Prison interacting with male inmates. Evidence suggests improved self-regulation may enhance other therapeutic methodologies consequently reducing the frequency of reoffending. Students will explore the social and legal trends driving the incarceration of urban men and the resulting health and wellbeing needs of this population.

Monument Lab: Public Art & Civic Research Praxis

Fine Arts 305
Paul M Farber Matthew J. Neff

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This question is the central prompt for Fall 2017 citywide public art and history project, as well as a specifically designed community-based and engaged research course in Fine Arts.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018 Urban Studies 018
Molly Jean Mcglone

Music in Urban Spaces explores the ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives and how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. We will read musicologists, cultural theorists, urban geographers, and sociologists who work to define urban space and the role of music and sound in urban environments.

Nursing in the Community

Nursing 380
Monique Dowd Robin Stevens Rebecca Phillips Patricia O'Brien D'Antonio

This course considers how nursing influences the health and healing capacities of both communities as a whole (populations) and of groups, families, and individuals living within particular communities locally and globally. It addresses the complexity of nursing practice using a public health paradigm. It requires students to draw from prior class and clinical knowledge and skills and apply this practice base to communities across care settings, ages, and cultures with different experiences of equity and access to care.

Nutrition Throughout The Life Cycle

Nursing 375
Monique Dowd

Understanding and meeting nutritional needs from conception through adulthood will be addressed. Nutrition-related concerns at each stage of the lifecycle, including impact of lifestyle, education, economics and food behavior will be explored.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Performance in the African Diaspora

Africana Studies 325
Suzana E Berger Herman Beavers

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the rigorous process of mining experiences for material that can be transformed into a public performance piece. In-class writing, group discussions, and field work in the Philadelphia area. AUGUST WILSON AND BEYOND. The people need to know the story. See how they fit into it. See what part they play. - August Wilson, King Hedley II.

Philosophy of Education

Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 249 Philosophy 249
Karen Detlefsen

The philosophy of education asks questions about the foundational assumptions of our formal institutions for the reproduction of culture. It ranges therefore, from epistemology and philosophy of mind to ethics and political philosophy. For instance: What is the nature of learning and teaching? How is it possible to come to know something we did not know already--and how can we aid others in doing that? How, if at all, should formal institutions of education be concerned with shaping students' moral and civic character?

Social Social Impact and Responsibility

Legal Studies & Business Ethics 230 230
Djordjija Petkoski

What role can business play in helping to meet global societal needs, whether it involves the environment, improving health, expanding education or eradicating poverty? Is there any responsibility on the part of business to help meet those needs? What are models of successful business engagement in this area? How should success be measured? Are there limits to what businesses can and should do, and what institutional changes will enable businesses and entrepreneurs to better succeed?

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Shira Walinsky Jane Golden Heriza

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

The Communication Research Experience

Communications 310
Emily Hemenway Falk

In this hands-on course students will work with active researchers in the Communication Neuroscience lab at Penn to gain experience in how research works. Research topics will depend on student interests, with emphasis on one or more of the following: social influence and persuasion, health communication, peer influence in teens, mobile technology, social media, emotion regulation, peace and conflict resolution, mindfulness, interpersonal communication, political communication, adolescent brain development, communication neuroscience.

Topics Africana Studies

English 380
Suzana E Berger Herman Beavers

This course explores an aspects of topics in African Studies; specific course topics will vary from year to year. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a description of current offerings.

Tutoring in Urban Public Elementary Schools: A Child Development Perspective

Education 326 Urban Studies 326
John W Fantuzzo

The course provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in academically based community service learning. Student will be studying early childhood development and learning while providing direct, one-to-one tutoring services to young students in Philadelphia public elementary schools. The course will cover foundational dimensions of the cognitive and social development of preschool and elementary school students from a multicultural perspective.

Urban Education

Education 202
Andrew J Schiera
Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper

This seminar focuses on two main questions: 1) How have US schools and urban ones in particular continued to reproduce inequalities rather than ameliorating them? 2) In the informational age, how do the systems affecting education need to change to create more successful and equitable outcomes? The course is designed to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Each class session looks at issues of equity in relation to an area of practice (e.g.

Urban Environments: Speaking About Lead in West Philadelphia

Environmental Studies 404
Richard Pepino

Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, impaired hearing, behavioral problems, and at very high levels, seizures, coma and even death. Children up to the age of six are especially at risk because of their developing systems; they often ingest lead chips and dust while playing in their home and yards. In ENVS 404, Penn undergraduates learn about the epidemiology of lead poisoning, the pathways of exposure, and methods for community outreach and education.

Urban Environments: The Urban Asthma Epedemic

Environmental Studies 408
Michael Kulik

Asthma as a pediatric chronic disease is undergoing a dramatic and unexplained increase. It has become the number one cause of public school absenteeism and now accounts for a significant number of childhood deaths each year in the USA.The Surgeon General of the United States has characterized childhood asthma as an epidemic.

Wharton Field Challenge Financial Literacy Community Project

Management 353
Keith Weigelt

Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of a student? Do you want to set kids on a path to becoming financially literate? Do you want to learn leadership skills in the classroom? Here at the Financial Literacy Community Project (FLCP) we are able to create an experience that achieves all three. We partner with various public schools around the West Philadelphia area and teach concepts integral to financial literacy. We teach a wide range of grades from middle school to high school, and work with students to help them learn how to be financially responsible.

Women and Incarceration: Health Education For Incarcerated Women

Gender,Sexuality & Women's Stud 555
Kathleen M. Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphiajail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

Graduate

Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making: Nursing of Children Clinical I

Nursing 721
Susan M Campisciano Rachel E Mccormick

This clinical course is designed to help prospective advanced practice nurses develop advanced skills in physical and developmental assessment of children in a variety of well-child, clinic and hospital settings. Data collection, data interpretation, and hypothesis formulations are emphasized for the purpose of clinical decision making. The role of the advanced practice nurse in assessment of primary health care issues and health promotion is incorporated throughout the course. Collaboration as an integral part of assessment will be an ongoing focus.

Behavioral Sciences I: Health Promotions

DENTAL 550
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars, clinical sessions and community field experiences are provided so that students gain the necessary knowledge and skills in oral health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals, communities and populations. Course topics include discussion of the philosophy, modalities, rationale and evaluation of health promotion and disease preventive activities related to caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer.

Behavioral Sciences II: Local & Global Public Health

DENTAL 650
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars and community experiences provide students with foundation knowledge in general principles of public health and community health, with specific application to the following dental public health concepts: access to care, cost, quality of care and international health. Students complete community experiences that provide foundation experiences in developing and implementing community oral health promotion activities. This is a full year course open to Dental students only.

Child Advocacy Clinic

Law 649
Jennifer R Nagda Kara R Finck

Community Oral Health IX: Practicum in Community Health Promotion II

DENTAL 812
Joan Gluch

Experiences in alternate oral health care delivery settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in providing comprehensive oral health care in community based settings under the direct supervision of faculty members. Students are scheduled in the mobile dental vehicle, PennSmiles, and are also scheduled at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a community based medical and dental treatment facility in West Chester, PA. Students attend small group seminars to discuss their experiences and theoretical underpinnings of community oral health activities.

Converging Landscapes: Art, Ecology and History

Fine Arts 507
Paul M Farber

Studies of landscape are at the core of multiple fields of fine art making, historical inquiry, and environmental research. Christopher Tilley defines "landscape" as "a holistic term" that frames relationships between living beings and locales, "forming both the medium for, and outcome of, movement and memory." For interdisciplinary arts practitioners in Philadelphia, the landscape may conjure such relationships at points of convergence: when the physical and symbolic layers of the city lay bare social dynamics and truths.

Discursive Approaches in Intercultural Communication

Education 676
Betsy R Rymes

This course offers a discourse-based approach and hands-on introduction to the field of intercultural communication, from the micro-level of interpersonal interaction to the macro-level of institutional practice. Through a series of readings and service learning projects in multicultural settings, students will hone their observational and analytic abilities, while gaining an appreciation of and facility for participating in the communicative diversity around them.

Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Ethnographic Filmmaking

Anthropology 583 Education 586
Amitanshu Das

This ethnographic methodology course considers filmmaking/videography as a tool in conducting ethnographic research as well as a medium for presenting academic research to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences. The course engages the methodological and theoretical implications of capturing data and crafting social scientific accounts/narratives in images and sounds. Students are required to put theory into practice by conducting ethnographic research and producing an ethnographic film as their final project.

Experimental Course

Education 545
Krystal S Strong

Graduate Sculpture Studio

Fine Arts 604
Paul M Farber Matthew J. Neff

Second-year studio for MFA students exploring advanced discipline in sculpture.

Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking

Nursing 573
Marion Leary

Innovation, defined as a hypothesis-driven, testable, and disciplined strategy, is important to improve health & healthcare. Employing new ways of thinking, such as with design thinking, will help open up possibilities of ways to improve health & the process of healthcare. Incorporating current & emerging social & digital technologies such as mobile apps, wearables, remote sensing, and 3D printing, affords new opportunities for innovation. This course provides foundational content & a disciplined approach to innovation as it applies to health & healthcare.

Language Teaching and Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts

Education 545
Anne Pomerantz

Multicultural Issues in Education

Education 723
Vivian Lynette Gadsden

This course examines critical issues, problems, and perspectives in multicultural education. Intended to focus on access to literacy and educational opportunity, the course will engage class members in discussions around a variety of topics in educational practice, research, and policy. Specifically, the course will (1) review theoretical frameworks in multicultural education, (2) analyze the issues of race, racism, and culture in historical and contemporary perspective, and (3) identify obstacles to participation in the educational process by diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 513
Tanja Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Outside the School Box: History, Policy and Alternatives

Education 551
Michael C Johanek

This course explores historical and contemporary challenges involved in the policy and practice of non-school education agencies and factors that work in service to local school/community settings. Students will explore several historical case studies, conceptual frames, and current policy challenges, culminating in a community-based research project.

Practicum in Community Health Promotion I

DENTAL 712
Joan Gluch

Experiences in selected community settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in community oral health promotion. Students are scheduled to visit local elementary and middle schools and participate in the oral health education, screening and referral programs under the direct supervision of faculty members. In addition, students complete activities from a selected list of programs at local community agencies and/or schools.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Shira Walinsky Jane Golden Heriza

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Women and Incarceration

Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphiajail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

Women and Incarceration: Health Education For Incarcerated Women

Nursing 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphiajail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

2019 Spring Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

ABCs of Everyday Neuroscience

Biological Basis of Behavior 160
Loretta Marie Flanagan-Cato

This course is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for neuroscience with students in grades 9-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. The course will allow Penn students to develop their science communication and teaching skills. Students will prepare neuroscience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and assessment tools. In parallel, the course aims to engage local high school students, increasing their interest and knowledge in science, and ultimately promoting lifelong science literacy.

Academic Based Community Service-Chemistry Outreach

Chemistry 010
Jenine R. Maeyer

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement

Nursing 354
Dalmacio Dennis Flores Monique Dowd Terri Lipman

This case study offers students experiential learning to develop an in depth understanding of social determinants of health in vulnerable, underserved populations and to collaboratively design and refine existing health promotion programs based on the needs of the community site. Grounded on an approach thatbuilds upon the strengths of communities, this course emphasizes the development of techniques to lead effective, collaborative, health-focused interventions for underserved populations.

Advanced Writing for Children

Africana Studies 123 English 123
Lorene Cary

Advanced Writing for Children is a response to our fast-and-faster learning culture. We ll take the term to write and re-write several fiction and non-fiction pieces for children or teens. Let s call it Slow Write, like the Slow Food movement. The idea is to take time to write better, deeper, more beautifully, funnier, to respect stories and how you choose and render them. Using community among ourselves and with select partners outside the university we will work to help you harness various intelligences to figure out the stories you need to write.

Case Study: Self-Care of Chronic Illness

Nursing 355
Barbara J. Riegel

Self-care is done by lay people to prevent or manage chronic illness. In this case study, we will discuss the history, definitions, predictors, and outcomes of self-care in various chronically ill populations. A focus of discussion will be an in depth exploration of the factors that influence self-care. Understanding these factors will prepare nurses for their role in promoting self-care. Fieldwork experiences are designed to provide practical experience in engaging well individuals in preventing illness and helping chronically ill perform self-care.

Civic Studio

Fine Arts 300
Paul M Farber

Civic Studio is an engaged research praxis that delves in the significant theories, methodologies, and practices of public and socially-engaged artwork. Students draw from arts- and place-based modes of inquiry toward collaborative projects with fellow classmates, artists, and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, while pursuing semester-long individual research. Each semester, students work with and as embedded practitioners in exhibitions, installations, and other artistic platforms throughout the city.

Community Based Environmental Health

Environmental Studies 406
Marilyn V. Howarth

From the fall of the Roman Empire to Love Canal to the epidemics of asthma, childhood obesity and lead poisoning in West Philadelphia, the impact of the environment on health has been a continuous challenge to society. The environment can affect people's health more strongly than biological factors, medical care and lifestyle. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the neighborhood we live in are all components of the environment that impact our health.

Community Math Teaching Project

Mathematics 123
Idris Stovall

This course allows Penn students to teach a series of hands-on activities to students in math classes at University City High School. The semester starts with an introduction to successful approaches for teaching math in urban high schools. The rest of the semester will be devoted to a series of weekly hands-on activities designed to teach fundamental aspects of geometry. The first class meeting of each week, Penn faculty teach Penn students the relevant mathematical background and techniques for a hands-on activity.

Community Writing

English 127 Urban Studies 127
Rachel Sydney Zolf

A creative writing workshop devoted to writing in and across various social, political, geographical, and historical contexts. Offerings may include Writing Toward Diaspora, Writing the City, Writing and the Environment, or other topics and themes. See the English Department's website at www.english.upenn.edu for a description of current offerings.

*Fulfills the Humanities & Social Science Sector Requirement

Deaf Culture

Linguistics 078
Jami N. Fisher

This course is an advanced/conversational ASL course that explores several key topics related to Deaf Culture. Using only ASL in class, students will read and discuss books, articles, and films related to the following topics: Deaf History, Deaf Identity, Deafness as Asset, Communication Issues and Pathological Perspectives on Deafness, Deafness and Education, Deaf/Hearing Family Dynamics. Language growth will stem from direct instruction as well as through the course of class conversation.

Embedded Controlled Gardening

Engineering & Applied Science 097
Geraldine B Light Jorge Juan Santiago

A service course intended to integrate concepts of basic physics, biology and electronics and systems engineering for the benefit of Penn engineering students, teachers and students from two minority centered community public schools.

Ethnographic Approaches to Urban Athletics and Human Movement

Anthropology 276
Gretchen E. L. Suess

Rooted in the rubric of public interest social science, the course focuses on bridging theory and practice motivated by a commitment to social justice through original ethnographic research. In particular, this course will focus on kinesiology and the anthropology of sports and well-being through intense analysis of the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) program, a collaboration between the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics. In guest lecturers from multiple disciplines will help to round out the course.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Research teams help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as the improvement of university-community relations. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018 Urban Studies 018
Molly Jean Mcglone

The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to provide every freshman the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small sitting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Specific topics be posted at the beginning of each academic year. Please see the College Freshman seminar website for information on current course offerings http:// www.college.upenn.edu/courses/seminars/freshman.php.

*Fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the US Foundational Requirement

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Public Art & Performance

Theatre Arts 275 Urban Studies 274
James F. Schlatter

This course will combine an intensive practical and intellectual investigation of some area of the making of theatre: performance techniques, theatrical styles, a particular period of theatre history.

The Art of Speaking

College 135
Elizabeth Sue Weber

This course is designed to equip students with the major tenets of rhetorical studies and peer education necessary to work as a CWiC speaking advisor. The course is a practicum that aims to develop students' abilities as speakers, as critical listeners and as advisors able to help others develop those abilities. In addition to creating and presenting individual presentations, students present workshops and practice advising. During this ABCS course, students will practice their advising skills by coaching and mentoring students at a public school in Philadelphia.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

The Biology of Food

Biology 017
Scott Poethig

This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate - and have been manipulated by - the organisms we depend on for food, with particular emphasis on the biological factors that influence this interaction. The first part of the course will cover the biology, genetics, evolution, and breeding of cultivated plants and animals; the second part will concern the ecological, economic, and political factors that influence food production.

The Role of Water in Urban Sustainability and Resiliency

Environmental Studies 410
Howard M. Neukrug

This course will provide an overview of the cross-disciplinary fields of civil engineering, environmental sciences, urban hydrology, landscape architecture, green building, public outreach and politics. Students will be expected to conduct field investigations, review scientific data and create indicator reports, working with stakeholders and presenting the results at an annual symposium. There is no metaphor like water itself to describe the cumulative effects of our practices, with every upstream action having an impact downstream.

Tutoring School: Theory and Practice

Education 323 Urban Studies 323
Aliya A Bradley

This course represents an opportunity for students to participate in academically-based community service involving tutoring in a West Phila. public school. This course will serve a need for those students who are already tutoring through the West Phila.Tutoring Project or other campus tutoring. It will also be available to individuals who are interested in tutoring for the first time.

Urban Education

Education 202 Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper

This seminar focuses on two main questions: 1) How have US schools and urban ones in particular continued to reproduce inequalities rather than ameliorating them? 2) In the informational age, how do the systems affecting education need to change to create more successful and equitable outcomes? The course is designed to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Each class session looks at issues of equity in relation to an area of practice (e.g.

Urban Environments: Prevention of Tobacco Smoking in Adolescents

Environmental Studies 407
Michael Kulik

Cigarette smoking is a major public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control reports that more than 80% of current adult tobacco users started smoking before age 18. The National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 12.8% of middle school students and 34.8% of high school students in their study used some form of tobacco products.

Graduate

Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health

Nursing 587
Heather A. Klusaritz Terri H. Lipman Walter H. Tsou

Grounded in a social justice perspective, this course aims to provide the student with a foundational overview of the field of community health and leadership skills in public health advocacy. The course encourages critical thinking about health outcomes framed by the broad context of the political and social environment.

Behavioral Sciences I: Health Promotions

DENTAL 550
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars, clinical sessions and community field experiences are provided so that students gain the necessary knowledge and skills in oral health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals, communities and populations. Course topics include discussion of the philosophy, modalities, rationale and evaluation of health promotion and disease preventive activities related to caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer.

Behavioral Sciences II: Local & Global Public Health

DENTAL 650
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars and community experiences provide students with foundation knowledge in general principles of public health and community health, with specific application to the following dental public health concepts: access to care, cost, quality of care and international health. Students complete community experiences that provide foundation experiences in developing and implementing community oral health promotion activities. This is a full year course open to Dental students only.

Child Advocacy Clinic

Law 649
Kara R. Finck Jennifer R Nagda

*Open only to LAW and SP2 students

Civic Studio

Fine Arts 500
Paul M Farber

Civic Studio is an engaged research praxis that delves in the significant theories, methodologies, and practices of public and socially-engaged artwork. Students draw from arts- and place-based modes of inquiry toward collaborative projects with fellow classmates, artists, and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, while pursuing semester-long individual research. Each semester, students work with and as embedded practitioners in exhibitions, installations, and other artistic platforms throughout the city.

Community Oral Health IX: Practicum in Community Health Promotion II

DENTAL 812
Joan Gluch

Experiences in alternate oral health care delivery settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in providing comprehensive oral health care in community based settings under the direct supervision of faculty members. Students are scheduled in the mobile dental vehicle, PennSmiles, and are also scheduled at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a community based medical and dental treatment facility in West Chester, PA.

Developmental Theories & Applications with Children

Education 580
John W. Fantuzzo

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to consider mandates, models, and methods related to enhancing the learning and development of preschool and early elementary school children. This course emphasizes the application of developmental psychology and multicultural perspectives to the design of effective classroom-based strategies. Students will consider a "whole-child" approach to understanding children's classroom behavior in context.

Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Experimental Course

Education 545
Amitanshu Das

Interfaith Dialogue in Action

Education 598
Stephen R Kocher

This ABCS course explores religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue and action on college campuses. It brings together students with diverse faith commitments (including atheism) to engage with and learn from one another in academic study, dialogue, and service.

*Permission needed from department; Greenfield Intercultural Center 

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Professional Role and Intermediate Clinical Practice

Nursing 735
Ruth M Lebet Jessica A Strohm Farber

This course focuses on the implementation of the professional role of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC). Particular emphasis is placed on the role components of the nurse practitioner in pediatric acute care. Applications of nursing, biological and behavioral science are emphasized in the advanced clinical assessment, clinical decision making and management skills needed to care for complex, unstable acutely and chronically ill children and their families. The role of the advanced practice nurse in promoting optimal child/family outcomes is emphasized.

Practicum in Community Health Promotion I

DENTAL 712
Joan Gluch

Experiences in selected community settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in community oral health promotion. Students are scheduled to visit local elementary and middle schools and participate in the oral health education, screening and referral programs under the direct supervision of faculty members. In addition, students complete activities from a selected list of programs at local community agencies and/or schools.

Seminar in Ethnomusicology

Africana Studies 705 Music 705
Carol Ann Muller

This is an ABCS (academically based community service) class, one that will engage in a community related arts project as a part of your learning, but it is also one that will enable you to reflect on your own beliefs about music, the arts more generally, and the capacity of the arts cross culturally to work as a force of self/individual and collective understanding and, perhaps, healing.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Women and Incarceration

Nursing 555 Gender,Sexuality&Women's Stdys 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphia jail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

*Permission needed from deparment

2018 Fall Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

ABCs of Everyday Neuroscience

Biological Basis of Behavior 160
Loretta Marie Flanagan-Cato

This course is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for neuroscience with students in grades 9-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. The course will allow Penn students to develop their science communication and teaching skills. Students will prepare neuroscience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and assessment tools. In parallel, the course aims to engage local high school students, increasing their interest and knowledge in science, and ultimately promoting lifelong science literacy.

Air Pollution: Sources & Effects in Urban Environments

Environmental Studies 411
Marilyn V. Howarth Maria-Antonia Andrews

This is an ABCS course designed to provide the student with an understanding of air pollution at the local, regional and global levels. The nature, composition, and properties of air pollutants in the atmosphere will also be studied. The course will focus on Philadelphia's air quality and how air pollutants have an adverse effect on the health of the residents. The recent designation by IARC of Air Pollution as a known carcinogen will be explored. How the community is exposed to air pollutants with consideration of vulnerable populations will be considered.

Applying Anthropology Methods in Policy and Practice

Anthropology 337
Puneet Sahota

This course will introduce students to applied anthropology methods for doing research that can change policy and practices. Examples of policy and practice change include clinical practices in health care settings, social welfare policy, and legal advocacy. Students will be trained in multiple anthropology research methods, including brief participant-observation, presentation of self in the field, entering the field in diverse cultural environments, qualitative interviewing, life story interviewing, and ethnographic content analysis of textual material.

August Wilson and Beyond: Performance in the African Diaspora

English 380
Suzana E Berger Herman Beavers

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the rigorous process of mining experiences for material that can be transformed into a public performance piece. In-class writing, group discussions, and field work in the Philadelphia area. AUGUST WILSON AND BEYOND. The people need to know the story. See how they fit into it. See what part they play. - August Wilson, King Hedley II.

Case Study: Self-care of Chronic Illness

Nursing 355
Barbara J. Riegel

This case study introduces the role of self-care by patients with chronic illness. We will discuss the history, definitions, predictors, and outcomes of self-care in various chronically ill populations. A focus of discussion will be an in depth exploration of the factors that influence self-care. Understanding these factors will prepare nurses for their role in promoting patient self-care. Fieldwork experiences will enable students to gain practical experience in engaging chronically ill individuals in self-care.

*Prerequisites: NURS 215

Communication Research Experience

Communications 310
Emily Falk

In this hands-on course students will work with active researchers in the Communication Neuroscience lab at Penn to gain experience in how research works. Research topics will depend on student interests, with emphasis on one or more of the following: social influence and persuasion, health communication, peer influence in teens, mobile technology, social media, emotion regulation, peace and conflict resolution, mindfulness, interpersonal communication, political communication, adolescent brain development, communication neuroscience.

Converging Landscapes: Art, Ecology and History

Fine Arts 307
Paul M. Farber

Studies of landscape are at the core of multiple fields of fine art making, historical inquiry, and environmental research. Christopher Tilley defines "landscape" as "a holistic term" that frames relationships between living beings and locales, "forming both the medium for, and outcome of, movement and memory." For interdisciplinary arts practitioners in Philadelphia, the landscape may conjure such relationships at points of convergence: when the physical and symbolic layers of the city lay bare social dynamics and truths.

Creative Non-Fiction Writing

Africana Studies 134 English 135
Lorene Cary

Africana Studies 134 is an improvisational workshop in creative nonfiction that connects you to current reporting opportunities; gives you structured choice in assignments; and teaches you how to write about hard subjects for and about young people. Big Questions about the social, emotional, relational and physical structures that affect young people require clear, engaging prose that avoids self-importance. Sometimes it’s even funny.

Democracy in Trouble: OAS to the Rescue?

Latin American & Latino Studies 328-401 Political Science 328-401
Tulia Falleti Catherine Bartch

Democracy in the Americas is in trouble. Entrenched political, economic, and social inequality, combined with environmental degradation, weak institutions, pervasive health epidemics, weapon proliferation, and other pressing issues pose formidable challenges for strengthening democratic ideals and institutions. The Organization of American States (OAS) is uniquely poised to confront and purposively focused to strengthen peace, security, democracy, and human rights.

Education in American Culture

Education 240
Charles Adams Brian Peterson

This course explores the relationships between forms of cultural production and transmission (schooling, family and community socialization, peer group subcultures and media representations) and relations of inequality in American society. Working with a broad definition of "education" as varied forms of social learning, we will concentrate particularly on the cultural processes that produce as well as potentially transform class, race, ethnic and gender differences and identities.

Embedded Controlled Gardening

Engineering & Applied Science 097
Jorge Juan Santiago

A service course intended to integrate concepts of basic physics, biology and electronics and systems engineering for the benefit of Penn engineering students, teachers and students from two minority centered community public schools.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Research teams help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as the improvement of university-community relations. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

Field Method of Sociological Research

Sociology 222-402
Annette Lareau

This course is designed to introduce students to field methods in sociological research, with a focus on participant-observation and interviewing. During this course, students will read original research based on field methods and discuss their strengths, limitations, and ethical dilemmas. Most importantly, students will design their own research projects and become ethnographers and interviewers. Students will be guided through the fieldwork process from data collection to analysis, and will turn in multiple assignments and original research paper.

Latinos in United States

Latin American & Latino Studies 235 Sociology 266
Emilio Alberto Parrado

This course presents a broad overview of the Latino population in the United States that focuses on the economic and sociological aspects of Latino immigration and assimilation. Topics to be covered include: construction of Latino identity, the history of U.S. Latino immigration, Latino family patterns and household structure, Latino educational attainment. Latino incorporation into the U.S. labor force, earnings and economic well-being among Latino-origin groups, assimilation and the second generation.

Latinx Communities and the Role of CBO's in Social Change

Latin American & Latino Studies 424
Johnny Irizarry

The purpose of this course to create a Latino Studies/Service Learning ABCS course that cultivates dialogue and knowledge about the social, political, cultural and historical complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States (Philadelphia in particular) and the roles Latinx CBO's play in meeting the needs of Latinx communities and in impacting social change.

Monument Lab: Public Art & Civic Research Praxis

Fine Arts 305
Paul M. Farber Matthew J. Neff

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This question is the central prompt for Fall 2017 citywide public art and history project, as well as a specifically designed community-based and engaged research course in Fine Arts.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018-402
Molly Jean Mcglone
Urban Studies 018-402
Molly Jean McGlone

Music in Urban Spaces explores the ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives and how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. We will read musicologists, cultural theorists, urban geographers, and sociologists who work to define urban space and the role of music and sound in urban environments.

Nursing in the Community

Nursing 380
Patricia D'Antonio Rebecca Phillips

This course considers how nursing influences the health and healing capacities of both communities as a whole (populations) and of groups, families, and individuals living within particular communities locally and globally. It addresses the complexity of nursing practice using a public health paradigm. It requires students to draw from prior class and clinical knowledge and skills and apply this practice base to communities across care settings, ages, and cultures with different experiences of equity and access to care.

Nutrition Throughout The Life Cycle

Nursing 375
Monique Dowd

Understanding and meeting nutritional needs from conception through adulthood will be addressed. Nutrition-related concerns at each stage of the lifecycle, including impact of lifestyle, education, economics and food behavior will be explored.

*Prerequisites: NURS 054, NURS 112, or comparable nutrition or introductory course

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Performance in the African Diaspora

Africana Studies 325
Suzana E Berger Herman Beavers

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the rigorous process of mining experiences for material that can be transformed into a public performance piece. In-class writing, group discussions, and field work in the Philadelphia area. AUGUST WILSON AND BEYOND. The people need to know the story. See how they fit into it. See what part they play. - August Wilson, King Hedley II.

Philosophy of Education

249 Philosophy 249
Karen E. Detlefsen

The philosophy of education asks questions about the foundational assumptions of our formal institutions for the reproduction of culture. It ranges therefore, from epistemology and philosophy of mind to ethics and political philosophy. For instance: What is the nature of learning and teaching? How is it possible to come to know something we did not know already--and how can we aid others in doing that? How, if at all, should formal institutions of education be concerned with shaping students' moral and civic character?

Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology 303
Gretchen E. L. Suess

This undergraduate seminar is about how ethnographers do research. It introduces fundamental concepts and techniques - research design, participant observation, interviews, questionnaires, field notes, archives, data collection and analysis. It also addresses ethical and legal issues- cultural protocols, intellectual property rights, collaborative anthropology, and institutional review boards. Students will conduct original ethnographic research in partnership with the Netter Center.

Seminar in Ethnomusicology

Music 350
Carol Ann Muller

This is an ABCS (academically based community service) class, one that will engage in a community related arts project as a part of your learning, but it is also one that will enable you to reflect on your own beliefs about music, the arts more generally, and the capacity of the arts cross culturally to work as a force of self/individual and collective understanding and, perhaps, healing.  The class will move between personal reflection, academic writing, and a team ethnographic project focused on two South African jazz musicians who will come to Penn—the Arthur Ross Gallery and the Music D

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Shira Walinsky Jane Golden Heriza

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Urban Education

Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper
Education 202
Andrew J Schiera

This seminar focuses on two main questions: 1) How have US schools and urban ones in particular continued to reproduce inequalities rather than ameliorating them? 2) In the informational age, how do the systems affecting education need to change to create more successful and equitable outcomes? The course is designed to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Each class session looks at issues of equity in relation to an area of practice (e.g.

Urban Environments: Speaking About Lead in West Philadelphia

Environmental Studies 404
Richard Pepino

Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, impaired hearing, behavioral problems, and at very high levels, seizures, coma and even death. Children up to the age of six are especially at risk because of their developing systems; they often ingest lead chips and dust while playing in their home and yards. In ENVS 404, Penn undergraduates learn about the epidemiology of lead poisoning, the pathways of exposure, and methods for community outreach and education.

Urban Environments: The Urban Asthma Epedemic

Environmental Studies 408
Michael Kulik

Asthma as a pediatric chronic disease is undergoing a dramatic and unexplained increase. It has become the number one cause of public school absenteeism and now accounts for a significant number of childhood deaths each year in the USA.The Surgeon General of the United States has characterized childhood asthma as an epidemic.

Virtual Reality Lab

210 210 English 210
Peter Decherney

This course mixes virtual reality theory, history, and practice. We will read a wide range of scholarship, manifestoes, and memoirs that examine virtual reality and other immersive technologies, stretching from the 18th century to today. We will explore virtual reality projects, including narrative and documentary films, commercial applications, and games. We will work with many of the virtual reality systems available today (as well as some that are obsolete).

Graduate

Behavioral Sciences I: Health Promotions

DENTAL 550
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars, clinical sessions and community field experiences are provided so that students gain the necessary knowledge and skills in oral health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals, communities and populations. Course topics include discussion of the philosophy, modalities, rationale and evaluation of health promotion and disease preventive activities related to caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer.

Behavioral Sciences II: Local & Global Public Health

DENTAL 650
Joan Gluch

Lectures, seminars and community experiences provide students with foundation knowledge in general principles of public health and community health, with specific application to the following dental public health concepts: access to care, cost, quality of care and international health. Students complete community experiences that provide foundation experiences in developing and implementing community oral health promotion activities. This is a full year course open to Dental students only.

Child Advocacy Clinic

Law 649
Kara R. Finck

Community Oral Health IX: Practicum in Community Health Promotion II

DENTAL 812
Joan Gluch

Experiences in alternate oral health care delivery settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in providing comprehensive oral health care in community based settings under the direct supervision of faculty members. Students are scheduled in the mobile dental vehicle, PennSmiles, and are also scheduled at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a community based medical and dental treatment facility in West Chester, PA.

Converging Landscapes: Art, Ecology and History

Fine Arts 507
Paul M. Farber

Studies of landscape are at the core of multiple fields of fine art making, historical inquiry, and environmental research. Christopher Tilley defines "landscape" as "a holistic term" that frames relationships between living beings and locales, "forming both the medium for, and outcome of, movement and memory." For interdisciplinary arts practitioners in Philadelphia, the landscape may conjure such relationships at points of convergence: when the physical and symbolic layers of the city lay bare social dynamics and truths.

Discursive Approaches in Intercultural Communication

Education 676
Betsy R Rymes

This course offers a discourse-based approach and hands-on introduction to the field of intercultural communication, from the micro-level of interpersonal interaction to the macro-level of institutional practice. Through a series of readings and service learning projects in multicultural settings, students will hone their observational and analytic abilities, while gaining an appreciation of and facility for participating in the communicative diversity around them.

Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Ethnographic Filmmaking

Anthropology 583 Education 586
Kathleen D. Hall

This ethnographic methodology course considers filmmaking/videography as a tool in conducting ethnographic research as well as a medium for presenting academic research to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences. The course engages the methodological and theoretical implications of capturing data and crafting social scientific accounts/narratives in images and sounds. Students are required to put theory into practice by conducting ethnographic research and producing an ethnographic film as their final project.

Graduate Sculpture Studio

Fine Arts 604
Paul M. Farber Matthew J. Neff

Second-year studio for MFA students exploring advanced discipline in sculpture.

Language Teaching and Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts

Education 545
Anne Pomerantz

This course introduces participants to a range of theoretical and practical issues related to language teaching and literacy development in bi/multilingual contexts, with an emphasis on providing instruction that takes a contextually sensitive, integrated skills approach. An intensive service-learning project offers course participants the opportunity to work with young learners and adolescents in a bilingual, after-school setting.

Men and Incarceration: Healthy Mind, Strong Body, Better Life

Nursing 556-001
George Cronin

Students in this course will develop and implement health and wellbeing education programming for incarcerated men in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. Most of the classroom time is in the Philadelphia Prison interacting with male inmates. Evidence suggests improved self-regulation may enhance other therapeutic methodologies consequently reducing the frequency of reoffending. Students will explore the social and legal trends driving the incarceration of urban men and the resulting health and wellbeing needs of this population.

Multicultural Issues in Education

Education 723
Vivian L. Gadsden

This course examines critical issues, problems, and perspectives in multicultural education. Intended to focus on access to literacy and educational opportunity, the course will engage class members in discussions around a variety of topics in educational practice, research, and policy. Specifically, the course will (1) review theoretical frameworks in multicultural education, (2) analyze the issues of race, racism, and culture in historical and contemporary perspective, and (3) identify obstacles to participation in the educational process by diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 513
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Outside the School Box: History, Policy and Alternatives

Education 551
Michael C Johanek

This course explores historical and contemporary challenges involved in the policy and practice of non-school education agencies and factors that work in service to local school/community settings. Students will explore several historical case studies, conceptual frames, and current policy challenges, culminating in a community-based research project.

Practicum in Community Health Promotion I

DENTAL 712
Joan Gluch

Experiences in selected community settings provide students with the opportunity to develop and expand their skills in community oral health promotion. Students are scheduled to visit local elementary and middle schools and participate in the oral health education, screening and referral programs under the direct supervision of faculty members. In addition, students complete activities from a selected list of programs at local community agencies and/or schools.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Shira Walinsky Jane Golden Heriza

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Women and Incarceration

Nursing 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphia jail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

*Permission needed from department

2018 Summer Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Graduate

Science in Elementary/Middle Schools

Education 521
Nancylee Bergey

The goal of this course is to prepare teachers to facilitate science learning in the elementary and middle school. Special emphasis is placed on striving for a balance between curricular goals; individual needs and interests; and the nature of science. Offered within the Teacher Education Program.

2018 Spring Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

ABCS of Everyday Neuroscience

Biological Basis of Behavior 160
Loretta Marie Flanagan-Cato

This course is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for neuroscience with students in grades 9-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. The course will allow Penn students to develop their science communication and teaching skills. Students will prepare neuroscience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and assessment tools. In parallel, the course aims to engage local high school students, increasing their interest and knowledge in science, and ultimately promoting lifelong science literacy.

Academic Based Community Service-Chemistry Outreach

Chemistry 010
Jenine R. Maeyer

CHEM 010 is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their interest and enthusiasm for science, specifically chemistry, with students in grades 6-12 attending urban public schools in West Philadelphia. In this course, undergraduates will create and facilitate chemistry outreach experiments in Penn’s general chemistry labs, as well as prepare and implement effective chemical demonstrations and hands-on activities in local public school classrooms.

Advanced Writing for Children

Africana Studies 123 English 123
Lorene Cary

This is a course for students who have completed either English 121 or at least one other creative writing class. We will focus on writing novels for children from early chapter books to older teen fiction and the importance of creating compelling charcters, a good plot, excellent pacing, a distinctive voice, and an appropriate theme with the goal of each student refining an existing project or beginning work on a new one. There will be at least one reading and one writing assignment each week.

ASL/Deaf Studies - ABCS

Linguistics 077
Jami N. Fisher

For this course, students will attend a local Deaf community partner organization on a weekly basis where they will participate in and contribute to the organization via mutually developed activities. Students will also have formal class on a weekly basis with discussions and activities centering on reflection of community experiences through linguistic as well as cultural lenses.

Case Study: Addressing The Social Determinants Of Health: Community Engagement Immersion

Nursing 354
Terri Lipman Rebecca Phillips

This case study offers students experiential learning to develop an in depth understanding of social determinants of health in vulnerable, underserved populations and to collaboratively design and refine existing health promotion programs based on the needs of the community site. Grounded on an approach that builds upon the strengths of communities, this course emphasizes the development of techniques to lead effective, collaborative, health-focused interventions for underserved populations.

Case Study: Self-care of Chronic Illness

Nursing 355
Barbara J. Riegel

This case study introduces the role of self-care by patients with chronic illness. We will discuss the history, definitions, predictors, and outcomes of self-care in various chronically ill populations. A focus of discussion will be an in depth exploration of the factors that influence self-care. Understanding these factors will prepare nurses for their role in promoting patient self-care. Fieldwork experiences will enable students to gain practical experience in engaging chronically ill individuals in self-care.

Community Based Environmental Health

Environmental Studies 406
Marilyn V. Howarth

From the fall of the Roman Empire to Love Canal to the epidemics of asthma, childhood obesity and lead poisoning in West Philadelphia, the impact of the environment on health has been a continuous challenge to society. The environment can affect people's health more strongly than biological factors, medical care and lifestyle. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the neighborhood we live in are all components of the environment that impact our health.

Community Math Teaching Project

Mathematics 123
Idris Stovall

Math 123, Learning Math by Teaching Math, is an academically-based community service course which provides the opportunity to Penn students to both learn and teach fundamental mathematics concepts to high school students in Philadelphia. In this course, students will learn new ideas in algebra, geometry, and related mathematics topics; develop effective methods for teaching with understanding; and explore the context in which mathematics is taught in public high schools in the greater Philadelphia area.

Deaf Culture

Linguistics 078
Jami N. Fisher

This course is an advanced/conversational ASL course that explores several key topics related to Deaf Culture. Using only ASL in class, students will read and discuss books, articles, and films related to the following topics: Deaf History, Deaf Identity, Deafness as Asset, Communication Issues and  Pathological Perspectives on Deafness, Deafness and Education, Deaf/Hearing  Family Dynamics.  Language growth will stem from direct instruction as well as through the course of class conversation.

Embed Controlled Gardening

Engineering & Applied Science 097
Geraldine B Light Jorge Juan Santiago

A service course intended to integrate concepts of basic physics, biology and electronics and systems engineering for the benefit of Penn engineering students, teachers and students from two minority centered community public schools.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

A primary goal of the seminar is to help students develop proposals as to how a Penn undergraduate education might better empower students to produce, not simply "consume," societally-useful knowledge, as well as function as caring, contributing citizens of a democratic society. Please note new location of the class: The Netter Conference Room is on 111 South 38th Street, on the 2nd floor. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

Healthy Schools

Health & Societies 335 Political Science 335
Mary E Summers

This academically based community service research seminar will develop a pilot program to test the efficacy of using service-learning teams of undergraduates and graduate students to facilitate the development of School Health Councils (SHCs) and the Center for Disease Control's School Health Index (SHI) school self-assessment and planning tool in two elementary schools in West Philadelphia. This process is intended to result in a realistic and meaningful school health implimentation plan and an ongoing action project to put this plan into practice.

Intermediate Latin Poetry

Latin 204
James Ker

Prerequisite(s): LATN 203 or equivalent (such as placement score of 600). Continuous reading of several Latin authors in poetry (e.g., Ovid, Virgil, Horace) as well as some more complex prose, in combination with ongoing review of Latin grammar. By the end of the course students will have thorough familiarity with the grammar, vocabulary, and style and style of the selected authors, will be able to tackle previously unseen unseen passages by them, and will be able to discuss language and interpretation.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018 Urban Studies 018
Molly Jean Mcglone

Music in Urban Spaces explores the ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives and how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. We will read musicologists, cultural theorists, urban geographers, urban educators and sociologists who work to define urban space, arts education and the role of music and sound in urban environments.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Poverty and Inequality

Sociology 041
Regina S. Baker

What does it mean to live in poverty in the "land of plenty" and experience inequality in the "land of opportunity?" From a sociological perspective, this Freshman Seminar explores these questions and others related to poverty and inequality in contemporary America. We will first focus on economic deprivation, addressing topics such as poverty (mis)perceptions, poverty measurement and trends, causes of poverty, and anti-poverty policy. We will also focus on inequality more broadly, examining how inequality is defined and what it looks like in the U.S.

Psychology of Food

Psychology 070
Paul Rozin

Food is a biological essential for humans, but one that has been elaborated and transformed in many ways through history, and given a variety of cultural signatures. This course will consider food from the point of view of different disciplines. It will also serve as medium for promoting critical thinking and quantitative skills, particularly through exercises in data collection (both observation and experiment), basic statistics and interpretation of results.  The course will partner with the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI). 

*Permission needed from Department

Science in Elementary & Middle School

Environmental Studies 421
Nancylee Bergey

An intensive approach to current methods, curricula, and trends in teaching science as basic learning, K-8. "Hands-on" activities based on cogent, current philosophical and psychological theories including: S/T/S and gender issues. Focus on skill development in critical thinking. Content areas: living things, the physical universe, and interacting ecosystems.

Science in Elementary and Middle Schools

Education 421
Nancylee Bergey

An intensive approach to current methods, curricula, and trends in teaching science as basic learning, K-8. "Hands-on" activities based on cogent, current philosophical and psychological theories including: S/T/S and gender issues. Focus on skill development in critical thinking. Content areas: living things, the physical universe, and interacting ecosystems.

The Art of Speaking

College 135
Elizabeth Sue Weber

This course is designed to equip students with the major tenets of rhetorical studies and peer education necessary to work as a CWiC speaking advisor. The course is a practicum that aims to develop students' abilities as speakers, as critical listeners and as advisors able to help others develop those abilities. In addition to creating and presenting individual presentations, students present workshops and practice advising. During this ABCS course, students will practice their advising skills by coaching and mentoring students at a public school in Philadelphia.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

The Role of Water in Urban Sustainability and Resiliency

Environmental Studies 410
Howard M. Neukrug

This course will provide an overview of the cross-disciplinary fields of civil engineering, environmental sciences, urban hydrology, landscape architecture, green building, public outreach and politics. Students will be expected to conduct field investigations, review scientific data and create indicator reports, working with stakeholders and presenting the results at an annual symposium. There is no metaphor like water itself to describe the cumulative effects of our practices, with every upstream action having an impact downstream.

Tutoring in Schools: Theory and Practice

Education 323
Aliya Bradley

This course represents an opportunity for students to participate in academically-based community service involving tutoring in a West Phila. public school. This course is open to both students who are already tutoring in the West Philadelphia community, and those who are interested in tutoring for the first time.

Tutoring School: Theory and Practice

Urban Studies 323
Cheryl Parker

This course represents an opportunity for students to participate in academically-based community service involving tutoring in a West Phila. public school. This course will serve a need for those students who are already tutoring through the West Phila.Tutoring Project or other campus tutoring. It will also be available to individuals who are interested in tutoring for the first time.

Urban Education

Education 202 Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper

This seminar focuses on two main questions: 1) How have US schools and urban ones in particular continued to reproduce inequalities rather than ameliorating them? 2) In the informational age, how do the systems affecting education need to change to create more successful and equitable outcomes? The course is designed to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Each class session looks at issues of equity in relation to an area of practice (e.g.

Urban Environments: Prevention of Tobacco Smoking in Adolescents

Environmental Studies 407
Michael Kulik

Cigarette smoking is a major public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control reports that more than 80% of current adult tobacco users started smoking before age 18. The National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 12.8% of middle school students and 34.8% of high school students in their study used some form of tobacco products.

Women and Incarceration

Nursing 555 Gender,Sexuality & Women's Stud 555
Kathleen M Brown

This elective course will afford students the opportunity to develop and implement health education workshops for incarcerated women in the Philadelphia jail system. Students will explore the social and historical framework and trends in the incarceration of women, as well as the needs of this population, and will identify specific areas that need to be addressed by particular disciplines or professions. Students will have direct contact with the jail system, its staff, and female inmates.

Graduate

Access & Choice in American Higher Education

Education 541
Laura Perna

College enrollment is a complex process that is shaped by the economic, social and policy context, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, families, and students. The course will examine the theoretical perspectives that are used to understand college access and choice processes. The implications of various policies and practices for college access and choice will also be explored, with particular attention to the effects of these policies for underrepresented groups.

An Interdisciplinary Course In Advanced Leadership Skills In Community Health

Public Health Studies 588
Terri Lipman Heather Klusaritz Walter Tsou

Grounded in a social justice perspective, this inter professional course aims to provide the student with a foundational overview of the field of community health and leadership skills in public health advocacy. The course encourages critical thinking about health outcomes framed by the broad context of the political and social environment.

An Interdisciplinary Course In Advanced Leadership Skills In Community Health 

Nursing 587-401
Terri Lipman Heather Klusaritz Walter Tsou

Grounded in a social justice perspective, this inter professional course aims to provide the student with a foundational overview of the field of community health and leadership skills in public health advocacy. The course encourages critical thinking about health outcomes framed by the broad context of the political and social environment.

Child Advocacy Clinic

Law 649
Kara R. Finck Jennifer R Nagda

Students in the clinic represent adolescent and youth clients on a variety of matters including child welfare cases, immigration proceedings, education issues and health related matters. As part of the seminar, clinic students will also have access to experts and guest lecturers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice to assist with their interdisciplinary representation of clients and examination of laws and policies affecting children and families.

*Open only to LAW and SP2 students

Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Interfaith Dialogue in Action

Education 598
Stephen R Kocher

This ABCS course explores religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue and action on college campuses. It brings together students with diverse faith commitments (including atheism) to engage with and learn from one another in academic study, dialogue, and service.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Professional Role and Intermediate Clinical Practice: Dance for Health Program

Nursing 735
Terri Lipman Jessica A Strohm Farber

This course focuses on the implementation of the professional role of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC). Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse practitioner in pediatric acute care. Applications of nursing, biological and behavioral science are emphasized in the advanced clinical assessment, clinical decision making and management skills needed to care for complex, unstable acutely and chronically ill children and their families. The role of the advanced practice nurse in promoting optimal child/family outcomes is emphasized.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

2017 Fall Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

Air Pollution: Sources & Effects in Urban Environments

Environmental Studies 411
Maria-Antonia Andrews Marilyn V. Howarth

This is an ABCS course designed to provide the student with an understanding of air pollution at the local, regional and global levels. The nature, composition, and properties of air pollutants in the atmosphere will also be studied. The course will focus on Philadelphia's air quality and how air pollutants have an adverse effect on the health of the residents. The recent designation by IARC of Air Pollution as a known carcinogen will be explored. How the community is exposed to air pollutants with consideration of vulnerable populations will be considered.

Anthropology & Policy: History, Theory, Practice

Anthropology 305
Gretchen E. L. Suess

From the inception of the discipline, anthropologists have applied their ethnographic and theoretical knowledge to policy issues concerning the alleviation of practical human problems. This approach has not only benefited peoples in need but it has also enriched the discipline, providing anthropologists with the opportunity to develop new theories and methodologies from a problem-centered approach. The class will examine the connection between anthropology and policy, theory and practice (or 'praxis'), research and application.

August Wilson and Beyond: Performance in the African Diaspora

Africana Studies 325 English 380
Herman Beavers Suzana E Berger

In this intergenerational seminar, Penn students and West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance members together read groundbreaking playwright August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle: ten plays that form an iconic picture of African American traumas, triumphs, and traditions through the decades, told through the lens of Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood. Students and elders get to know each other by exploring the history and culture that shaped the plays.

Case Study: Self-care of Chronic Illness

Nursing 355
Barbara J. Riegel

This case study introduces the role of self-care by patients with chronic illness. We will discuss the history, definitions, predictors, and outcomes of self-care in various chronically ill populations. A focus of discussion will be an in depth exploration of the factors that influence self-care. Understanding these factors will prepare nurses for their role in promoting patient self-care. Fieldwork experiences will enable students to gain practical experience in engaging chronically ill individuals in self-care.

Community Algebra Initiative

Mathematics 122
Idris Stovall

This course allows Penn students to teach a series of hands-on activities to students in math classes at high schools in West Philadelphia. The semester starts with an introduction to successful approaches for teaching math in urban high schools. The rest of the semester will be devoted to a series of weekly hands-on activities designed to teach fundamental aspects of geometry. In the first class meeting of each week, Penn faculty will teach Penn students the relevant mathematical background and techniques for a hands-on activity.

Community Physics Initiative

Physics 137
Larry Gladney Bill Berner

The goal is to develop a course that links practical and theoretical attributes of some fundamental physics concepts to engage students in significant research and service activities between Penn students and local high school students.  Penn students learn theoretical and practical physics by creating and teaching hands- on physics lessons to high school students. Students spend half of their weekly lecture hours mastering physics fundamentals and preparing lesson plans. The other half will be spent implementing lessons at school sites in West Philadelphia and other city schools.

Educating for Democracy in Latin America and the U.S.

Latin American & Latino Studies 227
Catherine E.M. Bartch

What does it mean to educate for a democracy, and for what type of democracy should we educate for? This course will examine these central questions and others pertaining to citizenship, democracy, and education as it relates to Latin America and Latino/as in the U.S. The course will first examine theoriesof education for democracy comparing and contrasting the works of persons including U.S. progressive-era writer John Dewey, Brazilian scholar Paolo Freire, and Penn President and political scientist Amy Gutmann.

Education for Democracy in Latin America and the U.S.

Political Science 228
Catherine E.M. Bartch

What does it mean to educate for a democracy, and for what type of democracy should we educate for? This course will examine these central questions and others pertaining to citizenship, democracy, and education as it relates to Latin America and Latino/as in the U.S. The course will first examine theoriesof education for democracy comparing and contrasting the works of persons including U.S. progressive-era writer John Dewey, Brazilian scholar Paolo Freire, and Penn President and political scientist Amy Gutmann.

Education in American Culture

Education 240
Brian Peterson

This course explores the relationships between forms of cultural production and transmission (schooling, family and community socialization, peer group subcultures and media representations) and relations of inequality in American society. Working with a broad definition of "education" as varied forms of social learning, we will concentrate particularly on the cultural processes that produce as well as potentially transform class, race, ethnic and gender differences and identities.

Embedded Controlled Gardening Independent Study

Electric & Systems Engineering
Jorge Santiago – Aviles

A course intended to integrate concepts of basic physics, biology and electronics and systems engineering for the benefit of Penn engineering students, teachers and students from two minority centered community public schools. The course will engage the participants in the design and implementation of indoors cultivating systems using photo-voltaic technology to energize LED emulating the needed solar radiation for plant growth, a liquid nutrient distribution system, sensors / actuators capable of selecting the harvestable plants and keeping track of overall system parameters.

Essay, Blog, Tweet: Non-Fiction Now!

Africana Studies 134 English 135
Lorene Cary

This class is designed to advance students' writing practice, discipline, and workshop and critiquing skills. Student writers will create non-fiction narrative in several forms: blogs, memoir, interviews, Q&As, essays. We will play with promotion, video, and social marketing, even grant proposals, advertisements, public service announcements, queries, and photo captions -all the forms that writers actually use throughout careers of deep reflection followed by hustle-and-pitch. The class will act as an editorial group for SafeKidsStories.org, a site to be launched in the fall of 2015.

Ethnography and Media for Social Justice

Communications 243
Jessa Lingel

How do qualitative social scientists study urban communities? What kinds of powerful tales can be told about urban lifestyles and social issues in places like Philadelphia? This course will allow students to study various ethnographic treatments of urban communities in the United States, using films, articles, TV serials, and books as guides for the framing of their own independent research on the streets of Philadelphia.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban University-Community Relations

Africana Studies 078 History 173 Urban Studies 178
Ira Harkavy

A primary goal of the seminar is to help students develop proposals as to how a Penn undergraduate education might better empower students to produce, not simply "consume," societally-useful knowledge, as well as function as caring, contributing citizens of a democratic society. Please note new location of the class: The Netter Conference Room is on 111 South 38th Street, on the 2nd floor. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School.

Latinos in the United States

Latin American & Latino Studies 235
Amada Armenta

This course presents a broad overview of the Latino population in the United States that focuses on the economic and sociological aspects of Latino immigration and assimilation. Topics to be covered include: construction of Latino identity, the history of U.S. Latino immigration, Latino family patterns and household structure, Latino educational attainment. Latino incorporation into the U.S. labor force, earnings and economic well-being among Latino-origin groups, assimilation and the second generation.

Latinos in United States

Sociology 266
Amada Armenta

This course presents a broad overview of the Latino population in the United States that focuses on the economic and sociological aspects of Latino immigration and assimilation. Topics to be covered include: construction of Latino identity, the history of U.S. Latino immigration, Latino family patterns and household structure, Latino educational attainment. Latino incorporation into the U.S. labor force, earnings and economic well-being among Latino-origin groups, assimilation and the second generation.

Latinx Communities and the Role of CBO's in Social Change

Latin American & Latino Studies 424
Johnny Irizarry

The purpose of this course to create a Latino Studies/Service Learning ABCS course that cultivates dialogue and knowledge about the social, political, cultural and historical complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States (Philadelphia in particular) and the roles Latinx CBO's play in meeting the needs of Latinx communities and in impacting social change.

Monument Lab: Public Art & Civic Research Praxis

Fine Arts 305
Matthew J. Neff Paul M. Farber

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This question is the central prompt for a Fall 2017 citywide public art and history project, as well as a specially designed community-based and engaged research course in Fine Arts.

Music in Urban Spaces

Music 018 Urban Studies 018
Molly Jean McGlone

Music in Urban Spaces explores the ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives and how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. We will read musicologists, cultural theorists, urban geographers, urban educators and sociologists who work to define urban space, arts education and the role of music and sound in urban environments.

Nursing in the Community

Nursing 380
Alison Meredith Buttenheim Monica Harmon

This course considers how nursing influences the health and healing capacities of both communities as a whole (populations) and of groups, families, and individuals living within particular communities locally and globally. It addresses the complexity of nursing practice using a public health paradigm. It requires students to draw from prior class and clinical knowledge and skills and apply this practice base to communities across care settings, ages, and cultures with different experiences of equity and access to care.

Nutrition Throughout The Life Cycle

Nursing 375
Monique Dowd

Understanding and meeting nutritional needs from conception through adulthood will be addressed. Nutrition-related concerns at each stage of the lifecycle, including impact of lifestyle, education, economics and food behavior will be explored. As an ABCS course, students will be given the opportunity to address a real world nutrition-related issue in West Philadelphia in collaborations with Penn and/or local programs.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 313
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 222 Urban Studies 322
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

The Politics of Food

Health & Societies 135
Mary E Summers

In this ABCS and Fox Leadership Program course students will use course readings and their community service to analyze the institutions, ideas, interests, social movements, and leadership that shape "the politics of food" in different arenas. Service sites include: the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative; the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger; the West Philadelphia Recess Initiave; the Vetri Foundation's Eatiquette Program; and Bon Appetit at Penn. Academic course work will include weekly readings, Canvas blog posts, several papers, and group projects.

The Politics of Food and Agriculture

Political Science 135
Mary E Summers

Students will use course readings and their community service to analyze the institutions, ideas, interests, social movements, and leadership that shape the "politics of food" in different arenas. Service opportunities include work with the Urban Nutrition Initiative, Community School Student Partnerships, and the possibility of other placements as approved by the professors.

Tutoring in Urban Public Elementary Schools: A Child Development Perspective

Education 326 Urban Studies 326
John W. Fantuzzo

The course provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in academically based community service learning. Student will be studying early childhood development and learning while providing direct, one-to-one tutoring services to young students in Philadelphia public elementary schools. The course will cover foundational dimensions of the cognitive and social development of preschool and elementary school students from a multicultural perspective.

Urban Asthma Epedemic

Environmental Studies 408
Michael Kulik

Requires community service in addition to class time. Asthma as a pediatric chronic disease has undergone a dramatic and unexplained increase. It has become the number one cause of public school absenteeism and accounts for a significant number of childhood deaths each year in the U.S. The Surgeon General of the United States has characterized childhood asthma as an epidemic.

Urban Education

Education 202
Andrew J Schiera
Urban Studies 202
Michael C Clapper

This course focuses on various perspectives on urban education, conditions for teaching and learning in urban public schools, current theories of pedagogy in urban classrooms along with a close examination of a few representative and critical issues. In the past, students in this course have volunteered as mentors through Community School Student Partnerships, a student-led group that supports school day and afterschool programs in one-on-one and/or group settings at our West Philadelphia University-Assisted Community Schools.

Urban Environments: Speaking About Lead in West Philadelphia

Environmental Studies 404
Richard Pepino Catherine Klinger Kutcher

Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, impaired hearing, behavioral problems, and at very high levels, seizures, coma and even death. Children up to the age of six are especially at risk because of their developing systems; they often ingest lead chips and dust while playing in their home and yards. In ENVS 404, Penn undergraduates learn about the epidemiology of lead poisoning, the pathways of exposure, and methods for community outreach and education.

Graduate

Discursive Approaches to Intercultural Communication

Education 676
Betsy Rymes

This course offers a hands-on introduction to the field of intercultural communication (ICC) and as such also serves as a pre-requisite to your Spring ICC Core Course, Experiential Learning Design, and to your more substantive Internship and Culminating Master’s Thesis or Portfolio.

Ethnographic Filmmaking

Anthropology 583 Education 586
Kathleen D. Hall Amitanshu Das

This ethnographic methodology course considers filmmaking/videography as a tool in conducting ethnographic research as well as a medium for presenting ,academic research to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences. The course engages the methodological and theoretical implications of capturing data and crafting social scientific accounts/narratives in images and sounds. Students are required to put theory into practice by conducting ethnographic research and producing an ethnographic film as their final project.

Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic: Enriching Adolescent Development through Integrated Community Education

Law 649
Jennifer R Nagda Kara R. Finck

Students in the clinic represent adolescent and youth clients on a variety of matters including child welfare cases, immigration proceedings, education issues and health related matters. As part of the seminar, clinic students will also have access to experts and guest lecturers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice to assist with their interdisciplinary representation of clients and examination of laws and policies affecting children and families.

*Open only to LAW and SP2 students

Monument Lab: Public Art & Civic Research Praxis

Fine Arts 604
Matthew J. Neff Paul M. Farber

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This question is the central prompt for a Fall 2017 citywide public art and history project, as well as a specially designed community-based and engaged research course in Fine Arts.

Multicultural Issues in Education

Education 723
Vivian L. Gadsden

This course examines critical issues, problems, and perspectives in multicultural education. Intended to focus on access to literacy and educational opportunity, the course will engage class members in discussions around a variety of topics in educational practice, research, and policy. Specifically, the course will (1) review theoretical frameworks in multicultural education, (2) analyze the issues of race, racism, and culture in historical and contemporary perspective, and (3) identify obstacles to participation in the educational process by diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Obesity and Society

Nursing 513
Tanja V.E. Kral

This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Outside the School Box: History, Policy and Alternatives

Education 551
Michael C Johanek

This course explores historical and contemporary challenges involved in the policy and practice of non-school education agencies and factors that work in service to local school/community settings. Students will explore several historical case studies, conceptual frames, and current policy challenges, culminating in a community-based research project.

Public Interest Workshop

Gender,Sexuality & Women's Stud 516 Urban Studies 516 Anthropology 516
Gretchen E. L. Suess

This is a Public Interest Ethnography workshop (originally created by Peggy Reeves Sanday - Department of Anthropology) that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to exploring social issues. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, the workshop is a response to Amy Gutmann's call for interdisciplinary cooperation across the University and to the Department of Anthropology's commitment to developing public interest research and practice as a disciplinary theme.

Teaching Writing in Multilingual Contexts

Education 516
Anne Pomerantz

This course introduces participants to a range of theoretical and practical issues related to second language literacy development, with a particular emphasis on writing instruction. An intensive service-learning project offers course participants the opportunity to work with developing writers in a bilingual community organization. The dual emphasis on theory and pedagogy is intended to create space for critical reflection on the characteristics, production, teaching, and assessment of written texts in bi/multilingual educational settings.

The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia

Fine Arts 622
Jane Golden Heriza Shira Walinsky

The history and practice of the contemporary mural movement couples step by step analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. In addition students will learn to see mural art as a tool for social change. This course combines theory with practice. Students will design and paint a large outdoor mural in West Philadelphia in collaboration with Philadelphia high school students and community groups.

Visual Legal Advocacy Clinic: Documentaries & the Law

Law 979
Regina Austin

Legal Advocacy Seminar introduces law students to the art of making short nonfiction advocacy films on behalf of local, individual clients and/or nonprofit groups seeking to advance the cause of social justice. Students will also engage with scholars from other disciplines who make films about community life and deal with issues of “image ethics” as well as reach out to local community leaders and activists from Philadelphia who might be interested in collaborating on a visual legal advocacy project.

*Open to students of ALL schools, including undergraduates*

2017 Summer Undergraduate & Graduate ABCS Courses

Undergraduate

Anthropology and Praxis: Transforming Social Life

Anthropology 318
Gretchen E. L. Suess

This course focuses on real world community problems, engaged scholarship and the evaluation of Penn programs and partnerships intended to improve social conditions in West Philadelphia. The course is rooted in Public Interest Anthropology (PIA). Two trends emerge from the rubric of public interest social science: 1.) merging problem solving with theory and analysis in the interest of change motivated by a commitment to social justice, racial harmony, equality, and human rights; and 2.) engaging in public debate on human issues to make the research results accessible to a broad audience.