Course Catalog: General Education Capstone Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Telling Tales through Performance and Writing
Engages the theory and practice of folklore and storytelling. Read and perform traditional and original takes while engaging in formal, structural and cultural analysis. Develop a vocal and gestural vocabulary and rehearsal discipline that will adapt to a variety of settings. General Education: Capstone. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Languages and Literature and Creativity and the Arts.
Jungles and Jaguars
Explores the natural and cultural history of Belize emphasizing archaeology, the Maya people and neotropical natural resources. Field experience at archaeological sites and modern Maya villages provides firsthand knowledge of methods used in cultural, archaeological and ecological sites. Students analyze intentional and unintentional environmental changes, relating this to climate change. General Education: Capstone. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Historical Perspectives and Investigations in Science & Technology or by instructor permission.
Education and Theatre for Social Change
Examines the theory and practice of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Augusto Boals’ Theatre of the Oppressed for educational, social and political change. Integrates education, human development, and theatre to critically analyze and apply approaches to social/political/educational activism for social change. Final project integrates research and theatre. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirements in both Creativity and the Arts and Ethics and Social Justice.
Learning from the Holocaust
Explores the causes and effects of genocide on survivors, perpetrators and their children through course work and international travel, service, and experiential learning. Looks at various attempts to heal and learn from genocide through therapy, education and public policy. Includes a two-week travel component to Germany. Generalizes what we can learn from genocide to other complex political traumas we encounter in our personal and professional lives. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisites: General Education requirements in Self and Society and Ethics and Social Justice, or by instructor permission. Enrollment by application.
Explores the life and times of Socrates in ancient Athens by studying philosophical, historical, and dramatic texts, taking on dramatic roles as Athenian citizens, re-enacting meetings of the Athenian assembly, and staging a trial of Socrates. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Self and Society and Creativity and the Arts.
Making Learning Visible
Focusing on the tools of documentation and visual arts, students will analyze learning and develop the basics of design needed to create informative and aesthetically pleasing displays. With today’s sophisticated visual communication, these are critical skills to develop as a professional in a multitude of settings and age groups. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Creativity and the Arts and Self and Society.
Agents of Change: Public Policy, Leadership and Social Movements in America
Explores social movements in America and how leaders promoted change in public policy for social justice. Identify and analyze both the primary and secondary sources to learn the stories of the leaders of these movements. Considers the extent to which these stories created the context for the formation of the changes in social policy that resulted in a more just society. General Education: Capstone; Perspectives on Diversity. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Self and Society and Ethics and Social Justice.
African Spirituality, Literature and Culture in America
Focuses on an assessment of the expressivity of this spirituality in cultural creations (art, writing, artifact, ritual) by African American and Afro-Caribbean people through critical examinations of African residual spirituality as reflected in literature and studies in ethnography and anthropology. This course initiates a new field of inquiry in American Studies. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirements in Self and Society and Languages and Literatures.
In Our Voices: Social Change and the Alternative Press
Explore the power of the alternative press; discovers the role alternative press played in driving social change, including the women’s and civil rights movements; understand how literature and media give expression to those traditionally misrepresented by mainstream outlets; learn effective strategies for speaking truth to power in our own modern media environment. General Education: Capstone, Perspectives on Diversity. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Historical Perspectives and Ethics and Social Justice.
The Resilient Spirit
Explores resiliency—the capacity to overcome adversity— as understood by the methodologies of human development the social sciences, and literature. Students read fiction, poetry and scholarly essays for insights on how diverse contexts shape individuals and their capacities for resiliency, and create and present independent projects. General Education: Capstone. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Self and Society and Languages and Literatures.
Global Inclusion and Social Development
Situates contemporary understandings of inclusive education and child welfare and human rights in a global setting. Analyzes research in inclusive education, social work and leadership domains. Explores the emergence of leadership skills in international settings. General Education: Capstone. Completion of General Education requirements in Self and Society and Ethics and Social Justice or by instructor permission. Prerequisite: HDP 290
Critical Periods in American History and Literature
Examines critical periods in history and literature such as the 1850s or 1960s in which the tensions and contradictions at the heart of the American democratic experiment led to fundamental conflict and change. Focuses on key events and movements, and on literary masterpieces that engage with them. General Education: Capstone. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Languages and Literature and Historical Perspectives or by instructor permission.
Qualitative Approaches to Social Justice Inquiry
Explore paradigms of qualitative approaches to research with a particular focus in psychology and social work; understand how qualitative researchers seek meaning and learn to ask questions in a way that surfaces new and deeper knowledge; use qualitative methods to examine issues of inequality and promote social justice. Open to all majors. Prerequisites: Completion of General Education requirements in Ethics and Social Justice and Self and Society.