General Education Courses 2013-2014

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

General Education Capstone Courses


GEC 245
Telling Tales through Performance & Writing
4 credits

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 &the Arts or by instructor permission.

GEC 250
Education and Theatre for Social Change
4 credits

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 Seminar. Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirements in both Creativity and the Arts and Ethics and Social Justice.

GEC 251
Learning from the Holocaust
4 credits

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. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Self & Society and Ethics and Social Justice, or by instructor permission. Enrollment by application.

GEC 252
Trying Socrates
4 credits

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. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Self & Society and Creativity &the Arts.

GEC 253
Making Learning Visible
4 credits

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. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Creativity &the Arts and Human Development or by instructor permission.

GEC 254
Agents of Change: Public Policy, Leadership and Social Movements in America
4 credits

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. Consider 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; Fulfills Perspectives on Diversity. Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirements in Self &Society and Ethics and Social Justice.

GEC 256
In Our Voices: Social Change and the Alternative Press
4 credits

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. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled Gen Ed requirements in Historical Perspectives and Ethics &Social Justice and Perspectives on Diversity.

GEC 258
The Resilient Spirit
4 credits

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 president independent projects. General Education: Capstone. Open to juniors and seniors who have fulfilled General Education requirements in Self &Society and Languages and Literatures, or by instructor permission. 

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