LEARNING COMMONS COURSES

Courses listed below are credit bearing but do not satisfy program or distribution credit.

 

91809

BLC 107

 Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

M  W      10:00-12:30 pm

T  Th     10:00-12:30 pm

HDR 101A

HEG 200

(4 credits, two-semester requirement) This course is designed to give incoming international students an overview of the Liberal Arts experience through exploring some of the fields of study Bard has to offer. Through this investigation, students will develop the academic and study skills needed to survive this challenging academic environment. An emphasis on reading and writing will provide opportunities for students to develop vocabulary, improve grammar and strengthen their grasp of the written language.  Class size: 15

 

91808

BLC 150

 Algebra Workshop

Daniel Newsome

    F        11:50am–1:10 pm

RKC 111

(2 credits) This course provides a review of the algebra used in math, science, and social science courses. It is designed for students who would like to improve their algebra skills while taking or in preparation to take an introductory math, science, economics or statistics course. Topics include linear equations and their graphs, quadratic equations, fractions, rational expressions, and exponents. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.   Class size: 22

 

91806

BLC 180

THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

David Register

 T  Th    10:10-11:30 am

OLIN 305

(4 credits)             . This class will introduce students to the art of public speaking. Over the course of the semester, students will: (1) examine the role of culture in informing speaking situations, (2) develop practical skills related to the research, invention, organization, and presentation of speeches, and (3) learn how to analyze and evaluate arguments as they are presented in public speeches, political debates, television interviews, etc. Additionally, the course will explore the use of rhetoric in meeting the needs of ceremonial occasions, the narration of events, and persuasion.  Students will be required, at several points through the course of the semester, to present speeches to the class as a whole.  In addition, students will be responsible for weekly homework assignments and the evaluation of one another’s presentations. 

Class size:  12

 

91807

BLC 190

 Algebra, Trigonometry, & Functions

Daniel Newsome

   W         5:00 – 7:00 pm

RKC 102

(2 credits) This course is designed for students who have taken a pre-calculus course in high school or at Bard, but would like more computational practice with algebra, trigonometry, logarithms and exponentials. This course can be taken at the same time as a math, science, or economics course, or in preparation to take such a course in a subsequent semester. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.  This course will meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester.  Class size: 22

 

91805

BLC 205 A

 Essay and Revision

Dorothy Albertini

Kate Heupel

M W       10:10-11:30 am

OLIN 308

(4 credits)  In this course, we will sharpen our skills at writing and revising academic essays. By breaking down the writing process into its constituent steps, considering what each step needs in order to be useful, and anticipating the experience of a reader, this class allows students to hone their skills at producing successful academic writing. Along the way, we’ll consider question framing, using outside sources, revision and editing, and other skills necessary to write effectively.   Class size: 12

 

91804

BLC 205 B

 Essay and Revision

Jane Smith

 T  Th    3:10– 4:30 pm

OLINLC 206

See above.

 

92361

BLC 210

 INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY

Ariana Stokas

   W  F    11:50 am – 1:10 pm

OLINLC 118

(2 credits) This course will introduce students to the theories and practices connected to creating equitable and inclusive learning experiences. Inclusive pedagogy invites us to consider our choices around both the content that is taught and the means through which it is delivered. It seeks to account for the role of identity in the classroom and how it interacts with the classroom community, content and teacher. Some of the theories students will be introduced to include implicit bias, stereotype threat, facilitating belonging in the classroom as well as universal design. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply to become Inclusive Pedagogy Fellows, a new campus initiative. This course will meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester.  Class size: 15

 

92134

BLC 220

 Digital Literacies AND Scholarship

Jeremiah Hall

  W         4:40– 6:00 pm

RKC 101

(2 credits) This inquiry-based course asks questions about how knowledge is formed and transmitted in the 21st century and how we act upon information by developing literacies. It will examine the skills necessary to produce scholarship and engage the public sphere by focusing on students’ proficiencies in conducting and presenting research using digital sources. Literacies under consideration range from databases and metadata to infometrics and social media; from coding languages to digital images and sound with an emphasis on how these relate to the process of research and writing. Through participation in collaborative workshops, students will gain experience with digital tools to analyze and interpret information sources as well as the ethical issues fundamental to information use and access. The goal is to encourage students to investigate digital literacies to create new voices for participating in the digital world. Class size: 15

 

91803

BLC 235

COMPOSITION THEORY AND PEDAGOGY

Jim Keller

 T  Th      3:10– 4:30 pm

RKC 103

(4 credits)             This course is designed for advanced writers who want to deepen their understanding of composition, rhetoric, and grammar. Topics will include composition theory, grammar and its role in the service of meaning and rhetoric, and revision in both theory and practice. We will address questions of composition pedagogy to see how successful models of teaching (and tutoring) writing can inform our understanding of the genre itself, not in theoretical isolation but as a live and critical practice. Students will write and revise essays, provide feedback to fellow writers, and complete an independent project. Class size: 12