Some current classes with a Community-Based Learning and Research element include:
This course examines the cultural ideologies, institutions, and public policies that affect single women’s experience of motherhood, with particular attention to the challenges faced by teenage and low-income single mothers. This is a community-based learning and research seminar; outside of class time, students will interact regularly with local teen moms, families living in transitional housing shelters, and/or non-profit agencies that support these women and their children-then engage in collaborative research or activist projects designed to support these members of the Easton community.
Although the pervasive assumption in microeconomics is that firms know their markets demand functions, understanding how firms actually acquire this information requires studying the well-established techniques embodied in the field of marketing research. Consumer demand features studied include preferences among existing products, new product development, competitive analysis, and customer satisfaction. Research design, data collection methods, sampling issues, and data analysis using basic and advanced statistical techniques are covered. Students apply econometrics to the task of understanding consumers’ needs.
Alexander Hamilton said, “The first duty of society is justice.” Today there is vociferous argument about the prevalence of justice. To what degree is society just? Are there practical ways to make it more just? This course considers the importance of understanding data and applying mathematics to ask these questions and to explore meaningful answers. Using mathematics that everybody is taught, we’ll try to make sense out of conflicting opinions, so as to discover the importance of quantitative literacy for all citizens in a democracy.
– Synthesize scholarly information from readings, labs, lectures and classroom discussions with knowledge gleaned from community members who live and work outside academia;
– Understand the value and the challenges of using this integrated body of knowledge to identify, critically analyze, and make progress towards addressing a community-identified need or problem.
(Note: the courses will have other learning outcomes related to the course content and discipline and to common course of study designations, such as V or GM1.