Upcoming ILCs

Confirmed ILCs for Fall 2014

Two-Course ILCs

ILC 1 – Washington Internship

This learning community exposes students to the workings of the governmental and political processes in Washington, DC. Through internship assignments, classroom instruction, and directed readings and research, students will develop a greater appreciation of the policy-making process. The courses are offered in Washington, DC (each course is a 2-unit course), and registration is by permission of the instructor.
GOV 395 Washington Internship — Kraus — TBA
GOV 396 Dynamics of American Government — Kraus — TBA

ILC 2 – The Mind in Crisis

Traditionally philosophers and now psychologists have raised certain basic questions about our conscious life that have perplexed them throughout their history.  These questions--What is the relation between mind and our physical organism?  Can consciousness be explained materialistically?  What is the role of the unconscious?--are pursued by us via classical and modern thinkers.  Our ILC also explores questions about the workings of mind in our everyday life and in psychopathology.
PS 212-ILC Psychopathology — Groth — TR 1:00-2:30
PH 205-ILC Philosophy of Mind — Danisi — TR 11:20-12:50

ILC 3 – Multicultural Counseling

In a global society, knowledge of other cultures is a critical element of being a multiculturally competent mental health professional. This ILC will help prepare students to begin to develop the psychological, linguistic, and cultural fluency necessary to practice competitively and competently in a global society. Students will expand their knowledge of psychology by learning various approaches to psychotherapy. They will develop a solid foundation in introductory Spanish speaking language skills. As they develop their knowledge of psychology and Spanish, students will also continually draw from the tools of both disciplines to develop "cultural fluency" or an awareness and appreciation of the differences between American (United States) and Hispanic/Latino (e.g., Spanish/Latin American cultures).
PS 315-ILC Counseling Psychology — Jenkins — TR 9:40-11:10
SP 291-ILC Special Topics: Spanish for Counseling and Social Work (I) — Sánchez — MW 9:40-11:10
Spanish 291-ILC: Spanish for Counseling and Social Work (I)
In this course students learn basic conversational Spanish for human services settings. This course is designed for students of Psychology and Sociology with little to no knowledge of Spanish. Students will acquire an awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of the differences between American (United States) and Hispanic/Latino (i.e., Spanish/Latin American) cultures. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course fulfills the International Perspective (I) requirement for General Education.

ILC 4 – Making Connections: Culture, History, and Music in Modern Germany

These two interdisciplinary courses explore connections between culture, history, and music in Germany during what historians call the modern era (from about 1500 to the present). In one course, students make connections between history, geography, and the arts, gaining a broad perspective on German and European culture. In another course, students focus on works by two of Germany's greatest musicians, examining not only the music but the poetry on which it is based, as well as its deeper cultural significance both in history and for our own time. There are no prerequisites, but students should be prepared to carry out assigned reading and musical listening on a weekly basis and to participate in class discussions and other activities. Students will also attend concerts and visit cultural institutions in New York City.
GER 291-ILC Special Topics: Germany: Making the Connections — Buck — MW 2:40-4:10
MU 241-ILC Bach and Handel (I) — Schulenberg — M 6:30-9:30
Additional description of the courses:
GE 291-ILC Germany: Making the Connections
A survey of German history, culture and the arts from the Reformation to the present. Students will work, often in teams, to establish historical timelines and interconnections involving geography, politics, economics, religion, philosopy, science and technology, and the arts, including literature, film, and the visual arts. Each student will also research some aspect of German history or culture that is of personal interest. Special emphasis on the Baroque era and on the Great European War (World War I, which began exactly 100 years ago). The course is conducted in English—no prerequisites and no foreign-language literacy required.
MU 241-ILC Bach and Handel (I)
This course examines vocal and instrumental works by the two leading German composers of the period 1700–1750 (the late Baroque). Class members study each work within its historical and cultural context, using recordings and videos, and poetic texts set to music are analyzed in translation. Featured compositions include famous examples of opera, cantata, and oratorio, as well as works for solo harpsichord and organ and chamber ensemble. The course has no prerequisites and does not require musical literacy; some knowledge of music will be helpful, but students will learn essential musical concepts and terminology as part of the course.

ILC 5 – Public Speaking for Business

In addition to addressing the apprehension of public speaking, this ILC is an ideal addition for the business student.  Utilizing principles of finance concepts, participants will learn how to effectively present financial information about their company to various stakeholders groups. Students learn skills that allow them to speak informatively, persuasively, and in groups. Through these techniques, students cultivate personal style that results in more powerful presentations, which is a skill that is important to one’s academic and professional advancement.
FI 201-ILC Financial Management — Tully — TR 1:00-2:30
SPC 103-ILC Public Speaking — Fenley — MW 1:00-2:30

ILC 6 – Nutritional Strategies: Bacteria to Humans

This learning community, intended for Nursing majors, looks at the cellular nutrition of eukaryotes (humans) vs. the nutrition of prokaryotes (bacteria). It also covers the similarities and differences in the structure, function and role of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins and trace elements in humans and bacteria.  Finally, it looks at the immunological aspects of nutrition across the human life span compared to the immunological aspects in disease prevention.
NR 224-ILC Nutrition & Health — STAFF — M 2:40-5:40
MI 200-ILC Microbiology — Bobbitt — MW 8:00-9:30
MI 200L Microbiology Lab — Select any section of MI 200L

ILC 7 – Title Forthcoming: German for International Business

Description forthcoming.
GE 291-ILC Special Topics: German for International Business — Buck — MW 4:20-5:50
BU 211-ILC International Business (I) — Lo Re — MW 2:40-4:10
GE 291-ILC Germany: Making the Connections
A BEGINNING LEVEL, communication-based language course, including attention to cross-cultural differences, for those preparing for careers involving German/Austrian/Swiss - US companies and subsidiaries for students of international business, international affairs, and arts administration.  In addition to beginning level language skills embedded in relevant business-related situations and contexts, the course will include discussion of German/Austrian/Swiss business mentality and cultural values, methods, practices, and on developing knowledge of German/Austrian/Swiss industry, companies and organizations, as well as vocabulary and contexts related to international affairs.  Visit(s) to a New York area based German/Austrian/Swiss company or organization,  and/or guest speaker(s) will be scheduled as possible.
It is anticipated that this course and potential course(s) in German for international business, affairs and arts administration can be developed into a sequence allowing students in these majors the opportunity to fulfill their language requirements with targeted courses, and that a course or courses might ultimately also be a combined with a travel component.


One-Course, One-Unit Team-Taught ILCs Open Only to Transfer Students

ILC 9 (Transfer Students Only Until Drop/Add Period) – Children: Psychology, Film and Literature

This is one of the few college courses for which all students have a point of reference. You were all children once. This ILC will focus on the physical, emotional and cognitive development of children during the first decade of life. In addition, we will explore elements of childhood psychopathology, like depression and suicide and significant social issues, including childhood cancer and conceptions of death and bereavement in childhood. The logistical and theoretical information will be reinforced through depictions of this period of development in both film and literature. This will bring the material to life and make it more relevant to the lives of the children students will have contact with during the experiential component of the course.
NOTE: Students who are not transfer students may enroll in the course if there is space during the Drop/Add period. They do not have to complete the experiential component in the Early Childhood Center. Students must elect to register for the course in Psychology or MDS. Choose carefully, as this course will only count toward the discipline for which you enroll. Completion of this single course satisfies the ILC requirement.
PS 111-ILC Child Psychology — Oglio — W 2:40-5:40
MDS 111-ILC — Childhood in Film & Literature — Kiss W 2:40-5:40

Tentative Plans for ILCs in Spring 2015


To help students make decisions regarding ILCs, below is a partial list of tentatively planned ILCs for Spring 2015.

- Washington, DC Internship: GOV 395 (Washington Internship) and GOV 396 (Dynamics of American Government)

- Albany Internship: GOV 390 (New York State Gov. & Politics) and GOV 391 (New York Legislature Internship)

- MI 200 (Microbiology) and NR 224 (Nutrition & Health)

- BI 219 and lab (Gene Expression and Development) and PH 202 (Medical Ethics)

- GOV 272 (Feminist Political Thought) and NR 212 (Human Sexuality: Across the Life Span)

- AR 203 (Advertising Art I: Graphic Design) and MK 201 (Marketing)
This ILC introduces students to fundamental principles of marketing, as they can apply to art institutions. The two courses provide the core knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective marketer in the arts and entertainment industries. The marketing course will particularly cover the tactical side regarding how to implement effective marketing programs, such as demand forecasting, market research, sales promotion, advertising, publicity, etc. A marketing strategic plan project will require students to integrate skills learned in both class.

- EN 291 (Special Topics: African Cinema) and BU 291 (Special Topics: Conceiving, Designing, and Building a Film Industry)
This learning community explores both the business and the cultural challenges faced by a country trying to develop its film industry. Focusing on Ethiopia as a case study, we will compare its movies and its growing film industry to those in other countries.

- Team-taught ILC, one unit, students elect to earn credit for History or Psychology: HI 239 or PS 239 (From Table to Laboratory: Exploring Food Choice)