Descriptions of Intermediate Learning Communities

Students may fulfill the Intermediate Learning Community requirement through successfully completing a two-unit ILC, a one-unit (team-taught) ILC, or a semester or summer session abroad in a Wagner-approved program in which a grade of C or higher is earned in two concurrent courses.

To track completion of the ILC, the Registrar will register students for ILC-REQ when they register for an ILC. ILC-REQ is a pass/fail notation on the transcript that indicates whether a student has completed an ILC. The purpose is to track the ILC requirement for the automated degree audit.

Students should plan ahead with their advisor to fulfill the ILC requirement before the senior year. Students are welcome to take multiple ILCs.

Students should select ILCs that do not include any courses they have already taken. For example, a student who has previously taken SPC 103 should not try to register for an ILC combining a unit of SPC 103 with a unit of FI 201.

A one-unit (team-taught) ILC is a cross-listed course that fulfills the ILC requirement. Students who enroll in a one-unit ILC must choose to earn credit for one of the two courses. For example, a one-unit ILC incorporating SPC 252 and SO 300 allows the student to earn one unit of Speech or one unit of Sociology, not both. Students may not earn a unit for a course that is cross-listed with a course they have already taken. This applies whether or not the previous course was a stand-alone course or was cross-listed in a one-unit ILC.

As with all other cross-listed courses, a one-unit ILC has a shared maximum enrollment. If one of the disciplines appears to be full, a student may enroll as long as another discipline for that course is open. For example, HI 239 is offered as a team-taught ILC with PS 239. If HI 239 is listed on myWagner as having an enrollment of 16 out of 16 while PS 239 is listed as having an enrollment of 12 out of 14, a student could register for HI 239. After the student registers, HI 239 would be listed as having an enrollment of 17 out of 17, and PS 239 as 12 out of 13.

Fall 2018 ILCs

Semester-Long Internship: Washington, DC Internship — GOV 395 & GOV 396

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-IL Washington Internship — Kraus

and

GOV 396-IL Dynamics of American Government — Kraus

Two-Unit ILC for Nursing Majors: Nutritional Strategies: Bacteria to Humans — MI 200 & NR 224

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.

Historically, one section of MI 200 was designated for the ILC. Inviting students to take any section of MI 200 is a response to increased enrollment in the Nursing major. This is a temporary adjustment to meet current enrollment projections.


MI 200 Microbiology — Bobbitt — Select any section of MI 200


MI 200L Microbiology Lab — Select any section of MI 200L (one 2-hour lab per week)


NR 224-IL Nutrition & Health — Aurelus — Fridays 8:00–11:00 am

Two-Unit ILC: Public Speaking for Business — FI 201 & SPC 103

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-IL Principles of Finance — Tully — Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00–2:30 pm

This course has prerequisites. Please check the Bulletin for details.


SPC 103-IL Public Speaking — Fenley — Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00–2:30 pm

Team-Taught, One-Unit ILC: Music and Poetry — MU 291 or GE 291

This team-taught learning community explores the diverse ways in which the combination of poetry and music has created works of great beauty and deep expression over the past five hundred years. Open to all students, the course provides an introduction to the study of both music and one of the great European language traditions. Focusing on writers and composers from German-speaking Europe, students read examples of poetry (in translation or the original, as able) from the Reformation era to the present, including writings by Martin Luther, Goethe and Schiller, and later 19th- and 20th-century authors. Students are also introduced to basic concepts and terms used in the discussion of music and poetry, applying these to compositions from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras as well as more recent works. Musical settings to be discussed include a Bach cantata, songs by Beethoven and Schubert, and selections from opera, with possible excursions to folk song, cabaret and theater (including the Brecht-Weill Threepenny Opera), and more. Work for the course may include joint projects and presentations on works chosen by students in consultation with the instructors. The course has no prerequisites and does not require any prior study of music or German, although those with some background in either area will have opportunities to use and improve their musical or German literacy

MU 291-IL Music and Poetry — Schulenberg — Mondays 6:30–9:30 pm

or

GE 291-IL Music and Poetry — Buck — Mondays 6:30–9:30 pm

Team-Taught, One-Unit ILC: Gender and Journalism: Stories We Are Told About Being Women and Men — JR 291 or PS 241

Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Anna Quindlen. These women journalists and dozens more before them have worked tirelessly to break through the glass ceiling in the newsroom. It wasn’t too long ago when the only women working in a newsroom were the publisher’s secretary and the society page editor. This team-taught ILC examines, discusses and explores the creation and evolution of gender roles throughout history and across cultures. Through a balanced review of femininity and masculinity studies, and an exploration of pioneering women journalists, students will be challenged to critically examine ways that gender roles have been created and sustained. Are we in the midst of a revolution, or are we stuck in the status quo?

JR 291-IL Special Topics: Women in Journalism — Regan — Tuesdays 6:00–9:00 pm

or

PS 241-IL Psychology of Gender — Felix — Tuesdays 6:00–9:00 pm

Tentative Plans for ILCs in Future Semesters

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

Washington, DC Internship — GOV 395 & GOV 396 (Offered every fall and spring semester)

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-ILC Washington Internship — Kraus

GOV 396-ILC Dynamics of American Government — Kraus

Albany Internship — GOV 390 & GOV 391 (Offered spring semesters)

This learning community exposes students to the workings of the governmental and political processes in Albany, NY. 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 Albany, NY (each course is a 2-unit course), and registration is by permission of the instructor.


GOV 390-ILC New York State Gov. & Politics — Kraus

and

GOV 391-ILC New York Legislature Internship — Kraus

Two-Unit ILC for Nursing Majors: Nutritional Strategies: Bacteria to Humans — MI 200 & NR 224 (Offered every semester)

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.


MI 200 Microbiology — Bobbitt


MI 200L Microbiology Lab — Select any section of MI 200L


NR 224-IL Nutrition & Health

Two-Unit ILC: Public Speaking for Business — FI 201 & SPC 103 (Offered every semester)

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-IL Principles of Finance — Tully — Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00–2:30 pm

This course has prerequisites. Please check the Bulletin for details.


SPC 103-IL Public Speaking — Fenley — Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00–2:30 pm

Two-Unit ILC: Exploring the Behavior between Equilibrium States — PY 311 & MA 232 (Offered every fall of odd-numbered years)

Thermodynamics is the branch of science that deals with the behavior of matter and its relationship to energy. It deals with systems that move from one equilibrium state to the next in a path independent manner. Linear algebra is the area of mathematics that deals with the study of vectors, vector spaces, and linear equations. In this intermediate learning community students will discover how linear systems and their transformational properties can be used to conduct a comprehensive thermal analysis.

PY 311-IL Thermodynamics — Falabella

MA 232-IL Linear Algebra — Shahvar

Both courses have prerequisites. Please check the Bulletin for details.

One-Unit, Team-Taught ILC: Cuisine: Chemistry and Culture — AN 240 (I) or CH 291 (Planned for Spring 2019)

“Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are.” In this ILC we will explore Brillat-Savarin’s most famous quote. By combining chemical and biocultural analyses, we will examine how foods have shaped our bodies, history, environment, and cultural practices. At the molecular scale, we will investigate the major food molecules and various chemical processes involved in cooking and food preparation. And at the individual and social scales we will examine how food production, presentation, and consumption create ourselves.


AN 240-IL  The Raw and the Cooked: Anthropological Perspectives on Food (I) — Gagnon

or

CH 291-IL Special Topics in Chemistry: The Chemistry of Food — DeCicco

One-Unit, Team-Taught ILC: Terrorism: The DIY of WMDs — CH 291 or GOV 253 (Planned for Spring 2019)

Does North Korea have a hydrogen bomb, a neutron bomb, or an atomic bomb? The media may not know the difference, but you will (and know how to make each one). This course will examine both the theory and science behind the growing phenomenon of the use of terror as a form of political expression. The course will investigate terrorism from institutional and historical perspectives, and include a detailed examination of the chemistry behind nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

CH 291-IL: Chemistry of WMDs — Richardson

or

GOV 253-IL: The Politics of Terrorism – Snow

One-Unit, Team-Taught ILC: How to Marry a Millionaire: Game Theory and the Novels of Jane Austen — EC 291 or EN 291 (W) (Planned for Spring 2020)

Should a woman delay in accepting her favorite suitor?  What do beauty contests and the stock market have in common? What is the battle of the sexes? They all involve strategic thinking. This course will introduce some basic ideas from game theory, a multifaceted tool that helps analyze strategic behavior, and use its insights to read Jane Austen’s novels of courtship, such as Pride and Prejudice.  In addition, we will search for strategic reasoning in folk tales, films, and international affairs.

No previous knowledge of economics, game theory, or Jane Austen is necessary, but enthusiasm for playing games is encouraged!

EC 291(W)-IL How to Marry a Millionaire: Game Theory and the Novels of Jane Austen — Dasgupta

or

EN 291(W)-IL How to Marry a Millionaire: Game Theory and the Novels of Jane Austen (English literature)

Note: Students must choose whether to earn a unit in Economics with a writing-intensive designation OR to earn a unit in English literature with a writing-intensive designation.

Previous Semesters

Spring 2018 Intermediate Learning Communities

Fall 2017 Intermediate Learning Communities

Spring 2017 Intermediate Learning Communities

 

 

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