Course Descriptions Spring 2015

APL 090 A: IDEAS: A Taste of Culcha

Facilitators: Alphonse Riang (2015) and O’Shane Morgan (2016)

This course seeks to spread cultural awareness throughout our community, through the fundamental education of various ethnic foods. Food is a remarkable way to learn about cultures and its roots. We will learn about and cook food from a different region around the world, which will grant you important skills and new perspective with regards to ethnic food. Together we will explore African, Asian, Caribbean, European, and South American cuisines. We will also examine breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner dishes through the various food groups. Each student will emerge from the class with knowledge of easy, inexpensive, and health ways of creating non-traditional food. An openness to trying new things is a must. 

APL 090 B: IDEAS: Beyond the Batting Average

Facilitators: Jacklyn Oleksak (2017)

Beyond the Batting Average: In 2002 the Oakland Athletics defied the odds after losing three noteworthy players and signing a combination of under the radar free agents by winning twenty consecutive regular season games. How could the team with the second lowest salary cap in Major League Baseball accomplish such a thing? How was this possible without their star players? How did a no-name General Manager and his assistant with no baseball experience know this would work? In this course we will explore how teams use statistical analyses and data to make decisions. As a class we will challenge the conventional ways in thinking about the game of baseball by asking questions, assessing methodologies and conducting our own research. By looking at a series of conjectures, the statistics that we explore will change how we watch, think about and discuss the game of baseball. ‚Äč

APL 090 C: IDEAS: Breaking the Script

Facilitators: Chelsea Lee (2017) and David Williams (2017)

Breaking the Script: Applying the Past to the Present. Dive with us into stories of the human condition in the face of adversity throughout the 20th century. In an environment focused on communal inclusion, we will discuss how the characters and their struggles connect to the time period in which they were written, and how they remain relevant today. With a focus on realism, expressionism, and absurdist play styles, discover and discuss social issues of the day and how the lessons the characters—and the reader—learn can be applied in society today, both on the small scale of the individual and the large scale as a community.


Facilitators: Lauren Graham (2015) and Lauren Lange (2015)

This course will examine how society's perceptions of crime and criminals are related to exposure to pop-culture sources, such as television dramas and the media. The course will touch on the basics of the criminal justice system, while tying in psychological approaches to the causes and effects of crime. We will incorporate current events and relative stories into our open class discussions that will range anywhere from murder to kidnapping to sex slavery. Students will develop more analytical eyes for pop-culture and will hone their knowledge of the criminal justice system and legal psychology.

APL 090 E: IDEAS: Daily Exercise & Health

Facilitators: Nick Murray (2017) and Matthew Smith (2015)

In this course students will have the opportunity to explore how to live a healthy lifestyle through exercise and dieting techniques. Students will learn how to write their own exercise program, techniques for injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, how certain sports can affect human physiology, and understand the proliferation of popular supplementation products currently on the market. Students will challenge themselves through exercise with weekly physical assessments and by performing their own research on health-related topics. Students will learn through a hands on approach in an open and respectful environment. An open yet critical mind and a positive attitude are essential for this course.

APL 090 F: IDEAS: Human Writes

Facilitators: Andrew Curran (2015) and Rebecca Lessard (2015)

Is there a shared sense of universality in the human experience? Is it possible to protect this ambiguous 'experience' through legal means? How do we articulate our experiences and the experiences of others within this framework? This class will explore the legal, theoretical, contemporary, and personal constructs of international human rights law in an effort to contextualize a subject often considered amorphous.

APL 090 G: IDEAS: I am because we are

Facilitators: Allison Faraclas (2017) and Katherine O’Donnell (2017)

“My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up in yours”- Desmond Tutu. This course will explore the interconnectedness we all share through our common experiences as humans. It will examine how this shared humanity is also characterized by countless differences. Students will learn about differences that are not as obvious that exist within people in society. They will discover how to capitalize on their own differences as well as others’ in order to further individual and societal development. Topics of discussion may include abilities/disabilities, gender/sexuality preferences/identities, mental health, education, family life, economic background, cultures, etc. The topics covered will depend on the experiences and preferences of the members of the class. The course will be discussion based, with a focus on storytelling.  It will also touch upon how celebrating these differences can be brought to life through activism. Students will leave this class with new perspectives and insights on their own differences and differences of others. They will gain skills and the knowledge base to continue to have meaningful dialogues about these issues beyond the classroom.

APL 090 H: IDEAS: Interrupting Injustice

Facilitators: Chanel Mazzone (2016) and Morgan Simko (2016)

Understand and acknowledge your relationship to social justice issues and learn how to advocate for social change. The pursuit of social justice and struggles against injustice, has formed our understanding, relationships, and behavior for centuries. As members of the human race, do we truly know what these injustices are that pervade our society and how they play a role in our everyday life? In this course, students will gain awareness for the different injustices that occur in society, such a racism, sexism, and environmental justice. Students will also be able to see their relationship to these injustices and what role they play. Understanding that an injustice exists is not enough, however, to make a real difference. Students will learn how to work for social justice and to ultimately, interrupt an injustice they are passionate about through advocacy.  In this course, students will discover methods of activism, learn effective ways to get involved, and explore how people in the past have addressed issues of social justice.

APL 090 I: IDEAS: Lettuce be REAL Foodies

Facilitators: Melissa Mardo (2017), and Breanne Penkala (2015)

This course will inform students on the impacts of our current food system on the environment, our health and surrounding communities. Students will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and also cook with local and organic foods. By reviewing case studies and incorporating perspectives of local farmers, students will be challenged to identify ways in which we can improve our food system and our own health through the implementation of more local, organic, fair trade and humane foods.

APL 090 J: IDEAS: Meet Your Inner Yogi

Facilitators: Hanna Brucker (2015) and Rachel Santos (2017)

Through the use of various yoga techniques and styles, you will explore the physical, mental and emotional benefits this ancient practice has to offer. In this class, you will explore your strengths and weaknesses, gain mental flexibility, and discover inner-confidence. The practice of yoga will be the vehicle for which you use to challenge yourself, overcome stresses and set goals. By the end of this course, you will be able to bring a new found sense of self-reliance, inner peace and courage to every aspect of your life and take away with you tools, such as journaling and mediation, to continue this journey beyond the classroom.