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Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences

Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences

Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences (ELAS) courses are designed to link coursework and critical thinking skills developed and practiced by Bard undergraduates in the classroom with civic and other forms of engagement activities that contextualize course materials and enhance learning. A significant portion of the learning takes place outside of the classroom: students learn through engagement with different geographies, organizations, and programs in the surrounding communities or in the national and international venues in which Bard is involved. ELAS courses challenge students to develop creative approaches to social, cultural and scientific issues. Students are exposed to an array of perspectives and contexts and given the opportunity to apply theory to practice.

Engaged liberal arts and sciences classes may involve a variety of activities, but emphasize reflective learning. Community engagement is not based on “service,” but on respect and reciprocity. Such an emphasis encourages open exchanges, collaboration, and the potential to produce new forms of knowledge.

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Engaged Liberal Arts Courses

ELAS courses have been developed in each of Bard’s divisions. Courses can incorporate community-based research, field-work, public art, practica, internships, and policy research that are developed and shared with community organizations.

Fall 2015
  • ANTH/Film 224 Ethnography in Image, Sound and Text—Jackie Goss and Laura Kunreuther
  • EUS 221 Water—Eli Dueker
  • HR 347 Social Action: Theories and Practice—Paul Marienthal
  • MAT 115 Tutoring Theory and Practice—Rachel Cavell
Spring 2016
  • ANTH 220 Doing Ethnography, Memory—Laura Kunreuther
  • ANTH 323 The Politics of Infrastructure—Sophia Stamatopolou-Robbins 
  • ART 206 ED Sculpture II: Fluid Dynamics—Ellen Driscoll
  • BIO 117 Botany for Herbivores—Emily Pollina
  • BIO 124 Measuring Nature—Gabriel G. Perron
  • BIO 240 Biostatistics—Gabriel G. Perron
  • EUS 222 Air—Eli Dueker
  • EUS 316 Waste Cluster—Ellen Driscoll, Eli Dueker, Sophia Stamatopolou-Robbins
  • HR 347 Social Action: Theories and Practice—Paul Marienthal
  • MAT 115 Tutoring Theory and Practice—Rachel Cavell
  • PS 270 All Politics Is Local—Jonathan Becker
Fall 2016
  • BIO 117 Botany for Herbivores—Emily Pollina
  • BIO 118 Conservation Biology—Cathy Collins
  • BIO 340 Metagenomics—Gabriel G. Perron
  • CHEM 123 Art and Science of Fermentation—Swapan Jain and Gabriel Perron 
  • EUS 221 Water—Eli Dueker
  • EUS Practicum 305 Farm to Institution: Bard's Current and Future Food System—Katrina Light
  • HR 250 Black Lives Matter—Ariana Gonzalez Stokas
  • Lit 113 Women in Leadership—Deidre D’albertis
  • MAT ED 151 Pedagogy and Practice: Social, Cultural, and Educational Issues—Rachel Cavell, Mary Leonard
  • PS 261 Voting and Elections—Jonathan Becker
  • PS 265 The Campaign 2016 —Simon Gilhooley
Spring 2017
  • ANTH 220 Doing Ethnography--Jonah Rubin
  • ART 206 Sculpture II: Air, Water, Earth—Ellen Driscoll
  • BLC 215 Essays and Evidence—Jim Keller
  • EUS 102 Introduction to Environmental & Urban Science—Eli Dueker
  • EUS/SOC 319 Hudson Valley Cities and Environmental (In)Justice—Peter Klein
  • HIST 117 Inclusion at Bard—Myra Armstead
  • HR 347 Social Action: Theories and Practice—Paul Marienthal
  • HR 355 Scholars at Risk—Thomas KeenanFall 2015
  • ANTH/Film 224 Ethnography in Image, Sound and Text—Jackie Goss and Laura Kunreuther
  • EUS 221 Water—Eli Dueker
  • HR 347 Social Action: Theories and Practice—Paul Marienthal
  • MAT 115 Tutoring Theory and Practice—Rachel Cavell

Faculty-Led Engagement Workshops

  • Experimental Humanities January Workshop: Sound in Theory—Heidi Knoblauch
  • Sound in Practice: A Symposium—Alex Benson, Matthew Deady, Laura Kunreuther, Danielle Riou, Maria Sonevytsky, Julianne Swartz, Drew Thompson, Olga Touloumi

Call for Course Development Grants

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