Claremont Graduate University invites prospective and admitted students to join the campus community for its 2018 Spring Preview! We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to sit in on a class, explore our beautiful campus, and network with our engaging faculty, alumni, and students. You’ll discover how earning a master’s or doctorate degree at CGU can start you on the path toward career success and personal fulfillment.
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Globalization and Public Health Challenges with Dr. Paula Palmer
This interactive class will provide an overview of key challenges that impact health and wellbeing in the U.S. and abroad. We will consider the relevance of local and global politics, economics, culture and society, and health beliefs and practices that shape global public health. We will discuss infectious and non-communicable, chronic disease trends and the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the developing and developed world and their determinants. In addition, we will highlight selected innovative solutions to global public health problems as well as vehicles for global collaboration, public-private collaborations, and community and grassroots activities.
Seminar in Artistic Practice and Innovation with Dr. Andrew Vosko
This course is for students from all backgrounds who want to explore artistic practice through the frameworks of systems and transdisciplinary thinking. The class examines the network relationships of creativity, aesthetics, axiology, and neuroscience, to name a few, in order to understand the arts as a complex epiphenomenon of being human. We learn that art ‘serves’ many functions, which are context-dependent, but always reflexive. This session focuses on the biological underpinnings that help humans both create and appreciate art. Activities will include concept-mapping, reflection-in-action, and collaborative re-framing.
Making Innovation Happen with Dr. Hovig Tchalian
“Innovation” has become a buzzword. If we pay attention to media and social conversations, it seems like every one of us needs to innovate constantly – personally, organizationally, and socially. The question remains: if we wanted to innovate, how could we make it happen in a way that’s both genuine and effective? In our sample class, we’ll review some fundamental principles of innovation, drawing on Peter Drucker’s work. We’ll also do some exercises to see how and why innovation happens – or doesn’t.
Exploring School Reform: Colombia’s Escuela Nueva with Dr. Thomas Luschei
Since 1975, Colombia’s Escuela Nueva (New School) rural school reform model has raised academic and non-cognitive outcomes of students in tens of thousands of Colombian schools and has been adopted in over a dozen countries, reaching approximately seven million children worldwide. Yet unfortunately, most educators in the United States have never heard of it. In this demonstration class, Professor Luschei will present the Escuela Nueva approach through a brief lecture and video, small group discussions, and a whole-class conversation. Students will learn how Escuela Nueva works, consider evidence of its success, and reflect on how California’s schools and districts might implement core aspects of the Escuela Nueva model.
Introduction to GIS Solution Development with Dr. Brian Hilton
This course introduces students to the applied use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and to the design and development of basic GIS applications and systems. Students demonstrate their mastery of basic GIS solution development practices with the delivery of a prototype GIS. This session will expose students to the most current geospatial technologies and emerging issues and trends in the field.
Global Challenges: UN Sustainable Development Goals with Dr. Sallama Shaker
In the YOUTH FORUM OF 2018, The United Nations report emphasized that, “Almost half of the total global population is under the age of 25 and around 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 18 and 24. The vast majority of these youth lives in urbanized areas with major challenges. How can we spread together the voices of positive transformative changes that allows the youth to be the owners of their future to engage effectively to the cultural, social, economic, and political aspects in their societies and achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?” This course will concentrate on what the goals are, how we can prioritize them, and how to identify innovative solutions and policy strategies that create a sustainable future in a world hungry for pragmatic policies.
Custer’s Legacy: Contemporary Voter Rights Issues in Indian Country with Dr. Jean Schroedel
Even though the Indian Wars ended more than 125 years ago, it feels much more recent when one travels in the Plains and Mountain states. While the non-Native people focus on the “heroism” of George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn, Native peoples remember those same troops massacring peaceful Cheyenne at Washita River, and the later brutality of the 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee. In this class, we will consider the extent to which this history continues to shape the civic engagement of Native peoples in Indian Country.
Education and Gender with Dr. Linda Perkins
This session will examine the historical, philosophical, cultural and sociological issues related to gender and education, with a focus on issues of race, religion, class, ethnicity, immigrant status and sexual orientation and their impact on gender and education. In this session, we will explore the change in stereotypical gender-based toys for children, the response of the media in TV and films to gender equity (i.e., the change in the roles of Disney princesses from damsels in distress to empowered young women), and the historical debate of single-sex versus coeducation in education. Among the questions to be addressed are: Are schools more “girl-friendly”, resulting in lower levels of achievement for boys, particularly in elementary school? Why are boys from African American and Latino backgrounds overrepresented in special education classes, in school expulsions and other disciplinary actions? Are single-sex schools better for girls and boys, or does coeducation prepare them for the “real” world? What is the role of popular culture in shaping attitudes towards gender expectations for youth?
Positive Psychology, Work, & Relationships: Designing the Exemplary Life & Career with Dr. Stewart Donaldson
Why are courses based on the science of Positive Psychology that teach students how to lead happier and more productive lives Harvard’s and Yale’s most popular classes ever? Why did Claremont Graduate University begin offering Positive Psychology graduate courses and the first research based Ph.D. and M.A. concentrations in Positive Psychology about a decade ago? What practical insights can be gleaned from Professor Donaldson’s research and books with his CGU students and colleagues to help you design an exemplary life and career? Through mini-lectures, small group discussions, and a brief class exercise this sample course will answer these questions and engage students from all backgrounds, interests, and CGU program areas who want to explore the latest insights from positive psychology with an eye toward using them to inform their own career and life planning.