Disciplines and Courses, 2016-2017

In the inaugural year of the CUNY Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance, HTLA Fellows will have the opportunity to teach courses at LaGuardia drawn from the disciplines and courses below. Additional courses will be added in subsequent years of this four-year project.

Composition I: An Introduction to Composition and Research
Faculty mentor: Professor Demetrios Kapetanakos
In this course students write coherent essays in varied academic formats, both in and out of class, responding to culturally diverse materials and using appropriate technology. Students focus on critical and analytical skills through reading and listening and study aspects of argumentation including formulating theses; researching and identifying sources; evaluating and documenting sources; and communicating persuasively across contexts, purposes, and media. Admission is based on college placement test scores. The course meets in four scheduled classroom hours per week.
Sample Syllabus for ENG 101

Themes in American History Since 1865
Faculty mentor: Professor Karen Miller
This course will examine American history since 1865. Such topics as industrialization, labor unions, immigration, organization, political parties, reform movements, foreign policy, and the rise of the U.S. as the major force in the world will be covered in this course.
Sample syllabus for SSH 102

Critical Thinking
Faculty mentor: Professor Emmanuel Nartey
The goal of this course is to help students become thoughtful and effective critical thinkers, applying the intellectual abilities and specialized reasoning skills to themselves and their society. Students will also learn to identify, evaluate, and solve problems on an individual and societal scale. They will gain self –awareness and a deeper knowledge of the ways in which they interact, change, and are changed by society in order to analyze their role as responsible citizens in a globalized world.
Sample syllabus for HUP 102

General Psychology
Faculty mentor: Professor Eduardo Vianna

This course is an introduction to some of the major fields and theories in the science of psychology, covering a range of topics such as biological foundations, learning, cognition, emotion, perception, theories of personality, psychological disorders and their treatment and the research methods of psychology.
Sample syllabus for SSY 101

Latin American Literature and Composition
Faculty mentor: Professor Ana Maria Hernandez
Students interested in teaching Spanish-language literature and composition courses will be able to select from the following options.

Latin American Literature I
This course deals with an introduction to Latin American literature and its relationship to the dynamics of social change.  The course also traces the influence of European, North American, African and pre-Columbian elements on Latin American literacy movements. Topics include pre-Columbian literatures, colonization and exploration, the wars of independence and abolition.  This class is entirely taught in Spanish.
Sample syllabus for ELS 200

Latin American Literature II
This course is a continuation of Latin American Literature 1. The second term deals with urbanization, social consciousness, alienation, black awareness and the new revolution. This class is entirely taught in Spanish.
Sample syllabus for ELS 201

Advanced Spanish Composition
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of fiction and stylistics in the Spanish language. Students learn to identify and utilize effective communicative strategies in written Spanish. They also build an adequate vocabulary for career or academic purposes. Weekly assignments will stress critical and composition skills.
Sample syllabus for ELS 210

Latin American Fiction in Translation
This course explores the thematic and stylistic variety of contemporary Latin American fiction in English translation. Students will explore the themes of dictatorship, struggle with nature, class and race relations, mestizaje, social and political unrest and alienation through the analysis of representative short stories, novellas and films. Experimental and fantastic fiction will also be considered. Students will learn about the literary movements that influenced writers in question.
Sample Syllabus for ELS 250