ECG 100 Courses
ECG 200 Courses
ECG 300 Courses
ECG 100 A - Peace & Non-Violence
This ECG course explores the themes of peace and nonviolence by examining the ideas of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and other notable peace theorists. Students will consider how as engaged citizens we can work to promote peace and nonviolence. This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives.
This course makes students increasingly prepared to see solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual engagement as social justice. Through reading, writing, classroom discussion, and co-curricular activities, students will come to a greater understanding of some ways to construct their identities as persons of peace.ECG 100 B - Fallout IV This course will provide students with frameworks for exploring self, other, and how to make sense of or “negotiate” diverse worlds. While playing off of the hugely popular Fallout video game series, this course uses Marshall Ganz’s Dialogue model, Catholic Social Teaching, and theoretical frameworks to analyze dystopic texts. Ideas of self-identity and self-understanding will be approached through the critical lens of Gloria Anzaldúa’s chapter “La Conciencia de la Mestiza,” which serve as both content and explanatory models for examining ideas of ‘self’ and ‘other.’
By building on dialogue models students will develop in self-understanding; identify and interrogate their views of their places in various societies and communities; and explore their role as engage citizens of various polities. ECG 100 C - Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence on ChildrenThe Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence on Children Domestic Violence is a serious and widespread problem that affects all economic, educational, social, geographic, racial, ethnic, and regional groups. Studies estimate that between 3.3 million and 10 million children in the United States witness violence in their own homes each year.
With a knowledge of these statistics it is easy to understand why many children come to school frightened, angry, afraid, lonely, confused, ashamed, unprepared to learn, and emotionally unstable because of witnessing family violence in the home. Trauma can undermine children’s ability to learn, children will have difficulty forming healthy relationships and they will have difficulty functioning appropriately in the classrooms.
This course examines the impact witnessing domestic violence can have on children and the strategies a teacher, social worker, counselor, and other school personnel will need to have in order to work with these children effectively.ECG 100 D - Coming to America: Immigration and Social JusticeIn the spirit of Mother Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants, this writing intensive course explores the struggles of American immigrants and investigates how the influx of new cultures, languages and backgrounds impact our future together.
This course is designed to offer opportunities to engage with various resources in a quest for the understanding of immigration through various viewpoints. Students will study history, current events and relevant laws pertaining to immigration. Through this coursework students will write critical essays, participate in co-curricular activities, and engage in constructive conversation on immigration and what it means to be an “American.”
Students will have an opportunity to meet and hear from immigrants on why they made the choice to leave their homes and journey to the United States.
The course will concentrate on the following topics: The shifting origins of immigration; Historical immigrant group; Immigration and settlement of various groups; Ellis Island and Angel Island; Employment; Ethnicity and identity; Naturalization; Language and education; Undocumented migration; Policy implications and debates.ECG 100 E - Immigrants in America: English with an Accent This course will examine issues surrounding the language struggles of immigrants in America today. Since spoken language is often the main way we communicate with others, immigrants and individuals who are not fluent in English or speak with an accent may encounter discrimination.
The lack of empathy toward foreigners on the part of many Americans is relevant for immigrants who require English proficiency for employment in a competitive, service-oriented economy.
We will explore the relationship between maintaining one’s native language and suffering discrimination based on one’s accent. We will also consider the consequences for immigrants who arrive in the United States with accents and/or little English.
Through the semester, we will reflect on the right of immigrants and other foreign language speakers to maintain their native language and what we can learn about different ways of living, talking and thinking.ECG 100 G Hip-Hop: a Language of Social JuscticeHip-hop is everywhere, with a television remote and a few minutes you could find channels dedicated to hip-hop music, commercials using hip-hop music to sell products, any number of characters wearing hip-hop fashion and even as the soundtrack to many sporting events.
Newsstands and bookstores stock their shelves with magazines like The Source, Vibe, XXL and Hip-hop Weekly that are dedicated to the goings on in the world of hip-hop. While hip-hop music is prevalent in society, it underscores the rhythms of everyday life for many youth in America.
Steven Bradley has even called hip hop the “soundtrack to a new globalization and corporate culture” While the radio-listening public is often exposed to negative and stereotypical - commercial forms of the genre, several types of hip-hop music that challenge the status quo and encourage the empowerment of listeners.
Students in this class will explore and unpack the music, culture and business of hip hop that has become so prevalent in America and look for ways in which they are willing or unwitting participants in it propagation. Students will use Critical Hip-hop Literacy to engage in real issues that are taking place in their lives, communities and society in general in an effort to confront causes of oppression. Ultimately, students will work against, through actions and words, the injustices that they see in the world. ECG 100 H - Show Business and the Common Good We are surrounded by entertainment—by show business in its many forms. And technology has made that entertainment portable—it can be a part of our lives anywhere we want to be—and it has a great impact on the way we think and feel.
This course is designed to provide the opportunity to explore how film, radio, theatre, television, and popular music have shaped and continue to shape our understanding of the common good and how the common good might be better realized in our nation and the world.
As students watch, read, listen and discuss, they will explore their own values and perspectives in relationship to those advanced and challenged by the entertainment industry.ECG 100 LC1 (FIG) - Who is My Neighbor? This writing-intensive course will take a community of learners on a journey of self-discovery. Through activities that will challenge students to engage their environments with an energized approach, students will practice critical thinking skills and uncover new aptitudes that will help the students to communicate their values and discern for themselves a worldview.
The class will facilitate a growing awareness of one’s own beliefs and generate inroads on how to recognize and come to a dialogue with other’s beliefs and life situation. StrengthsQuest, ethnographic practices, and the study of works by individuals whose lessons originated in society and not in a classroom, will serve as guides for the students. This course is being offered within the Math First Year Interest Group, which is composed of education majors.
Students will learn how to recognize the needs of others while gaining self-awareness and building one’s self-confidence as a learner and future educator by engaging the creative process and seeking creative solutions.ECG 100 LC2 & 3 - Reacting to the Past ECG 100 is the first in a series of courses that students take each year they are at Cabrini College. This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives by exposing and interrogating the tension between the individual and society. It also examines the individual’s position in various communities: family, nation, race, class, gender, and other categories of identity.
Often, the relationship between individuals and others is thought of as competitive. This course complicates that understanding by exploring relationships that work towards greater dignity, solidarity, and equality.
This course makes students increasingly prepared to see solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual engagement as social justice. Through reading, writing, classroom discussion, and co-curricular activities, students will come to a greater understanding of the formal and informal social structures that help construct their identities.
The central focus of this course will be the “Reacting to the Past” curriculum. “Reacting to the Past” consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles with “victory objectives” informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.
Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to draw students in to the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve speaking, writing, and leadership skills.
ECG 200 B & C- Hunger at your Finger Tips
Students will learn about food insecurity, solidarity, sustainability, and hunger with a focus in participating with community activities that are solving the problem of hunger in America and globally. Class learning will enable students to mesh their own belief systems with those that are reflected by hunger relief and food security policy organizations and governments. Students should plan on 2-3 full-day field trips to local hunger relief organizations, food manufacturers or local farms that are engaged in sustainable food system practices. Field experience, participating with other social justice groups, andwriting are emphasized. Students will be required to participate in volunteer sessions at a local soup kitchen multiple times during the semester. ECG 200 D - Social Justice through Theatre
This ECG 200 course will explore the ways in which theatre can be used to promote community engagement and social justice. Students will examine how theatres and theatre artists have played vital roles in building and shaping local communities. Students will also read plays and critical texts that illustrate and investigate how playwrights and other artists have sought to generate dialogue and promote social change. Finally, students enrolled in this course will collaborate with professional theatre artists on projects and productions related to social justice issues.
ECG 200 F - Democracy & Diversity Democracy and Diversity is a course in which we will be concerned with the problems that countries, and in particular democracies, have in making one country out of diverse social, ethnic, cultural, economic, and religious groups. Here in the United States, that has been an especially interesting problem since most Americans are immigrants or are descended from immigrants and these immigrants were not all alike! The United States has been amazingly successful at creating a democratic society from such diversity when compared to other countries like Iraq, for instance. But there are many tensions and even injustices in the United States that have their origin in the differences between various parts of the larger population. Making one out of many, or as it says on the penny, "e pluribus Unum," is a continuous process that we in the United States have done with deliberateness and with difficulty at times.
ECG 200 H - Norristown Arts
Many communities across the country have leveraged the Arts to help transform and develop local communities. In this course students will participate in a new/emerging effort to use the Arts as an engine for community development in Norristown PA. Working with the Norristown Arts Task Force, an all-volunteer organization, students will help plan, promote and staff the 6rd Annual “Arts Hill” Festival on Saturday May 2nd. By working side by side with a wide range of community members, students will experience first-hand the challenges and issues involved in building momentum for a long-range community initiative and directly contribute to the success of the festival event.
Students must be available on Saturday May 2nd.
ECG 200 E - Race, Gender, & Youth EmpowermentAll children face challenges during the course of normal human development. For example, the major challenge during adolescence is for youth to develop an identity, which is a self-portrait of who they are, what is important to them, and what they will do in the future. For some U.S. citizens, issues of race and gender are additional obstacles that can limit the way children see themselves and the opportunities offered by society. Partnering with a local consulting firm and a Norristown area middle school, this course will focus on the psychological impact of racism and sexism on children of color. Students will explore race and gender as contexts for development, as well as identify effective intervention strategies to combat the unique challenges that children and adolescents of color face.
ECG 300 ECG 300 A & F - Dating and Domestic ViolenceStudents in this course will learn about Dating and Domestic Violence while becoming provisionally certified by Laurel House and the PCADV as a crisis counselor.
At the same time, students will conduct research in local communities to assist efforts to eradicate domestic violence through education and prevention. ECG 300 B - Working for Global Justice How to advocate for social justice through your major after college will be the focus of this course. We will work within the college’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services.As part of the course, you will research and create a social justice advocacy project using your professional skills. You will also learn and practice how to advocate for global social justice, including the experience of lobbying with your members of Congress during a day-long trip to Washington, DC. ECG 300 C - Let’s Feed Kids Well This course will focus on childhood obesity and access to healthy foods. Students will research the complexities of childhood obesity in the US today. To fully engage the students in understanding this problem, they will work with the Montgomery County Health Alliance & Obesity Action Team.
They will become familiar with the county’s initiatives to combat childhood obesity and critique Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.ECG 300 D - Hands-On Justice It will use multi-media presentations in most lectures. It will make each one of us to touch and reflect deeply about who we are; our pains and our hopes. It will enable us to analyze and critique few of the glaring injustices in the world today, such as Global (including domestic) Oppression against Women, Personal and Corporate Greed, and/or Slavery of Resident Illegal Aliens.It will enable us to move beyond the paralysis of anger and despair to concrete action. It will enable us to use logic of coolest mind with warmest heart towards justicemaking. This class is for those students who want to be real. This class is for those students who want to make a difference in the world today. This class is for those students who strive to live their lives to the fullest!ECG 300 G - The Inside-Out Prison Exchange ProgramThe War On Drugs: An Examination of Drug Use & Policy This course explores the effects of a policy which deeply impacts nations, our country, our neighborhoods and ourselves.
We will examine the historical, political, and the psychosocial effects of a confluence of drug-related policies that has come to be known as The War on Drugs. ECG 300 H - Northern Ireland: Post Conflict This course will focus on the evolution of Ireland from the early 1900s to the present day. It will look at British influence as it relates to the formation of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
This course will also focus on the socio-cultural problems that exist between Catholics and Protestants in the North due to the separation and look at the peace process and the path forward as it relates to restorative justice.