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Summer Week Courses Descriptions 2012

Summer Week courses cannot be registered through myMBC online registration. You must use the Summer Week online registration form on the main Summer Week page to register. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.


art 125

Art in the K to 12 curriculum enriches the learning experience, promotes creativity, reinforces problem-solving skills, and illuminates cultural traditions. Art Education 125 gives educators an opportunity for hands-on work with a variety of materials. The course also explores the history of art education, approaches to art in education, and introduces a variety of artists, art periods, and styles. Instruction for writing and implementing an effective art lesson will be an essential part of the class. Instructor: Barbara Holt, MBC adjunct instructor, art

ED 315 Differentiation and Assessment for Special Education

special education

It is critical for today’s teachers to understand the instructional process more than ever before. More and more school systems are using the collaborative service delivery model and beginning special education teachers are expected to understand content area instruction as well as special education policies and procedures. Students in this course will explore methods to teach all students. Students will also be given an overview of special education assessment and IEP development. Course Instructor: Laurie Cooper, education specialist, and principal of the Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center.

ED324 Language Acquisition and Reading II and Practicum

Education 324

Teaching reading effectively involves pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of a student and providing instruction based on his or her unique needs.In this course, students will study the characteristics of and instructional strategies for the three stages children work through when learning to read.Each stage includes practical, research-based strategies to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.Students will also explore various methods and organizational techniques to make effective reading instruction work in a hectic classroom.Students will then have the opportunity to apply information learned in both ED 323 and 324 to a classroom setting through a 30 hour practicum. Course Instructor: Kristin Dulaney, MBC adjunct instructor, education

SOC 300 Sociological Theory

Soc Theory

This course will acquaint the students with a wide spectrum of sociological paradigms that range from describing consensus to describing conflict in society along macro and micro levels as well. These different paradigms provide different places to ground one’s investigation of the social world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to consider and discuss with one another some of the major classical and contemporary theories in sociology as we discuss contemporary social problems. Each class meeting will focus on a particular classical theorist such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Mead as well as some of the contemporary theories that have been written in response to or built upon the ideas of these theorists. Each day we will also consider how feminist theory applies to the theory being discussed. By the end of the semester the students will be expected to write a unified social theory that will solve all of the world’s problems. Course Instructor: Bob Robinson, Instructor of Sociology

SOC 320 Sociological Research Methods

Soc Research Methods

This course will acquaint the students with the various research techniques used by sociologists ranging from participant observation to questionnaire development and statistical analyses. Students will consider and apply the scientific method though constructing their own social theory as well as gathering data and analyzing results. The final exam for the Sociological Research Methods course will include questions about further theory construction and refinement of methods for research they will conduct in the Senior Seminar in Sociology course. This approach broadens the appreciation for long-term research interests. Through lectures and readings students will consider how social researchers obtain data that is reliable, valid, subjective, and objective. The students will also have the opportunity to apply the class material through three projects, a field research project, a quantitative analysis project, and a research design project where the students will develop their own surveys on topics of interest. Course Instructor: Bob Robinson, Instructor of Sociology

SOC 400 Senior Seminar in Sociology

soc seminar

This course will cover the major paradigms in sociology while also allowing the student to complete the research process by writing one to three major papers on how sociologists have considered the issues about a contemporary social issue or problem. The class meetings will be used for students to develop their own projects by relating the sociological theories and methods in question to their topic of interest so they may construct their own sociological theory and research project. The Senior Seminar in Sociology class meets at the same time as the Sociological Theory class so it will cover the same information. Further development of students’ papers will be discussed and considered in the class which will broaden the theory discussion to practical research projects. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research during the last class meetings and will be expected to solve one of the world’s problems. Course Instructor: Bob Robinson, Instructor of Sociology