Previous Departmental Praxis Courses
Spring 2023 Praxis I Course
RUSS B252 Love, Death, Justice, & Russian Literature
Prof. José Vergara | Tuesdays 11:45 AM- 4:30 PM
This Inside-Out course will be conducted inside a correctional institution and will bring inside (SCI Chester) and outside students (BMC) into dialogue. Can Russian novels and short stories help us understand our lives? We'll closely read and analyze works by several Russian authors and discuss how they each treat themes including life, death, family, love, the individual and society, generational conflicts, crime and punishment, and power dynamics.
Finally, our broad goal will be to explore how these texts speak to contemporary issues, our lives, and eternal problems that all of humanity faces--what Russians call the "accursed questions."
This course is part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.
Spring 2023 Praxis II Courses
CITIES B350 Urban Projects
Prof. Jeff Cohen | Fridays from 1:10 to 3:30 (plus fieldwork)
In this course advanced students will work with local groups around concrete projects. The course will be framed by a strong topical and methodological core having to do with history, architecture, archives, and benefit to different organizations through projects that will ultimately serve their public missions.
It will welcome students with interests in the histories of places who will help those hosting organizations shape and advance projects that tap historical resources to collect, enrich, and present knowledge for a range of purposes and audiences. Class sessions will convene to discuss background readings as well as evaluation of tools and experiences.
SOCL B258 Sociology of Education
Prof. David Karen | Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM (plus fieldwork)
Major sociological theories of the relationships between education and society, focusing on the effects of education on inequality in the United States and the historical development of primary, secondary, and post-secondary education in the United States. Other topics include education and social selection, testing and tracking, and micro- and macro-explanations of differences in educational outcomes. This is a Praxis II course; placements are in local schools.
Spring 2023 Praxis Seminar Courses
HART B420 Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar
Prof. Monique Scott and Prof. Matt Feliz | Mondays 2-4 PM
This course provides students a forum in which to ground, frame and discuss their hands-on work in museums, galleries, archives or Special Collections. Whether students have arranged an internship at a local institution or want to pursue one in the Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, this course will provide a framework for these endeavors, coupling praxis with theory supported by readings from the discipline of Museum Studies.
The course will culminate in a final presentation, an opportunity to reflect critically on the internship experience. Prior to taking the course, students will develop a Praxis Learning Plan through the Career & Civic Engagement office. All students will share a set syllabus, common learning objectives and readings, but will also be able to tailor those objectives to the specific museum setting or Special Collections project in which they are involved.
POLS B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar: Politics, Policy and Power
Prof. Marissa Golden | Thursdays 2:10-4 PM
This course supports students while they engage in Praxis fieldwork in organizations that focus on politics, elections and/or public policy. In addition to the 8-10 hours spent at their fieldwork placements, students will meet for one hour weekly in a Praxis seminar with the instructor and other Praxis students.
These seminar meetings will provide students with an opportunity to reflect together about their experiences in the field and to help connect those experiences to political science theory and to academic readings about American politics, policy and elections.