Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs)

Summer 2017

Teaching Online Successfully
  • Format: Online (online meeting time will be determined based on a time that is best for all participants)
  • Dates: June 6, 2017 – July 15, 2017
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are designing and teaching an online course for the first time. This course will be delivered in an online format with 2 to 3 Blackboard Collaborate sessions in which all students will participate at the same time, online.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Spring 2017

The History and Philosophy of the Community College
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: February 6, 2017 – April 3, 2017
  • Face-to-face meetings: Monday, February 6, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and second meeting TBD on or before Monday, April 3, D269
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructor: Robin James, BUS/SS
  • Details: Community colleges play a unique and increasingly crucial role in providing access to higher education for students of varied backgrounds and abilities. This course will cover the socio-historical context in which the American community college movement arose, how the community college mission has evolved, and how community colleges can maintain or expand their mission in the face of present-day technological and economic pressures.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Extending the Walls of the Classroom
  • Format: Face-to-face
  • Dates: Fridays, February 24, March 10, March 31, April 21, and May 5, 2017
  • Location: Building Z, Room Z131
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • GECs: 2 for on-campus course; 3 with added Field Seminar component
  • Instructor: David Richmond, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course is aimed at increasing faculty capacity to develop and teach concepts, issues, and materials in the area of Latin America studies. Participants will study global learning outcomes and assessment techniques; review effective study abroad design; acquire new competencies in inter-cultural communication; study the political, economic, social, and natural history of the region; create curriculum projects related to Central America for infusion in their classes; and gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in Central America.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Constructing Difference: Theorizing Race and Ethnicity - An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: March 1, 2017 – April 26, 2017 (Spring Break 3/20-3/26)
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, and April 26, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Durene Wheeler, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Details: Employing the works of sociology, literature, philosophy, critical race studies, critical media studies, ethnic studies, feminist studies, and science studies, this interdisciplinary course seeks to explore and examine the foundational narratives from enlightenment to the present day that have shaped thinking in the West about race, ethnicity, and racial identity. We will examine texts written by those who link race to intellectual aptitude and behavior and look at the ways that understandings of race have shaped laws throughout the world. We will explore scholarship addressing the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, genetics, sexuality, and politics in an effort to understand the influence of White privilege and White Supremacy in the United States. This course is not exclusively about people of African descent, and topics discussed in this course explore varied intellectual interests and perspectives in terms of race and ethnicity.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Introduction to Theories of Pedagogy
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: March 2, 2017 – April 27, 2017 (Spring Break 3/20-3/26)
  • Face-to-face meetings: Thursdays, March 2, March 30, and April 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 2
  • Instructor: Jeannine Lombardi, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course is designed to help the faculty participant develop a personal pedagogical theory and practice. We will achieve this through reading, reflection, and discussion. Students will study pedagogical theories that range from Socrates to recent research on culturally responsive pedagogy, the neuroscience of learning, and cooperative learning.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Fall 2016

Teaching Online Successfully
  • Format: Online (online meeting time will be determined based on a time that is best for all participants)
  • Dates:
    • Section 1: September 12, 2016 – October 21, 2016
    • Section 2: October 24, 2016 – December 2, 2016
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dominique Svarc, BUS/SS
  • Details: This course prepares and supports faculty who are designing and teaching an online course for the first time. This course will be delivered in an online format with 2 to 3 Blackboard Collaborate sessions in which all students will participate at the same time, online.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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Constructing Difference: Let’s Talk About Gender, Sex, and Society
  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: October 5, 2016 – November 30, 2016
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, and November 30, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., D269
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Durene Wheeler, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Details: This course seeks to investigate theories of gender and sexuality in a variety of historical, social, educational and cultural contexts. We will explore the societal implications of gender, sexuality and their relation to the development of identity and difference. We will critically assess societal representations of gender roles and stereotypes in an effort to understand implications of equity and equality. The central aim of this course is to foster critical reading, thinking and practices about gender and sexuality as it relates to power, inequality, education, and pedagogy.
  • Fee: No cost. Read more.
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For questions and more information about GECs, please contact the Academy at academy@harpercollege.edu.

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Phone: 847.925.6174
Email: academy@harpercollege.edu
Location: Building D, Room D281
Hours: Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.