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A&HW 4032 The study of world history and geography

Particular attention to problems of conceptualization and interpretation involved in organizing and teaching world history with an emphasis in geography at both the middle and high school levels. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography. 

A&HW 4033 History and geography of Europe since 1914: Selected topics

Main themes in teaching recent European history within the geographic context of changing political boundaries. Selected topics may include the balance of power among nation states, imperialism, demographic and social change, fascism, Communism, European integration, and globalization. Satisfies the New York State requirement for U.S. history and geography. 

A&HW 4035 New York City as a learning laboratory

New York City's cultural, social, governmental, business and financial institutions, neighborhoods, community associations and ethnic groups, as studied within the context of New York State history and geography through field experiences. Emphasis on analyzing conditions affecting economic and civic decision-making. Satisfies the New York State requirement for New York State history and geography.

A&HW 4036 The teaching of social studies

Basic classroom methods for teaching social studies in secondary schools; teaching resources and aids; assessment and testing; classroom management.

A&HW 4037 East Asia: Geographic Perspectives

An overview of central themes in the modern history, geography, and culture of China, Japan, and Korea. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography. 

A&HW 4038 The study of American history and geography.

Illustrative themes in American history and geography for middle and high school. Satisfies the New York State requirement for American history and geography as well as for New York State history and geography.

A&HW 4039 The United States Constitution: Civic decision making

Major philosophical foundations, problems preceding and during the convention, the struggle for ratification, detailed examination of the document, important court cases, non-written constitutional traditions, and unresolved constitutional issues. Emphasis on past and present struggles to enact democracy in a pluralistic society. Satisfies the New York State requirement for civics, government, and political science. 

A&HW 4040 Women of the world: Issues in teaching

Women's lives viewed through history, geography, literature, human rights, demography, and economics provide the subject matter. Reconceptualizing the school curriculum is a dominant theme. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography.

A&HW 4041 Economic decision making in citizenship education

Study of the economic decisions made by individuals, groups, governments, and societies; investigation of economic thought, issues, structures, and associated examples of instructional practice in classroom settings. Satisfies the New York State requirement for economics. 

A&HW 4043 Controversial issues and the secondary classroom

This course is about the inclusion of discussions of controversial public issues in secondary school classrooms. Satisfies the New York State requirement for political science. 

A&HW 4530 Seminar for student teachers in social studies

Must be taken concurrently with A&HW 4730. Restricted to majors. Discussion of contextual issues related to student teaching in New York City and support for developing teachers. 

A&HW 4729 Observation in the social studies

Restricted to majors. Preliminary experience in middle and high school social studies classrooms. 

A&HW 4730 Supervised student teaching in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Must be taken concurrently with A&HW 4530. Restricted to majors. Student teaching placement in middle and high school social studies classrooms.

A&HW 4903 Research and independent study in social studies

Permission of instructor required.  For qualified masters students. Student-proposed course to supplement student’s program plan.  Taken under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum

Study of social, political, spatial, and economic inequity and how these contextualize urban schools and schooling.  Explores the integration of curricular and pedagogical orientations into classrooms that promote inclusivity and attend to diversity and equity.  

A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies

Permission of instructor required.  Introduction to research in teacher education in the social studies; examination of issues related to social studies teacher education.

A&HW 5035 History of the social studies since 1880

A historical investigation of the development of the secondary school history/social studies curriculum, including questions related to objectives, content, and methods of instruction.

A&HW 5037 Advanced methods of teaching social studies

Examination of alternatives to conventional curricular arrangements in social studies, including attention to authentic assessment, interdisciplinary strategies, and social justice education.

A&HW 5203 Fieldwork in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified masters students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings.

A&HW 5232 Fieldwork: Social studies teacher education

Supervised fieldwork, individual conferences and group seminar related to social studies research.

A&HW 5430 Internship in the teaching of history and social sciences

Permission of instructor required. Ordinarily in secondary schools, community colleges, teacher training programs or publishing work.

A&HW 5503 Research paper in social studies

Required for master’s students submitting a final portfolio or thesis; required for doctoral students in fourth semester of doctoral seminar.

A&HW 5530 History of American social thought

History of American social thought as it has influenced and been influenced by theories of education and patterns of educational practice.

A&HW 5931 Guided investigations in the teaching of social studies

Permission of instructor required. For advanced students. Individual fieldwork in secondary school or introductory college social studies.

A&HW 6030 Research in social studies education

Permission of instructor required. Supports advanced students working on a research project.  Course explores epistemological frameworks, use of theory, research methods, and/or analysis of data.  Emphasis determined by needs of students.

A&HW 6203 Advanced fieldwork in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified doctoral students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings.

A&HW 6403 Internship in college teaching in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Occasional opportunities in college programs in areas represented by the program.

A&HW 6500 Seminar in the history of the social studies

This course is for doctoral students taking the History of Social Studies since 1880 (A&HW 5035) and runs concurrently with A&HW 5035. Course requirements are designed specifically for doctoral students.

A&HW 6503 Doctoral seminar in social studies

Seminar focused on doctoral student research and contemporary social studies issues. Beginning doctoral students take the seminar for four consecutive semesters. 

A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

Aspects of curriculum; teaching and learning processes; attention to problems and techniques of supervision.

A&HW 6903 Research and independent study

Permission of instructor required.  For qualified doctoral students. Student-proposed course to supplement student’s program plan.  Taken under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies

Permission of instructor required. Individual research and advanced historical method ordinarily related to a doctoral dissertation.

A&HW 7503 Dissertation seminar in social studies

The purpose of the dissertation seminar is to develop and refine specific topics for dissertation research. Students should enroll in the dissertation seminar beginning only in the semester in which they intend to present their dissertation proposal for committee review.

A&HW 8903 Dissertation advisement in social studies

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See catalog section on continuous registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

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