Elective Social Studies

 This lesson is about how groups in African Countries are using recycled materials to make art work as a response to the issue of waste and lack of job opportunities in their areas.

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Through a process of experiential learning, directed teaching, models (contemporary news), and discussion, students understand what implicit bias is, how it forms, what it impacts, and what can be done to mitigate the impact of it.

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Students in Introduction to Psychology design and implement their own research initiative to culminate the course so as to demonstrate mastery of the research methods available within the social sciences as well as the stylistic conventions of field specific research writing for psychology.

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In this project, students take a tour of the Urban Observatory. They navigate and compare thematic maps to investigate the spatial trends affecting the landscapes of the world’s largest cities. Ultimately, students use the Urban Observatory to ask their own question about space and place, learning about our world in the process.

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In this project, students evaluate areas in Gresham, Oregon, a city of about 100,000 people located east of Portland. They look for suitably-zoned areas where young adults are known to live and where renting is common. Since many of the prospective tenants will commute to Portland, students also look for areas that afford easy access to the city's light-rail system.

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In these lessons, students play the role of a GIS specialist for a North Dakota advocacy group. The group wants to alert state and federal officials to this negative effect of the oil boom in order to receive more resources for housing and shelters. Students first download tabular (table-based) data on homelessness. Then, they map the data in ArcMap by joining it to state geography.

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