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Learning Resources Courses

These courses complement the academic program, providing students with opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences that are not available in discipline-specific coursework. Courses can be taken individually based on interest or may be required components of a program such as PACE or as part of study away plans. Most learning resource courses are modular, 1- or 2-credit units that can be easily integrated into students’ schedules.

Foodways: Connecting Past, Person, and Place to the Food We Produce and Consume

Learning Resources 106 | Boswell | 2 credits

Foodways refers to the cultural, social, and economic elements of producing and consuming food. We will explore in this course the theme of "foodways" through an interdisciplinary lens as well as through required hands on experience undertaken during the two-week spring break. There will also be a food-writing component, where we will explore writers who have addressed these topics through the lens of creative nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to write and reflect on their studies of "foodways" culminating in a final writing project at the end of the session. Our first weeks considers foodways and food writing through three topics as they relate to heritage, ritual and celebration, and under conditions of scarcity. At this time, students will make arrangements for the experiential component of this course that draws on two of the three topics explored. The results of this project will be shared during a poster session at the Center for Food Studies' April conference. Students will have two more class sessions after completion of the spring break project in which to finalize the project, reflect upon their experiences, and connect them to the course's food ways theme.

No prerequisites. This course is generally offered once every year.

The Art of Tutoring Writing

Learning Resources 201m | Bonvillain | 1 credit

This course prepares students to be writing tutors. It familiarizes students with theories and techniques of writing, making them aware of their own process and of alternative writing processes. Students will learn by reading required texts and by practicing tutoring procedures and reviewing sample papers. Students wishing to become writing tutors need to be recommended by two faculty members. The procedures for obtaining recommendations will be explained and facilitated by the Tutoring and Writing Center staff.

Prerequisites: Sophomore or advanced standing and permission of the instructor.  This course is generally offered once a year.

Study Away Preparation

Learning Resources 202m  | Wooten | 1 credit

The Study Away Preparation course (LR 202m2) is intended for sophomores who plan to participate in a Leave to Study Away and is a prerequisite for registration for a Leave to Study Away semester (LTSA 300FL/SP). The course was created to help students prepare for a semester abroad or away from Simon’s Rock. It provides practical information and engagement with the chosen study away location and institution before the student’s program begins. It also offers a chance for students to consider “culture” as a larger concept, and allows recently returned study away students to share experiences with those who are in the process of planning study away or abroad. It is expected that some students may have already traveled abroad, or in the case of international students, may have already completed a similar course in their home country. Every effort will be made to provide a meaningful and useful experience in this course for these students, and the content of the course will be adapted appropriately based on the participants’ needs and interests.

This course is offered every semester.

Study Away Reflection

Learning Resources 203m  | Wooten | 1 credit

The Study Away Reflection course (LR 203m1), is intended to help students maintain contact with the Simon’s Rock community while away and transition successfully back to campus on their return. In this course, students are asked to consider how their LTSA term has contributed to and influenced their academic experience, and how it informs their Senior Thesis project. The Reflection course’s requirements include: 1) posting to the Study Abroad blog while away, 2) completing the Return Survey, and 3) giving a Returning Student Presentation for the campus community. Students must complete the Reflection course required in order to be awarded credit for courses completed on Leave to Study Away semesters(s).

This course is offered every semester.

Information Studies

Develop transliteracy and resilience by taking these 1-credit, half-semester courses.

 Information Studies Courses