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Course Descriptions

Lower-Division Courses

LBST 1. Careers in Child Studies

Careers in Child Studies is an opportunity to discover your passions and how a background in Child Studies could help you fulfill your possible career goals. In listening to professionals from a variety of fields related to social work, psychology, teaching, medicine, child advocacy, law, public health, government, human services, daycare, and community services you will get a glimpse into what it takes to be successful in these dynamic and challenging fields. Students investigate a career of their choice and work towards developing a media and print ad campaign relating the assets of a strong child studies background with their chosen interest. (2 units)

LBST 70. Community Health Education

This course explores the environmental, economic, political and social factors influencing health on a local and national level, with an emphasis on how health literacy could be integrated into the K-12 curriculum and parent education. (4 units)

LBST 75. Technology and Education

This course explores the relationship between technology, society and education. Students investigate the appropriate role of technology in educational reform, evaluate the personal impact of social media on students, and propose solutions to the pressing educational needs of our society. Interactive and engaging discussions and team projects highlight the dynamic quality of these issues. (4 units)

LBST 80. Information Literacy

This course in information literacy will introduce students to a wide variety of databases and Internet sources useful in preparing lessons, papers, presentations, grant proposals and informing oneself generally about a topic. Students will also be taught to regard these sources of information as unequal in value and how to assess the value to place on a particular source. These skills will be used in preparing a course project. (4 units)

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Upper-Division Courses

LBST 100. Research in Social Sciences

Provides an introduction to educational research design as it informs hypothesis testing and theory development. Nurtures students’ skills at reading and understanding educational research. Though the emphasis will be placed on being a consumer of research rather than a producer, in order to fully understand empirical findings it is essential that one understands the process of scientific inquiry. Surveys quantitative and qualitative research methods, and emphasizes the relationship between a research problem, the exploration of that problem, and the inferences that can be drawn from empirical inquiry. Students will learn how to judge the reliability and critique the validity of research on such things as learning and cognition, curriculum and instruction, child development, reading and literacy, etc., using general social science design principles. Writing for academic audiences is also a course objective. (5 units)

LSBT 106. Urban Education and Multiculturalism

Surveys some of the historical, cultural, economic, educational, moral, and political forces, which confront urban educators with a view toward understanding the impact of these forces on teaching and learning. Students in this course will be exposed to academic and community resources. They will be given an opportunity to become active members of an urban school community, study theories of urban school practices, and reflect on both. "Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus." (5 units)

LBST 107. Children, Family and Community

This course provides students with a theoretical understanding of the ecological model, and how diverse human experiences impact the systems that influence a young child’s development (birth – age eight). The family-centered approach, diversity, and community-based learning will be the foundation for students to explore issues such as independence and interdependence, discipline, attachment, coping with separation, child-abuse, conflict resolution, problem solving, and gender issues. Requires Arrupe placement. (5 units)

LBST 108. Youth, Family and Community Leadership and Advocacy

This course explores relevant current issues facing youth, teens and families in our community. Students explore successful services, leadership strategies and related challenges within non-profit and governmental agencies in addressing such issues as violence, gangs, drug abuse, suicide, and teen pregnancy. LBST 107 recommended. Requires Arrupe or community -based placement (5 units)

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LBST 109. Children, Art & Society

An investigation of the role of art and creativity in human development, and the personal and societal impact of providing access to high quality arts experiences in all schools. Topics include methods for developing critical and integrative thinking through hands-on, non-machine mitigated arts experiences, curriculum design in the arts, contemporary legislation and advocacy efforts on behalf of the arts, the role of arts in identity formation, cultural expression and issues of justice. This course culminates with global perspectives and movements in art education addressing politics, peace, diplomacy, the environment, and other major concerns of our time. (5 units)

LBST 138. Exceptional Child

Introduction to childhood mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, communication (speech and language) disorders, hearing impairments, physical and health impairments, severe handicaps, and the gifted and talented. The impact of these differences in comparison with typical development is addressed. Requires Arrupe placement (5 units)

LBST 160. Children’s Literature/Storytelling

Study of the theory and practice of children’s literature, with special attention to the history of children’s literature, the debate over the kinds of texts best suited for teaching reading, and multiculturalism. (5 units)

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LBST 184. Children's Literacy & Diversity

This course provides an introduction to the developmental and learning processes involved when children become readers. Students will learn to develop and demonstrate instructional strategies that foster a holistic view of learning to read and write—to emphasize connections among all areas of the curriculum and the inter relatedness of knowledge and the mutually reinforcing skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and representing visually. (5 units)

LBST 195. Senior Seminar: Child Studies

This Child-Studies senior seminar capstone course is designed to provide future professionals with the research skills, resources and support that they need to be thoughtful, balanced, and successful contributors to the community. Through discernment regarding specific issues/topics that impact children and families, students will utilize information literacy and research methodology skills to conduct university level research that will result in a major paper and/or project. Prerequisites: LBST 80 and LBST 100 (5 units)

LBST 197. Senior Seminar: Pre-Teaching

This pre-teaching senior-seminar capstone course is designed to provide future teachers with the research skills, resources and support that they need to be thoughtful, balanced, and successful teachers. Through discernment regarding specific issues/topics that impact teachers, students or schools, students will utilize information literacy and research methodology skills to conduct university level research that will result in a major paper and/or project. Prerequisites: LBST 80 and LBST 100. (5 units)

LBST 198A. Elementary Teaching Practicum and Social Foundations

Seminar and directed readings address field-related problems and issues, classroom dynamics, and curriculum. Required: A minimum of 16 hours as a volunteer aide in a classroom. (5 units)

LBST 198B. Secondary Teaching Practicum and Social Foundations

Seminar and directed readings address field-related problems and issues, classroom dynamics, and curriculum. Required: A minimum of 16 hours as a volunteer aide in a classroom. (5units)

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