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Below you will find the current coures offerings listed by semeseter and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@simmons.edu or 617-521-2111.

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Gender Cultural Studies

GCS 403 - Seminar in Gender/Cultural Stu

Explores the interdisciplinary nature of gender/ cultural studies and introduces the student to graduate-level research and writing. Draws upon feminist, poststructuralist, and cultural studies frameworks to examine issues of power, body, gender, sexuality, and race. Includes oral reports and research papers. Hager

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
N/A
Jo Trigilio Open 20 Yes 4.00

GCS 405 - Contemporary Critical Theory

Introduces graduate students to the concepts and practices of contemporary literary and cultural criticism. Surveys poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, Marxist, new-historicist, postcolonial, feminist, and gender theory, bringing these perspectives to bear on key literary and historical texts. (Also listed as ENGL 405 and SPAN 405.) Bergland.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
N/A
Sheldon George Open 18 No 4.00

GCS 410 - Issues in International Studies

In the spring of 2012, the seminar will be comparative look at European and American imperialism, broadly defined, to examine how colonial encounters and societies shaped intersecting discourses of gender and race. The current generation of feminist and postcolonial scholars has reinvigorated the analysis of empire by placing questions of gender and race at the forefront. Thus the seminar will draw from a broad range of readings, including interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks as well as historical scholarship, across a vast geography: from Africa to Latin America, India to Ireland, and the Pacific to the Caribbean. We will not pretend to cover all these areas comprehensively; rather they will provide a sampling of compelling and multifaceted cases for study. Our temporal focus will be on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, to trace the origins and development of what has been called the ?golden age? of Euro-American imperialism. While the chronology of political history therefore plays an important role in our study, we will look beyond political administrators to include the actions and perspectives of less obvious ?agents of imperialism? such as travelers, missionaries, slaveholders, photographers, cultural brokers, and capitalists. We will likewise complicate definitions of colonial subjects by taking into account their diverse identities, positions, and forms of resistance, such as the development of indigenous feminist and nationalist ideologies. At times we will adopt an explicitly comparative perspective regarding the workings of gender and race in metropole and colony; but even then we will consider carefully the specific local, human, and material dimensions of imperialism.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

03:30PM-
06:20PM
N/A
Jyoti Puri Open 17 No 4.00

GCS 450 - Independent Study

Prereq.: Consent of the program director. Offers an opportunity to complete research, internship, or fieldwork projects related to the GCS program. Requires consent of a supervising faculty member; approval of the program director; and a brief proposal outlining the focus, purpose, and projected outcome, to be submitted to the program director during the semester prior to registration. May not be taken more than twice. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 2.00

GCS 455 - Thesis

Prereq.: Consent of the program director. Involves a year-long independent research and writing project culminating in a paper of approximately 60-80 pages under the supervision of one reader with expertise in the subject area. Requires permission from the GCS director and advisory board and a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 455A - Thesis Extension

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 0.00

GCS 460 - Project

Involves a research and writing project culminating in a paper of substantial length (30-40 pages) that may include an exhibit, film, media presentation, etc. Entails integration of materials relevant to the students specialization. Requires a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 460A - Master's Project Extension

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 0.00

GCS 465G - Grad. Consortium of Wom. Studs.

This course investigates theories and practices of feminist inquiry across a range of disciplines. Doing feminist research involves rethinking disciplinary assumptions and methodologies, developing new understandings of what counts as knowledge, seeking alternative ways of understanding the origins of problems/issues, formulating new ways of positing questions and redefining the relationship between subjects and objects of study.We shall be especially attentive to epistemological issues -- pre-suppositions about the nature of knowledge. Renee Bergland & Frinde Maher.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 466G - Grad. Consortium of Wom. Studs.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 470 - Internship

Offers students a work experience of five to ten hours per week under the direction of a workplace supervisor and a Simmons advisor. Serves as a source of information for inquiry and research. Culminates in a final paper of 20-30 pages that studies and analyzes an aspect of the work experience or site (e.g., an institutional ethnography). Requires a proposal approved during the semester prior to the internship. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 480 - Gender/Cultural Fieldwork

Offers an opportunity to conduct field research for five to ten hours per week under the direction of a Simmons advisor. Involves gathering empirical information for a study of approximately 20-30 pages. Requires a proposal approved during the semester prior to the fieldwork and may require approval from the institutional review board for research involving human subjects. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

Grad General Educ

GEDUC 400 - Pre-Practicum Seminar:

Prereq.: All required education courses Accompanies GEDUC 488. Addresses topics and issues that align with students classrom experiences. Covers topics including the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks; development of lesson plans; development of curriculum and curriculum units, classroom organization, routines, and procedures; classroom management, behavior and discipline; formal and informal assessment; issues around grading, record keeping, communication, and conferences with parents; developing professional portfolios, school culture, and teaching strategies; modifying and adapting curriculum; and techniques for children with special needs. Staff.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
N/A
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 17 No 4.00
04 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
N/A
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 19 No 4.00
05 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
N/A
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 16 No 4.00

GEDUC 401 - Practicum Seminar: Elementary

Develops integrated curriculum units and explores different models of curriculum design, lesson plans, and interdisciplinary teaching; teaches strategies to modify curriculum to accommodate different developmental levels and learning styles; and addresses issues of classroom management and parent communication. Develops appropriate assessment and evaluation procedures, measuring student progress. Requires practicum placement. Cunnion, Davidson, Johnson.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
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Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 18 No 4.00

GEDUC 402 - Practicum Seminar Middle/High

Analyzes the structure and organization of middle and high schools and considers models of effective classroom management. Discusses methods of individualizing pedagogy; planning and implementing curricula; assessing student performance; and making best use of parents, colleagues, community organizations, and administrators. Uses case studies and role-play exercises, many from internship experiences. Requires a practicum placement. McKenna, Rocci, Rooney.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
N/A
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 19 No 4.00
02 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
N/A
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 20 No 4.00

GEDUC 419 - Teaching Diverse Learners in the General Classroom Using Mobile Devices

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BL 10/24/2014

10/25/2014

11/14/2014

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Saturday

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09:50PM
08:30AM-
04:20PM
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09:50PM
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N/A

Ms. Madalaine K. Pugliese Open 15 No 2.00

GEDUC 420 - Teaching for Content Area Literacy

Focuses on providing secondary teachers with research-based, pragmatic strategies to help their students develop content area literacy. Utilizing a standards-based lesson and unit planning framework, students will learn and apply reading, writing, speaking, listening and presenting tools and techniques to their respective content areas. Additionally,students will learn and apply instructional strategies for the 'new literacies' associated with the Internet. In turn, these tools,techniques, and instructional strategies will help their students to better access, understand, and communicate content, as well as become independent learners.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Jeffrey Lucove Open 17 No 4.00

GEDUC 444 - Research & Evaluation in Schools

Introduces students to basic quantitative research for their own use and for the interpretation of published research. Includes both diagnostic assessment and formal and informal classroom evaluation. Studies qualitative/ethnographic research and the skills necessary for accurate classroom observation. Involves framing a research question and proposing an investigation generally completed during clinical teaching. Abraham.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Paul F. Abraham Open 18 No 4.00

GEDUC 445 - Educational Psychology

Examines the implications of psychology for teaching children and adolescents, emphasizing cognitive, social, and emotional development. Also covers learning styles, motivation, assessment, and evaluation. Requires individual presentations and papers that emphasize integration of students educational experiences, theory, and practice. Cunnion, Shwedel.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Theresa Perry Open 20 No 4.00

GEDUC 455 - Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers professional issues for middle and high school teachers and students, including current school reform efforts; the multicultural debate; and other issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Examines the effect of school culture and the influence of television. Requires fieldwork if not taken concurrently with subject area methods course. Davidson, Oakes, Rocci.

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01 09/19/2014

09/20/2014

10/17/2014

10/18/2014

11/07/2014

11/08/2014

11/22/2014

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07:50PM
09:00AM-
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04:00PM-
07:50PM
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Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 15 No 4.00

GEDUC 460 - Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: EDUC 156 and consent of the department. Not open to first-year students. Examines a variety of teaching strategies applicable to students in heterogeneous classrooms: techniques to individualize instruction and promote mastery learning; development of cooperative learning strategies; and consideration of specific classroom and behavior management procedures. Requires fieldwork. Bettencourt, Dean, Nam.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 15 No 4.00

GEDUC 464 - Reading & Language Arts for the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers methods of assessment and instruction in creating comprehensive literacy programs with reference to the ELA Frameworks throughout; decoding strategies including phonemic awareness and phonics skills; comprehension strategies; guided reading; literature circles; the writing process; and the integration of children's literature and poetry. Requires two mornings a week of fieldwork if taken concurrently with GEDUC 467. Scotto, Rodero.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Judith Freedberg Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 467 - Math for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers basic topics of elementary mathematics from contemporary viewpoints to reinforce mathematics learning. Examines varying pupil responses and techniques of instruction and construction of curriculum units. Requires field experience in an inclusive classroom. Includes two mornings a week of fieldwork if taken concurrently with GEDUC 464. Davidson, Hamel.

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BL 09/21/2014

09/28/2014

10/05/2014

10/26/2014

11/09/2014

11/23/2014

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12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
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12:30PM-
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Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 16 No 4.00

GEDUC 471 - English Curric At the Middle/Hs Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers issues in the teaching of high school and middle school English, including selection and justification of content, models of curriculum design, lesson and unit planning, history and structure of English language, and language acquisition theories. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive English classrooms. Rooney.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
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Thomas F. Rooney Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 472 - Modern Foreign Language Curriculum @ Hs

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I and one course in advanced composition or stylistics. Considers major pedagogical issues in modern language instruction with specific attention to theories of language acquisition; the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; selection and justification of content; models of curricular design; and construction of lesson plans and units. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive language classrooms. Nelson.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Sally C. Nelson Open 18 No 4.00

GEDUC 474 - Hist & Poli Sci At Middle/Hs Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers major pedagogical issues in teaching history and the social sciences, emphasizing selection and justification of content, models of curriculum design, modes of inquiry, and construction of lesson plans and units. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive social studies classrooms. Bettencourt.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
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Joy H. Bettencourt Open 16 No 4.00

GEDUC 476 - Science Curriculum At High/Mid Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Introduces middle and high school science teaching: specific problems, instructional materials, and teaching techniques. Emphasizes observing and aiding inclusive science classes.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Jill Sifantus
Ms. Barbara Weiffenbach
Open 17 No 4.00

GEDUC 478 - Math Curr. At the Middle/High Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Explores contemporary issues and problems in middle and high school level mathematics teaching, including curriculum projects and materials and their origins, rationales, and uses. Emphasizes the teacher's role as a generator of knowledge and curriculum and the formulator of instruction. Includes appropriate field experience. Deily.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Mr. Bruce C. Mallory Open 16 No 4.00

GEDUC 479 - Practicum: World Language 5-12

Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in a world language classroom. Involves planning and implementing daily class lessons for at least 150 hours of direct teaching, as well as development of curriculum materials and demonstrated service to a student who falls short of classroom instructional objectives. Requires papers, attendance at seminars, and documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instruction. Chumley, Guttentag.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 480 - Practicum: Elementary Education (1-6)

Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the first-grade to sixth-grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time. Guttentag.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Helen Guttentag Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 481 - Practicum: Middle School (5-8)

. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the fifth grade to ninth grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time. Rocci.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 20 No 4.00

GEDUC 482 - Practicum: High School (8-12)

Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the ninth grade to twelfth grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 488 - Pre-Practicum: Elementary

Prereq.: Requires students to observe, assist, and teach in a 1-12 classroom under the supervision of a professionally licensed supervising practitioner at the field and level of the license sought. Offers an opportunity to develop and teach lesson plans and a mini-curriculum unit, provide service to one student requiring modification in his/her educational program, and demonstrate effective classroom management skills. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Helen Guttentag Open 16 No 4.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 20 No 4.00
03 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 19 No 4.00

MBA

GSM 526 - Market Research & Design Analysis

Effective strategic planning and decision making relies on management's ability to acquire and interpret relevant market-related information and have the skills to carry out sound research. This course will provide MBA students with an in-depth understanding of the research methods used by management researchers to obtain information to guide decision making. The goal is to provide students with sufficient knowledge about research methods to allow them to become sophisticated users and clients of marketing research services. Emphasis will be on how to: (1) specify information needs and design a research study to meet those needs; (2) collect, analyze, and use research data to make effective strategic and managerial decisions; (3) communicate the research findings and their implications to various stakeholders. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze data using SPSS software and create professional surveys using Qualtrics, a leading online survey platform. Fall 13 Dates: Tuesday nights 6-9pm

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B 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Mr. Edward T. Vieira, Jr. Open 50 No 3.00
Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 04/18/2014 05:21PM

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