Intersession Programs at Johns Hopkins
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B'More: A Common Freshman Experience

Course Listings

The B'More Program is open to members of the freshman class only. All courses focus on Baltimore and are designed to give students a better understanding of their course's topic, and to introduce them to their "hometown" for the next four years.

A typical day consists of:

1) A morning lecture from 10 - 12:30;
2) Lunch from 12:30 - 2;
3) Learning from the Community Course Activities, which include a combination of field trips, guest speaker or community service from 2 - 4:30 (although the end time will vary depending on your activity).

All students are required to attend B'More's Agents of Change Panel on Monday, January 23rd at 12:30 PM.

To register, students select one course (1 credit, graded S/U) from the list below.

Remember, you can register for other Intersession courses, to earn up to 3 credits. Check our list of B'More Compatible Courses to find listings which do not conflict with the B'More Program courses or activities.

Art

B'More: Seeing Baltimore with a Camera - Beyond Tourism

This course is for freshmen ONLY. This course will be an introduction to various neighborhoods of Baltimore through the eye of a camera. Students will be introduced to the concept of photography as an artistic medium for documenting a city's cultural life (e.g. architectural, musical, social, historical) through a mixture of classroom lectures and field trips to Baltimore neighborhoods: Federal Hill, Hampden, Mt. Vernon and Fells Point and visits to the Peabody Library, the Walters Art Museum, SPCA and a photo studio. Each student will create a small body of work that reflects their interests, point of view and photographic skills.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H
Course Number: AS.371.188.33
Instructor: Howard Ehrenfeld | Contact: howard@photoillustration.net

B'More: Charm City Thru the Lens

This course is for freshmen ONLY. In this course we'll analyze and discuss the work of master photographers from Baltimore and beyond. Students will be introduced to the concept of photography and cinematography as an aesthetic medium for documenting a city's cultural life. We will also discuss the intersection between camera basics (e.g. ISO, aperture, shutter speed) and visual perception and cognition. Classroom lectures and workshops will be complemented by visits to Federal Hill, Mt. Vernon, Bolton Hill, and Fells Point. Using their own digital and/or cell phone cameras, students will have the opportunity to create their own photographic and/or motion picture portfolios to present to the class.

Days:  
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H
Course Number: AS.371.189.33
Instructor: Monica Lopez-Gonzalez | Contact: mlopezgonzalez@jhu.edu
Syllabus: Download (.pdf)

Earth & Planetary Science

B'More: Cleaner, Greener, and Sustainable Baltimore: An Inside Look

This course is for freshmen ONLY. This course is designed to provide students with a strong understanding of the principles of sustainability, how they are applied at Johns Hopkins and in the City of Baltimore, and identify their role within the sustainability sphere. Topics covered include exploration of the fundamentals of sustainability, theory and application; how sustainability principles are embedded in operations in the City and at Hopkins; appreciation for the varieties of viewpoints and perspectives; and developing long-term strategies

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: N
Course Number: AS.271.119.33
Instructor: Olivia Zug | Contact: olivia.zug@jhu.edu

History

B'More: Business and the Black Community in Baltimore

This course is for freshmen ONLY.The image of a CVS pharmacy burning following protests is perhaps one of the most visual and memorable moments of the Baltimore uprising in April 2015. This course will examine the CVS burning as a starting point for exploring the relationship between business' broadly construed and Baltimore's black community. In doing so, it addresses critical questions about urban development, black entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility in the post-war era. This course will include field trips.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H S
Course Number: AS.100.285.33
Instructor: Jessica Levy | Contact: jlevy24@jhu.edu

History of Science & Technology

B'More: Johns Hopkins' Baltimore

This course is for freshmen ONLY. You know he spelled his name with an S, but what else do you know about our university's namesake, Johns Hopkins? In this B'More course, you'll explore the life and legacy of Quaker, businessman, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. Field trips will take us to local historic sites and cultural institutions around the city, and our service project will take place at Hopkins' former home, Clifton.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H
Course Number: AS.140.318.33
Instructor: Jennifer Kinniff | Contact: jkinniff@jhu.edu

Humanities Center

B'More: Homelessness

Please note, class will meet Saturday, Jan. 28 in the event of inclement weather. This course is for freshmen ONLY. In Baltimore, as in any major city, many urban poor find themselves without a home and without shelter. For these individuals, life on the streets is desperate and dangerous. Students will read, discuss, and debate about the causes and implications of homelessness in Baltimore, and explore present policies and potential solutions. Guest speakers include homeless rights advocates from both local government and community groups. Students will also participate in service directly affecting homeless persons.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 -
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H S
Course Number: AS.300.100.33
Instructor: Thomas Gottbreht | Contact: tgottbr1@jhu.edu

Interdepartmental

B'More: Baltimore City Urban Planning

This course is for freshman ONLY. Why does Baltimore have so many vacant and underutilized properties? Is gentrification a good or bad thing? How can the City become more sustainable? These are few of the many issues and challenges that City Planners address. This class will give an overview of urban planning using Baltimore as a laboratory. It will involve walking trips to two or more different neighborhoods as well as readings and guest speakers to explore both challenges and solutions. Students will work individually or small groups to propose policy solutions to real urban challenges.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution:
Course Number: AS.360.108.33
Instructor: Laurie Feinberg | Contact: laurie.feinberg@baltimorecity.gov
Syllabus: Download (.docx)

B'More: Integrative Medicine

This course is for freshmen ONLY. World wide, the burden of our health costs are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological and substance abuse issues. Because lifestyle, diet, lack of exercise and stress are major contributing factors, Traditional Medicine (TM) or Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches are becoming increasingly important globally. Distinguishing between Traditional and Modern medicines, we will consider the rising use of Integrative Medicine as the upcoming model for the Healing Arts. Students will be introduced to some of the most popular types of TM or CAM, including biologically based practices. Strategies for optimal health during your academic years will be offered and demonstrated. An interactive and eye-opening class!

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H N
Course Number: AS.360.122.33
Instructor: Georganne Giordano | Contact: gderick1@jhu.edu
Syllabus: Download (.docx)

Museums and Society

B'More: Explore Baltimore Museums

This course is for freshmen ONLY. Field-trip based class goes behind the scenes of local museums (history, art, science, aquarium). We meet with curators, exhibit designers, educators and conservators and learn about the museums' histories, philosophies and activities to become more informed visitors.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H S
Course Number: AS.389.171.33
Instructor: Jennifer Kingsley | Contact: jkingsley@jhu.edu
Syllabus: Download (.docx)

Writing Seminars

B'More: Medicine, Art and Storytelling

In this class, we'll explore the topics of healthcare, illness, and healing through the lens of Baltimore art and literature. We'll start by exploring the emerging field of Narrative Medicine and reading personal essays, poems and fiction written by local patients and physicians. Next, we'll go on custom tours of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Arts museum. We'll also visit Wide Angle, a Remington nonprofit that helps heal the community by teaching local youth to tell their stories through documentary film. Students will enjoy ample opportunity to develop and receive feedback on their own personal essays, fiction, podcasts and art.

Days:  Monday 1/23/2017 - Friday 1/27/2017
Times:  M - 10am-4:30pm | Tu- 10am-4:30pm | W- 10am-4:30pm | Th- 10am-4:30pm | F- 10am-4:30pm
Distribution: H
Course Number: AS.220.113.33
Instructor: Emily Parker | Contact: emily.parker07@gmail.com

 

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“I learned so much about the social, economic, and political structure of Baltimore through my B'More class…I feel I have a much better understanding of this city and I found a new appreciation for it.”

—Student

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