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ACEL Course Examples

SOC 390 – Visual Sociology & AAV 233 – Documentary Photography

Faculty: Elizabeth Borland (Sociology) & Anita Allyn (Visual Arts)

In the spring of 2015, Professor Anita Allyn’s Documentary Photography class, in partnership with students in Professor Elizabeth Borland’s Visual Sociology, partnered with local non-profit Isles, Inc. to capture the past and envision the future of a historic Trenton neighborhood. Students conducted research at Trentoniana, the Trenton library’s archives, and used the vivid photographs they found to elicit the memories of senior residents who remembered the Old Trenton Neighborhood as a bustling commercial district. Interviewees further shared their fears, hopes, and ideas for Trenton’s future. The research was compiled in a comprehensive report for Isles, Inc. which plans to revitalize the neighborhood as a community-driven arts district.

IMM 280 – Design Perspectives

Faculty: Chris Ault, Mark Thompson

Professor Chris Ault’s Design Perspectives in Interactive Multimedia has for several years been a formative part of the IMM student experience. Students collaborate with local nonprofits and organizations, listen to their current technology and design challenges, and using their knowledge and skills, create proposals that rely on the latest innovations in the tech and design world. Challenges have included litter in the city, parking availability, and increasing technology’s presence in public libraries. Student proposals have included Parko Polo, a Trenton Parking App, a DestinationTrenton website, and a web version of a resource manual for ex-offenders, which now exists as the Square 2 app. A few exemplary students have had the opportunity to bring their proposals to fruition through an internship during the following semester. During the Fall 2015 semester, proposals were also entered into competition for the prestigious Knight News Challenge.

SOC 345 – Inequality, Pollution, and Environment

Faculty: Diane Bates

Dr. Bates’ SOC 345 students partnered with Trenton250, the firm designing Trenton’s comprehensive master plan. Over the course of the semester, students conducted field observations in public spaces around the city — plazas, parks, breezeways, etc. — to understand how those spaces are being used and could be used in the future. The class’s report will be incorporated in Trenton250’s planning, which will guide the city’s direction until the 250th anniversary of its incorporation in 2042.

MUS 355/WGS 307 – Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Music in the 1980s

Faculty: Wayne Heisler

Students in Dr. Heisler’s MUS 355/WGS 307 course explored the role of music in identify formation, partnering with the after school program Academic Sports Academy at Hedgepeth-Williams Public School. The class worked with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to better understand the impact popular music has during the formative middle school years. Over the course of three visits, students met and tutored the program participants then teamed up to create interactive workshops, including a dance off, a performance lesson, and a listen-and-learn session with the soundtrack of “Hamilton,” the hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton. Students met during their fourth hour to reflect on their previous visit and plan for the next one.

BUS 370 – Arts Management & Marketing

Faculty: Martine Bertin-Peterson

Over the course of the fall 2015 semester, groups worked with local arts non-profits to analyze their management and marketing strategies, structures, practices, and policies. Activities included interviews, SWOT analyses, logo mock-ups, and marketing proposals. Students produced 20 page case studies and presented their findings to their partner organizations.

 

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