Inventors and Inventions: From the Prehistoric Past to High-Tech Present

Level 1

Humans are inventors. We have always been inventors—from the prehistoric invention of stone tools to the invention of the microchip. What inventions do you depend on to live? What inventions have had the biggest impact on human history? In this course you will learn about inventions and the people who invented them. You will learn about the makers of the first hand tools in Africa. You will learn about Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. You will learn about Ben Franklin and the American Revolution—the invention of America. You will learn about George Washington Carver and other African-American inventors. You will learn about the Wright brothers and the invention of the airplane. In this course, you will take flight through history from the prehistoric past to high-tech present. Along the way, you will develop English language skills and background knowledge that you will need for college at CUNY.

 

Crossing Boundaries: Immigrants, African-Americans, and Women

Level 2

As immigrants, all of you have crossed a national boundary into the United States. To begin college and start a career, you will all need to cross educational and occupational boundaries. In this course, you will learn how immigrants, African Americans, and women have crossed boundaries to improve their lives and the lives of their communities. You will analyze how they crossed boundaries by using ideas from history, sociology, political science and communications. In the first unit, you will learn why immigrants have traveled across national boundaries to the United States. Next, you will study how immigrants have become part of American society by crossing social and cultural boundaries. In the third unit, you will learn how African Americans overcame racial boundaries by ending laws that segregated blacks and whites. In the last unit, you will learn how millions of women in World War II crossed gender and occupational boundaries when they started working in jobs that many people thought only men could do. Throughout the course, you’ll think about how Americans have crossed difficult boundaries and plan how you can cross boundaries to reach your life goals.

 

Science through Biography: Curie, Darwin, Einstein and the Making of the Modern World

Level 2

In this mid-level course, you will read biographies of three scientists, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. They made important, even earth-shattering discoveries at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. You will learn about the social, political and economic circumstances of these scientists’ lives; how they responded to these circumstances, and how their discoveries affected the scientific world. You will learn about the countries these people came from and the countries they emigrated to (two of these scientists were immigrants). You will learn about the political philosophies and ideologies that shaped their world and influenced their live: Nationalism, Imperialism, Communism, Fascism, and (classical) Liberalism. In additional, you will also gain an understanding of some scientific and mathematical concepts discussed in the biographies.

 

Health & Healthcare: From the Body to the Body Politic

Level 3

Whether you are interested in healthcare as a career or simply as a person who wants to stay in shape, physically and mentally, so you can succeed in college, health is topic that concerns everyone. This is an upper level CLIP course about health and healthcare. The course is divided into three units. The first unit is focused on the health and well-being of individuals and the individual experiences of patients. The second unit explores public health issues in New York City and other cities. In the third unit, you will learn about the health care systems in different societies—how different countries provide (or don’t provide) healthcare. In this last unit, you will learn about healthcare reform in the United States in the past few years. Throughout the entire class, you will learn about people who work in the field of healthcare. You will also research other majors and careers that you may be interested in pursuing in college and beyond.