Interdisciplinary Courses

Interdisciplinary Courses

Recognizing the importance of the interconnectedness among academic departments, Marist offers a number of courses that call upon the content and skills from more than one discipline. These courses build critical thinking skills by requiring students to synthesize and evaluate information and often demand that students apply knowledge in useful and creative ways. These courses model the fact that real world problems don’t exist in isolation but rather are an expression of the complex, global society in which we live. 

Courses

List of 9 items.

  • Advanced Logic and Debate (LG341: Grades 9-10)

    This one-term course is offered to students interested in debate but not necessarily in membership on the competitive team. This course will include informal logic, current events, group discussion, and team policy debate. Students will also do research and construct arguments about the national policy debate topic. Students who are interested in debating competitively should take this course during Term 1.
  • Chemistry and Art (HU425: Grades: 10-12)

    This course will engage students in cooperative, active, and inquiry-based learning in order to understand some of the fundamental relationships between mediums in the Fine Arts and Chemistry. In the first half of the course students will discover the chemical underpinnings of a variety of mediums in photography. Outcomes of project-based learning will include making a pinhole camera, developing and processing film and paper by using chemical variables to create final prints, and utilizing the redox chemistry of gum bichromate. The second half of the course will explore the sources of color pigments, color theory, heterogeneous mixtures, and analyze color pigments in the framework of light absorption chemistry. Students will be using Vernier Lab Quest sensors to detect both visible and ultraviolet light reflectivity and absorption.
  • Drivers Education (DE341-343: Minimum Age 15)

    This one-term course is designed to teach traffic rules and regulations. Students are given actual driving lessons, usually during after-school hours or on weekends. A substantial fee is required (cost to be announced annually). This is a three-quarter-hour course and a certificate is issued to those who complete the requirement. Included in the course is the four-hour Alcohol and Drug Program (ADAP). All students (under 18) who expect to get a driver’s license must show proof of ADAP completion. This is a pass/fail course and is not used to compute GHSA eligibility or the Marist GPA.
  • Environmental Studies: Sustainable Organic Agriculture (HU211: Grades 9-12)

    This interdisciplinary one-term course will focus on organic gardening and the environmental, political, and ethical issues related to food.  Using various texts students will examine the local and global effects of food production, distribution, and consumption. A significant portion of the course will focus on planning and working Marist’s organic garden and on studying soil chemistry, plant genetics, and environmentally sustainable agriculture. The class will visit local organic farms and members of Community Supported Agriculture. One of the class requirements will be to use produce raised in the Marist Garden to help support local food banks.

    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Preference will be given to students who have volunteered in the garden.
  • Introduction to Archival Research (HU530: Grades: 11-12)

    This one-term course will offer an introduction to working in an archive. Activities will include cataloguing, scanning photographs, digitizing records, creating profiles of members of the Marist community, designing exhibits, maintaining a website, conducting research on Marist history, and recording oral interviews. The course will include field trips to local archives. This course allows the student the opportunity to experience being a historian by working directly with primary sources. In addition, the students will be contributing to the organization and preservation of Marist historical documents so that materials can be accessed by the school community as well as outside researchers.
    Prerequisite: AP US History (SS911) or AP Art History (FA902)
  • Research Methods for Argumentation (LG375: Grades: 10-12)

    This one-term course is offered to students who have completed the Advanced Logic & Debate course and are interested in membership on the Speech and Debate Team. This course will include research using targeted searches, evaluating search results, evaluating credibility of research, and creating original research on topics assigned by the instructor.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 1 (SK141: Grades 7-9)

    This one-term course is offered to students who would like to improve their organizational skills and study habits. Material covered in the course includes desk and work organization, study habits, homework responsibility, reading skills, long-range assignment planning, how to take various forms of tests, how to know your best learning style and many other areas of concern to the learner. This course is a pass/fail course in the curriculum and is not used to compute the Marist GPA.
  • Strategies and Skills for Success 2 (SK241: Grades 8-12)

    This course is a directed study hall.
  • Theology, Literature, and Law of the Civil Rights Movement (HU570: Grades 11-12)

    In this one-term elective, students will study the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s from the perspectives presented by historians, theologians, and writers trying to answer questions about justice, dignity, and human rights. They will read texts such as Harper Lee’s recently published novel, Go Set a Watchman; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail;” Malcom X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet;” Spike Lee’s documentary Four Little Girls; John Lewis’s graphic novel trilogy March; and other short stories, primary source documents, music, and film from and about the era.

    Students will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers about the Civil Rights movement and its effects on the Christian community in Atlanta, take a field trip to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood for a walking tour, and travel to Birmingham to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. This is a seminar course and students will be expected to write frequent responses to the material they study as well as produce a substantial final project at the end of the course.

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