Faculty Spotlight

Ye_Alice

This book examines the entrepreneurial class in the post-communist Poland from a broad historical perspective, documenting the persistent endurance and the development of this class during radical social change from a controlled economy to a market economy.

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Student Spotlight

Nia Brade

Nia Brade was appointed to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council.

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Helen Daugherty

Helen Daugherty

An ideal introduction to the study of population, this highly accessible textbook outlines the fundamental concepts and measurement techniques of demography.

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2008-2009 Featured St. Mary's Projects

Renee Angelo: "Ndanka Ndanka: The Process of Education in The Gambia" (mentor-Helen Daugherty).

This research explores the UN Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education for children across the globe, especially in developing countries. It looks at the issues that prevent the Millennium Development Goal from being successful across the globe, with a case study on the West African country, The Gambia. A brief look at demographics gives a context for The Gambia’s stage of development and those factors that may affect Universal Primary Education. With firsthand research in The Gambia and data from the Department for Education, the education system currently in place in The Gambia is described in depth, and real opinions from Gambians affected by the system voice their opinions. From the data, an assessment of the education system in regards to the Millennium Develop Goal is discussed, with suggestions for the success of Universal Primary Education.

Renee recently graduated (2009). 

Glencora Guger: "Coherence and Chaos:Defining Social Constructs in a Cross-Cultural Context" (mentor-Elizabeth Osborn). This SMP is cross listed with English. 

The following text is an analysis of four social constructs, community, social class, family and health. Each social construct is introduced with a personal narrative where I explain how I came to understand the social construct in a perspective other than my own. Next, I discuss how the construct is defined by dictionaries, social institutions, laypersons and scholars. Synthesizing the definitions illuminates how there are several different, and often conflicting perceptions of the same social construct. For each social construct, I choose a case study which illustrates the negative effects of an outsider, enforcing a prescribed definition or framework onto a social community which has an alternate belief system. The conflict inherent in defining social constructs is that we need frameworks for the purpose of organization and coherence, but because humanity is so diverse, an all inclusive framework is not feasible. Those that are left out may be subject to isolation and damages if they do not conform to the dominant ideologies. For this reason, it can be tempting to abandon frameworks entirely but, this creates chaos. I conclude that until we devise better methods for conceptualizing social constructs, the best we can do is to be alert and attentive to these issues and try to incorporate them into our own frameworks through increased cultural understanding.

Glencora recently graduated (2009). She is currently traveling throughout Micronesia.