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Self and Other Course Pairing

You, Me and Society: What’s your story? (SC101D)

We like to think of ourselves as unique beings, but are we? To what extent are we products of our society, shaped by our social class, race/ethnicity, gender?  Stories about who we are lead to the creation of data which needs to be analyzed in order to be understood. So social research is about telling and interpreting stories. The pairing of this course with Introduction to Statistics (ST110) provides students with the tools to understand patterns in people’s stories that illustrate the relationship between individuals and society.

Faculty Biography

Associate Professor Amanda Konradi (Dr. K) came to Loyola in 2004, after earning a PhD from the University of California - Santa Cruz and teaching and gaining tenure at Ohio University. Dr. Konradi loves to teach, and helping others develop their skills has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She particularly enjoys teaching SC101D, because she thinks learning how we are situated in the world can help us develop our selves more completely and find successful strategies to negotiate work, education, and even recreation. Dr. Konradi also teaches research design, qualitative methods, gender and justice, criminal justice, and deviance and social control. She has studied the involvement of rape survivors in the criminal prosecution of their assailants and has written about their reporting decisions, self-preparation for court events, emotion work, engagement with sentencing, involvement in plea bargains and testimony. She has helped train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and explored how their services can be incorporated into a campus health system.  She recently studied the adjudication procedures college and universities use to handle sexual assault. Currently, through interviews, Dr. Konradi is investigating how individuals with progressive craniofacial bone disease negotiate functional problems, pain and looking different. Dr. Konradi likes involving students in her research – ask her about it.

Using Statistical Methods to Understand How We Live (ST110)

The discipline of statistics will be introduced while frequently using examples and data that relate to the human experience. Using statistical analysis, we will develop a deeper understanding of how we are products of our society and how, together, we form society.

Faculty Biography

With a PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola Maryland, Dr. Auer brings a numbers side of things and a people side of things to his 36 year career as a stat professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor Biography

Heather is a Loyola graduate, and current Assistant Dean in the School of Education. She has been a Messina Mentor for the past five years; and has enjoyed working with students in both the Stories we Tell and Self and Others themes.  Heather grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, but has lived in Baltimore for the past 20 years. Heather is married with two young boys and enjoys participating in all the city has to offer with her husband and sons.  She looks forward to sharing her love of Baltimore with Messina students!

A group of students posing for a photo, with the harbor and Baltimore skyline in the background
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