Sarah Fjellanger

    AS A MATTER OF COURSE: Big Questions, Big Tent

    by , June, 2017

    This sum­mer, Metro State stu­dents are broad­en­ing their world­views using the teach­ings of a 19th-​century edu­ca­tion move­ment in IDST 323 Chau­tauqua: Sense of Place.

    Dr. Carol Lacey, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in the Col­lege of Indi­vid­u­al­ized Stud­ies (CIS), cre­ated this new inter­dis­ci­pli­nary course. She mod­eled it on the spirit of the Chau­tauqua Insti­tu­tion, an inno­v­a­tive lib­eral arts pro­gram that is more than 140 years old. She incor­po­rated what she learned from attend­ing the Chau­tauqua Insti­tu­tion sum­mer sea­son in 2016 in south­west­ern New York

    Lacey wel­comes stu­dents from any major to enroll in the online course. It can be used to sat­isfy goal 5, goal 10 and upper-​division Lib­eral Studies.

    Mul­ti­sided Syllabu

    Asked how the class dif­fers from WRIT 532 Writ­ing About Place, Lacey said that her stu­dents first con­sider a per­sonal expe­ri­ence in a place that is spe­cific and sig­nif­i­cant to them.

    Class exer­cises push stu­dents beyond casual obser­va­tions. They must explore phys­i­cal, eco­nomic, social, cul­tural and spir­i­tual aspects. They must tackle eco­log­i­cal and envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, and eval­u­ate the sus­tain­abil­ity of their cho­sen place.

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