03-211-03 Paideia Seminar 1A
Syllabus, Fall 2003



H. Haskell, MBH 223, x1554, haskell@southwestern.edu

Office hours: tba


Richard Light, Making the Most of College
Course Packet (available at bookstore)
LiveText (available from the instructor)

Course Organization. During the fall semester, we will meet as a seminar group three times:

August 29, 3:00-5:30, FWO 302
October 17, 3:00-5:30, FWO 302
November 14, 3:00-6:00, FWO 302

In addition, each student will meet one on one with the instructor several times during the semester.

By its very nature, the Paideia Program is fluid, moving with the ebb and flow of events and opportunities. Therefore, this syllabus most likely will undergo some changes during the semester. Basic requirements will remain, however, constant. Changes will be posted to the on-line version of this syllabus, and communicated to seminar students by email.

General Requirements (see also General Program Guidelines)

Service Component. 1) Each Paideia Scholar will research various service project needs in the area (Williamson County), and present the results to the seminar. The seminar will select one project, to be completed by the group by the end of spring break 2004. 2) Each Paideia Scholar must spend at least 15 hours during the semester on service (in at least two different experiences). 3) Paideia Scholars are to maintain a reflective journal on all service activities. The journal shall address such issues as why and how the Paideia Scholar selected the project, how the project met (or not) expectations or goals, what the project accomplished, what the Paideia Scholar gained from the experience, and how the project relates to the four Paideia components and to classes.

Intercultural Component. Paideia Scholars will prepare proposals for the anchoring intercultural experience (the experience normally occurring during the junior year). This invloves meeting with the Director of Intercultural Learning at least twice, with the Paideia Professor at least once. By November 25, each Scholar must submit to the Paideia Professor proposals for three possible experiences. Please see the Intercultural Proposal Form.

Leadership Component. Paideia Scholars are to maintain a reflective journal on leadership. Scholars should reflect on different kinds of leadership, observe and reflect upon campus, community, and global leadership, and reflect upon some personal leadership experience.

Collaborative Component. 1) Paideia Scholars will collaborate on 15 minute presentations on their group service projects. 2) Each Paideia Scholar will maintain a reflective journal on the notion and experience of collaboration.

Paideia Plan. Each Paideia Scholar is to prepare a Paideia Plan. Scholars will develop and reflect upon a set of goals for their Paideia experience. In doing so, they will articulate how service, leadership, collaboration, and intercultural learning fit into these goals.This is to be a dynamic document that incorporates, and responds to, reflections during the three years of the program.

Attendance at Campus Events. Paideia Scholars are asked to reflect on campus events that they have attended. They should address what about the experience was a stretch and why, and what they learned. Each Scholar must attend campus events as follows. At least two or three must be a stretch for the Scholar:

lectures within department or area of academic interest (>=1/semester)
lectures outside of the department or area of academic interest (>=1/semester)
Fine Arts event (>=1/semester)
Sporting/Athletic event (>=1/semester)
Cultural or diversity event (>= 2-3/semester)

Current Events. For each seminar meeting, read and be prepared to report on one article from the most recent issue of one of the following publications: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, Scientific American, Art News, or another general-interest publication of your choice. By all means, write about the article in your reflective journal, stating not only why you read it and what its most important points were but also how it relates to your studies and the community outside Southwestern.

Reflective Journal. Each Paideia Scholar is to maintain a general reflective journal, to include reflective obeservations on various aspects of the four basic Paideia components, current events, extracurricular campus events, and other appropriate activites.

Portfolio. Paideia Scholars will begin the development of an electronic portfolio. Training sessions on LiveText will be offered early in the semester - each Scholar must attend one of these sessions. Written work will be included in the portfolio, and, prior to initiating the portfolio, Scholars should prepare and save such work in some sort of electronic format (word processing, web, etc.).

Attendance Policy. Attendance in your Paideia Seminar and at your Paideia one-on-one appointments is required. Because attendance and participation are such integral parts of this program, students who miss either a seminar session or a one-on-one meeting with their Paideia Professor due to an unexcused absence will receive a lower class participation grade (see below). In addition, they will be placed on probation with the three-year Paideia Program. Any additional unexcused absences during the duration of the Paideia Program will typically result in your termination from the Program. All probationary cases will be reviewed by the group of ten Paideia Professors.


The class is offered on a P/D/F basis:

70%-100% = P
60%-69% = D
<60% = F

Reflective essays will be graded according to the following scale:

Semester Grade. The semester grade will be calculated as follows:

Class/Program participation 40% of final grade
Reflective Essays (to be assigned): 60% of final grade

Honor Code. The Honor Code applies to the Padeia Program. Students will be expected to complete their work as defined by the course. At times, students must work alone, at other times with other students and professors.


Semester Schedule (tentative)

Date Topic Assignments
August 26
6-8 pm
Opening Picnic, Sun City  
August 29,

Seminar I (FWO 302):

  • Introduction to components and goals of program
  • Development of Paideia Plan
  • Discussion of Richard Light's book
  • Discussion of Electronic Portfolio
  • Discussion of Intercultural Experience (anchoring experience normally during junior year): possibilities; timeline
  • Discussion of service aspect
Richard Light, Making the Most of College
Fall 2003 Beginning of electronic portfolio: training, and development  
August 25-October 10 Initial appointment with Director of Intercultural Learning to explore possibilities for Intercultural Learning anchoring experience. One-on-one with Paideia Professor to discuss intercultural experience plan  
September 8-19

One-on-one appointment with Paideia Professor to discuss:

  • Paideia Plan. Draft must be submitted to Paideia Professor at least one week in advance of appointment
  • Plans for service activities
October 10-November 20 Appointment with Director of Intercultural Learning to narrow down program choices to three.  
October 17, 3-5:30

Seminar II (FWO 302)

  • Intercultural Learning
  • Discussion of group service project proposals

Course Packet Readings:

  • Bennett, Overcoming the Golden Rule
  • What is Service Learning?

Reflective Essays:

  • Write a 500 word reflective essay regarding service and its
    relationship to your Paideia Plan
  • Write a 500-750 word reflective essay on Overcoming the Golden Rule

Prepare individual proposals for group service project, and be ready to discuss in class.

October 20-November 13

One-on-one meetings with Paideia Professor to discuss:

  • Portfolio: reflective essays/journal for each Paideia component plus campus events
  • Intercultural learning experiences
November 14, 3-6

Seminar III (FWO 302)

  • Selection of group service project
  • reflection of fall semester Paideia experiences

Course Packet Readings:

  • Chen, How We Know What we know about Americans
  • Soul of a Citizen Chapt. 3. One Step at a Time

Reflective essay:

  • Write a 500-750 word reflective essay One Step at a Time
November 25 Proposal for three intercultural learning experiences due to Paideia Professor