03-211-03 Paideia Seminar 1A
Syllabus, Fall 2004

in construction!


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

Office hours: tba


Richard Light, Making the Most of College
Course Packet (available at library [reserve])

Course Organization. During the fall semester, we will meet as a seminar group times on the following Monday evenings at 7:30:

August 30

September 13

September 27

October 18

November 1

November 15

November 22

November 29

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

LiveText. Please sign up for a LiveText training session

Program Goals. Think of your experiences as a tapestry. There are five strands which we weave together: academics, service learning, intercultural learning, leadership, and collaborative research. We will collectively, and sometimes individually, develop this weaving during the Paideia Program.

Through this weaving, we will be tying together the various strands of our educational experience, including work inside and outside of class. A philosophy course or a chemistry course does not stand in isolation, nor does a volunteer activity - they are part of a larger fabric.

Each Paideia Scholar is expected to play an active role in the program. The Paideia Professor will provide guidance, suggestions, and assignments, but the program is the Scholars' - you need to take charge.

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 Scholar must participate in at least one all-Paideia service-learning activity. Please sign up IMMEDIATELY on the web for All-Paideia Service Day Sign-up Page. 2) 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. 3) Each Paideia Scholar must spend at least 15 hours during the semester on service (in at least two different experiences). 4) Paideia Scholars will write at least one reflection on their service activities. The reflection should address such questions as why and how the Paideia Scholar selected the project, how the project met (or failed to meet) expectations or goals, what the project accomplished, what the Paideia Scholar gained from the experience, and how the project illustrates connections across the Scholar’s academic life and the other four Paideia strands of Service, Intercultural, Leadership, and Collaborative Research and Creative Works. Finally, you must ask and respond to the question, “What is the broader social problem that caused the need I sought to alleviate during my service activity and what should I do to solve that broader social problem?”

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 two possible experiences. Please see the form.

Leadership Component. We will address this component more specifically in the spring semester.

Collaborative Component. During the Spring, Paideia Scholars will be asked to conduct a short interview with one expert regarding the expert or artist’s work and how they conduct research and/or how the creative process works. .

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. Each Paideia Scholar is to 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. You must make the reading available to the cohort at least one week before the seminar, either in electronic form (preferable) or hard copy. This requirement is intended to help you develop your abilities as an intellectual leader and facilitator. A great liberal arts education cultivates in the student the capacity to teach him or her and others about the world within which we work and live.

Portfolio. Paideia Scholars will begin the development of an electronic portfolio. Please sign up for a training session - 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.).

Reading assignments. You will be assigned readings from various sources including the Paideia Seminar Reader, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, by Richard Light (both texts are on 2 hr. desk reserve in the library), and other sources (journals, etc.).

Annotated bibliography. You are to begin developing an annotated bibliography related to the Paideia experience. This semester you must add two entries to this bibliography:

These will become part of a bibliography that will be made available to all Paideia Scholars and Professors.

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 50% of final grade
Assignments: 50% 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.

Accommodations. Southwestern University will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To arrange accommodations students should contact Deb McCarthy, the Academic Services Coordinator within the Office of Academic Services (Cullen Building, 3rd floor; phone 863-1286; e-mail mccarthd@southwestern.edu). Students seeking accommodations should notify the Academic Services Coordinator at least two weeks before services are needed. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss any necessary accommodations with the appropriate faculty member.

Paideia Calendar

Semester Schedule (very tentative)

Date Topic Assignments
August 24
5:30 pm
All-Paideia Opening Picnic, San Gabriel Park, Pavillions A&B  
August 30,
7:30-8:30 pm

Seminar I

  • Introduction to components and goals of program
  • Development of Paideia Plan
  • Discussion of Richard Light's work
  • Discussion of Electronic Portfolio
Richard Light, Making the Most of College
August-mid October 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 6-17

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
September 6 Each Paideia Scholar will compose a one page letter that begins “Dear Paideia Group, My hopes and dreams for the Paideia Program at Southwestern and for our group are.... Therefore, I think that we should...." Each person should submit his/her composition to the instructor (haskell@southwestern.edu) on or prior to September 6. The instructor will then distribute all of the letters to the group. Each person should read the other 8 compositions prior to our next group meeting (Sept. 13), so that we can discuss them.  
September 13
7:30-8:30 pm

Seminar II

  • Discussion of Intercultural Experience (anchoring experience normally during junior year): possibilities; timeline
  • Discussion of service aspect
September 27

Seminar III

  • Intercultural Learning
  • Discussion of group service project proposals

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 18

Seminar IV

  • Discussion of group service project proposals (make sure to have researched area needs; come to class with a specific proposal)

Read What is Service Learning?

Reflective Essays:

  • Write a 500 word reflective essay regarding service and its relationship to your Paideia Plan


mid October - mid November Appointment with Director of Intercultural Learning to narrow down program choices to three.  
mid October - mid November

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

  • Portfolio: reflective essays/journal for each Paideia component plus campus events
  • Intercultural learning experiences
November 1

Seminar V

  • Presentations of spring group service project proposals
  • Discussion of cultural (mis-/pre-) conceptions
Chen, How We Know What we know about Americans
mid October - mid November Appointment with Director of Intercultural Learning to narrow down program choices to three.  
November 15

Seminar VI

  • Further discussion of Bennett article
  • Final selection of spring service project

Course Packet Readings:

  • Bennett, Overcoming the Golden Rule


November 22

Seminar VII

  • Discussion of Boud
  • Revisit letters of September 6

Course packet Reading

  • Boud, Using Journal Writing to Enhance Reflective Practice
November 29

Seminar VIII

  • reflection of fall semester Paideia experiences
  • discussion of One Step at a Time

Course Packet Reading

  • Soul of a Citizen Chapt. 3. One Step at a Time

Reflective essay:

  • Write a 500 word reflective essay One Step at a Time
November (late) Proposal for three intercultural learning experiences due to Paideia Professor