03-211-03 Paideia Seminar 1B
Syllabus, Spring 2004

 

 

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

Office hours: tba

Texts:

Richard Light, Making the Most of College
Course Packet (same as that used in 1st semester)
LiveText e-portfolio

Course Organization. During the spring semester, we will meet as a seminar group eight times.

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) Our Paideia group will complete the Group Service Project by the end of spring break 2004. 2) Each Paideia Scholar must involve him/herself in at least two substantive service activities. Normally, this involves at least 15 hours of service activity. 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 the final proposal for the anchoring intercultural experience (the experience normally occurring during the junior year). This must be submitted by January 30. Please see the Intercultural Proposal Form. Each Paideia Scholar is to meet one-on-one with the Paideia Professor during the first half of February to discuss the final proposal. Click for the Basic Guidelines for the Intercultural Experience.

Leadership Component. 1) Each student should select a short article (10 pages or less) of general interest that contains some component of leadership. The student should provide the instructor with a copy of the article in advance, for distribution to the whole class (electronic would be the most convenient). 2) 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. Click for the Leadership Component Guidelines.

Collaborative Component. 1) Paideia Scholars will collaborate on 15 minute presentations on their group service projects. 2) Each Paideia Scholar will interview one faculty member to learn more about his/her area of scholarship or artistic interests. Please write a short reflection on this and include in the electronic portfolio (due April 1). 3) Each Paideia Scholar will maintain a reflective journal on the notion and experience of collaboration. Click for the Guidelines for Collaborative Research and Creative Works

Paideia Plan. Each Paideia Scholar is to prepare a revised Paideia Plan. Please "freeze" your fall 2003 plan as an archival copy, save also as the spring 2004 first draft, and edit / augment from there. Scholars will continue to 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. Please try to tie this document to classes that you are taking.

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)
Brown Symposium (February 11-13)

Current Events. For selected seminar meetings (see schedule below), 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. Write about the article reflectively, 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 continue the development of an electronic portfolio.

Annotated Bibliography. Each Paideia Scholar is to develop an annotated bibliography. Each semester he/she must add at least two entries that include 1) a reading from another course that can then be tied to the Paideia Four; 2) a reading that is the personal choice of the student and will be tied to the Paideia Four. (At the end of three years, we will combine the entries and produce a Seminar Annotated Bibliography)

General Comments on refective essays. At least 2/3 of the reflections must be written reflections. If you wish to submit a reflection in some other medium, you must provide the Paideia Professor with the rationale in advance. Assuming appropriate rationale, the Professor will grant permission for a non-verbal reflection, but such permission is not automatic.

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 total of two seminar sessions (seminar or one-on-one meeting) 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.

Grading.

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 Paideia 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
January 22 Seminar

Readings

Using Journal Writing to Enhance Reflective Practice (Course Packet)

Haskell, Negotiating through Difference: Herakleion, Crete, 1980

January 30 Intercultural Experience Final Proposal for Intercultural Experience due (see the Intercultural Proposal Form)
February 1-14 Intercultural Experience Meet with Paideia Professor to discuss Intercultural Experience
February 12 Seminar

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. Write about the article reflectively, 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.

Annotated bibliography: be prepared to lead class discussion on your two entries that include 1) a reading from another course that can be tied to the Paideia Four; 2) a reading that is the personal choice of the student and will be tied to the Paideia Four.

February 11-13

Brown Symposium

"Arctic Journal"
February 26 Seminar

Reflective essay: please write a reflective essay that ties together several other courses that you are taking.

Fieldtrip: Maya Angelou

March 11 Seminar

Please complete one of the following four reflections on leadership/citizenship

  1. Reflections on different leadership styles.
  2. Reflections on personal leadership experience that relates to something that you have learned about leadership.
  3. Using a list of definitions of leadership, take one of your own and explain why that definition works for you.
  4. Compare two leadership experiences (either observed or your own) and write a compare/contrast reflection about these.
March 25

Seminar

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. Write about the article reflectively, 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.
April 1 Collaborative Short reflection due springing from interview one faculty member to learn more about his/her area of scholarship or artistic interests
April 1-15   Meet with Paideia Professor to discuss progress
April 1 Seminar

Course Packet Readings

Cronin, Thinking and Learning about Leadership

Moreno, Entering into the Realm of "the Other": A Few Suggestions for Crossing Boundaries of Human Difference

Reflective essay: please write a short reflective essay on what it means to be immersed into another culture.

April 15

Seminar

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. Write about the article reflectively, 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.

April 22

Seminar

Course Packet Readings

Bennis, The Artform of Leadership

McFarland, Seen, and Childress, Redefining Leadership for the Next Century

 

 

 

     
     

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