Paideia 3b

Spring 2006

We continue to weave together intentionally the strands of Paideia: academics, intercultural, collaborative, service, leadership. The Paideia Program seeks to assist the Paideia Scholars in their search for a life that is connected, thoughtful, and authentic. Our seminar and tutorial sessions are designed to assist each seminar member in the pursuit of such a life.

The following shared values, methods, and procedures continue to clarify our approach to learning in this seminar.
--we will take a proactive approach to learning, one that requires personal goal setting, self-directed study, and self-evaluation.
--we will develop our goals and objectives with intentionality (that is, careful consideration and planning).
--we will reflect on our experiences, and the experiences of others, in an attempt to evaluate our own preconceived ideas and feelings; to challenge or reinforce our own values and beliefs; to discover other ways of thinking about complicated issues; and to explore different attitudes and viewpoints involving diverse perspectives.
--we will endeavor to maintain a supportive learning environment, one in which everyone’s opinion is valued and ideas that differ from our own are welcome.
--we will seek out and establish connections between what we are learning in our academic studies and the world at large.
--we will strive for personal growth and this will serve as a measure of our success.
Therefore, this seminar will require all of us to “stretch” beyond our established frames of reference, limits of understanding, and levels of comfort. The end result will be the integration of diverse learning experiences and progress toward the realization of our respective personal goals with regard to our educations.

Please note that the five Final Reflections (see below) are to be substantial, reflective essays regarding your experiences and how they affected you. At least 2/3 of the reflections must be written essays (the final Paideia reflection must be written). If you wish to submit a reflection in some other medium, you must provide the Paideia professor with the rationale and scheme in advance. Assuming appropriate rationale, the professor will grant permission for a non-verbal reflection, but such permission is not automatic. These reflections must be completed according to the Pass/High Pass criteria (see below). If any reflection does not meet the standard, it will be returned to you for re-working until it does. You alone are responsible for resubmitting it after reworking (do not expect me to remind you). Please note that the dates for final submissions are just that, final. It would be wise to submit prior to those dates, should a rewrite/work be necessary. Please make sure that ALL submissions are posted on LiveText; any submission missing from LiveText will be considered not submitted.

Paideia Plan.

Please revise your plan to show how you have further developed your goals and objectives since you started the program. Remember to ARCHIVE your old version in your e-portfolio before making changes to it. You should emphasize what you have learned about yourself and the world through your service and intercultural experiences as well as your academic experiences

You will also submit, by April 25, 5 pm, a Final Paideia Reflection, in which you reflect upon your Paideia goals, how your conceptions might have evolved through time, and the degree to which you did, or did not, achieve your goals. The final copy will be turned in to the Paideia office.

Service Strand.

You will engage in at least two substantive service activities other than the all-Paideia projects. Substantive means you will be actively engaged in this activity. You will need to have a sense of whom you are working with, their needs, and how you are participating to meet these needs. Substance is more important than the mere accumulation or documentation of service hours, although you should log the types of activities and the number of hours you devoted to each in your e-portfolio. You will write at least one reflection on your service activities, due by April 4, 5 pm. Your reflection should address such questions as why and how you selected the project, how the project met (or failed to meet) your expectations or goals, what the project accomplished, what your gained from the experience, and how the project illustrates connections across your 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?”

In addition, you will write a Final Service Reflection, due by April 18, 5 pm. You must show how you have developed into a person who has maintained a sustained level of service and who has gained an understanding of reciprocity, connection to academics, understanding of public policy/issues (which have contributed to the service agency and the student being needed in this community), etc. This needs to be completed at a level of pass/high pass and so will probably need to go through several drafts. This reflection will encompass three years of service activities. The final copy will be turned in to the Paideia office.

Intercultural Strand.

You should continue to add (by means of your e-portfolio) reflections pertaining to cultural/diversity events and activities on and off campus.You should also revise your earlier discussion of your concerns and aspirations about your semester abroad.

You will write a final Intercultural Experience Reflection, due by April 18, 5 pm. In this reflection, you will weave together the various elements of your intercultural experiences, and articulate how these experiences relate to other Paideia strands, inside and outside of the classroom. This needs to be completed at a level of pass/high pass and so will probably need to go through several drafts. This reflection will encompass three years of intercultural experiences. The final copy will be turned in to the Paideia office.

Leadership Strand.

"Leadership” means, at the minimum, the interaction of leaders and followers in specific situations or contexts seeking to achieve common ends. This semester you will explore in a Final Leadership Reflection (due by March 28, 5 pm) your experience as an active participant (helping to organize, implement, and support an event or organization) on or off campus. Use this reflection to discuss what you see as your strengths, weakness, and style as a leader and as a follower. Be sure to draw upon the reading we have and are doing on leadership to offer insight into your leadership style and abilities.This needs to be completed at a level of pass/high pass and so will probably need to go through several drafts. This reflection will encompass three years of leadership activities. The final copy will be turned in to the Paideia office.

Collaborative Research and Creative Works Strand.

You will develop a Reflection describing your research or collaborative experience, due April 25, 5 pm. Your reflection should describe what you sought to achieve, with whom you collaborated, what methodology or artist approach you employed, and what outcomes (questions answered, skills or talents developed, final product) you accomplished. This needs to be completed at a level of pass/high pass and so will probably need to go through several drafts. The final copy will be turned in to the Paideia office.


The Paideia program is integrally related to your academic life at Southwestern. It should not be considered as simply an enrichment program although it will certainly enrich your education. Everything we do in this seminar is designed to help you forge connections among the many facets of your life as a student, a member of a student organization, perhaps as an athlete or artist, and always as a unique human being. It is essential to look for and establish connections between what you are experiencing (reading, discussing, doing) in the seminar and what you are learning about in your other classes.


Continue to add both your essays and your personal contributions to your e-portfolio. You should think of your LiveText portfolio as your portfolio. You are encouraged to personalize it with your own art, video clips, music, photos, and reflections—anything you want to preserve in the portfolio and make available to others. At the end of three years your portfolio should be as unique as you are. Please make sure that ALL submissions are posted on LiveText; any submission missing from LiveText will be considered not submitted.

Attendance at On and Off Campus Events.

You are required to reflect on at least three campus events that you have attended, due April 18, 5 pm. You should chose events for a reflection that were a “stretch” or especially inspiring for you. You should address which events were “stretches” or especially inspiring, why, and what was learned from the experience. You may, if you wish, offer a reflection through a medium other than an essay. Talk with me before you do a non-written reflection. One example of an acceptable non-written reflection may be a photomontage of an event that captures, to your eye and mind, what are the meaning and import of the experience. The list of required events is found under Grading below.

Five archival slides/pictures.

Please provide at least five imnages, with context, that document your Paideia experience. Due: April 25, 5 pm.

Facilitating a Class Discussion.

You will choose one reading (normally no more than ten pages long) on leadership from a source that you find personally stimulating, fascinating, abhorrent, or simply puzzling. You are responsible for distributing that reading one week before the seminar meeting in which you will facilitate discussion on the reading. The discussion will normally be no longer than 30-45 minutes. 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 herself and others about the world within which we work and live. In brief it makes the faculty (me) dispensable.

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). 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.

One-on-One Meetings. Each Paideia scholar will meet with the Paideia professor at least twice during the semester. You will be responsible for making an appointment. The first meeting will occur during the week of February 6-10, the second during the week of April 10-13.


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 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.


Semester Schedule


Seminar I

January 24

Selection of readings. Discussion of course and program objectives

Volunteer for meeting each student will lead


Seminar II

Feb. 7

Student-led discussion

February 6-10 First one-on-one  

Seminar III

Feb. 21

Student-led discussion (Matthew)


Seminar IV

Mar. 7

Student-led discussion (Caitlin)


Seminar V

Mar. 21

Student-led discussion

Mar. 28 Final Leadership Reflection due (5 pm)  

Seminar VI

April 4

Leadership discussion (readings tba)

Service Reflection due (5 pm)

April 10-13 Second one-on-one  

Seminar VII

April 18

Intercultural and Service discussions (readings tba)

Due (5 pm):

  • Final Service Reflection
  • Final Intercultural Reflection
  • Campus events (>= 3) Reflection

Seminar VIII

April 25

Collaborative / Creative works discussion

Due (5 pm):

  • Final Paideia Reflection
  • Collaborative Research and Creative Works Reflection
  • Archival slides/pictures