Applied/Concrete

The Blank Syllabus

In "The Blank Syllabus" activity, the instructor leaves assigned readings blank for some of the class sessions. The second writing assignment requires students to choose a reading from the course anthology--a reading that is then assigned to the class, thus filling in the blanks on the syllabus. The students get practice in writing about a reading of their choosing in the first assignment.… Read more about The Blank Syllabus

Baroque Gestures Activity

Students learn about the importance of gestures in baroque opera through viewing and practicing them.

Goals:

  • to teach students that baroque opera involved body movement as well as music, and that physical motion and musical material were intimately linked in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • to demonstrate how stage gesture can affect one's interpretation of an opera scene.

Class: Music 97a: Music History and Repertory: Medieval to Baroque

Introduction/Background: This class surveys Western… Read more about Baroque Gestures Activity

Religion & Climate Simulation

A three day simulation of the Parliament of World Religions teaches students about the role of faith groups in addressing climate change.

Goals:

  • to provide an opportunity to study religious teachings related to nature and the environment
  • to investigate ways these teachings might contribute to practical policies and actions by persons and communities of faith in the face of destructive climate change
  • to intensify the learning experience by simulating the work of delegates to a real world deliberative body.

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Physical Activity Challenges

Students take part in weekly physical activity assessments to better understand how to implement interventions to improve health through exercise.

Goals: Students will...

  • Understand how their, their activity levels (as well as those of their family and community) compare to recommended levels of physical exercise
  • Experience first-hand the challenges of changing physical activity behavior
  • Gain knowledge of an arsenal of validated tools that they are able to bring to their families, clients, or patients for real life… Read more about Physical Activity Challenges

Action Learning in Strategies for Sustainability Management

Students learn about sustainable development and risk management through action learning – applying concepts to real world organizations and discussing ideas with peers.

Goals:

  • To help students cultivate the skills necessary to develop a risk management and sustainability program in an organization at the community level in a way that continually improves the organization's ability to meet its objectives over the long term in an uncertain world. These skills include (but are not limited to) knowing how:

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