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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

Clinical Trials Smackdown

This activity teaches skills in critical assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature.  It focuses on analysis of clinical trials in mental health, but the principles and methods are readily generalizable to other scientific literature.  The “Smackdown” approach represents an augmentation of the traditional “journal club” mode of teaching critical scientific reading skills.

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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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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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