Innovation in Teaching and Learning
PLACE creates a “learning laboratory” whereby faculty fellows experiment in liberal education and civic engagement, evaluating and sharing results so others can benefit from their experiences. Often faculty members will collaborate to teach across disciplinary lines (e.g. a Political Science course on War, Politics, and Society and an English course on Literature in War) or devise new assignments or pedagogies to help promote civic engagement (e.g. Linfield students taking a religious studies course are becoming “digital pen pals” with partnering Muslim students from a different institution).
Faculty Fellows are connecting these fall courses to the PLACE theme of “Revolutions,” introducing innovative approaches and collaborations into their teaching.
MUSC 355: Women in Music
From the medieval period through today, many female composers and performers were excluded from public musical life; their work was limited to composing chamber music for their family and friends, residing in cloistered religious communities, and developing musical communities separate from their male contemporaries. In recent years, in a revolution of sorts, more female composers and performers have risen in prominence aided by supportive mentors, affordable technologies, the internet, and global movements like #MeToo.
PSYC 287: Introduction to Personality Psychology
One of the first things we learn about is how to describe and measure individual differences that are consistent in people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior. For example, is someone often sociable, or more reserved? Are they prone to nervousness, or more calm? As part of in-class activities and writing assignments, students take surveys that assess their personalities. This class hopes to focus more on how these reports change depending on what is happening in the world around you, especially events related to societal revolutions on larger as well as smaller scales -- for instance, the Parkland students and gun control, #MeToo, and education funding protests in Arizona and Oklahoma.
SOAN 350: Global Political Economy
This class interrogates the origins and cultural matrix of “globalization” in relation to the historical and political economic geography of its spread. By examining Europe and the people without history, one can destabilize the entire “modern/traditional” dichotomy on which current thinking is built about our world and civil society, as well as in the majority of academic disciplines. Revolutions both large and small are part and parcel of the intensification, centralization, industrialization and urbanization trends that have led to globalizing modernity.
THTR 470: Theater History and Literature
This class explores the connections between moments of political and cultural upheaval and aesthetic revolutions. For example, in the 1940s, Bertolt Brecht revolutionized theater—his new approaches to the discipline were explicitly grounded in World War II political issues and in a desire to resist fascist aesthetics.