Loren K. Redwood
Worlds of Work is the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences internship course. It is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills cultivated in the IAS program (critical thinking, collaboration and shared leadership, interdisciplinary research, and writing and presentation), hands-on work experience across a variety of internship sites, and collaborative self-reflection on the changing demands and possibilities of work. As an academic internship course, Worlds of Work has as its central objective the goal of linking your classroom education to practice-based learning in local for-profit, not-for-profit, or governmental organizations. Contained within this large objective are many smaller ones, each of which supports the overarching IAS learning objectives in critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, shared leadership and collaboration, and writing and presentation.
Student learning goals
1)To enhance your awareness of how the knowledge and skills cultivated in the IAS program can foster life-long learning in a variety of non-classroom environments
2)To increase your knowledge of diverse career and work possibilities that draw on and build off of knowledge and skills you already possess.
3)To improve your ability to conduct field research across diverse social and cultural institutions.
4)To increase your ability to think critically about different work environments, about what counts (and can count) as work across them, and about the social costs and benefits of various work and career choices.
General method of instruction
Worlds of Work is (largely) an on-line course. There will be a meeting on the first week,at the midterm, and then at the end-of-the-quarter public poster session. This means that you will be responsible for doing most of the course work on your own and that you will need to be diligent in completing the reading assignments, responding to the on-line writing prompts, recording your field notes, and commenting on the observations of your fellow students/interns. In order to pass the course, you will need to complete all of the assignments in a timely manner, fulfill the requirements of your learning contract, and participate in the final poster session. It will be a lot of work, but it should be a fun course that builds bridges between the skills you have developed in the IAS program and your future career(s).
In order to register for this course you must first work with the Internship Coordinator at the Career Center and secure a site for your internship. You must complete a Learning Contract that is approved and signed by the Internship Coordinator and the Instructor, no later than the first day of class.
Class assignments and grading
Much of the work in this course will be done on-line as you discuss your responses to various readings, record your field notes, and participate in conversations with your classmates concerning your research findings and their relation to the course readings. PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the Final Poster Session is mandatory in order to pass this course.
Worlds of Work is a portfolio-based course. I will be recording grades for your on-line work throughout the course and will be happy to let you know how you are doing at any point. But you will be assessed in the course as a whole based on the materials in your final portfolio. These materials will include your final student evaluation of your internship site, your major on-line work, your complete field journal, your poster and contribution to the public poster session, and a framing statement about those materials in which you discuss your learning in the course and locate your experience in BIS 495 in the context of your undergraduate education. You will need to complete all of these assignments in a timely manner in order to pass the course.