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Michelle C. Burce
CEP 498
Seattle Campus

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Class description

CEP 498 A: Next quarter, the Curriculum Review sub-committee of Headlights (me, JonathanF, and Peter) will be facilitating a discussion-based course that has come out of our work on curriculum review.

We have found, in looking over past curriculum reviews, that even though CEP is a major that goes about our education and learning in a non-traditional way, we have persisted in conducting very traditional curriculum reviews. We are finding this to be inadequate. In light of this, we will be attempting to go about this in a more CEP-way. We want to establish a conversation with students who are developing in he major (both juniors and seniors) and re-frame the question to be less of "What is CEP?" in a cut-and dry way (because really, could we ever answer that?) but rather, "What is CEP to us? At this moment? Why is it so important? Why is it different?..." and so forth.

Our goal in this class is to create a forum for CEP students. In class, we will be reading articles that involve ideas of diaogue within a community, empowerment in a group, and critical critical listening skills. We will be talking about these ideas in class. We will go out and engage in dialogue in a community setting. We will finish up our ten weeks in class by talking about dialogue and what it means to us and for us in CEP.

If you're interested in this class, we encourage you to join us. I'm excited about learning what CEP means to me and how it will be useful to me in my life. CEP 498 A SLN: 11375 2 credits, CR/NC Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 CEP students only

CEP 498 B: Community Cultural Development is a 3-credit seminar focusing on the intersection of community development work and collaborative art making. Students will be engaging with this process through weekly readings on theories of collaboration and representation, as well as "case studies" and narratives by artists in the field. In-class seminar discussion will start where the readings leave off and move into students' personal interests and goals, drawing connections between the community-based arts process and other fields. Frequent guest speakers will bring real-world experience and application into the classroom.

In-class discussions and guests will ultimately serve to give students a base upon which to construct their final project - a group community collaboration project culminating in a short performance piece. No previous performance or community engagement experience is necessary, just an interest in the process.

Open to non-Honors students and non-CEP students.

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Last Update by Michelle C. Burce
Date: 03/01/2008