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Travis J Sands
B CUSP 118
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Individuals and Society

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

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Education, Citizenship and the University

What is a nation? Who counts as a citizen and who gets discounted? How do the forms and practice of national and communal belonging inform our understandings of identity? In this course we will take up these and other questions as we work to complete your first-year Discovery Core portfolio. A range of recent laws, films, novels and academic studies will offer us points of entry for thinking about the multiple forms citizenship takes in the contemporary United States. Given that the university has been and remains an important institution for both the production and contestation of citizenship and its norms in the U.S., we will collaboratively reflect on the extent to which your studies have positioned you as a “citizen� of the classroom, the university, the nation, and the globe, and we will use the portfolio as an opportunity to critically engage with this positioning. We will conclude this course with a "conference" in which each of you will present original research that explores a question related to citizenship, and that is oriented to your academic and personal goals in the years to come.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Travis J Sands
Date: 02/06/2014