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ANTHROPOLOGY ENGAGED LEARNING CURRICULUM
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ANTHROPOLOGY ENGAGED LEARNING CURRICULUM
The Department of Anthropology’s new sequence of engaged learning courses is designed to give students the opportunity to prepare for and make the most of all types of engaged learning and study abroad opportunities at Cornell. The first course introduces students to the principles of engaged learning and provides opportunities to participate in service learning projects in the Ithaca community. The second course is a pre-departure course to prepare students studying abroad. The third course is a post-departure course where students reflect on their experiences.
In these courses, students will engage with the diverse community on campus in Ithaca, hone the anthropological skills needed for intercultural communication and reflection, and develop an ePortfolio to share what they have learned from their experiences. Students will learn from each other in workshops and small group activities, providing new avenues for exchange and feedback.
The courses are designed as part of a sequence in Engaged Learning, so that students can build on their skills and revise their ePortfolios as they progress. But students are welcome to take just one or two courses as well. Students from all colleges and interested in all types of programs and topics are welcome. You do not have to be an anthropology student to take these courses. This sequence of courses also counts towards the new Anthropology minor in Global Engagement.
ANTHR 1900: Global Engagements: Living and Working in a Diverse World
Intended for first-year and second-year students interested in experiential learning
The path to global citizenship begins with a facility for navigating cultural difference. How might we engage with communities, whether here in Ithaca or across the globe, whose pasts and present understandings are fundamentally different than our own? This course is designed to help students bring global engaged learning into their Cornell education. It introduces skills that are vital for intercultural engagement, including participant-observation research, ethnographic writing, and the habits of critical reflexivity. Students will complete projects with service learning placements in the Ithaca community. They will also begin an ePortfolio as they explore their identity and engage with the international community on campus. This is the first course in the Gateways to Global Learning sequence, followed by ANTHR 3901 and ANTHR 3902.
ANTHR 3901: Going Global: Preparing for Engaged Learning
Intended for students departing on study abroad programs (or other engaged learning programs) in the spring or summer
So you’re enrolled in an upcoming study abroad program! Now what? How can you make the most of your experience? This half-semester course is designed to prepare students departing for any study abroad or domestic engaged learning programs. This course provides the opportunity to refine the skills necessary for cross-cultural encounters, including participant-observation research, ethnographic writing, and the habits of critical reflexivity. Students will research the culture and history of their destination and develop an ePortfolio to capture their experiences. They will also consider how to succeed in a foreign academic environment by engaging with the international community on campus. No prerequisite.
ANTHR 3902: Coming Home: Making the Most of Engaged Experiences
Intended for students returning to campus from study abroad programs (or other engaged learning programs)
How has your study abroad experience shaped you and your perspective on the world? What does it mean to be a global citizen? This half-semester course is designed for students returning from study abroad or other engaged learning programs. Students will reflect on topics such as identity, difference, and navigating cross-cultural encounters by writing narratives based on their experience and revising their ePortfolio. In doing so, they will grapple with “culture shock” and share moments of personal growth. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the international community on campus. This is the final course in the Gateways to Global Learning sequence, building on ANTHR 1900 and ANTHR 3901.
Questions about these courses? Contact Sofia Villenas for more information.