Announcing the Coalition of the Liberal Arts CoLA Courses for the 2015-2016 AY:
CoLA courses are intended to create flexible faculty and student learning communities by crossing schools, as well as student populations. They will also suggest new forms of scholarly inquiry and experiential learning, which open new conceptions of the liberal arts and the traditional educational means for teaching them. We will be offering four CoLA courses across the 2015-2016 academic year.
“Paris is an Explanation: Understanding Climate Change at the 2015 United Nations Meeting in France,” offered through ENVS, BUS and IDS, will focus on understanding climate change from environmental, business, media and political perspectives. The Fall 2015 one-credit course will include several learning components, including mock UN meetings, film screenings, carbon emissions simulations, discussion series, and debates. The spring semester one-credit course will center around organizing a Climate Week at Emory, during which keynote speakers, film screenings, research fairs, debates, simulations, and media displays will bring the Conference back to Emory and the community.
A separate listing will allow ten students to participate in this course as well as travel to observe the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in December 2015 for an additional credit.
Course Development Team: Assistant Professors Wesley Longhofer (Organization and Management, Goizueta) and Eri Saikawa (Environmental Science/Health, College/Rollins), Senior Lecturer Sheila Tefft (ILA), and Undergraduate Students Adam Goldstein and Mae Bowen
“Eating Ethics,” offered through IDS, will ask the question of what it means to be an eater—culturally, religiously, socio-economically and personally. Taking place through fall 2015-spring 2016, for 2 credits each semester, this course will explore these ethical implications of eating. Students will regularly engage in preparing, eating, and cleaning up meals together that explore different meal styles. They will also explore selected scholarly readings, prepare diet diaries and reflection essays, and go on related field trips (such as the food bank, community gardens, local markets, kosher and halal butchers, etc.).
Course Development Team: Assistant Professor Jonathan Crane (Department of Medicine, Religion); Professor of Anthropology Peggy Barlett (Department of Anthropology); Amy Webb Girard (Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health); Clinical Professor and Director Mindy Goldstein (Turner Environmental Law Clinic), PHD Candidate Lisa Hoelle (Graduate Division of Religion) and Undergraduate Students Emily Pieper, Evan Sayre, and Kathyrn Thirey
“Disability, Resilience, and the Mortal Self: Healing and Care Across the Lifespan,” offered through Oxford, IDS and SOM, this 4 credit course will take place in spring 2016. This course will provide a hands-on exploration of the current models of disability and diversity across the university. Students will be trained in narrative reflection, clinical practices and interviewing skills. Students will also participate in hands-on Physical Therapy demonstrations and treatments and gain exposure to advanced technologies in the field. The semester will conclude with a final media project, which will be published in a special edition of the newly established Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.
Course Development Team: Associate Professor Aaron Stutz (Dept. of Anthropology, Oxford College); Associate Professor and Director Zoher Kapasi (Division of PT, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, SOM); Associate Professor and Senior Fellow Bruce Greenfield (Division of PT, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Ethics); Associate Professor and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation Sarah Blanton (Division of PT, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, SOM), PT Doctoral Students Rebecca Crockett, Kari Lindegren, and Katherine Voorhorst, and Undergraduate Students Katherine Cooper, Shambavi Rao and Kevin Tolbert
“In Here You’re a Number: Female Incarceration and Women’s Narratives,” will be offered through Oxford, SON and IDS for 4 credits in spring 2016. In order to give students an understanding of the complex social, economic and health issues surrounding female incarceration, students will either create narratives with incarcerated women at Lee Arrendale State prison through a series of firsthand visits or will work with the Center of Digital Scholarship to develop web design and digital storytelling skills. All students will collaboratively create a final project that uses their experiences to transform perceptions of incarcerated women within the Emory community.
Course Development Team: Assistant Clinical Professor, Brenda Baker (School of Nursing); Director of Multilingual Writing and Education, Stacy Bell (Oxford College); Research Associate Professor, Jessica Sales (Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education); Masters of Public Health Candidate and Program Director of Motherhood Beyond Bars, Bethany Kotlar (Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health), and Undergraduate Students Soha Jasani and Kathryn Thirey
We are excited to bring these innovative courses to Emory, as they each exemplify the objectives of the Coalition of the Liberal Arts. Look forward to hearing more about these courses as they are developed!