Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters
- Tyrus Smith environmental studies, public policy , Barbara Laners law, political science , Peter Bacho law, creative writing, literature , Anthony Zaragoza political economy , Paul McCreary mathematics, 3-D modeling , Gilda Sheppard sociology, cultural and media studies , Mingxia Li biology, Chinese cultural studies, molecular pharmacology
- Fields of Study
- biology, community studies, cultural studies, environmental studies, government, history, law and public policy, literature, mathematics, political economy and sociology
- Preparatory for studies or careers in
- community development, organizational development, law and public policy, education, social and human services, public administration, communication and media arts, environmental studies and public health.
This year’s program is designed to help students explore the history of how working hands have built the material world around us and shaped the environment, which in turn has molded our own consciousness. Realizing the capacity of working hands and the possible dual relationship between our hands with our mind is the critical first step toward empowerment of the working majority and potential social transformation.
Arguably, all human expressions of intelligence both in art/craft and the written/spoken word are rooted in the hands. We will examine the theories and practices in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, media and technology that simultaneously represent and influence works by the hands of individuals, groups and organizations to change our society and environment locally, nationally and globally throughout the ages. For example, hands of different genders, races and social affiliations, hands that cradle, cook, weed, maneuver, calculate, experiment, film, draw, write and type will all be possible study subjects. Metaphors originated from hands, such as feel one’s way, to grasp the meaning, the right touch vs. heavy-handed, to be in touch vs. out of touch, and handling it right vs. wrong, as well as in one’s hand vs. out of one’s hand just begin to inform us how important our hands are in our consciousness. Hand gestures that solidify social bonding, express trust and admiration, and symbolize social contract are the beginning toward building social capital and cohesive communities.
Our coordinated studies program consists of two major components: 1) whole campus yearlong lyceum/seminar where faculty and students will study the program theme from a broad multi-disciplined perspective, and 2) quarter long courses with a more focused approach. These courses will cover topical areas such as sociology, government, politics, education, math, law, public health, life science, media art, youth study, environment, community development, women's empowerment and political economy. The two components are linked through the program theme. In both components, we will pay particular attention to the “hands-on” style of learning through critical reflection and creative practices. Besides lyceum/seminar, a student will select two additional courses each quarter depending on career interest. The majority of the classes in the program are team-taught.
Fall quarter will lay the foundation for the rest of the year, both substantively and in terms of the tools necessary for students to operate effectively in the learning community.
During winter quarter, students will collaborate to investigate the characteristics and motivations of social entrepreneurs and develop action plans to promote social change.
In spring quarter, we will bridge the gap between theory (mind) and practice (hand) by carrying out an action plan developed during winter quarter.
- Advertised Schedule
- All students attend Tuesdays and two additional days. A standard schedule consists of the core Lyceum course offered on Tuesdays (6 credits) and two 5-credit classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This program is offered day (10am-2pm) and evening (6pm-10pm).
- Campus Location
- Online Learning
- Enhanced Online Learning
- Greener Store
- Required Fees
- Approximately $50-$100 per quarter for media, lab and/or storage supplies.
- Offered During
- Day and Evening