Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life
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This four-credit course is designed as a meaningful learning experience for active duty military, veterans and dependents. The core of this course is based in the belief that the most important thing this under represented population possesses, is not only the authenticity of his or her own experience as a participant in the business of national defense, but also, the experiences gained through interactions with diverse populations and cultures within their branches of the military and globally. The key aim of the course is to assist active duty military, veterans and dependents in accessing a language, which will help them articulate that experience verbally, and in writing, and in discovering meaning in their contributions in the security of the nation. The goal of this course is to assist in developing the skills, knowledge and abilities that make students successful in higher education. Emphasis will be placed on improving reading, critical thinking, research methods and expository writing skills.
The course will also focus on helping make the transition to the non-traditional style of education at Evergreen and the meaning of the Liberal Arts Degree. In support of these goals, the primary reading will be What it is Like to go to War , by Karl Marlantes, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, and to use as reference, the students will read and apply the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, by Richard Paul and Linda Elder. For deliverables, the students will provide a short story, a critical analysis of the Karl Marlantes book, an end of the quarter research paper and several speeches. To prepare the students for these deliverables, the learning methodology will feature seminar discussions, engaged participation with guest speakers, and critical analysis of other topics discussed throughout the course.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening
Located in: Olympia
|2019-09-16||Course added for Fall 2019: Now held on Tuesdays|
|2019-02-05||Course is now 4 credits (was 2)|
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.