After launching in the spring, the Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio is announcing its first cohort of faculty-led projects. In partnership with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship’s ITEL program, the Designing the Futures(s) initiative will convene this cohort in a series of meetings, workshops, and design sessions tailored to provide participating faculty with opportunities to explore new modes of teaching. These academically rigorous and innovative curricular structures will more deeply and effectively immerse students in creative and critical approaches to complex, interdisciplinary problems and provide rich contexts to bridge theory and practice.
As part of the Studio, the selected projects are on some level
- intersecting the nexus of global themes, pedagogical innovation, and inventive structural modalities
- designing with the Magis Measures in mind, and
- engaging the three elements of a university, as outlined by President DeGioia:
- the formation of young people,
- inquiry, or the creation of knowledge,
- contributing to the public good and the common good.
To begin, faculty participating in the Studio will develop the following curricular projects during Fall 2015.
Urban Studies Studio
Faculty Leads: Laurie King, Sherry Linkon, Brian McCabe
This is a new interdisciplinary minor that uses project- and studio-based learning to help students build skills as researchers, activists, organizers, planners and observers of city life while creating a vehicle for students to create meaningful change in Washington, D.C. and other cities nationally and internationally.
Engaging African Pentecostals Online
Faculty Lead: Alex Thurston
This project proposes to immerse students in high-impact research and digital learning to explore key questions about where African Christianity, and global Christianity more broadly, is from political and cultural perspectives.
Collaborative Environmental Research and Action
Faculty Lead: Dana Luciano
This project will bring a multidisciplinary, humanities approach to bear on contemporary environmental crises in part by asking students to engage representations of environmental catastrophe in literature, arts and media.
Borders: An Online Course that Crosses Boundaries
Faculty Lead: Elizabeth Stephen
This project seeks to develop SFS’s first on-line course offered during the academic year and will take a multidisciplinary approach to explore the historical and modern forces that shape borders and their effect on the economic, social, and political fabric of countries.
Enhancing ITEL and Student- Centered Learning in Cultural Studies
Faculty Lead: Henry Schwarz
Built on the practices of studio-based design, mentored research and project-based learning, this course will ask students to develop independent research projects on the critical analysis of contemporary culture.
Enhancing Language Learning for the Professions with Computer-Mediated Communication and Focused Instruction
Faculty Leads: Joseph Cunningham and Anja Banchoff
This project will implement a newly designed course where students explore topics and themes relevant to professional language and culture in Germany and apply their knowledge routinely through online engagement with German professionals.
“What is Indigeneity?” Creating a Course and a Network
Faculty Leads: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer and Bette Jacobs
This project will advance a network of scholars at Georgetown who study indigenous peoples and create a flexible, project-based course that engages students in mentored research to enhance their understanding of the multidisciplinary, practical, ethical and human rights synergies that come together under the rubric of indigenous studies.
Issues, Not Disciplines
Faculty Lead: Mark Giordano
This project will develop 1) an interdisciplinary course on biotechnology and 2) explore how the lessons from the experience can apply more broadly to curriculum development related to interdisciplinary issues, rather than disciplines across the university.
Check back in the coming weeks for the new Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio web page, where you’ll be able to learn more about the Studio and each of these projects.