Designing and Teaching High Impact Culminating Core Curriculum Seminars Centered on Vastly Contentious Topics


This paper will engage the listener in the design and subsequent teaching of senior capstones based on global and contentious topics. At Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU), a liberal arts institution, the Core Capstone is a culminating interdisciplinary course with a three-fold purpose: (1) to facilitate substantial new learning about a complex global problem; (2) to encourage integration of knowledge, skills, and values from the entire liberal arts and sciences Core Curriculum, including experiential learning, to address that problem; and (3) to strengthen concern and action for the common good as habits of mind. The theme of the core curriculum is “The Common Good”. The course development methodology is centered on the core curriculum learning outcomes and performance indicators. All course assessments are designed to evaluate the achievement of above learning outcomes. The paper will share the content modules of two senior capstones: CORE 472: Immigration: Achievements and Perils at the Core of Our Nation, and CORE 435: I Plead the 2nd! Examining the Role of Gun Violence in the 21st Century. Core 472 examines US immigration from a personal, historical, political, socio-economical, and psychological perspective. Core 435 examines gun violence from the perspectives of history, public health, public policy and discourse, economics, psychology, rhetorical analysis and crime prevention. Both courses are global in scope and their topics have become highly politicized in the United States.

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Ulrike Brinksmeier, Mount St. Joseph University, United States

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Conference: IICE2022
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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Brinksmeier U. (2022) Designing and Teaching High Impact Culminating Core Curriculum Seminars Centered on Vastly Contentious Topics ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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