American Studies majors, rejoice! Or don’t. Here are the deets for AMST 287 POI Service Learning Course:
This seminar explores critical traditions in education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We investigate a number of non-traditional educational projects, with a focus on the Center for Prison Education’s (CPE) college in prison initiative. All students will participate in a CPE practicum which will be central to our work, requiring ethnographic research and reflection on teaching, learning, and curriculum development. All students in the seminar will also participate in weekly workshops as part of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education at Cheshire Correctional Institution.Course readings will address the challenges of work with “underprepared” students and the complex “problem” posed by teachers who bring identities and positions to their work with particular students or groups of students who possess their own, quite different identities and positions. The institutional, intellectual, and political workings of public school in the contemporary U.S. are the template against which we raise questions and imagine possibilities for education in alternative settings.
Students requesting a POI approval for this course must schedule an interview for Friday, November 6th between 11am and 4pm. An interview sign-up sheet is posted on the door of Office 216, Center for the Americas.