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"Interdisciplinary, Integrative, Intentional"

“The cohort experience is about building relationships.”


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Paideia helps you to connect different classes and departments in ways you never knew possible. You’ll collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on projects centered on a particular theme. And you’ll have the opportunity to participate in civic engagement and intercultural learning experiences that allow you to apply your new found knowledge beyond the classroom.

Three interconnected courses (a “cluster”) followed by a team-taught interdisciplinary Paideia Seminar, will further help to connect the dots. The seminars provide the opportunity for you and your “cohort” to reflect on your clustered courses and explore how your interdisciplinary experiences relate to your major.

What am I going to do?

How am I going to do this?

What it does to your brain:

The Paideia experience introduces students to connections. Through collaboration, participation in civic engagement activities, intercultural experiences and undergraduate research, students "rearrange the blocks" to form new solutions.

Throughout their Paideia experience, students will integrate their knowledge, employ high-level problem solving skills and engage in deep learning as they apply their liberal arts education to essential questions of the world around them.

“I’m seeing these real connections, and solving real problems.”

De Andre’ Woods-Walker ’15

What it does to your schedule:

Students will be introduced to Paideia themes during their first semester and could start taking related courses their first year. Once three related courses are completed (usually around Spring of your Junior year), students are eligible to enroll in the team-taught Paideia Seminar that wraps up (or unwraps) the whole package.

develop, enrich, experiment,

collaborate

Big Questions

What is a cohort? A cluster? What about "interdisciplinary?" These are all ways of saying that Paideia is a group project with multiple parts. You and students like you will be civically engaged, experience different cultures and thoroughly explore new ideas.

Themes:

  • Global Health

    This cluster seeks to address individual and societal definitions of health; and how our notions of health are shaped by a variety of demographic factors (such as culture, age and sex). We will explore the major factors that lead to health and healthcare disparities within and across nations and develop ideas as to how to improve health and healthcare outcomes through interventions at the individual, institutional and governmental levels. Includes courses in Biology, Business, Chinese, Economics, Education, German, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sociology.

  • Representing Gender

    How do sex and gender vary across space, place, and time? Why is the world sexed and gendered? What are the consequences of living in a sexed and gendered world? Inside and outside of the classroom, students and faculty in this cluster will analyze how gender and sexuality are represented in different disciplines. We will collectively explore the points of sympathy that exist across our different fields of study while also developing a better understanding of important areas of tension and conflict. Includes courses in Art History, Biology, English, Feminist Studies, French, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre.

  • Mediterranean Mingling

    Living in an increasingly multicultural world, we are daily reminded of the relevance of diversity, migration, and exchange to the world around us. Famous for its wine, olives, and cheese, the Mediterranean, a sea of intersections and fluid borders, also serves as a useful model for understanding the global issues at the core of much contemporary and historical confluence and conflict. The cultural, historical, and ecological complexity where three continents–Europe, Asia and Africa–meet invites multiple perspectives and engages a broad range of interests, from art to food, faith to politics, language to literature and beyond. Includes courses in Art History, Classics, Environmental Studies, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Spanish, and Theatre.

Connections

Paideia Connections: Engaging Scholarly Conversations
Thursday, October 16, 4 pm Olin 105, Southwestern University
*Reception to follow, Olin Lobby

The Paideia Connections lecture series at Southwestern University features short talks by two faculty members from diverse fields about their recent scholarly work. Following their talks, members of the campus community and the general public are encouraged to engage in thought-provoking discussions and invited to share connections they make between the presentations. "Paideia Connections" takes its name from Southwestern's Paideia curriculum, which encourages students and faculty members to make connections between various disciplines and disparate ideas. In collaboration with Southwestern's Brown Chairholders and University Scholars, President Edward Burger initiated the series in spring 2014, and serves as the event moderator.

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