Overview

A group of students will live together in Myers Hall and take a year-long course (2 credits per term) exploring methods of dialogue and the question: what makes for good discourse

Course Description

IDSC 128 Civil Discourse on a Diverse Campus: An Experiential Living-Learning Community

Why is it so hard to get along? This residential course will meet once a week for the students’ first three terms at Carleton to connect the classroom to the dorm room by creating a cohort dedicated in engaging in difficult conversations that can help reduce the impact of conflict within individuals and our community at large. We will work with a basic theoretical framework and readings to help identify universal local and global issues that will be explored in open-ended class discussions and through exchanges with guest speakers. Assignments will include a journal and on campus outreach assignments.

What has been done?

  • Completed one year
  • 20 students per year

What’s next?

  • The course program will be evaluated by external reviewers in fall 2017.
  • The course is in its second year of a two year grant.