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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Liberal Studies

LBS 200

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Liberal Studies


Fall 2014

Tues/Thursday 1-2:47pm

Course Theme: Local Sustainability

Instructor: Dr. Dana Driscoll


       About LBS 200: LBS 200 is an exciting course where students learn the practices, skills, and methods of interdisciplinary research.  This course draws upon methods of inquiry within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine arts to prepare students for advanced work in liberal studies.


       Community Service Learning:  This term, LBS200 will feature a theme of “local sustainability.”  As part of this theme, we will spend part of our course farm learning about the Campus Student Organic Farm as a site of interdisciplinary study, creative problem solving, and collaborative learning outside of the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to learn about farm operations and take part in the CSOF Farm Stand. Students will be exposed to many disciplines in the process—biology, business, marketing, writing and rhetoric, interpersonal relations, ecology, sustainable thinking, and systems theory. As part of our course theme, we’ll also visit several other sites around campus where sustainable activities are taking place and examine them in relationship to interdisciplinary research.


       Classroom activity: In addition to our service learning work, LBS200 features a variety of engaging classroom activities such as learning through games, student-led discussions, multimedia, and collaborative learning. Students will work on a self-selected semester-long interdisciplinary research project throughout the course. 




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