Exploring the Liberal Arts (LASE and ELA Classes)

Fall 2018 Classes

ELA is a new subject area. In this area you will find courses on study skills, leadership, College resources and making the most of your liberal arts degree. These classes count as part of the 18 non-College credits you are allowed.
LASE classes are liberal arts seminars offered on a range of topics. Expect to see more classes offered under this subject area each semester.

Note: Effective fall 2015, all LASE classes count as College credit.

Engaging the Liberal Arts (ELA) Classes

All ELA classes count as non-College credit

ELA 2600 - Collect, Select, Reflect | Section 001 (Yitna Firdyiwek)    
An ePortfolio is a collection of digitized student work (documents, images, artwork, maps, lab reports, video files, audio files, etc.) organized and repurposed to demonstrate a student’s accomplishments, talents, experiences, and reflections. Collected over time, and (re)composed for particular audiences such as instructors, prospective employers, or others, the ePortfolio can serve as a rich evidence-based documentation of authentic student accomplishments. The ePortfolio construction and reflection process can also ensure students gain insight on themselves as learners by showing their self-assessment as well as their aspirations and future goals. This class is open to College students in all years who have not taken the class before.

ELA 2610 - Liberal Arts and the Health Professions | Section 001 (Kimberly Sauerwein)
Students explore how insights from various disciplines inform their understanding of healthcare.  Guest lectures and informational interviews connect students with healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of the various health professions and to assess their own career goals.  Students develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and the integration of diverse perspectives.

Liberal Arts Seminar (LASE) Classes

Effective fall 2015, LASE classes count as inside the College credit

Civic and Community Engagement Classes

LASE 3500/GDS 3110 Engaged Learning in Global/Local Development I | Section 001 (David Edmunds)
This class will support student engagements with enterprises, organizations, departments and movements addressing problems broadly defined as development. We will encourage shared learning and co-designed development activities, and we will do so for groups of students as they prepare for "on site" work, while they are in the midst of their engagements, or are returning to the classroom to analyze what they have learned and done. The class will be run as a series of workshops addressing issues shared by some or all of the various students.  These will be defined in the practicum together, but will likely address, at a minimum: dealing with social and cultural differences, generating knowledge across these differences, dealing with uncertainty in establishing plans and budgets, and building in accountability to those outside the university. Some of the workshops will be held on grounds, others off. We will have mentors from within and outside the university address specific topics, and students and their colleagues will learn from each other's experiences through regular in-class presentations.  The learning "products" will be defined by consensus by those involved in the learning and action, but will include at least one reflective essay by each student.

LASE 3500/PSYC 3495 Science and Lived Experience of Autism I | Section 002 (Vikram Jaswal)
This year-long, interdisciplinary seminar will explore how well the science of autism captures the experience of those living with autism and their families. Students will critically evaluate research in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education, and they will work together with members of the autism community to identify new research questions that reflect the interests and concerns of the people who are most affected by autism science.

LASE 3500/MUSI 3070 Musical Ethnography | Section 003 (Nomi Dave)
Why and how does music matter to human beings? What does musical experience look / sound / feel like to particular people and communities? And how can these stories be told ethically and creatively? This course introduces students to the study of music as a fundamentally social practice, through the research method of ethnography. In music, this approach looks beyond notes and musical structures to think of music as part of everyday human life. Our discussions will address key debates in anthropology and ethnomusicology surrounding the ethics and politics of doing research with and representing the experiences of people and communities. The ethics of listening – to sound and to each other – is at the heart of these discussions. As a class, we will develop a year-long ethnographic project, working collectively and collaboratively with a small number of musicians in Charlottesville. Together with the artists, we will design a project that creatively represents the stories of their musical lives. We will also work with WTJU radio to learn recording and production techniques for creative and ethical story-telling.

LASE 3559/ Do Things-Liberal Arts Degree | Section 001 (David Flood)
It is usually easier for liberal arts majors to talk about their store of information than their useful skills. Happily, this is not because they don’t have any: liberal arts majors emerge from UVA with a wide range of developed skill sets that are both valuable to employers and useful for engaging with and changing the world. This course will be an anthropological examination of ‘college,’ challenging you to look in new ways at your academic career, guiding you through what, in fact, you’ve learned to do, and finally considering what you can (and should) do next with those skills. We will look holistically at the intellectual and cultural training of the modern university and the particular perspectives, skills, and sets of knowledge students emerge with, focusing on naming and articulating the pragmatic training that the liberal arts offer. We will then consider the nature and characteristics of the modern labor market as a reality we all must deal with. From the synthesis of these two realities comes our overriding questions: what can you do, and what should you do (with your work life)?