Civic and Community Engagement Classes

Civic and Community Engagement Classes

These classes are year-long courses; students should plan to take both terms of the class in which they enroll. All are cross-listed in two subject areas.

For detailed information see the Civic and Community Engagment website.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: The Science and Lived Experience of Autism II
LASE 3500 | #13828
| TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
PSYC 3495 | #13824 | TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Taught by: 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.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: Supporting Engaged Learning in Global/Local Development II
LASE 3500 | #13829
| Mo 3:30PM - 6:00PM
GDS  3110 | #14388
| Mo 3:30PM - 6:00PM
Taught by: 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.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: Introduction to Musical Ethnography II
LASE 3500 | #13830 | TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
MUSI  3070 | #18444 | TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Taught by: 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.

Introductory Swahili II
SWAH 1020 | #13997 | MoWeFr 10:00AM - 10:50AM
SWAH 1020 | #12859 | MoWeFr 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Taught by Anne Rotich

Swahili, or Kiswahili is widely spoken in East Africa and worldwide. It is estimated that about 70 million people speak Kiswahili globally. It is also widely spoken in Africa especially in Tanzania and Kenya as a national language. It is also spoken in Uganda and the Comoros Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Mozambique.  It is also spoken in some Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman.  The course is designed to help you learn enough about Swahili to enable you to handle your needs adequately in basic conversations with Swahili speakers. You will be able to talk about yourself and your preferences, needs, and interests in the past, present and future time. You will learn to greet others, introduce yourself, handle basic social conversations, and talk about a variety of topics of common interest. You will learn to read and write Swahili in past, present, and future time and how to understand written and spoken Swahili well enough to carry out routine tasks and engage in simple conversations. You will also learn about some aspects of everyday culture in East Africa.