During the summer of 2020, the DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) offered twenty-two incoming students a special interdisciplinary online course, giving them the opportunity to learn and reflect on the crises of 2020 with faculty, staff, and one another. This article’s authors (who are the class’s faculty and students) describe the construction and execution of this course and reflect on the experience. Course topics included “the social contract; equity and justice; historical, cultural, and artistic responses to upheaval; global interconnections; and the way forward.” The course fulfilled DePaul’s mission to help students “engage questions of intellect and ethics in our contemporary world.” Students created reflective maps that connected what they were learning to their own lives and feelings, and they submitted videos explaining the project. Five appear in this article, illustrating how students learned to think differently and embark on new kinds of action.
Baxter, Jane Eva Ph.D.; Brown, Sarah; Carmona, Jenicel; Carnes, Val; Espinosa, Zoe; Honold, Randall Ph.D.; Robbins, Cary; Slad, George; and Storey, Margaret Ph.D.
"Critical Perspectives on Our Current Moment: An Experiment in Teaching for 2020,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 36
, Article 6.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol36/iss2/6