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GS 767: College Teaching, Diverse Learners and Contentious Issues

Open to: PhD students beyond preliminary exams
Credit: 1, credit/no credit
Instructor: Francisco Ramos
Offered: Spring. Instructor consent required.

This course prepares PhD students to

  • pedagogically employ a wide-range of approaches, techniques, and practices that speak to the diversity of learners in the university classroom;
  • learn about current issues surrounding diversity and contentious issues in the classroom; and,
  • explore the possibilities and limitations of engaging diversity.

Diversity, in this context, is an umbrella term used to describe the intersection of various social and cultural axes, which may include, but is certainly not limited to: race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national and religious affiliation, ability, age, and linguistic and cultural difference. Specifically, there are three questions around which this course is structured:

  1. What does diversity mean in contemporary society?
  2. As educators, how do we engage diverse student populations?
  3. How and in what ways can the classroom engage pressing social and cultural issues?

This course has practical and conceptual aims. At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Pedagogically navigate the complex intersection of diversity, classroom practice, and student life.
  2. Understand, appreciate, and respond to the unique challenges of teaching in a diverse environment.
  3. Wrestle with tensions that mediate everyday practice.
  4. Explore questions pertaining to the relationship between society, diversity, and culture.
  5. Acquire and refine the knowledge, skills and insights necessary to design a classroom environment.

To Enroll

Students in the Certificate in College Teaching program are given priority for this class. Each term, an online form is opened for students to express interest in this and other college teaching courses being offered in the following term, and seats in the courses are distributed based on need and the appropriate fit of the student (year of study, teaching experience, etc.) The online form is typically opened in October (for spring classes) and in April (for fall classes.) Watch for CCT Annoucements emails for these links.