Perspectives: Educational Philosophy and Planning
This course considers, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the questions "What is an educated person? What character traits mark an educated person? And how does becoming educated impact one's personal, family and social life?" While it is a required course for all students who plan to complete an Individualized B.A., it is also a helpful course for students in any of the other colleges who are not sure about their major focus. The course helps students develop their own individualized degree plans or program outlines by providing time to reflect on what they want to learn and the best way to learn it. Students assess their own academic strengths and weaknesses and meet resource people from around the university who challenge them to think about education in a broad and liberating manner. While most students often focus first on their vocational goals in higher education, this course challenges students to think also about their community involvement and lifelong learning needs.
Note: Course required for individualized BA degree seeking students. Undecided students also welcome.
- Analyze factors such as gender, race, class, geography and culture that influence people¿s understanding of what it means to be an educated person.
- Design an individualized degree plan that fulfills student¿s self-defined learning goals in the context of Metropolitan State University.
- Examine how personal formal education and experiential learning contribute to understanding of what it means to be an educated person.
- Identify (completed or planned) strategies/pathways, including courses, creative learning strategies and non-credit self-directed learning that align with individualized learning outcomes in the educational plan.
- Demonstrate awareness of theories and application of adult learning.