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Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement Overview

The components and benefits of PLACE.
by Collin Morris on 27 October 2012

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Transcript of Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement Overview

Program for Liberal Arts
and Civic Engagement (PLACE)


Linfield College What is the purpose of PLACE? To enhance student engagement and faculty development in the liberal arts through the exploration of thematic connections among modes of thinking and inquiry. Liberal Arts International Programs Linfield Curriculum Service Learning Department-Specific Activities PLACE serves as an institutional mechanism to harness related campus activities while promoting core themes: integrated learning, experiential learning, and global and multicultural awareness. Please direct thoughts, questions, or ideas to:

place@linfield.edu PLACE recognizes the importance of community as a resource for learning. It builds on the existing Linfield Curriculum to encourage theme-driven inquiry across disciplines, promote civic engagement, and bridge the global and the local. What does PLACE look like in practice? For example, in its 2012-2013 pilot year, the PLACE theme is "Legacies of War," highlighting the LC designations of Individuals, Systems, and Societies (IS) and Creative Studies (CS). Through PLACE programming, the Linfield community is pondering questions like... Can war ever be just? How has war led to advances in science, technology, and medicine? How is the media used as a tool of war? Would fewer wars happen if more women occupied leadership positions? How are the legacies of war reflected and represented in artistic expression? First, the faculty-led Curriculum Committee solicits ideas from the campus community and identifies a broad theme emphasizing at least two Linfield Curriculum designations to highlight for an upcoming academic year. One can imagine a variety of other potential themes to investigate in the years to follow:
--"Digital Me" (Creative Studies, Ultimate Questions, and Global Pluralisms)
--"How Do We Know?" (Quantitative Reasoning, Natural World, and Ultimate Questions)
--"Evolution and Revolution" (Vital Past and Natural World) What themes would you like to see Linfield explore? Linfield's common core is rooted in the liberal arts. First Year Experience PLACE: How can you plug in? Mission PLACE We have several distinct features that promote liberal arts values. At Linfield, we are always seeking more ways to fulfill the academic promise and civic virtue of a liberal arts education. Enter PLACE PLACE functions like a power strip. Each year, a number of campus events, activities, and courses are "plugged in" to the PLACE theme. (see the "Legacies of War" schedule on the PLACE website) "So what's in it for me?" For students... For faculty: Opportunities to plug courses into PLACE theme.




Upon graduation, students are much better prepared to recognize how Linfield's distinct brand of liberal arts education sets them apart no matter what career path they embark on... PLACE brings the Linfield Curriculum to life and broadens your intellectual horizons. 4 year students will have had the opportunity to engage in 4 different PLACE themes that highlight all modes of inquiry. Greater opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses Enhanced opportunities for community service and engagement For example, in 2012-2013, students are organizing and participating in a series of events to raise awareness on veteran's issues. More opportunities to attend lectures and events that explore the theme from variety of perspectives (see 2012-2013 PLACE calendar) Greater incentive to interact with faculty in other disciplines (e.g. through creation of integrated seminars, participation in a faculty learning community) For instance, PLACE thematic content and events can be included in syllabi, used as a basis for applied discussion in class, and promote integrated learning. PLACE is also not static. By design, it provides a flexible platform to keep Linfield on the cutting edge of Liberal Arts education. Future possibilities include:

Linkages to the first year experience such as Colloquium and Inquiry Seminars
Specialized January term courses
PLACE student or faculty fellowships
Related events and activities in the arts
An interdisciplinary research center
Other ideas? For example, "Legacies of War" themed courses include:

--POLS 370: "War, Politics, and Society" and ENGL "War and Literature"
--HIST 213: "Revolutions in Latin America" and MLSP 362 "Latin American Cultures Through Film"
--MSCM 360: "Topics in Mass Communication" and AAVC 243 "Digital Color Photography" Incentive to align student clubs and activities with PLACE For example, the student club iSAVE (International Serve, Volunteer, Assist, Educate) will be sponsoring "Legacies of War" events regarding the Burmese refugee crisis, human trafficking, and "women and war." Creative Studies (CS) Individuals, Systems, and Societies (IS) Natural World (NW) Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Ultimate Questions (UQ) Vital Past (VP) The chance to take PLACE-themed interdisciplinary courses In sum, PLACE enhances existing strengths in the liberal arts (the Linfield Curriculum, core themes, and international programs), builds community, and promotes citizenship. And for the broader Linfield community, PLACE attempts to provide a public good by fostering an even more dynamic intellectual and civic-minded environment. U.S. Pluralisms (US) Global Pluralisms (GP)
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