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Sustainability (SUS)

How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?

Art 236: Experience Mapping (XC)
Using a variety of media, we will make maps and information graphics that address the concept of Sustainability by illustrating connections between people and place, nature and the built environment, meaning and experience. Rooted in studio art and design practice, this introductory-level course will explore the many ways creative spatial and visualization techniques can address the concept of Place. Developing a Sense of Place is a way of understanding and valuing the unique properties of your surroundings as well as your place in them. We will approach our Signature Question, How do people understand and create a more sustainable world? Through artmaking, reading, and discussion fortified with a significant amount of local exploration.


Biology 104: Ecosphere in Crisis (XL)
Treats humans as biological organisms that interact with the living and nonliving world. Emphasis is given to how humans affect, and are affected by, their environment. Topics covered include basic ecology, global change, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, air and water quality, and biological diversity.  Special course fees will be charged to cover the cost of transportation during local field trips. Special fees may apply.


Business 275: Sustainability: The 21st Century Business Strategy (XS)
This course addresses the concept of sustainability with a focus on strategy for organizations. Emphasis is on the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental perspectives and how the strategy of an organization impacts each of these areas on a micro and macro level, both short and long-term. A substantial portion of the course surrounds a Community Experience with a Community Partner. This experience will involve application of course materials to a major issue our partner is facing.


Environmental Studies 261: Environment and Society (XS)
Society and the natural environment are vitally linked in a number of ways. In this course, we will explore these linkages at various levels from the local to the global, but with a focus upon the Oshkosh area as a case study. We will examine the important contributions that sociology can make to the study of natural resources and the environment, which starts with the premise that what appear to be “environmental problems” are actually social in origin. It will be a discussion- and active-learning based course that gets you out into the community working with Oshkosh North High School.


History 210: Topics in the Modern History of the United States (XS)
Selected topics in the Modern History of the United States. It may be offered with different content.


English 294: Literary Landscapes: Ireland - INTERIM STUDY ABROAD TO IRELAND (XC) (ES)
The Ireland of our imaginations is a vast green field scattered with crumbling castle towers and picturesque cottages, a rustic, rural place where sheep cross the motorway and the evening is spent dancing or singing. We can find this Ireland when we travel to the west coast, although today the green fields are likely to also be dotted with wind farms, the fiddler might be Polish, and the pub might be owned by an American. In other words, while Irish traditions have been sustained, the realities of a global economy have brought new people into the country and made demands upon the environment. In our travels, we will develop an understanding of sustainability as it relates to Irish landscape, tradition, and identity. Community Partner: Restoration work with a traditional Irish workhouse.


Political Science 214: The Politics of Food (XS)
In this course, we'll learn about how food policy is made at the national, state, and local levels. Then we'll examine how those policies impact the type and quantities of the food we eat, food distribution, food safety, and nutrition. Throughout, we'll have an eye to the future: is our current food system sustainable: That is, will it last beyond our lifetimes? Our class will encounter these issues not only in the classroom, but through our work with partners in the Oshkosh community.


Urban Planning 250: Urban Sustainability (XS)
The course focuses on issues of environmental sustainability within an urban context. Students will explore the definition of sustainability and examine methods to measure sustainability. The course will examine potentially sustainable solutions, such as urban growth boundaries, public transportation, and green buildings. The course will also consider questions, such as the differential impact of the pollution on disadvantaged population groups and on human health. Each student will complete a substantial community engagement project examining an aspect of urban sustainability in Oshkosh and document this experience in a term paper and group presentation to classmates and community representatives.


Civic Learning (CL)

How do people understand and engage in community life?

Educational Leadership 201: Who is in Charge? Schools vs. Communities (XS)
This course is designed to be an exploration of the social and political communities which make up the public school institution and the relationships fostered in the struggle for power and control. Students will explore these relationships through schools within the Oshkosh area.


History 215: Topics in History Optional Content (XS)
Selected topics in History. It may be offered with different content.


Interdisciplinary Studies 270: Telling Stories for Fun, Profit and World Peace (XC)
True stories have great power. They have the power to inform/ they have power to effect change. Study how humans told personal stories through the ages, and how those stories shape our world. Hear stories firsthand, build awareness of your own civic identity and learn the components of good storytelling. Use your storytelling voice to help others tell their own stories with accuracy and compassion on multiple platforms (print and online).


Physical Education 208: Effective Leadership in Adventure, Outdoor, and Recreation Education (XS)
This course presents the concepts of adventure, outdoor, and recreation education including cooperative and leadership activities Each student will take part in a civic engagement experience where they will help teach others how to react and respond to a variety of situations they engage in while being physically active. Some of the activities students could be involved in are: individual and dual sports, team sports and rock climbing, swimming, cycling, running, and ice skating. A focus will be placed on the pedagogical aspects of adventure, outdoor, and recreation education and how these activities build community through physical activity as well as the transferable skills of leadership in adventure, recreation, and in the outdoors.


Political Science 105: American Government (XS)  INTERIM
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.


Political Science 108: Essentials of Civic Engagement (XS)
Introduces the student to the obligations and benefits of active citizenship and participation in their communities. Theories of citizenship and citizen activity, policy analysis, the state of public policies at the full array of governing levels from local to global, and experiential activities within the community are featured. This is the gateway course to both the Civic Engagement Minor and the Civic Engagement emphasis within the Political Science Major.


Urban Planning 260: Community Development (XS)
Community development, as its best, focuses on empowering community residents with the (civic) knowledge and skills that enable them to make an implement decisions about their future and the future of their community. It is a set of values and practices encouraging collective and collaborative work, equality and justice, learning and reflecting, participation, political awareness and sustainable change. Additionally, community development acknowledges and focuses on overcoming the divisions, social exclusions and discrimination that deter some people in communities from participating in activities and decision-making. Gaining an understanding how people understand and engage in community life will enable us to straighten our communities and enrich our lives. In this course students will actively engage in community development in Oshkosh. Students will assist neighborhood residents and organizations study their physical and social environment and collect data, generate information and increase their civic knowledge to enable residents to develop strategies which can improve the well-being of their children, families, and neighborhoods.


Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (IKC)

How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

Anthropology 225: Celebrating Culture Through the Arts (XC) (ES)
This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups utilizing anthropological approaches to visual art, music, and dance. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more. At the same time, students will learn about anthropological approaches to art and performance, how art illuminates diverse cultures, and how knowledge of culture facilitates deeper understanding of the arts. In addition, the class will explore art and performance as experiential modes of learning that go beyond verbal and written means. As part of this process, students will learn about how anthropologists work with people, especially through ethnographic methods. These purposes converge in the students' engagement in diverse peoples and arts in the local community.


Interdisciplinary Studies 224: Conflict and Memorial (XC) (ES)
Students will examine art/memorials and reference that knowledge in Community Engagement projects as they expand their knowledge and understanding of the ways monuments and memorials function for individuals, groups, and communities.


Interdisciplinary Studies 284: Community and Collaboration (XC) (NW)
This course will consider how groups of people can work to best understand one another as partners of a complex web of cultures and subcultures in the 21st century. To begin this consideration, we will study writing centers as a model of collaborative discourse. How can different people in a community collaboratively work together to construct meaning? Students in this course will work with either International groups at UW Oshkosh, or with individuals from World Relief.


Theatre 275: Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC) (ES)
Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants both actors and audiences through a process of creating social changes. This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Interactive Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity, including (but not limited to) ethnic and racial diversity. Students will explore Interactive Theatre techniques from the perspective of actors, directors, designers, and playwrights.


Women's and Gender Studies 204: Global Perspectives on Women (XS) (NW)
Course examines women's status and power around the globe, with a specific focus on the following issues; education, health and reproduction, family, gendered violence, work, the environment, and political representation. Focus on past and present transnational feminist movements to combat  oppression and improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.


Women's and Gender Studies 226: Saving Seeds, Saving Community: Women, Land and Action (XC) (ES)
This course focuses on American ethnic women’s relationship to nature, the land and culture. Through collaborating with local women farmers, we will explore how people’s attitudes toward the land, animals and the earth are influenced by culture —beliefs and values shared by a group of people. Thus, we will begin to understand how people’s worldview—their cultural perspective—shapes them. We will see how women’s choice to work the land is also a choice to create a future for themselves, their families and their communities.


Women's and Gender Studies 232: You Don't Belong Here: Inclusivity and Diversity on University Campuses (XS)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to academia and whether and how it serves diverse populations, with particular focus on women, the LGBTQ community, and multicultural groups. The course focuses on the history and mission of these centers and their current role in shaping campus climate and increasing access or historically underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.

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