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UNIV 390


An exploration of particular topics or issues within the liberal arts from a disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Spring Semester information

Gigi Jennewein

390A: Tps:Spring Shakespeare Festival

This course trains DePauw students to direct local high school students in the mounting of fully staged 90-minute Shakespeare plays. Students spend the first three weeks in the classroom learning best practice techniques for teaching Shakespeare and working with youth. The remainder of the semester is spent in the schools shaping a production while also delivering the emotional and intellectual benefits that can be acquired by physically and vocally experiencing Shakespeare's language. This course culminates in a day-long festival at DePauw University's Moore Theatre (Green Center) comprised of performances of each participating school's play. DePauw's Shakespeare in the Schools program is inspired by and produced in association with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. The course requires a M/W/F 2:20-4:50 commitment due to the in-school rehearsal process. It is repeatable for credit. See instructor for details and SPAC.

Glen Kuecker

390B: Tps:City Lab: Habitat III

How well prepared are you for a world of six billion urban dwellers? City Lab provides you the opportunity to be prepared by deploying an innovative student-teacher research model for classroom learning. It invites students to learn about the important role of cities in the 21st century, a time when two-thirds of humanity-- about six billion people-- will be urban by 2030. As a research workshop, this semester's City Lab takes Habitat III (H3) as its topic ( H3 is a 20-year planning agenda created by UN Habitat that will guide how we will create urban policy. It shapes the agenda for global players working on the city, such as: The World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, consultancies, university researchers, city planners, and design firms. Each student will undertake a research project that contributes to our collective analysis of Habitat III. Potential topics include: the city and climate change, urban metabolism {food, water, garbage, pollution} urban resilience, the green economy, "smart" technologies, slums, transportation, infrastructure, private enterprise, etc. The course invites students to approach the workshop from their disciplinary or program perspective, while asking them to think about H3 by engaging the other perspectives brought to the collective by other students. Additionally, students will learn systems theory and develop their skills as complexity and predicament thinkers, two critical thinking skills at premium in the 21st century.