ALA 222 - Twenty Two Ways
Winter 2017, Section 001 - 22 Ways to Think about the History of The University of Michigan
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Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
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Theme, SophInit
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Does higher education in America work? Does college cost too much? Are students well educated? Do universities serve as engines of social mobility or reinforce class and racial distinction? Is university research crucial or less and less relevant to social goals? Have athletics become too important?

The University of Michigan celebrates its 200th anniversary at a time in American history when the answers to these questions are hotly debated. This course will survey the development of the University of Michigan as a case study of the history of and current issues about higher education in America.

The “22 Ways” theme refers to a wide variety of perspectives that will be showcased in the course. Lectures by the instructor, recent films and articles about higher education, and primary sources on the history of UM from the Bentley Library will all be considered. Guest lecturers from around the campus – from different disciplines and various administrative roles--will add perspective, and tours of historically important parts of the campus will be included.

Course Requirements:

All readings will be provided online and there will be no need to purchase books or a course pack. Students will select from a variety of evaluations and assignments that award points summing to final grades. These will include quizzes, mid-term and final exams, short and long writing assignments, and class presentations.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students are welcome. No prerequisites.

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Lecture/Discussion/Student Presentations


ALA 222 - Twenty Two Ways
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