RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
Section: 003 Detroiters Speak
Term: WN 2017
Subject: RC Interdivisional (RCIDIV)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Meets 02/09/17 - 04/13/17. (Drop/Add deadline = 02/22/17.).
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This mini-course is designed as a collaborative community learning experience in which students will explore the history, culture, and contemporary social dynamics of Detroit through a direct engagement with Detroit scholars, activists, and residents. Our focus and theme for the semester will be education and social change, with specific subjects within this theme addressed each week. Such topics may include: the history of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and struggles to reform DPS's curriculum and pedagogy; contemporary framings and debates about the crisis in education; the impact of charter schools; the contemporary resurgence of Freedom Schools; the relationship between race and education in Detroit's history; independent schools and alternative education models; and the role of Michigan's public universities in the state's K-12 system. Each week will feature different speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion. Brief required readings from a range of sources will provide students with an introduction to the specific topic under discussion and help them to pose thoughtful questions to be posted before each class session or posed during the discussion.

The class will meet on the following days:

  • February 9, 16, 23
  • March 9, 23, 30
  • April 6, 13

The free MDetroit Connector Bus will depart the CC Little Bus Stop at 5:50pm and arrive at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave.) in time for the 7:30pm start of class. The Bus will depart Detroit no later than 9:45pm and return to the CC Little Bus Stop around 10:30pm. Note: weather may cause occasional delays in arrival times.

RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
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002 (SEM)
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
Note: Class meets in Detroit: transportation provided
004 (LEC)
Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (LEC)
Th 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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