A shared module for three courses
Curricular materials created for the 2013 SAIL seminar:
Our common module brought together three different courses to model the interactions between individual disciplinary approaches to larger cultural and environmental questions about resiliency in Italy. More specifically, we modeled interdisciplinary inquiry for our students by explaining how the tools of each discipline could be applied to specific issues of disaster, recovery, and sustainability in Florence and its vicinity. After individual presentations from each of the faculty in their field, we then divided the students into interdisciplinary groups, and asked them to work together using these tools to solve a similar problem situated in Rome.
Our larger goal was for students to understand the complex intersections between environments and communities over large spans of time, and the ways that elements both tangible and intangible have coalesced in a variety of ways to create and sustain meanings. To this end, we focused on the following questions:
- How do human and environmental elements or factors combine to sustain communities over time, from the ancient world to today?
- How do the communal/collective identities of these cities adhere to natural or human-made elements associated with place?
- What is the connection between places, both natural and human, and the meanings they hold for us (and generations of people) over time?
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The three courses and instructors participating in the shared module:
- Angela Ziskowski – Archaeology of Waste and Recycling
- Marty St. Clair – Environmental Studies Seminar
- Andrea Kann – Public Art, Space, and Memory
Prerequisites for the three courses integrating the module:
- ANT-225 Archaeology of Waste and Recycling – An archaeological and anthropological survey of an array of approaches to the study of waste and pollution as well as practices of disposal and reuse in ancient and modern societies. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
- EVS-515 Environmental Studies Seminar – An intensive examination of selected works and subjects dealing with environmental issues. Specific topics vary from year to year. Prerequisite: junior standing.
- ARH-495 Advanced Topics in Art History: Public Art, Space, & Memory – Advanced study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.
The shared module was incorporated in the fourth through sixth weeks of the semester. This allowed each instructor to establish a basic framework of knowledge for the course and prepare their students for the module. Each instructor was then able to incorporate the module into the individual course in an appropriate fashion.