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Fall 2012 Course Offerings
How to teach in a Learning Community
Previous LC Themes
LC Committee Members
Previous Learning Communities Themes
2011-2012 Theme: Lives in Conflict
Conflict is a constant in the world. From the smallest obstacle-a flat tire-to the greatest tragedy-a devastating earthquake-humankind has learned to persevere and resolve differences for the sake of a greater good. But what about the face of conflict? The soldier at war, the child who loses both parents in a village massacre-what are their stories and what can we glean from them? For the 2011-2012 academic year, learning communities at Middle Georgia College will focus on Lives in Conflict in an attempt to understand Conflict on a global platform.
Professors may approach Lives in Conflict in a variety of ways. Social Science courses may look at poverty and neglect resulting from conflict, while English courses may examine literature of conflict. History classes may discuss various wars and battles, while Health classes may focus on the conflicts of the mentally or physically challenged. However, the questions posed to students in each class will remain the same: What is a Life in Conflict? How is Conflict defined? How can we make connections between the Conflicts of others and our own lives?
Shared Texts for 2011-2012 CommunitiesThe Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (fiction)
A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah (nonfiction)
How do I Register for a Learning Community?
Registration for courses is completed through the system. Students register for LC courses as they would any other course. Courses that are part of the LC initiative will have the LC designation on the course schedule.
What if I sign up for a Learning Community course and then decide it's not for me?
Learning Community courses are dropped as any other course. Students may drop one or more LC courses by the MGC add/drop deadline.
What are the Attendance Policies for Learning Communities?
Policies vary from course to course. Your LC professor will outline their attendance policy on their syllabus. However, attendance at two or more Learning Communities events is required during a semester.
2010-2011: The Examined Life
Socrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." He proclaimed this while on trial for his life. His crime? Trying to teach his students to think for themselves. For the 2010-2011 academic year, students enrolled in LCs will examine their own lives, the lives of others, and the impact their choices have on the world around them.
The shared texts for The Examined Life LCs are:
- The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
- The Little, Brown Compact Handbook, 7th Edition with exercises