POP-UP CLASS: COMPASSION AND COMMUNITY IN THE TIME OF COVID19

POP-UP COURSE ON PANDEMICS

 

CRS25160 MBB1 - Instructor Zoe Hammer

SPECIAL NOTES: This course will take place via Zoom 3:30 - 5:45 pm MST on Tuesday and Thursdays starting March 24th.

  • Cap of 20 Students
  • No student expenses
  • No student fee
  • PC Learning Outcomes to be assessed: Global Cultural Literacy; Skills for Lifelong Learning

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.  Communities large and small across the U.S. and the world are discovering the global effect of a pandemic while simultaneously learning how to re-imagine things we take for granted, such as: food, work, school, travel, elections, recreation, medical care, relationships and connection, and other aspects of everyday life.  This course invites students to reflect together on the experiences we are all having as we move through this uncertain time, engaging in experiential activities wherever we are, and sharing our learning.  Instructors from across Prescott College and invited guests will join the class weekly to share their expertise on relevant topics from many different perspectives.  Together, we will explore the questions: How does this crisis reveal and highlight interdependence among people and places, between social and natural systems?  How are individuals, communities, educators, businesses, institutions, and governments around the world responding?  How are communities impacted differently?  How can we address feelings of uncertainty and fear with compassion and creativity?  How can we connect with nature and culture in a time of “social distancing”?  What new opportunities and possibilities are people creating as they live through this time that might help us all imagine a more compassionate, sustainable, and life-affirming future?  The course will culminate in the creation of a Prescott College Pandemic Archive, recording the experiences, reflections, research, and insights of our community as we support each other through this historic moment.     

Learning Outcomes:

Global Interdependence:  Learners can provide examples and explain ways the COVID19 pandemic highlights interdependencies among people and places and between social and natural systems from different perspectives.  Learners can compare these perspectives and explain what each enables us to understand.  Learners will demonstrate this ability through essays as well as small group presentations to the class.
 
Social and Environmental Justice:  Learners can pose their own questions about new possibilities emerging from pandemic responses that might point toward more just, sustainable, and life affirming futures and design and conduct their own research projects addressing their questions.  Learners will demonstrate this ability by proposing, designing, and conducting an investigation of the topic of their choice, in small groups, and presenting their findings in teach-in’s.
 
Collaboration and Collective Action:  Learners can identify and explain the difference between individualistic and collective modes of thinking and action and analyze the implications of each.  Learners will demonstrate this ability by writing and presenting comparative reflections.
 
Self-Reflection:  Learners can reflect on their own emotional and intellectual experiences of the pandemic and express their reflections through two modes of communication (such as journaling, poetry, persuasive essays, podcasts, lesson plans, performances, photography, or outdoor projects).  ch other while also physically isolated from each other