Here is a brief sample of such courses:
► Oral History, Neighborhoods, and Race with Dr. Martin
In this course, students read about the history of African Americans in northern cities and learn how to do oral history interviews. Then they get to interview activists, community leaders, and elders about their experiences living in the nearby neighborhood of Homewood. These interviews become part of a growing collection of oral histories that help to preserve stories that might otherwise be lost.
► Understanding Public Policy with Dr. Sweet-Cushman
Students begin the semester by drawing a map of how they imagine policies are made. At the end of the semester, they smile at the simplicity of the drawings now realizing the many layers to the process. One semester, students were also surprised to learn that economic policy turned out to be their favorite subject of the course.
► Asian Foodways with Dr. Kingsbury
This course offers students the chance to eat tasty and unfamiliar foods and give them the chance to contextualize it. Through the process, students come to understand it as a means of cultural transmission, and the foods sampled become symbolic of parts of life much more involved than what is simply on the plate.
► Rise of the Third World with Dr. Sène
Rise of the Third World presents the saga of developing nations as they came together to challenge imperialism and colonialism after WWII, but Dr. Sène notes that in many ways, the structures of global inequities have remained in place since then. Students discover the dramatic events of the last half century that helped to preserve those structures and how their own standard of living is linked to Third World poverty in surprising ways.