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INVST Community Studies Fall Courses



INVST Community Studies Fall Courses, 2013

All of our courses are based on a model of participatory education where students and

instructors co-create the learning environment together. Our electives — open to all CU students

— offer a sense of community in the classroom, and emphasize the quality of discussions and

activities. INVST Community Studies courses also intertwine service and community action, with theoretical inquiry. Join us!

INVS 1000: Responding to Social and Environmental Problems through Service Learning, taught by Sabrina Sideris, MA Wednesdays 3-5:30pm, MUEN 431

By integrating theory with required community service, students explore how problems are

shaped by cultural values and how alternative value paradigms affect the definition of problems in areas such as education and the environment. Students examine different approaches to solving problems and begin to envision new possibilities. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: Ideals and Values.

INVS 2919/EDUC 2919: Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools,

taught by Elaina Verveer, MA

Section 801: Mondays 1-2:30 pm EDUC 341

Section 802: Mondays 2:55-4:25pm EDUC 341

Examines concepts of activism, citizenship, democracy, power, and diversity through classroom discussions and participation in a local high school’s Public Achievement project. Through community-based partnerships, students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around controversial issues; and learn to use research and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for their solutions. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: Human Diversity.

INVS 3302/ WMST 3302 section 800: Facilitating Peaceful Community Change

Wednesdays 3-5:30 pm KTCH 301

Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective facilitators of

community goals. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with a

multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply concepts of life experiences and to

examine themselves as potential change agents. Focus on food justice, sustainability, activism and multicultural social justice. Same as WMST 3302.

INVS 4402 section 800: Nonviolent Social Movements, taught by David Meens,

PhD Candidate; Wednesdays 3-5:30 pm CLRE 104

Explores theories of democracy and development in relation to movements for nonviolent social change. Focuses on means and ends, spirituality, leadership, decision-making, civil society and decentralized power. (3 credits)

Consistent with our vision for a just and sustainable world, INVST Community Studies programs develop engaged citizens and leaders who work for the benefit of humanity and the environment. Please contact Melissa Rubin, our Administrative Assistant with any questions: 303.492.7719 or melissa.rubin@colorado.edu

INVST Community Studies also offers a 2-year comprehensive, cohort-based leadership certificate program uniquely integrating service, theory & skills. Participants may be eligible to receive scholarships from AmeriCorps! Interested in social & environmental justice? Apply to the INVST Community Leadership Program!


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