The University as a Radical Experiment (SCT4148.01) (cancelled 10/17/2023)

Noah Coburn

What does innovation look like in higher education?  This course explores the history of experimentation in colleges and universities in North America, from the utopian visions of learning communities to the radical rethinking of how learning happens.  It will examine the various waves of innovative institutions and how they reshaped higher education more broadly, and Bennington’s place in these movements.  Topics include student-centered curricula, arts-based learning and experiential education, among other topics. Students will be asked to conduct research on a specific institution and collaborative research and presentations will be a major component of the course. 

Learning Outcomes:
-Understand how scholars deploy different disciplinary lens to better understand higher education in the US
-Reflect on and communicate about a series of multimedia presentations
-Construct a research project based around a line of inquiry that responds to some aspect of the current moment in higher education
-Build connections and engage with other class members and scholars with similar interests

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Please contact the instructor ( with a brief explanation of interest at the beginning of registration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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