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University 201 - Fundamentals of Integrative Learning

Credits: 1-3

Course Description: Integrates concrete experience with theoretical foundations by reflecting and applying information. Includes a focus on one more experiential pathways such as community service, diversity and social advocacy, global learning, professional/civic engagement, or research.

General Learning Outcomes:As a result of UNIV 201, students will be able to:

  1. Provide examples of beyond the classroom experiences in which they have engaged and describe how beyond the classroom experiences have contributed to their learning.
  2. Articulate examples of beyond the classroom experiences that illuminate concepts/theories/frameworks in their academic work including elements of the beyond the classroom experience that are consistent with or contradictory to the identified concept.
  3. Identify and analyze the significance of experiences including impact on personal actions or decisions and/or how lessons learned could be informative to others.
  4. Apply learning to make a plan for the future.

The opportunity to participate in a concrete experience related to the pathway is a fundamental aspect of the course. This could include a short-term study abroad program, service-learning project, undergraduate research project, or experiential education opportunity related to the major. These courses are designed to springboard students into deeper participation in the pathway later in their college career.

Submitting a proposal:
To submit a course proposal, please email Dan Friedman with the following information:

  • Course sub-title
  • Course description
  • Learning outcomes
  • Description of assignments
  • Grading criteria

  • Proposed Instructor Name
  • Credit hours
  • Proposed day and time
  • Class capacity
  • Location (can be assigned by U101)

Proposals are due by:

  • August 15 for spring semesters
  • January 15 for fall semesters

Who is eligible to teach?

  • Full-time University employee or retiree of USC – Columbia
  • Master's Degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Completion of either the Teaching Experience Workshop or USC Connect sponsored training
  • Approval by the instructor's supervisor or department chair
  • Approval by the Director of University 101 Programs

Example Course Descriptions – by Pathway

Work-based Experiential Education

Work-based Experiential Education
Work occupies the majority of your waking hours and is one of the most significant factors in determining your quality of life. This course will challenge students to identify their interests and actively explore experiential education opportunities specific to internships, co-ops and job shadowing. Students will learn how the global economy is impacting the workplace and shaping today's new knowledge workers. Students will identify why experiential education and skill development are critical components of career preparation. This course will utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and provide practical tools for workplace preparation and performance.

Peer Leadership

This is a leadership seminar that would serve as a training and development course for students who serve in a peer education role. Designed to assist students in the development and application of skills necessary for effective peer leadership. Course would provide and enhance many of the foundational skills necessary for the role of a student leader including mentoring, helping and listening skills, effective communication, facilitation skills, conflict resolution, team building, problem solving, and other related topics. This course would be interdisciplinary, drawing from research and theories in education, psychology, business, and sociology. Specific content may be incorporated to achieve goals related to the specialized peer leadership context.

Community Service

Service Learning in the First Year of College is designed to help first-year students develop a better understanding of service as it relates to their college experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and develop their service leadership skills both inside and beyond the classroom. The course provides a general orientation to the functions and resources necessary to address local community needs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a domestic service trip to reach underserved populations along the 1-95 Corridor of Shame and along the coast of South Carolina.

Global Learning

This course will be taught in Taipei, Taiwan with five preparatory class sessions held at USC prior to departure. All students will learn about the history and culture of Taiwan and will study basic Mandarin. The program will include several group excursions to historical and cultural sites and students will also have the opportunity to explore independently. Students will conduct a research project that relates to their academic interests. Most likely this will mean students will work on a project related to their major (e.g. a history focusing on some aspect of Taiwanese history). However, students may pursue any line of inquiry related to Taiwan as long as they are able to demonstrate that their project is feasible and that they are capable of completing the work. Students will work with the instructor in advance to plan their project and to have necessary preparations complete before traveling to Taiwan. This course is open to undergraduates in any major.

Research

This course will introduce students to research and firsthand data collection by investigating language use around the USC campus. Students will learn through a combination of readings, discussions, library research, and firsthand data collection projects which aim to document the use of innovative slang terms among USC college students. The class will collaborate on data collection and research which will culminate in a guide to USC slang published on the internet.

UNIV 201: Experience It- Preparing and Experiencing the World of Work
Work occupies the majority of your waking hours and is one of the most significant factors in determining your quality of life. This course will challenge students to identify their interests and actively explore experiential education opportunities specific to internships, co-ops and job shadowing. Students will learn how the global economy is impacting the workplace and shaping today’s new knowledge workers. Students will identify why experiential education and skill development are critical components of career preparation. This course will utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and provide practical tools for workplace preparation and performance. 
Univ 201: Service to Youth
Service to Youth is designed to help students develop a better understanding of service as it relates to their college experience and future aspirations. Students volunteer twice a week with at-risk children and youth in afterschool or mentoring programs in Columbia. The class also gathers once a week to focus on topics such as disparities in education, the impact of poverty on our local and national communities, and ways to engage at-risk children and youth. The course provides a general orientation to the functions and resources necessary to address local community needs. Students learn about and develop their service leadership skills both inside and beyond the classroom.

UNIV 201: International Inquiry in Taiwan
This course is taught both stateside as well as in Taipei, Taiwan. Students participate in five preparatory class sessions held at USC prior to departure. Students learn about the history and culture of Taiwan and study basic Mandarin. The program includes several group excursions to historical and cultural sites in Taiwan. Students conduct a research project that relates to their academic interests and often includes a project related to their major (e.g. a pre-med major focusing on medical practices in Taiwan). Students are encouraged to pursue any line of inquiry related to Taiwan as long as they are able to demonstrate that their project is feasible and that they are capable of completing the work. The course is open to undergraduates in any major.

UNIV 201: College Slang
This course introduces students to research and firsthand data collection by investigating language use around the USC campus. Students learn through a combination of readings, discussions, library research, and firsthand data collection projects which aim to document the use of innovative slang terms among USC college students. The class collaborates on data collection and research which culminate in a guide to USC slang that is published on the Internet.