• Teachers As Scholars

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    Teachers as Scholars represents both a new vision of professional development and a vital collaboration between Swarthmore College faculty and WSSD school teachers.  Through this program, K-12 teachers participate in small, multiple-day seminars led by leading professors in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences and are, thus, reconnected to the world of scholarship - the reason many of them became teachers in the first place. (from TAS website).
     
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    2016-2017-  Teachers As Scholars Course "Full" Descriptions - Click Here
    • The Biology of Plants - October 18th and November 1st (9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.)

      Plants make life on Earth as we know it possible. They provide us with food, energy, wood, paper, fabrics, and the oxygen we breathe. The green branch of the tree of life is beautiful and colorful and defines the environment we live in. This course will explore how plants grow and develop and how they interact with other organisms and the environment in natural and agricultural systems. We will explore a couple of interrelated topics in plant biology ranging from genetics to GMOs, from molecules to ecosystems. The course will be taught using active discussions, small group work, and lab exercises where we’ll play with plants. 

    • What is Islam?  -  October 26th and December 7th (9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.)
       
      How does one begin to make sense of the varied and often contradictory range of human experiences and historical phenomena used to define Islam? What is “Islamic” about Islamic politics, Islamic art, architecture, or Islamic philosophy? Is Islam simply what Muslims do or is it a set of aspirational values and transcendent moral principles? Can we speak of one Islam or are there many? Is it possible to distinguish between aspects of Islamic religion and the “Islamicate” (or Islamic culture)? How is Islam conceived of differently within public discourses than other religious traditions and to what end and to whose benefit?
    • Globalization- March 1st and March 29th (9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.)

      This course examines globalization along its diverse but inter-related dimensions, including economic, political, and environmental globalization.   It introduces the participant to the concept and phenomenon of globalization, which is the set of processes that lead to the extensive and intense interconnectedness and interdependence of different parts of the world. Today we live in a world that is highly interconnected in an increasing number of ways. What is local can easily globalize, and what is global has important local repercussions. While “governance” could once be used synonymously with “government,” today many influential actors other than governments have authority over issues of global concern, such as international trade.