"This Land is Your Land": A critical exploration of environmentalism(s), past and present
CC104 (CC FYP)
Block 1, Fall 2021
1 unit. Prerequisite: CC FYP and Fall Semester Abroad (FSA) enrollment
Meets GenEd requirements: CC100 (Critical Inquiry) and Historical Perspectives (HP)
Critical Foundations of Environmental Education
Block 2, 21-22 (TREE Semester)
This course focuses on the overarching goals and methods of environmental education, the progression of the field of environmental education, and fundamental aspects of pedagogy and learning theories as they relate to education. Teaching experiences in the outdoors and in classrooms allow for experiential reflection on these topics with a focus on understanding how environmental education is implemented.
In conjunction with other TREE Semester courses, students begin a course project portfolio that, when completed, meets expectations for environmental education certification from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE).
1 unit. ED225 Course Catalog. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, participation in TREE program.
Upcoming: J Block, 21-22
This course covers the intersection of Developmental Psychology, Learning Sciences, and other social, cultural, and cognitive theories of learning and pedagogy. We focus on how people learn as individuals and in communities, how development and learning interact across childhood, and what teachers do to understand and cultivate their students' cognitive and social skills.
1 unit. ED311 Course Catalog. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor & ED101 and one of the following: ED210, ED211, ED218, ED222, ED225, ED235, or ED255.
Meets degree requirement — Critical Learning: SHB
Contemporary Environmental Justice: Education, Policy, & Action
ED250: Topics in Education
Upcoming: Block 6, 21-22
This course will examine questions around education, justice, and action in the context of environmentalism. Using a critical theory approach, we will unpack historical and contemporary environmental movements, critiquing and reimagining the traditional separation between “Mainstream Environmentalism” and Environmental Justice.
Topics include: environmentalism throughout U.S. colonization, expansion, and resistance; environmental education and action in the context of COVID-19, the Movement for Black Lives, and the Green New Deal; inclusivity and equity in outdoor spaces; intersectional environmental justice—concerning race, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status—in the US and globally; and the promises and challenges of individual and collective action for the environment.
1 unit. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
From Multicultural Education to Critical Pedagogy
Upcoming: Block 7, 21-22
Teacher and Teaching Identities (MAT course)
(Past: Block A, Summer 2021)
This course is designed to ensure teacher candidates understand why culturally responsive pedagogy is necessary in U.S. public schools. By taking an intersectional approach to identity development, we will examine how many aspects of students’ identities combine to create learners with unique needs. Though we will discuss identity development in relation to common demographic markers (e.g., economic, racial, linguistic, etc.), the lens will not be on students, but on ourselves. The primary goal of this course is for teacher candidates to recognize their own cultural identity and identify how it affects pedagogical choices and practices, both implicitly and explicitly.
1 unit. ED572 Course Catalog. Prerequisite: Open to M.A.T. candidates only.