CoursesFellows Proseminar I
COMM 0025

Fellows Proseminar I

The SNF Paideia Fellows Proseminar I introduces sophomore Fellows to academic research and practice related to dialogue across difference. The course also explores the relationship between robust, civil dialogue and citizenship, wellness, and service. We engage diverse perspectives on the purpose of higher education, the role of dialogue in learning and communities, the nature of citizenship, the value of civility, and the relationship between individual and community wellness.

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To help cultivate a sense of belonging and connection to Penn, the course invites several guest lecturers from entities at Penn to share how they foster citizenship, service, wellness or dialogue into our community. Students will identify the ways in which their academic, professional and personal interests in these themes could align and then develop a strategy to cultivate and apply these interests during their time at Penn and to the benefit of the Penn community. The goal of the course is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and ethical frameworks for healthy, sustainable and robust civic leadership at Penn and in their local, national, and global communities. This course is open only to SNF Paideia Fellows, who are required to take it during the fall of their sophomore year.

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